In high school I had a Writer’s Craft course where we basically utilized the saying “writing is cheaper than therapy.” We wrote non-stop about anything and everything. The whole idea of the course was to always write what’s in your head and make it into something wonderful. That’s how I see blogging.
I can’t recall how old I was exactly when I started to blog, but it’s been a part of my life for quite some time now. My blogging experience dimmed down when I started at Mohawk because I couldn’t find the time to write about things other than my course work. I am grateful I found the opportunity to become a Mohawk College Student Blogger because it allowed me to devote some time every month to something other than schoolwork and more about enjoying the actual school.
I’m a firm believer that blogging is for everyone. This is because blogging is what you make of it. You might think you need to be an excellent writer, understand SEO or know web design but all you need to do is sit down and simply put what’s on your mind into words. I always find that the hardest part of starting a blog is finding a topic to write about. Nevertheless, you’re all set once you have a topic that you enjoy and are passionate. For me, that topic was tea.
When I first started my tea blog it was a place where I just wrote while drinking tea and finding creativity from inside my cup. After a few months, it started to turn into much more and I began to write strictly about the beverage I loved. Here are five reasons I think blogging is for everyone:
- You’ll learn more about yourself through this new hobby. – This is number one on my list because it’s my favourite and least expected benefit from blogging. When I sit and let my fingers dance on the keyboard I don’t really know what I’m going to talk about until they start going. I found my voice by blogging. As I wrote about my thoughts, I created new ones. Getting creative and blogging is one of the best ways to see yourself in a whole new way.
- You’ll become a better thinker and writer. – I never thought I was a good writer. Sometimes I still read over my published pieces and think, “why didn’t I word that differently?” Blogging has been a great form of exercise for my brain. In my high school course it was always about practice makes perfect. Continue to write constantly and you’ll begin to notice how your writing styles and thinking patterns change over time.
- It’s even possible to create new opportunities for yourself. – Typically, blogging begins as a hobby for many. It’s somewhere you can just write and not really think of who will be reading your words. However, sometimes there will be people stumbling upon your blog and finding your content interesting. Interesting enough to want to work with you as well. This could be anyone from another blogger to a brand.
- It’s another great form of networking and meeting new people. – The world of blogging has led me to meet so many wonderful people, mainly in the tea community, but also just others who I have found that have common interests. Your readers quickly become some of your best friends and some could even send you job leads that they find may suit you because of what you just blogged about. There are many people that get jobs through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Blogging isn’t any different, in fact, with the opportunity for more content; I believe it could be more effective.
- Everyone needs to just sit back and relax every now and then. – At the end of the day or even the start of the morning, I like to have a few moments to just sit and relax and I find relaxation in writing. Even if you’re not going to publish your work right away on a blog, expressing your thoughts into words is the best way to see clearly and let things out that are cluttering your mind.
If you already blog I encourage you to keep at it. If you want to blog but don’t know how to get started there’s no better way to than to just start writing. To be a blogger you don’t have to necessarily have your own blog right away. I hear you can become an Alumni Blogger pretty easily too… 🙂
– Lu Ann Pannunzio
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