Have you ever thought of starting a blog but never put your thoughts to action for some reason? It?s time to give it another thought again.

If done well, blogging can be very rewarding.?In this post, I share 7 great reasons why you should start a blog.

1. Blogging helps you build a reputation and establish authority in a particular subject

With the power of the internet, reaching many millions of people has never been easier. By creating a blog, you are able share your knowledge and expertise with everyone in the world. You also reach thousands of people with the click of a button.

As you keep writing ?good , useful content w you begin to build your reputation. You also establish your authority around the subject area you write about.

Blogging could lead to several opportunities such as consultancy, public speaking engagements, and business deals.

If you are looking for a way to build a brand and reputation for yourself, I?ll definitely recommend blogging to you.

2. Blogging is a great way to promote your business

If you have a product or service blogging good way to get people to know about your business.

Lets say you sell jewellery made of beads. You could start a fashion blog and eventually convert your readers into customers. ?People are more likely to click on a link which says ?7 perfect jewellery combinations for dinner dates? than a link which says ?Buy my elegant bead necklaces?. ?

By creating a blog around your industry ?you can build an audience who you can later convert into customers or partners.

3. Blogging is a good way to share knowledge and inspire others

When ?you blog, you share your knowledge and expertise with others. I learnt most of what I know now because other people decided to blog.

The thought that your writing is helping someone out there to become better alone is thrilling and is enough reason why you should blog. I get thank you messages from people who are inspired and challenged to do more by reading a post I wrote on my blog.

If you are looking for an avenue to help others by sharing what you know with them then you should definitely blog.

4. You can make extra money through blogging

You?ve heard that may people are making tons of money through blogging. It?s definitely possible to make money from your blog. It takes A LOT of time and effort but once you start getting lots of readers and traffic, there are several options available to make money from your blog.

You could decide to show ads. You could decide to offer PR services on your blog. You could even become an affiliate for other companies by putting links to their services on your blog. The choice is up to you.

Here is an example of ads on a website below.

Ads on Huffington Posts site

Ads after a post on Huffington Post website.

For inspiration, check out this list of top earning blogs and how they make their money.

If you are looking for ways to earn some extra income while doing something you enjoy, you should give blogging a try.

5. Blogging helps you stand out

We live in an increasingly competitive world where we are competing with millions of other people for the same opportunities. Blogging can be the factor which makes you stand out above your competitors for that job, internship, admission or scholarship.

One time, I was hiring interns for one of my companies and after the final screening of shortlisted applicants. I had to make a decision between two who had the same scores. I found out that one of them was a blogger and the other wasn?t doing anything extra besides getting good grades so I gave the blogger the nod.

Employers have to make decisions such as the one I made on a daily basis. Blogging is one sure way to differentiate yourself from your competition.

6. Blogging improves your writing skills

There?s no doubt that when you begin to blog, your writing skills will improve. Blogging doesn?t force you to become a better writer. You?ll begin to write better. Just like that!

Before you publish a post, there?s a decent chance that you?ll go through the post several times and look for ways to improve what you have written. You’ll want to correct an error, improve the sentence construction here and there, etc.

If you intend to go into journalism or be an author, starting a blog is a good way to improve your communication skills and prepare you for your career.

7. Blogging makes you more knowledgeable and boosts your confidence

Before you write a post, chances are you?ll spend some time doing some research on the topic, even if you are an expert. As you do more research in the subject, your knowledge about it increases. This is a real confidence booster.
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Anytime I write a new post, I learn something new. I am confident when I engage in a discussion with other people on that topic because I know have something useful to say.

So that’s it folks!

Check out this really great post from WPBeginner on how to start a WordPress blog.

Do you know any other reasons why you should blog? Leave them in the comments section below. Also share this post with your friends so that they can also get to know all of these benefits they can derive from blogging.

Happy blogging!