With over 150 million blogs and counting, it seems like everyone is getting in on the action these days. But for many students, the world of blogging is still a very foreign concept.
Based on my own conversations with other students, blogging just doesn’t seem like a valuable use of time to them (and let’s face it, a student’s time is a valuable thing).
Upon further questioning, students also don’t seem to relate —categorizing bloggers into two broad categories:
- Seasoned professionals with much knowledge at their fingertips and time on their hands…
- Or everyday people writing posts that are, unfortunately, only interesting to them.
While these descriptions may be true for a segment of bloggers out there, students are seemingly unfamiliar with the millions of bloggers that are just like them. And herein lies the beauty: anyone can be a blog writer, and as a student, there are plenty of reasons to consider starting today. Here are 4 reasons why blogging is worth your time and how it can even jumpstart your career:
1. Become a better writer (and land a job)
Whether you’re a casual writer or a challenged writer, don’t let your natural abilities (or lack thereof) discourage you. Like any activity, the more you work on it, the better you get.
But besides improving your writing skills as a benefit alone, being a proficient writer is something that will help you win job opportunities, especially in this information age. With just about any white collar job, mentioning that you have writing experience is an additional skill you need to set yourself apart from the competition. And hey, it’s certainly a lot easier than learning a new language.
2. Make connections (and find a job)
Not only will you hone your writing skills, but the more writing you do the more contacts you will likely make. Whether you make connections through fellow student bloggers who might be covering a similar topic or through people who have sought you out, I cannot stress the importance of making connections enough. Look at the millions of people on Linkedin to see what I’m talking about.
Connections will help you find jobs, get in touch with the right people, or at the very least, give you a new friend to talk to online.
3. Master the web (and keep a job)
I’m surprised by how many fellow colleagues of mine are barely knowledgeable about the internet and all it has to offer. With trillions of pages of information out there, there is bound to be something that strikes your fancy, and yet it shocks me to meet students who don’t explore the internet past Facebook for social reasons or Google for help with homework. Does unending wisdom not entice you??
Simply put, starting a blog is fun, easy and a great way to unearth your creativity. With novice friendly sites like Weebly, setting up an account and getting started is as intuitive as uncapping a pen or unclasping a diary. Once you start writing regularly, you’re bound to understand the potential of the web as you seek out more inspiration to spark creativity. The more you become familiar with the internet, the easier your life will be as we continue to become a society where knowing how to navigate the internet is absolutely vital.
4. Start a following (and create a job)
After you get the hang of things, it’s possible you’ll start amassing a following. It is then you’ll know what it feels like to have a real audience, and then you can even learn from their comments and perspectives and expand your horizons as well.
Moreover, a loyal following can be turned into future customers if you start a business of your own!
For example, maybe your blog is about photography and your experience as an amateur photographer. Get enough people hooked on your story and viewing your photos and you could have enough support to consider selling your full-sized prints. The possibilities are endless!
So what are you waiting for?
Find the blogging platform that works for you and set up an account to start blogging today. What interests you the most? What are you passionate about? Sometimes it’s better to let the thoughts spill out of your head offline so that you can decide on a more concrete direction afterwards.
One last thing to consider is that writing about college life, for example, will probably interest you less after you have graduated, so perhaps writing about a more long-lasting hobby is suggested. But either way, even if you’ve squeezed every last drop out of your topic, at least you will have the know-how and experience to start another one!
Remember, knowledge is a contagion that needs to be spread! So get to spreading!
Brendan Baker is a writer for the Student of Fortune blog, where he writes about current education topics and college life.
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