Why You Should Start Blogging (Even If You’re Not a Writer)

To my own shame, I waited way too long before I started blogging. And as a writer, that just might be one of the biggest regrets of my life. Here’s why.

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I often tell my sister Marissa who to my amazement has been able to maintain a regular blogging discipline while going to college, that she is way ahead of where I was 10 years ago. I wish I had started then.

Blogging helped me find my calling, helped me become who I was born to be.. If I had started doing it sooner, I have no doubt I would’ve been published in more magazines and written more books by now.

Why is this? Because blogging taught me how to practice, how to edit, and how to write for a deadline. What more does a writer need? But even if it didn’t launch my writing career (which it did), I would have still started blogging sooner.

Here’s why I think anyone can and should start a blog:

  1. Blogging teaches you discipline. Having to sit down once a day or once week (or at whatever frequency you do it) and write is an important skill. It forces you to learn the difficult lesson that some of the best things in life happen as a result of delayed gratification. Writing is one of those things, but there are others.
  2. Blogging teaches you introspection. I’ve already shared how blogging helped me understand myself and my place in the world. But I’m not the only one. My friend Scott Dinsmore told me he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he started a blog. Sitting down to write made him realize what was important. Now, he leads a global community of people who are rethinking the way they approach work — all because Scott started a blog.
  3. Blogging gives you a voice. We all have something to say, even if we don’t think of ourselves as writers or speakers. A blog gives you a place, free from censorship and criticism, to say what’s on your heart and find other people who connect with what you believe.

It’s a wonderful age that we live in, this era when we can publish ourselves and share our best thoughts with the world. When we can step onstage at a TedX event and reach a million people. When we can post a video on Youtube that gets shared on another continent. When we can write a blog post that touches just one other soul in this world.

Yes, it really is an amazing time — at least, for those brave souls who choose to take a chance and speak up. The question is, will that be you?

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This article originally appeared on goinswriter.com.

Jeff Goins is a writer, blogger, and speaker who regularly talks about how to live a life worth writing about. He is the author of three books. For thoughts on writing and life, you can join his free newsletter.