There are so many reasons to blog that it’s surprising how many people still aren’t doing it. Sure, there are some 70 million WordPress blogs registered, but there are a lot more people in the world than that! Not to mention, many of those blogs are likely either stagnant or ineffectively managed.
Blogging gives people a paper trail, so to speak, of your expertise. In addition to relying on customer reviews or recommendations from friends, people interested in working with you can go online and take a look at your experience, wisdom, and personality for themselves. In this way, blogging is also a great platform for networking. And as we’re learning with Google’s newest algorithm, the better the networker you are, the more online power you have.
So today we’re going to do you a big favor and pull the rug out from your top three excuses not to blog!
1. I don’t have time. This excuse is usually reserved for those people who have never experienced the rush of a well done, well followed blog – which is the majority of us. It’s not about having the time, it’s about making it. Start off small, blogging just once every three or four days. If you’re keeping you blogs concise, you should be able to pop one off under an hour. If you do the math, that means you only need to find one available hour in every 84. Once you can handle that, start blogging more frequently, until you reach the point where you’re a daily blogger. And, hey, before you know it, you’ll be able to write better blogs in even less time!
2. I don’t know how. If you’re reading this, you probably don’t use this excuse. But believe me, plenty do. No one knows how to do everything, but learning is half the fun of life! There are thousands of blogging resources on the web, likely tons at your local library, and somewhere in your area there might just be a blogger Meetup going on (Click here to see if there’s a group registered in your area)*. In short, if you want to learn, the opportunities are out there.
3. I’m not a good writer. Pish posh. If you can talk and you can type, you can write. Blogging isn’t about being a grammatical phenom or a storytelling whiz; It’s about conveying what you know and what you’re learning so that those around you can learn from your experiences and mistakes. In fact, the most read blog posts are those that pull directly from real life experiences – not necessarily those that are written in perfect English.
*If you’re in the Saratoga Springs or Capital District Region and are interested in either starting or more effectively managing your blog, meet us for the first ever Rendertribe-hosted Blogger Meetup. Join us for drinks and an open discussion on the world of blogging at The Living Room on Caroline Street in Saratoga on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30pm!