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Blogging is great fun and here are 34 good reasons to blog. I have never earned any money from blogging and I don’t expect to. But others have. I blog because it gives me a voice on the Internet. I have over 6k subscribers. It is very creative I design my blog and it pleases me. It is not difficult and provides you with a permanent record. Also it is free. You can be up and running in 30 minutes. Read the 34 reasons. Not all will apply but you have good solid reasons to start a blog.
Here are the first 5 reasons to blog:
1. It helps you learn new things
Blogging is about sharing what you see, or want to see, in the world. It’s about teaching or sharing what you know and what you, too, are learning. When you start a blog, you’ll find yourself always learning new things about your areas of interest so you can keep sharing without running dry of ideas.
Think of it this way: when you set out to wash clothes, your objective is to clean the clothes, not your hands, but it’s your hands which become clean first.
2. It makes you think clearer
The ability to think clearly and generate ideas is one of life’s most critical skills, yet one of the things you don’t get taught in school. Blogging fills that void, helping you grow your thinking muscles exponentially.
You’ll learn to reflect deeply on your life, your relationships and your society; engage with others intellectually, appreciate the strengths in arguments and point out the flaws in them; appreciate the tiny distinctions between what, why and how; the nexus and disparity between excuses and justifications, and so on.
3. It helps you write better
Many things have boosted my writing proficiency over the years: essay contests, tapping from mentors, reading books, etc. But none of them has challenged me so consistently as blogging.
Here’s why: writing mastery comes with constant practice and blogging is just about that. In his epic book, On Writing, Stephen King discusses how once he didn’t write for several weeks due to an accident, and how when he started to write again, his words weren’t flowing well.
That’s how inconsistency weakens your writing muscle, and that’s why blogging, which keeps you writing regularly, helps you write better.
4. It builds your confidence
I used to be a timid introvert. Until I started blogging.
Blogging helps you learn to voice your opinions, dare to be wrong and stop being so scared to make mistakes. With blogging, you learn to recognize and build your strength, and also admit and improve on your weaknesses. With conversations happening on your blog, you learn to hear flattery without being carried away and take criticisms without losing your cool.
5. It helps you speak more coherently
A great speech starts with a sound script. The more you learn and share ideas about your areas of interests on your blog, the more comfortable you get discussing them verbally.
And over time, you grow confidence to face an audience and manage your nervousness on your subjects of interest. Soon, this diffuses to other verbal conversations.
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REMEMBER if you have a blog you are increasing your digital literacy this can be added to your CV. Blogging is a marketable skill as WordPress powers 27% of the internet. It is a valuable skill to have. Often on an application form you have web address well now you can have one.
If you are ready to give it a go it costs nothing except 30 mins of your time:
OK you have come here because you don’t need the “Why” of http://OlderCitizens.wordpress.com. This site is a stripped down version. Watch a video once, then the second time pause the video and follow instructions. You can watch all videos first there is a lot of overlap.
Watch all videos full screen, don’t click on any links until you have watched the associated video. (You may have to turn up your volume) All links open a new tab.
- Go to WordPress.com.
- Think of a name and register it. yourname@WordPress.com is a good start. Take some time over this. You may have a nickname you go by or an interest in something special to you. When you tell people your blog address how does it sound? Try and make it unique and memorable. I have about 15 blogs for different things including my name so you can have more than one. But take your time and choose a good name that tells people who you are.
- Change the theme, Themes: Twenty Sixteen is a good theme and I recommend it. Go to http://thenameofyourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin – Appearance then Themes and if its not there type in twenty in the search box. All the twenty family will come up they are all good. You can play till you get one you like. There are hundreds of free themes and you can change your theme very easily. So choose a theme that suits your mood. It may take several attempts to decide but you can change your theme anytime. ( The forward slash = / is under the question mark )
- Add a post.
Your first post, go to thenameofyourblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin:
- Open up the dashboard at /wp-admin
- Practice using the post editor
- Making a post (If you can use a word processor this is easy)
- Insert an image and a video.
- Keep all your images in your image folder
The video below is worth a watch it recaps and adds some detail I missed.
That’s all you need to get started. Here is a reward for your sweat:
I have set up a forum on http://forum.oldercitizens.org/ where you can ask questions and discuss anything. It is monitored daily.
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