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6 Reasons to Start Your Own Blog

Updated on May 29, 2016
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Erin Shelby is passionate about living a lifestyle that aims for financial freedom. She writes about personal finance and other topics.

By Erin Shelby

Why Blog? 6 Reasons to Start Your Own Blog

Have you ever thought about starting a blog? There are plenty of reasons why blogging is a great hobby.

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1. Blogging is Free

Many hobbies require membership fees or equipment costs, consuming a big part of your budget. This can be a problem if you’re not earning enough money and you want to keep pursuing your hobby during a time of unemployment or underemployment. But not so with blogging. Other than having internet access and a computer, blogging is a hobby you can enjoy for free. On WordPress.com, you can create a blog for no charge and there are a wide variety of beautiful designs to express your interests. If you ever decide to take your blogging to a higher level and make things more complicated, you can pay a fee, but until then, there’s no charge.

2. Blogging is For Everyone

Athletic activities like sports and hiking can require physical stamina that not everyone is committed to or interested in. But people of all ages and fitness levels enjoy blogging. Whether you’re 26 or 66, you can start and maintain a blog. Regardless of your own fitness, you can explore other blogs and maintain your own.

Blogging can be done anywhere, anytime
Blogging can be done anywhere, anytime | Source

3. Blogging Lets You Express Yourself

Are you an aspiring poet, chef or photographer? Creating a blog is a way to express yourself by showing the world what you’re passionate about. By practicing what you love on a regular basis – such as photography – and putting it online for the world to see – you’ll become better at it over time. In this way, blogging is a way of becoming self-taught in something you love. While some bloggers have a large number of followers, others do so for their own personal satisfaction, achieving great joy from it.

4. Blogging is For All Seasons

Blogging is a weather-proof hobby. Whether the air conditioner is cranking, or snow plows are roaming the streets, you’ll never have to cancel your blogging plans. The only exception to this is if there’s a problem with your internet service provider or power supply. Blogging is a perfect hobby if you’re looking for something that can provide fun in all seasons and weather conditions.

Blogging provides an online community
Blogging provides an online community | Source

5. Blogging Provides Community

Creating a blog is creating your own corner of the web. When you do this at a website like WordPress or HubPages, you instantly join a group of like-minded hobbyists. You can follow what others are doing in a similar hobby, or you can follow experts in a field that you know nothing about to learn new things. Through the encouragement of others, you can stay motivated to maintain your blogging.

6. Blogging Lets You Earn Free Products

In some cases, you can earn free products by having a successful blog. I’ve loved incorporating book reviews into my blog. Publishers have provided me free copies of books that I get to keep just for reading the books and providing my honest opinion. What could be better than something for free?

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good advice here Erin about the advantages of blogging. I do have my own blog but only add to it occasionally as most of my writing is here on Hub Pages where it gets more traffic. Voted up.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree with John. Excellent tips and feedback about the benefits of blogging. :-) Voted up ++ and shared.

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      erinshelby 2 years ago from United States

      @Jodah

      Thanks for your comment. I do love the format of HubPages where everyone has a chance to make their voice heard.

      @Genna East

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing!

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      I know that I should probably start my own blog or website at some point, but I just can't find the exact niche that I want to write yet. Between working full-time, going to school full-time, and publishing some articles here and there, I'm one busy person! I do hope that one day I can find a good blog to start though. Great pointers!

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