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15 Advantages of Blogging

After blogging for almost a year and a half, I’ve come to realize that I’m not the same person I was when I started blogging.

It took a while, kind of like the way a blacksmith in a past times would hammer away at a sword blade, continuing to harden the metal, while also shaping the edge of the blade.  Blogging has had that type of effect on me!  I can tell that blogging has sharpened both my communications skills and my writing abilities!

Back when I started, word were difficult to write down, and I guess you could say that I was a writing weakling.  While writing still isn’t my strong point, I have strengthened this ability, much like a weight lifter would improve their muscle tone by lifting weight day in and day out.

Advantages of Blogging

  1. I can now write better than I have ever before,
  2. My sense of organization have improved vastly!
  3. My patience for the tedious tasks done has also improved vastly.
  4. I’m not afraid to seem pretentious by using words that are not typically used day in and day out.
  5. I’m no longer intimidated by others that have similar but much larger blogs.
  6. I learn something new almost daily (and sometimes it seems like hourly).
  7. I’ve met some great people online, and learned to respect other intelligent opinions too.
  8. I make enough money to support my blogging hobby.
  9. I’ve become a more trusting and friendlier person.
  10. I’ve learned to have more patience with my family and especially my son and daughter.
  11. I’ve learned to work for fun
  12. I’ve learned to get along with less sleep (as I type this at 1:00am)
  13. I’m able to explore the hidden, creative side of my being, especially with experiments!
  14. I’ve learned not to be so defensive, and let attacks on me roll off of my shoulders.
  15. I’ve learned to create pillar posts (like my recent Disney World post).

As long as you don’t let blogging run your life, the above advantage of blogging are great!

-MR

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22 Responses to 15 Advantages of Blogging

  1. I like the creative and social outlet the best.

    The worst is it is kind of addictive. I have a lot of other things I need to be doing too and blogging is usually a more enjoyable escape.

  2. I really like number 12. I have started staying up so late to work on my blog it blows my mind that I can still function. I also checked out your pillar post and thought that was pretty cool too. Is that a specific style of posting? I am new to blogging and like you said, learning something new everyday.

  3. MoneyCone says:

    Cool list! Blogging to some extent is also ‘monetizing your thoughts’! :)

    • admin says:

      Yeah, that’s true, but for me, not initially.

      I started just to share what I knew, in contrast to my friends. I think my way is a good way to go for people that are similar.

  4. krantcents says:

    As a newbie, I can see changes in myself! My writing is changing, my focus is changing because of my audience and I think I am getting better. The biggest change is still occurring, I am learning something new!

    • admin says:

      I hope I’m getting better too!

      It’s been an interesting road to here, I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I too, like the learning aspect of it!

  5. Jeff says:

    I like blogging, but recently I’ve been slowed down by school work and searching for a summer internship. Do you think blogging is something I could put on my resume? ( I could skew the wording by saying I run my own website on pf)

    • I put it on my resume. I think that growing a blog would translate into a lot of useful skills for an employer. :-)

    • admin says:

      I would, it makes you sound so industrious! Plus your site is pretty cool… Try to keep the language clean, and it’s definitely a resume item!

      • Jeff says:

        Update: I went in for an interview the other day for a summer internship ( blog still wasn’t on my resume), but I mentioned it and the hr rep seemed very impressed.

  6. “I’ve learned to work for fun”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself! :-)

  7. There’s the addictive phase and then there’s the “I don’t feel like writing” phase. ;) I have really gained a lot from my own foray into blogging and I can relate to many of the points here… it is a lot of fun!

    • admin says:

      My wife has heard her share of the “I don’t feel like writing” phase :)

      I have yet to convince her to take over the keyboard and write a masterpiece…

  8. An insightful list, MR. I agree with #1. With #2, becoming more organized is a survival mechanism, as the extra time chewed up by blogging has to be made up somehow!

    • admin says:

      I wasn’t very organized until now. I’m getting better and better though!

      In fact, I’m starting to lessen my time blogging, but just by a little. I could be that I’ve learned a few tricks to make my posts quicker.

      Sadly, I’m just starting to build up an article queue. Previously, I wouldn’t keep up, and it was always a last minute scramble.

  9. Ravi Gupta says:

    Good post. I’ve noticed some of those things too but I sometimes find blogging to be tedious. I guess you could say that one thing I learned from blogging is that it’s best to have one blog at a time and to not over stretch yourself.

    -Ravi G.

  10. Evan says:

    I don’t really get the big word lesson?

    • It’s amazing what words come out when it’s past 3:00am in the morning. Actually I’m surprised I didn’t intermix some spanish words too… ;)