6 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Start Blogging
Blogging can take you on a surprising journey.
If you would have asked me a couple of months ago what I thought about blogging, I wouldn't have been able to reply with a strong opinion.
Today I can tell you that it’s almost like a crash-course in career & personal development.
And I couldn’t be more grateful!
1. It has a meditative effect
As I was about to start this blog post, I realized I had 19 tabs opened in my browser.
All of which required a different kind of attention (Gmail, Trello, GCalendar, Spotify, Facebook, Pocket…).
But as I’m writing these lines right now, I’ve closed them all (except Spotify) so that I'm able focus my mind on ONE stream of conscious thought.
Doing this can be particularly hard considering how many distractions we have. But for now I can ignore those and continue on with the post.
This is exactly what blogging allows me to do. It makes me think clearer.
It allows me to meditate. To reflect deeply on things that matter to me. To appreciate the tiny distinctions between my whats, whys and hows.
It just comes with the job!
2. You become a better communicator
At its core, blogging is communication.
It’s about recording thoughts, ordering ideas, and take them to a conclusion. To that end, writing (just like every other form of communication that has ever existed) improves with practice.
Blogging will not force you to become a better writer, it will just happen as you do it.
And it goes without saying that becoming a better writer holds important benefits for the rest of your life — whether you’re creating a presentation, an email, or a note to a friend.
3. It’s a great way to record your life
Keeping a blog serves many of the same roles as a personal journal.
In fact, I keep both.
These days, my journals are a potpourri of personal musings, quotations, and thoughts. But it has also become a sort of storehouse of ideas to possibly share on my blog.
Both blogging and journaling train you to be observant, and give weight to the personal & professional growth that you’re experiencing.
If nothing else — that's a reason to write a lot!
4. You learn about technology
It may seem an easy thing to create a blog.
All you need to do is to set up your account with a blogging platform, choose an overall theme, prepare some posts, and hit publish.
However, if you’re picky with aesthetics (which I could totally understand!) and want to tweak your blog’s theme, it’s worth learning basic technical stuff.
You don’t need a massive knowledge of HTML or CSS, but knowing the basics of each can be the difference between joining the crowd, or creating a site to present your content in a unique manner.
Sounds good, right?
5. You connect with amazing people
Blogging opens up opportunities to connect with really.interesting.people.
As cliché as it may sound, the audience you attract through your blog, doesn’t have to just be your “audience”. They can easily become your friends, colleagues, or partners.
I’ve been blogging only for two months so far, and I’ve had people reach out to me directly after reading my posts. Some of those people have become friends or good business contacts.
And that’s so nice! :)
6. You develop discipline, habits and structure
I’m certainly not the most disciplined person.
I’m very spontaneous and I like to go with the flow too many times. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate structure.
Blogging gives me a rhythm every week.
As I work full time, I need to organize my days to make time for my blog: doing research, reading, writing, editing… You get the idea.
So by learning to prioritize what needs to be done, I’ve improved my productivity like crazy.
Instead of multi-tasking all the time, I do one task completely, and then move onto the next. I do so with my Productivity Planner because it helps me focus, do better work, AND finish faster due to the Pomodoro Technique – which is basically a set of 25-minute work periods followed by breaks of 5 minutes.
(Side note: facing my finances had a lot to do with my productivity, too.)
Bringing it all together
Blogging is as challenging as rewarding.
These are the top 6 things I've learned after two months of writing blog posts:
- Blogging has a meditative effect.
- You become a better communicator.
- It’s a great way to record your memories and thoughts.
- You learn about technology.
- You connect with amazing people.
- You develop discipline, habits and structure in your life.
I'm grateful for each single lesson, and I'm excited to learn more as I continue the journey.
So before I close out, I'd like to thank you for reading my blog. I'm having loads of fun sharing this experience with you.
Here’s to many more months and years of fun! :)