5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog

June 5, 2017

I’ve been blogging for almost six years (this August is my “blog-a-versary”) and over the past half a decade or so, I’ve come to learn so many things. I’ve had a lot of people ask me for advice on how to start a blog, and while I won’t get into those details today, I wanted to share with you five reasons I’m glad I started my blog. Someone could start a blog for any variety of reasons, so these are just a sampling of some reasons. If you currently don’t have a blog, or have let yours go by the wayside, hopefully these will inspire you pick it up!

5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog

1. You need a creative outlet. For me, having a blog was a way that I could write stories and use my passion for the written (or typed) word to express myself. Graduation was merely months away and I knew that I would miss writing after I left college. But even if you’re still in college, a blog is a great way to write from a first-person perspective unlike many of those papers you’re probably writing in class.

2. You’re moving to a new city. Shortly after I graduated from college, I made the trek halfway across the country from South Carolina to Houston. I had only ever visited the city once and had no clue what to expect. Getting into blogging (and reading other blogs) helped me learn more about the city I was moving to. I connected with the blogging community in Houston and they helped give me advice and recommendations about the city.

3. You’re about to take a big step in life. Getting married? Having a child? Embarking on a weight loss journey? Buying a home? These are all great reasons to start a blog. It’s an easy way to document your progress and makes it easy to look back on later.

4. You want to meet new people. In moving to a new city, I also had no way to connect with people (other than my sorority alumnae chapter). Through blogging I connected with an established community of women who could relate to the blogging struggle (which is completely different nowadays). Blog friends turned into real friends, and my mid-twenties were shaped by these women. I’m all the better because I knew them! (I’m talking about you Meg O., Meg H., Lindsay, Michelle, Sarah S., Betsy,  Sarah H. and so many more!)

5. Because you just want to! Maybe you’ve been reading blogs for a while and have been inspired by those you’ve read. That definitely inspired me to start my blog. Not having a full time job definitely influenced the decision as well. It was a great way to occupy my mind in a new city, far away from my family. Whatever your reason may be, you should go for it!

Want to know 5 reasons NOT to start a blog? Check back tomorrow and find out!

If you have a blog, what inspired you to start it?

  • 1, 3 and 5 where my main reasons to start a blog. It was the best decision I made!

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

  • I love all of these reasons for starting a blog. I started my blog a couple months after moving to a new city and definitely needed a creative outlet.Now I’m about to start law school and I hope to continue blogging through that new journey!

  • Jen

    These are all great reasons! I started mine almost 9 years ago to keep family updated with what was happening and I have loved it ever since.

  • YES! This is the reason I’ve started blogging and reinvented my blog every time I’ve moved (which would be 7 reinventions in 7 years haha!)

  • I began for a creative outlet and am so glad i did!

  • These are all great reasons, but the first is the reason why I wanted to start a blog. It’s so great to have a no-pressure way to express myself. I love writing and don’t know if it’ll ever become a career, but for now, it’s the perfect way for me to get my creative juices flowing. Six years of blogging? I can’t wait to get there.

  • mckenna bleu

    I love all these reasons! I started mine as a creative outlet!

  • I agree that it is an amazing creative outlet!! That is why I recently started mine. I didn’t even realize I wasn’t expressing myself creatively. But, once I began to blog and I lit up inside, it was so clear!!! xx

  • Similar to most people, I also started my blog as a creative outlet! As an engineer, I basically do math and science all day, so I needed a way to express myself. I never thought I’d meet as many people as I have, but I love that part about the blogging community!

    Hannah | the swirl

  • Kristine Circenis

    Yes to your second point! I’m so excited to carry my blog with me when my fiancee and I move to a brand new city in a few months!

  • thesophiadiaries

    I couldn’t agree with these reasons any more! Especially having a creative outlet is so important <3

    http://thesophiadiaries.com/bujoinspiration/bujo-ideas-pinterest

  • A few of these are actually the reasons I started mine haha. But I definitely needed that creative outlet!

  • Lacey Anne Douthat

    Literally looking back and thinking… yep because I felt trapped in a 9-5 and I just wanted to!

  • #1 and #5 are why I started mine!

    -Alix

  • I started blogging after high school to try to get better at writing. I have been hooked ever since.

  • Love these! #1 was mainly my reason– I was in a full-time job that I didn’t like and wanted more of a creative outlet and to improve my writing skills. I have since left that job but still love blogging.

  • #1 was very much my main reason – and I was jobless and needed something to do!

  • Anna Hubbard

    These are all amazing reasons to start a blog! I believe that anyone should start one if they really want to :)

  • I started my livejournal because my best friend/step-cousin had one. I read his all the time, and I finally gave in and started my own. It was just an outlet for my feelings and frustrations as a teenager. Eventually I tried out other blogs, and now I have Belle Brita!

  • Carly Ned

    I started my blog right after I moved to Raleigh! It’s a great way to remember all my new adventures :)
    xx Carly | thecarlycollective.com

  • Oby Grace

    #1 was my reason I started my blog and I am so happy that I decide to do it,I wouldn’t change my blogging experience at all.

    xoxo
    Oby Grace
    http://www.obygrace.com/2017/06/How-to-style-colorful-pants.html

  • Amy

    Having a creative outlet was actually the reason why I started mine, but I didn’t realize how great it was to meet new people in my area! I went to a new city for college and it’s been a great way to meet new people!

    xoxo,

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Love these! I started mine because I wanted a creative outlet but I also had lots of advice to share and I wanted to mentor other college students!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • I love this list! I started mine because I wanted a creative outlet and because I was reading so many blogs and figured why not?!? And then I was so happily surprised when I started meeting other people with shared interests – this has been hands down my favorite “perk” of blogging!!

  • These are all such great reasons!! I love that blogging has helped me meet so many new people! Also happy almost blogiversary!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

  • omg YES to #1! I feel like also for 2 and 3 that writing about it helped me process the changes. But I’m an overthinker, so :) and YAY for #4! <3