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.
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.