Everyone knows that blogging is the hottest new craze of the internet. But what is a blog?
Wait, everyone knows what blogs are? Wait, there are millions of blogs on practically every subject? Wait, it’s not 2008 or whenever blogging was really big? Wait, it’s annoying to keep asking questions like this?
Alright, fair enough. Starting a blog in 2017 is a like adding a single drop of water to the ocean that is the internet. So why would anyone want to start a blog? What’s the point? Why not just lay there and wait for the Heat Death of the Universe to take us all?
Honestly, I wrestled with those questions myself before deciding to start Pretty Good, Considering, but there are some great reasons to start a blog, even if no one will see it and you’ll probably die in obscurity like the rest of us.
1. Express Yourself and Practice Creativity
Writing regularly on a blog is a great way to get your thoughts out there, especially the weird ones that you don’t want to spout off to your family and friends and would rather say to strangers on the internet. That’s part of the reason I’m here, the other part being that I wanted a new format to say weird things to my family and friends. See, it works both ways!
Seriously, though, as Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her amazing book Big Magic, “A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”
I agree with this wholeheartedly, though the jewels that I will bring out of myself via this blog might be not so much jewels as strange, lumpy minerals. But that’s part of the beauty of blogging, you can express yourself however you want!
Blogging might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you imagine improving yourself. Why on earth would it be a good thing to spend more time on the computer? Well…okay, maybe that part isn’t so great for you.
On the other hand, blogging can actually help you live a more intentional life by helping you shape your thoughts and figure out your interests. It can inspire you to try new things or go new places.
Plus, blogging requires discipline and commitment. You have to write consistently if you want anyone to actually read your blog. I know all about consistency and commitment because I have written one blog post and I am A Blogger Now©™®
3. Build Your Writing Skills and Online Portfolio
Another benefit of blogging is sharpening your writing skills so that one day you can write as well as great, historical bloggers like William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway (they were bloggers, right?). Writing on the regs is a great way to practice communication. As you can see, it’s already working for me because I’m using careful phrases like, “on the regs.”
Furthermore, blogging is a handy way to build up a portfolio of personal essays, how-tos, and more so that someday your potential employer can Google you and learn that you say things like, “great, historical bloggers like William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway.” It looks great on a resume, too!
4. Share Your Knowledge
Blogging doesn’t just benefit you – you might end up helping other people, too. For example, if you’re like me, you can write about how your mental illnesses forced you to learn how to take care of yourself, which might actually help someone else on the same journey. Who knows, maybe someone reading this also often finds themselves in periods of horrific depression where the only thing they want to do is watch The Office for the 600th time in a row and cry and want to die! See, we can bond! (don’t worry, I’m okay, folks)
You can write about whatever you know a lot about, from windsurfing to knitting, and someone out there might benefit and learn something new from you.
And you know what? You can write about things you don’t know a lot about, too! There are no laws stopping you from writing a blog about competitive dog grooming when you have never so much as styled a terrier. That’s what’s so great and terrible about the internet.
5. It’s Fun!
Yes, we have come to the most important reason of all: blogging is fun. Having your own personal corner of the internet where you can write about whatever you want is a pretty cool hobby. Is cool the right word? Well, it’s fun, anyway.
Bonus: Shouting into the Void is a Healthy Way to Stretch Your Vocal Cords
Who cares if you don’t have a big readership? Shouting into the void is a great exercise in futility, and who doesn’t need more exercises in futility?
So get out there and start blogging!
Blogging is a great outlet where your thoughts and feelings can be immortalized on the internet for strangers to read forever. What’s not to love about it?
Do you blog? Leave a comment and tell me why! Do you not blog? Leave a comment and tell me why! In other words, literally anyone is welcome to leave a comment.