Most businesses keep a regularly-updated blog, and countless individuals write in their own, usually centered around their hobbies or lifestyle. The most popular personal ones focus on recipes, cooking, family and health and wellness, but there are blogs for just about every niche interest. They’re accessible by anyone with Internet access, so you can maintain a blog that attracts visitors from all over the world. Blogs bring people together around an interest, providing an outlet for the blogger to express his or her opinions and share personal experiences. They are getting more popular every year, and for good reason. Personal blogs, in particular, can serve a variety of purposes:
Build Your Resume
Keeping a blog is a great way for recruiters and people making hiring decisions to see a sample of your writing. Many employers will ask for a writing sample before hiring a candidate; an established blog is a great way to showcase your writing and also demonstrate that you are capable of the kind of follow-through that is required to maintain one.
Surprisingly enough, it can also act as a way for you to passively apply for a job. As Dan Reich explains, “I had a recruiter call me once out of the blue. She said, ‘Hi Dan, this is Emily from a recruiting firm. I just finished reading your blog and I don’t really have any questions for you. I just wanted to let you know that you are perfect for a job I’m trying to fill and I wanted to see if you would be interested.’ …. Make your resume dynamic. We are no longer in the world of 1 page resumes.”
Connect With People
People rally around blogs to connect over hobbies or niches online, which is great when you enjoy a hobby that may not have a very concentrated audience. Blogging can connect you with other people that are like you, and in some cases even make you well-known within your niche or hobby community.
Remember Your Past
They also serve as digital journals, allowing people to share their experiences and memories. It is not only therapeutic to maintain a blog, but it also serves as a great record of the things you’ve done. You can track your personal transformation and the transformation of your industry. Looking back over a blog is a great way to reminisce, as well, or to learn from your past experiences.
Improve Your Writing
Blogging can improve your writing skills; the more you write, the more adept you are. Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist explains, “Writing improves with practice. Blogging will not force you to become a better writer, it’ll just happen as you do it. And becoming a better writer holds important benefits for the rest of your lifewhether you are creating a book, a presentation, a resume, or an anniversary card for your spouse.”
Make Additional Income
Many blogs include advertisements on their pages, which provides an income for the owner. When you are first starting out, this advertising revenue may not be very large; however, as your site gets more popular and you reach a wider audience, the advertising revenue can become quite substantial. If you are blogging on side about a hobby of yours, it is always great when that hobby can generate the money needed to fund itself!