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12 Great Reasons to Start That Blog Now and 1 Reason Not To

Why Blog Now?

Blog Now“Why blog now?” someone I know with a website recently asked me this. They went on to ask “I don’t ever seem to have anything to say, and not sure why anyone would want to read it… just how would it benefit me?” Well I thought those questions could be better explained here in a post. These 2 friends of mine, Mike and Beth, have a really nice website showcasing websites that they have created that are mobile ready. They can update old websites and make them mobile ready. Their website is called Easy Does It Media.easy does it media

So their website is more of a service website than an e-commerce store. I could easily see them adding a blog now to their website. Could you? You may have remembered the infographic I shared of why so many are blogging today back in October. Here are my current 12 reasons why they and you (if you haven’t already) should blog now.

12 Great Reasons To Start That Blog Now

1. You Will Learn A Lot – And Develop New Skills. You cannot believe how much you will learn once you start to blog. From writing skills to technical skills that are required to blog. From choosing which format blog you will go with after doing the careful research, to learning how to create graphics, and formatting your own blog posts. It was all an incredible learning experience for me over 4 years ago now. Will you be ready to learn more?

2. It’s Like Building Your Resume – What a better way to showcase what you know and your abilities. I’ve read of several people landing new jobs via their blog. It surely makes sense. You can learn a lot about somebody from reading their blog.

3. It Gives You More To Share On Social Networks – Why share only boring sales pages and sales pitches? Offer them some valuable content and you will see the visits climb to your website as well. You may even find yourself engaging more with others on the social networks.

4. It Will Help Your Website’s SEO via Updates – Google loves websites that updated often. How can you update a service websites besides offering new services or testimonials? A blog would greatly increase updates and the website’s visibility on the web.

5. You Can Help Others – Through your content you can help others learn new things and make better decisions. Some will buy from you and others may not. You may find your readers may help you. This has happened to me many times over the years.  It’s the wonderful two-way street of blogging.

6. You Can Increase Your Website’s Traffic and Sales – By blogging it does increase the visibility and possible sales from your site. Your website may even rank better in the search engines. You know being found organically is just awesome. (And not to rely on it as the algorithm changes all the time now.)

friends you meet blogging7. You Will Make More Connections and Friends – This was one benefit I was not aware of and found to be the most beneficial – meeting wonderful people and making good friends, some of whom I’ve got to meet in person.

8. You Can Become An Authority on Particular Topics – People may look to you as an authority on a topic. If Mike and Beth had a blog about mobile sites, the benefits, the ease of use, etc they could become an authority on that topic and more people would purchase via their website. They could share this knowledge from the posts on the social networks.

9. It Can Become a Journal – It can help your business look back and see where you were a year ago, etc. Just as mom bloggers journal their families, businesses can journal their business. It’s fun to look back!

10. You Can Inspire Others – You may inspire others to learn new things, try new things and much more. Your readers may also inspire you!

11. It Will Improve Your Writing Skills – If you think you can’t write, don’t fright. It will come with time. It is amazing to look back and see the progress of many bloggers over time. If you are really concerned you could take a class or learn from other online writers.

12. Enjoyment – You may come to enjoy it and find blogging to be therapeutic. You may not want to stop blogging, so beware!

One Reason Not To Blog Now

1. To Make Money – If you are going to blog now just to make money you can surely try but it won’t come fast or be easy. To make money blogging takes some time and patience along with a lot of  hard work. I got into blogging for the retail websites so that the websites would be refreshed often and to offer value to the readers. This blog was started to help others navigate their online journeys. (It wasn’t started to make money – though I’ve slowly started to recently.)

What other advice would you offer to Mike and Beth for starting a blog now on their website?

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Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Content Marketing with Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 5+ years experience blogging, social media & SEO. Get her new eBook "Tweeting Like It's 2nd Nature" Today!

64 comments On 12 Great Reasons to Start That Blog Now and 1 Reason Not To

  • Hi Lisa,

    Interesting post, indeed! 🙂

    I could not agree more with you. Since I started building my own blog, I learned many things, just like you said. I know some of the techniques and skills in formatting my blog post. Sometimes I also know how to utilize social media for my blog.

    Another benefit is that somehow I became known in the blogosphere. I get a lot of followers on social media. It makes me grateful. 😀

    Yes, I have made many friends although I have never seen their faces directly. I thought it was great!

    I nodded my head when reading these reasons. There is nothing wrong with these. I believe bloggers would understand it. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Lisa.
    Have a great beginning of this week!

    ~Nanda
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  • Very nice tips and you must generate great quality content regularly and keep on learning new things which are happening in your niche.One should always blog about useful content which might be useful for your readers and this will gradually increase your authority in the niche or topic and increase traffic to your blog
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  • Lisa, in case no one ever told you (as if!), you are wonderful – for inspiring Mike and I to get a blog rolling. I love tapping the keys in response to feedback I get from posts on Facebook. I could tap the keys all night, as I know you do more in the wee hours of the morning 🙂
    The 12 reasons you mentioned have been sitting in the back of my mind for years. I’d love to do a blog, but it would have to involve food, too. Maybe two separate blogs is a better idea, huh? Finding a common denominator between food and responsive web design may be too big a challenge for a first blogging venture.
    Aside from my home and family and just writing in general, beautiful comfort food and coding for the web are my two favorite things right now. Could they be any more unrelated?
    I am inspired now, Lisa, with your encouragement. And Mike’s head is always full of ideas that would make for a great blog. We just may have to put our heads together on this one.
    Many thanks again for mentioning us. You are a good and thoughtful friend and a great blogger.
    Beth

    • Hi Beth, thanks. You probably would be better off doing the 2 seperate blogs unless the design would be for food type websites only. Just a little unrelated but we all need something different in our lives too, not just one thing 24/7. (That would be boring!) I hope you both do come up with something for the website – after time you will notice a difference. You just have to give it some time to develop and get noticed along the way. So as you are probably going to bed I’ve been up 🙂 I hope you have a great end of the week Beth. (I do look forward to seeing what you come up with!)
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  • All great points Lisa! I’ve learned a lot and made so many good friends in the Blogosphere. Had to laugh about the reason not to, only because I monetized my blog a couple of months ago and made about 5 bucks, so far. Good thing it’s not about that, for me. 😛
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  • Great post Lisa!

    I think you covered it all here girlfriend, especially the one reason why not to start a blog.

    I started my blog to help people find work-from-home jobs and while I was blogging to make money, I didn’t go in with expectations to make thousands a month like some claim you can do.

    You shared some awesome advice here. I hope newbie bloggers take time to read this, especially why not to.

    Happy Wednesday Lisa. I hope you’re having a great week so far! See you in the socialverse :).
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  • Another in a long line of great posts. Don’t know how you do it, but they are always helpful and right on the money. Even though that’s not what you’re blogging for. 🙂
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  • Thanks Lisa for sharing awesome post with us..Every Reason is prefect and the best things i like is that u exclude Money from the 12 reasons Really good

  • Hello Lisa,

    I think blogging is a great place to learn lot of new things day by day. When I first entered into blogging stuff I wasn’t aware of lot of thing which I’m learning now.

    Earning from blogs is the main aim of many people for choosing blogging, however we must focus on interest first then money will be generated automatically.
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  • Lisa:

    Those are twelve really excellent tips and pieces of advice!

    Although sadly, most (or far too many) newbie marketers, more than likely are only looking at blogging, because they mistakenly think a bunch of easy money will be made!

    They’ll get their much needed reality check soon enough! Your tips are incredibly sound and practical!

    Especially #’s 1,2,3,5,9, 10 & 11. Great content and thanks for sharing it!
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  • Akaahan Terungwa
    Twitter:

    Hello Lisa,

    I am afraid, you’ve left nothing to add. It was only recently that I did have a chat with a fellow blogger who was crazy that he wasn’t making any money online. When I questioned him whether he offered any products or service for sale on his blog, I got a sad no.

    You see, a blog is supposed to serve as a platform or herald for a service or another website or business. However, if your words is the only thing you’re offering as a blogger, then, you’ll sadly fail – and fail hard.

    Always,
    Terungwa
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  • Hey Lisa,

    There’s really not much more I can say. I believe you covered all the reasons why it’s a good idea to start blogging now. One of the strongest reason, at least for me, is to become a better writer. I have to tell you that when I first started writing, my writing really sucked LOL… I can actually take a look back and see how far I came. But it goes to show that if you want to really become great at something, take that first step as soon as possible because when time passes and if you been consistent, then you’ll see how far you came! You can definitely pat yourself on the shoulder! Thanks for sharing Lisa. Have a great weekend!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Yes, all those reasons are very valuable indeed, but I agree with you about building a blog for the sole reason of making money, that’s not going to happen fast to be sure.

    I use my blogs as a platform for my businesses, but I do not make money from them, and for those who are thinking they can make money from Adsense, it would take lots of traffic in order to to do that!
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  • Hey Lisa,
    Nice post and Yes, using blogging we learn lots of new stuff around us about which we have no idea and it also helps in making connections with other. Right now, I am a student and thanks for the idea of writing blogging is Resume. I started blogging just to share information that I have to those who have not.
    Making money with with blogging is really a tough task and requires lots of hardwork, consistency and patience, those people who just start blogging for making money only, they quit blogging very soon they started blogging.
    Thanks for sharing this post.
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  • Yea i super reason with your points. Blogging really does help in many ways and the reason why one is doing so must be good. Great post in all

  • Hi Lisa,

    True words! In fact, the last one is the most fascinating one because this is the reason many (more than we can count) start to think about blogging.

    What a wasteful way to start a blog for making some quick bucks. Obviously, it doesn’t work and those who keep beating around the bushes for making money, eventually end up quitting.

    Other than that, every other reason to start a blog is a good reason. I would say that building your resume, building your reputation and establishing you as a thought leader in your subject area are some of the biggest reasons for starting a blog.

    Thank you for sharing!

    -Kumar
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  • Well agreed with all your points specially the “1 reason not to blog” and I guess the people who are blogging just for making money then they won’t achieve it easily or in short time.

    It needs lot of hard work and dedication and investment is also necessary.

    Thanks
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  • Lisa I was curious to see the one reason not to and I think you are correct.
    A lot of those who want to blog just to make money end up misfiring. They don’t make the money sooner enough and they feel disappointed and discouraged

    I love your explanation here though! The money is there but hidden behind hard work, smartness and time. It’s not like a walk to the super store to pick a package of biscuit.

    I enjoyed the post 😉
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Twelve great points and all right on point. Unfortunately, all the advertisements tell people to come online and blog and make money. I was fooled by that too not understanding that the blogging is a path, not the actual ‘thing’ that puts money in your hands. That’s the point everyone was missing.

    You’ve now provided the real deal and that’s great. Kudos for your knowledge and presenting it to us all.

    Great post.
    Barbara
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  • Hey Lisa

    You’ve listed 12 great reasons there for starting a blog.

    For me, one of the biggest reasons a business would start blogging would also be to get more leads through email marketing.

    By having an opt-in form on their blog, they can open up a completely new world of customers and followers who they can provide value and services to.
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  • Hi Lisa,
    I began with blogging as it was a whole new and exciting world for me on the internet. I love connecting with people who come to my blog and offer me suggestions, advices and ask for my help(sometimes).
    The very basic idea of blogging is to offer some valuable information to your readers. Once they start liking your creations, the very lonely reason not to blog(i.e. to make money) seems to be a great side-benefit of blogging.
    Thanks for sharing this and reminding us of why we should keep blogging.
    Regards,
    Vineet
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  • I was very much interested in that one reason and before I hit the button, what I was thinking was right there. Money, money and money! This is the number 1 killer of many blogs and it is really interesting to keep on drumming it into the eyes of bloggers!

    Hello Madam Lisa, I sincerely do hope you’re doing great. Thanks for the insights shared!
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  • As what I’ve read in this article, there are many reasons to start a blog today and it can be very beneficial for you to build up your skills in writing and communication. You can also help others by writing quality and valuable contents that can inspire them in life.

    Making money on blogging will take a lot of time and effort, so if your reason why you start blogging today is just to make money, I agree that it won’t work immediately. I guess it would be better if you set aside this reason first. 🙂

  • I started my blogging journey to heal myself from my traumatic love which failed. After writing I realized I have got some rhythmic potential’s in me and I can grow it. I kept learning about many stuff’s and now I understand Internet more better. I got love, connections and friends. These are my jewels- I had tried earning the moment I learned I can do that but no great success. I am certain in long run, money will come but for now you have given all the reason’s for me and many others to keep blogging.

    I found this one of a kind article on kingged(dot)com and I kingged it.

    • Hi Rohan, oh, I am so sorry, I know how that feels. I bet writing has helped you through the worst of it. Glad you got some love, connections and friends via it, that is surely a wonderful thing too. To make money from it does take time. I will have to check out your blog, sounds like it would be very interesting. Welcome to Inspire to Thrive and thanks or coming by and kingging it Rohan.
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  • Hey Lisa,

    Okay, I agree as well with what you’ve shared but as you also know I’m going through B-School right now with Marie Forleo. I thought I would share with you her opinion on why she believes you should blog. By the way, I totally agree!

    When you just have a website you can only put so much content on it. In order to be found in the search engines and social media you need fresh new content that your target audience craves. It’s a way for them to learn more about how what you have can help them and it helps to build up that bond so that the know, like and trust factor comes into play. It’s a way for them to get to know you in your own voice and make more of a connection with you because we all know that building a successful business is about the relationships we form.

    All of this falls into line with what you’re sharing but if website owners think that it can’t benefit them then they’re wrong. It’s about the connections we make and although they might be on social media we both know pointing them back to a website makes it look like it’s just about them. It’s not giving them a way to build up those relationships.

    Hope that little bit was somewhat helpful but thought it was so appropriate for what you’re sharing here.

    Thanks Lisa and rock on my friend. Have an awesome day.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Hi Adrienne. Thanks for adding about the connections and relationships via the blog and what you have learned from the B-school. I sure hope Mike and Beth will take this point into much consideration. Many people who have businesses and websites don’t understand why they need to blog or what it can do for them. They must also realize it will take time to happen, that it will not happen overnight. It’s a process, right? Love what you have added here Adrienne, have a great day and a wonderful Easter weekend.
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  • Very awesome post Lisa and I have to say, I agree 100%!

    I find blogging to be therapeutic, thus I keep starting new ones and then ditching them. LOL Since I began blogging, my writing really has improved and I have learned so much about themes, php, self-hosting, CSS, and coding! It’s really fantastic imo! The other thing that you mentioned was friends. I have made so many online acquaintances and friends with like-minded people. It’s hard where I live to find like-minded people. Most are farmers or beach bums. Not too many are interested in social media or blogging, thus I love my online world!

    Everyone would love to make money off their blog but seems to me, there is a very competitive world here and it would definitely take a lot of time and effort. Maybe time and effort someone who has children or works full-time would have to dedicate to it.

    Really great tips Lisa! Thanks so much! I’ll be passing it along!

  • Lisa thank for the reminder about the benefit of blogging.I do agree with you and Harleena that blogging can help improve one’s writing. That why I love what Johnny Truant said about writing: You can only become a better writer by constant practice without practice-without constant writing, no matter how knowledgeable you are-you will simply suck.

    For me some of other listed benefits include:

    -Get More Clients to Your Existing Business
    -Gain Influence
    -Establish Yourself as an Expert in Your Field
    -Improve Your SEO
    -Stay Knowledgeable in Your Field

  • There are lots of good reasons to start a blog today. If a blogger puts money making as a priority he is bound to fail, especially if the blog doesn’t provide value for customers. Hence, it is important for newbie bloggers to help readers solve problems with their blog, and after doing this the reader is likely to reward them with money.

    This comment was shared in kingged.com – the social bookmarking website for Internet marketers where this post was found.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

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  • You can find out what readers really want to read. That has been one of the best things about having a blog.

    By tracking which blog posts get a better response, you can improve your writing and streamline your topics so that you are creating the precise content your readers are eager to read.

    Getting immediate reader feedback is a wonderful thing for a writer…
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  • Hi Lisa,

    An awesome article, I must say! One who is pondering to start a blog should definitely read this. There are so many good reasons to start a blog! And that one reason why one shouldn’t start a blog is also valid!

    First of all, if you ask me, it is very easy to start one! Then comes the skill development part. Blogging teaches us number of skills throughout the blogging journey. Some important skills I acquired are- writing skills, networking skills, some basic SEO skills etc.

    Then, I find it as a good platform to help out others. I have an education blog, where students from India throng for study materials, tips, advice etc. It sure feels great to be of help to them!

    These are the two most interesting prospects that I found in the list. Of course, the others listed by you are also great!

    Talking about the last section, a reason to not start a blog, that’s pretty true actually! Blogging just for the sake of money right from the start can end in disaster! I mean, monetizing a blog is good. But monetization aspect should be focused on later, when blog becomes well set.

    I found link to this post on Kingged, where I’ll Kingg it! 🙂

    Arun

    • Hi Arun, thank you. Oh yes networking skills is another one to add to the discussion here. That is something you must either have or develop with others as being an island online does not work. You do need others to work with and share with. The 2-way street of blogging 🙂 Thanks for kingging it and one quick question for you – have you considered using a photo vs an image? Your comment almost ended up in spam. Thanks for coming by and have a great day.
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    • Akaahan Terungwa
      Twitter:

      Hello Arun,

      Your goals for starting a blog are noble and without fear of contradiction, honorable. With such a mindset, you’d most likely focus on quality – which will attract the right folks…before long, you’d also make the bucks!

      However, when you are intent on simply making the bucks, that’s the point where all is lost! It is my belief that the keyword should be: ‘Quality first, money second’.

      Always,
      Terungwa
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I was nodding my head in agreement with each of your 12 points – the very reason I blog and the 1 I don’t 🙂

    Yes, your writing skills DO improve and no one can it better than me as all I do is write day and (part of) night too at times! I agree, you also build wonderful connections and these very blogging relationships you develop when you visit each others blog, develop into good friendships. I guess I have more of online friends now, than the offline ones, because of blogging.

    Not to mention the amount of knowledge you gather, either when you are researching for your own work or blog posts, or when you visit a fellow bloggers post – so there is every reason to have a blog, and if you don’t start one now!

    I wouldn’t say money isn’t important to a few bloggers who start their blogs for it, but to solely depend on it and want quick money from it, shouldn’t be on their mind. It all is a process and takes time, so have patience!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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