The 5 Top Benefits of Writing a Blog
This is my first post on Medium and I hope to contribute to an ever-growing community! I am a self-development blogger who is currently traveling and hopes to impart some wisdom and insight from my experiences. Subscribe if you enjoy!
1) Discipline — Writing a blog requires you to make a committed decision to take action. Fulfilling commitments like this does not only benefit that one goal, but it spreads into all other things in your life in a process called Far-Transfer. Thus having a blog makes it much easier to stick and persist with other things that may be completely unrelated.
According to a recent study by the University College London, it takes approximately 66 days to develop a new habit. However, it has a range of potentially 2 and 8 months, depending on the person, the type of activity, and other such variables.
2) Learn/Improve a new skill — An obvious reason here. Writing is a critical skill which will be very useful across many areas of life whether it be writing a book or writing a business report for a company. Even if you don’t know how to write a business report, if you are confident in your ability to write well it will be much easier to write it and you will be able to learn how to do it much quicker. Just as if you have zero sales skills, if you are a very good communicator with strong social skills, learning sales will be more of a natural process.
3) Family/Friends — I’m probably one of the worst at sharing with family and friends what I’ve been up to. It’s not that I don’t like communicating with them, I’m just bad at it. If you are someone who views communicating with family as a bit of a chore and an obligation, starting a blog can be a good way for them to know what you’re up to or where your mind is at without having to phone them everyday.
4) Sharing important realizations — I have a lot of notes I have made about my journey, general observations about life, important lessons I have learned along the way and even summaries of books and interviews. I’ve benefited loads from this material and I feel like I could do more with it instead of it being only for my own personal benefit, so this blog will be for new information I have gained and lessons I have learned over the 2 years I have been away. Maybe it will be helpful to someone… who knows!
5) You never know how having a blog may benefit you in the future — Last but not least. I can imagine that if I am trying to get employment in the future because my current career turns to shit, or I just want a change oorrrrr whatever other reasons there may be, showing that you have the commitment to keep up a blog even if completely unrelated to the field I am applying, has got to be a good sign. Especially if the content is good, smart, well written and of value. You just never know what opportunities will come your way.
If you were wondering whether to start a blog but were unable to come up with enough positive evidence to sway you to do-so, I hope this has helped!
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Photo: View from a gym in Toronto Downtown.