7 Great Things Blogging Has Done For Me (My 100th Blog Post)

It’s crazy for me to look back and realize that I only started blogging earlier this year.  I started the blog in late January, but I didn’t blog regularly, with full content articles, until April.  I also can’t believe that this is my 100th blog post.  While it feels like I’ve been blogging for years, it doesn’t feel like I’ve written this much.

At any rate, my decision to start blogging is probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  I am by no means a writer (though I find myself writing a lot these days between this blog and my InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge), but I’ve found a way to make it work for me.  When I look back at day one and see the progression across only 4-6 months, I realize that a lot can happen in a short amount of time.  Everything moves so quickly on the internet (and I mean that both literally and figuratively).  I decided it would be appropriate to recap what blogging has done for me over these 100 posts, and maybe offer some inspiration to you if you’ve been thinking about starting a blog.

The Benefits of Blogging (For Me)

1) Blogging has allowed me to get thoughts out of my head.

This sounds kind of strange because, well, shouldn’t thoughts stay in your head?  Before I started blogging, I might have had an idea or interesting thought, and unless someone was there who I thought would be interested in that thought, it would basically die.  In that respect, blogging has often let my simple thoughts flourish and become entire projects.

Can I build up a significant source of income by writing a little bit each day?  Sure, why not. Should I quit my job?  Not yet. Can I cut my $1,400 per month variable expenses down to $500 for a month?  Let’s try it. Blogging has helped me answer some important questions for myself and also allowed me to experiment with some fun and potentially lucrative projects.

2) I’ve had the opportunity to connect with a lot of great like-minded individuals.

Whether it’s writing a guest post for someone else’s blog, or interviewing someone for my blog, I’ve had the chance to share knowledge beyond my blog and bring knowledge in from the outside.

Beyond guest posts and interviews, I’ve had a lot of great interactions within the comments of several of my posts, and I’ve had people e-mail me, which has sparked a lot of great conversations about muse ideas and creating mastermind groups (which I will get to one of these days).  I even had one person reach out to me who lived in my area (Chicago) and we had a great in-person meeting/discussion.

3) I’ve been able to make my goals public.

Making my goals public has really allowed me to become accountable for them, something I strongly recommend you doing via whatever means possible (blog, social network, etc.).  I’ve also allowed everyone to follow them, mostly through my monthly “passive income experiment” updates.

4) I’ve gotten better at writing.

This was never an intention of mine, but turned out to be an incidental benefit of blogging.  I think my writing skills have improved a bit since I started blogging, which I think is a valuable skill to have regardless of what you do.  I’m sure there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

5) I’ve learned about internet marketing and how to make money online.

Everyone and their mom is trying to make money on the internet these days, so I don’t consider this to be anything special.  However, I started this blog to use it as a case study for Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek and it turned into more of a long-term study about how to create passive income online, while sprinkling in a bit of other topics (like productivity, article writing, outsourcing, social networking, etc.).

The internet is clearly becoming an increasingly prevalent part of our society, so I think finding ways to monetize its existence is something that bodes well for the future.  The challenge will be learning how to constantly adjust and evolve with the internet.

6) I’ve given more thought to actual businesses I’d like to create.

Although I don’t usually talk about my specific ideas here, blogging has kept the wheels turning in my head, which has allowed me to develop ideas beyond the initial thought.

7) I’ve had fun.

Quite simply, I’ve had a lot of fun blogging.  Everything I write about is generally something I enjoy, so naturally, I enjoy the blogging process.  It can be overwhelming at times when you feel like you need to put out regular, high quality content, but sometimes you just need to let go and enjoy it.  While I’d love to write 2,000 word articles every other day, it simply isn’t possible while working a full time job.  However, I write what I can, when I can, and hopefully others appreciate it as much as I enjoy it.

It’s not over yet.

Best of all, it has only just begun (in my mind).  Six months is nothing in the grand scheme of things, so I’m genuinely excited to see where this whole thing goes a year from now.  I hope you stick around to see it too.

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10 Responses to “7 Great Things Blogging Has Done For Me (My 100th Blog Post)”

  1. Congratulations on your 100th post!

    Since I dabble in making some passive income as well it’s nice to hear that others have similar experiences. I’ll definitely stick around because your writing is both entertaining and informative.

    Here’s to (at least) another 100!

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks René. I really appreciate the kind words, and I hope to see you here 100 posts from now!

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  2. You won’t believe this, Eric, and people said I was nuts for doing this (I probably was…lol), but I actually took the 4-hour Workweek on my honeymoon, to Jamaica, earlier this year….it didn’t mean that I valued my time with my wife less, but as both avid readers (and writers), it was great to have some high quality content to consume while, of course, consuming other things beachside and poolside…lol

    That single book gave me so much inspiration and desire to be successful. Of course, it wasn’t the only one though: I’d highly recommend, to you and to your readers, Eric, reading “Trust Agents” by Chris Brogan….”Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuck….”The Social Media Bible”….the list goes on and on….lol

    Great work with this job so far, Eric! I have a blog being designed right now….I really look forward to joining the ranks here….There are just so many ideas flowing. Ever feel like you are on information overload, and, that you are about to internally combust until you get all the ideas out on paper, or onto your blog, Eric? It’s an insane feeling, but a real driving froce to be successful, but most importantly, give BACK something truly valuable to people.

    …my goal is to one day use my blog to launch a book….It’s a lofty goal, but I think it’s possible….

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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s pretty funny – hopefully your wife didn’t mind. (I would probably do the same thing.) Thanks for the book recommendations, by the way. I’ve actually read “Crush It!” already and wrote a review here on the blog. Great book and very inspiring.

    Also, thanks for the kind words about the blog! I’ve been monitoring your blog, checking it periodically and waiting to see when you’ll have some actual content up. I know it can be a long process to get everything set up just the way that you want it. And I know the feeling – sometimes there are just so many ideas flowing that you really feel like you’re going to explode. That why a blog is an AWESOME outlet for it.

    I don’t think you’ll have a problem with your goal of using your blog to launch a book. You’re a good writer, and it seems like you have no problem getting lots of words out of your head and onto “paper.” ;) Looking forward to reading your blog once it’s up and running.

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  3. The three things blogging has odne for me are:

    1. Helped me give up my job and do blogging fulltime.

    2. Gave me an avenue to gets thoughts out of my head.

    3. Helped me become a better writer.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Dean, those are definitely some great things that your blog has helped you obtain. I agree with all of those, and congrats on being able to achieve item #1 on the list!

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  4. Eric, great job on your new-ish blog, can’t wait to read more about your case studies.

    Being a better writer is something that will follow you everywhere. For that alone, blogging is definitely worth it.

    Keep it up and show me how quickly you can support yourself through blogging. #1 cannot be that far away.

    You want it and you work hard. It’s coming.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Maryline, I appreciate the motivating words. :) Glad to have you around as a reader.

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  5. Hey Eric,

    I was curious as to which services you used to get your blog up and running (if you don’t mind sharing). I love the look you have, and I’m highly interesting in starting up a blog or two of my own.

    The way your blog is set up is easy to navigate, and very appealing. Any insights you would be willing to provide from your blog-building experience are much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    Keith

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Keith,

    My primary tools for creating a blog are pretty simple:

    1) Go Daddy (for the domain)
    2) Hostgator (for the hosting)
    3) WordPress (for the actual blog)
    4) A good theme

    There are a LOT of good free themes online (and some even better ones that cost money). You can find links to a lot of these different tools (including a couple coupon codes) on my Resources page. If you have more specific questions, I’d be happy to answer them. Just shoot me an e-mail through my “Contact” page.

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