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5 Reasons to Start a Blog {and Ways to Make it Successful}

People ask me about blogging a lot, so today, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned over the past decade. I’m sharing 5 reasons to start a blog, and giving you my best tips and tricks on how to make your blog successful!

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I’m a blogger. It’s part of my identity, as much as being a mom, wife and friend are parts of my existence. People, being inquisitive, and maybe hoping to find parts of themselves in something larger than themselves, often ask about my blog, my journey, and how and why they should join the legions of people who call themselves “bloggers.”

1. Blog to inspire others. Inspiring and encouraging others is one of the best parts of blogging. No matter your blogging topic, if you feel inspired by what you write, others will almost certainly feel inspired by you and maybe even moved to create change in their lives.

Being able to inspire others is a powerful gift, and while there are many ways to inspire, blogging is one of my personal favorites.

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2. Blog to earn an income. Earning an income from your blog (I monetize mine with Mediavine) is doable once you have an engaged audience who finds value in your content. Making money shouldn’t be your main goal in starting a blog, but if you find yourself earning a few dollars from your hobby, all the better.

There are many ways to earn an income from blogging, including sponsored content, affiliate advertising, ad networks, and selling product such as ebooks, online courses, etc.

3. Blog to open doors. Want to become an author? A speaker? Sell your art? Make your mark? Blogging can be a means to an end for all of the above. No matter your goal, blogging can help you get noticed, build a thriving business, or take the next step towards your goal.

4. Blog to help you learn new skills. Blogging helps you become a better writer, listener, and speaker. It helps you acquire computer skills, SEO expertise, and even coding experience. Learning new skills may not be your main reason for wanting to start a blog, but it’s always gratifying to learn something new and gain expertise.

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5. Blog to become happier. This isn’t a sure thing, but it’s quite unlikely that you’ll inspire others, earn an income, have doors open for you, and learn new skills without a boost in your happiness. This is not to say that blogging is always easy; I can definitely attest to the fact that sometimes, blogging feels undeniably not easy.

However, I’ve always found that rising about whatever challenge I’m facing definitely makes me stronger, encouraged, and, yes, happier.

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You have a blog–congratulations! Now, let’s turn to easy and doable ways to make it successful. Here are some of my top tips and posts:

Here, are some tips and tricks from top bloggers. I love learning from those who are in the business with me and thriving–hope their advice helps you, too!

In this post, I share 16 Pinterest tips that grew my traffic by 450%. Pinterest is an important part of my blogging strategy, and should be one of yours, as well.

If you’re starting from scratch, this post shares ideas on how to build a blog!

Thanks for reading all about 5 Reasons to Start a Blog {and Ways to Make it Successful}! Have a lovely day!


Friday 1st of February 2019

What an awesome list and reminder of why we blog. Thanks so much for the shoutout, too, Linda! We're so glad you're with Mediavine for your ad management. — Susannah at Mediavine