In this post: If you’ve always wanted to start a blog, 2020 is the best time to do so. Besides making more money, keeping you distracted and motivated amidst a COVID year, here are 20 reasons why you should start a blog.
What do You Need to Start a Blog in 2020?
Hi girls, how are you today?
Have you ever considered starting a blog?
I bet you have.
2020 has been a questionable year for many, but blogging has kept me alive and kept me constantly seeing a light at the end of the tunnel when everything else around me was seemingly collapsing at once.
It kept me busy when we had a 3-month lockdown in Spain (and we couldn’t even leave our houses for a walk – unless you had a dog). It kept me motivated when my job was at risk, and best of all, it kept rendering me a steady extra income, which I appreciate.
Have you ever wondered if you should start a blog yourself?
Some take the leap, while others put it off or decide it’s not for them.
So, should you start a blog? I can’t answer that for everyone, but here are some reasons to consider on why you should start a blog:
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10 Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog TODAY
1.It’s super easy to start a blog.
Don’t let self-limitation thoughts get on the way of your dreams. I said it once and I will say it again: when I started blogging I had no idea about websites and yet the blog you see was built from scratch with my little hands (well, fingers).
There are thousands upon thousands of paid and free blogging resources, with step-by-step instructions and pretty screenshots, that can help even your grandma become a blogger.
If you want to start a blog, I’d recommend going for WordPress. There might be a small learning curve, but when you know WordPress you can understand any website tool (WordPress is the one used by most big companies).
2. Blogging helps you learn new things.
Before I started my blogging journey back in October 2018, I didn’t know anything about WordPress, website themes, HTML, Widgets, or CSS, but after a few years of ‘struggling’ with some technical aspects of the blog (and with the help of Youtube, Courses, eBooks, and a curious mind) I slowly picked up some of these skills and countless others.
If that wasn’t enough, writing is a great way to clear your head. When feeling stressed, it allows for a mental release from other stressful activities. As an avid writer myself, I have always kept a journal since my teens and it has always helped me release anxious thoughts that ran my mind.
3. It’s cheap to own a website
Yes, if you intend to make money, you will need a self-hosted site as it conveys professionalism. And having a hosted website is as cheap as $3 a month.
The host I recommend to all bloggers is BlueHost (I wrote an entire post on why BlueHost is the best here). Be sure to use my link and get 55% OFF (from 6.67 to 3.29/month!)
4. Blogging can help you make money
The corporate ladder is so 5 years ago. There are thousands of ways to make money online.
While it definitely did not come overnight, bogging slowly but surely not only helped me pay my rent but improved my lifestyle in every way.
What started at first with earning a few extra dollars a month, slowly transitioned into a few hundred, occasionally a few thousand and it is ever-growing.
I can’t think of a more fun and satisfying way to earn a living.
5. Blogging consistently teaches discipline.
I always told people that I could never be a freelance because I don’t have the discipline. Well, 2 years into blogging and working weekdays, weekends, (and even during vacation) have taught me a thing or two about discipline.
It’s one thing to stay consistent and dedicated to something when nobody’s watching, but staying consistent when you have an audience is something else altogether. The pressure of posting consistently for your readers will teach you discipline.
6. Blogging can help you build an audience and give you influence.
There’s no denying that blogging can help build that audience and give you influence within a sphere of people. Having influence over an audience is a great way to make an impact (and work with brands) Blogging can help you do that.
RELATED: Want to learn how to land brand partnerships? Check out my Work with Brands series here.
7. Blogging is a creative outlet.
Too often we spend our time-consuming on Social Media, Netflix, magazines, radio, movies, etc. While blogging might mean more work, being creative instead is much more rewarding.
Writing or sharing your creative work through a blog is a tremendous creative outlet and it has helped me stay sane this crazy 2020 year.
8. It can give you freedom.
Most of us got a taste of what it feels to work from home regularly during 2020. If you’re like me, you appreciate the extra time at hand to do you things, while not sacrificing your productivity.
Besides that, not needing to ask for a limited number of days off a year is especially welcome in my case since my entire family is in Brazil, while I have been living in Europe since 2012.
I’ve always felt torn with my limited holiday days, as I’d want to go back home at least once a year yet, at the same time, I also wanted to travel to different places than Brazil. However, having only 20 days of vacation a year was always a bit of a problem.
9. You’ll learn skills you’ve only ever dreamed of knowing
Blogging can help you learn so many new skills and abilities. Here are some I’ve picked up along the way:
- Designing for WordPress
- Writing for different audiences
- SEO best practices
- Creating web graphics
- Email marketing
- Public Relations/Networking
- Social media marketing
- Content management
- Website hosting
10. You Can Completely Design Your Days
Imagine a world where you wake up whenever your body feels like it. Not having to answer to managers (even better: not to have to deal with micro-managing ever again) – to me this is one of the winner reasons why you should start a blog, or would you disagree?.
And for those of you who are mommies, or have any other activity that keeps you busy, a blog will allow you some time to nap too!
Below is just a little taste of what it means to be able to “design your days:”
- Go to bed when you want to
- Wake up when you want to
- Workout when the gym is empty
- Grocery shop when the aisles are empty
- Shop when the stores are empty
- Drive without traffic
- Buy the cheapest flights available during the middle of the week
- Take an afternoon nap if you
- Plan vacations that last as long as you wish
You get the idea! In a few words is about improving your life quality. This is something that VERY few people in this world get to do and it makes ALL of the long, lonely hours that we put into our blog worth it.
You’ve convinced me to start a blog… Now where do I go from here?
There’s no better time than in a Covid world to get started with your blogging adventure. If you want to avoid some common mistakes and get started blogging in no time, you can follow this tutorial. I think you’ll be glad you did!