Advantages of Blogging

Many recent (and older) corporate HR surveys have revealed the fact that the salary is not the prime reason for most people for leaving a particular job or organization. Until recently, I believed that blogging is majorly inspired by the monetary benefits or the blog income but now I realize that I was wrong.

There are numerous benefits that blogging brings to your life than just the money part. If I list ten of those advantages in the order of priority, my list would look something like the following:

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Advantages of blogging (in my theory)

(1 = top benefit or priority, and 10 = the lowest priority)

#1 Satisfaction

It gives me tremendous pleasure when my thoughts and ideas are of some inspiration to my audience – both budding bloggers and others. Yesterday I stumbled upon this new blog whereby the blogger (Tushar) has mentioned that he was majorly inspired by DollarShower to start new MMO blog. To be honest, I felt happier than the day when I got my first AdSense check (just relating to another aspect of blogging)

#2 Change the system

The power of your ideas and the ability to question the system can actually change many people’s lives. There are a number of bloggers who actually brings out issues like social injustice, crime, malign politicians and governments’ wrong doings (e.g. Kurt, our friend from Mauritius who authors island crisis)

#3 Educating your readers

Blogging is a free flowing means and free to consume mode of educating your readers. Just like the bloggers write at their paces, the readers have the freedom to choose and learn the stuff that he/she wants. Hence, providing free education is the next most important benefit for me.

(This is not just about the literature in the form of blog posts, but includes the free consulting help that you give via email, twitter, IM etc)

#4 Monetary benefits

I would be lying if I do not mention the money aspect at this point in the priority list. In fact, for many bloggers who make a living out of blogging, this may be the top priority as well. Monetizing the traffic via blog ad spot sales, affiliate programs and PPC ad networks are the typical patterns here. Alternatively, you may be able to put up your website for sale and generate a lump sum to start your next online venture.

#5 Networking (online and offline)

Blogging is not only about the engagement between blogger and the blog reader anymore but provides great opportunities to interact with a wider set of people via social networking, offline gatherings, blogger meets on a certain topic and other related events. Whether it is a low profile bloggers’ get-together or a mega event in Playboy mansion or a cruise vessel – they all serve the same purpose of networking.

#6 Writing skills

The online writing gives you the shortest possible turnaround time to become a famous writer or to continuously improve on your writing skills as compared to the print media. The instant feedback mechanism and the viral nature of the web content are the main reasons behind the instant success. Moreover, when you blog you are actually publishing more often in lesser quantities that helps you to assess and improve continuously.

#7 Reading habits

In order to become a good writer, you have to be a greater reader. As I have maintained many times in the past, it is like 80% reading and 20% writing that provides the right balance (not considering other aspects in a blogger’s life)

Great bloggers are those who read a lot and do a lot of research before publishing their ideas and hence reading is definitely an advantage or byproduct of blogging.

#8 Technical improvement

Fortunately or unfortunately, blogging is not about content publishing anymore. Most bloggers wear the hats of a webmaster, SEO expert, software developer, advertiser, affiliate marketer and web designer etc during his blogging life – apart from the main job of writing. This multi-role job definitely helps bloggers to become better technical people as they do more and more blogging. As a matter of fact, many of them have become good consultants in various disciplines after or during their successful blogging careers (e.g. our friends Kim and Harsh)

#9 Discipline

Blogging adds certain amount of discipline to a blogger’s life, at least I believe so. After I have started blogging and deciding on how much time I have to spend online and on blogging, my time management has become better and I consider this as another great advantage of blogging. However, if you are the one who spends most of your valuable time online and surrender your real life activities and responsibilities, it can lead to serious indiscipline!

#10 Blogging keeps you busy

Many people – especially those who are leading a retired life or have no other major hobbies – find blogging not only as a serious pastime but a means to keep them busy as well. Blogging can help to get rid of boredom in life and that’s my last point on the virtues of blogging.

Over to you…

Now could you tell me the greatest benefit that you derived out of with blogging? Do you agree with my priorities??

Happy blogging!

Comments

  1. George :

    Absolutely stunning post you have covered almost all advantages, I am just adding two more advantages,
    1.A blogger for sure is more update person during the process of collecting his cues for his posts.
    2.One can win many contents/freebees while being around blogsphere :-).

  2. A blogger can pay it back to the community, blog a post about an NGO or donate the months blog revenue to an NGO

  3. @ Ajith
    Great post buddy.. I wil just add my 2 cents to it :
    Since the time I left my job, I thought I might not be regular or I will do more fun and less work. But It was never like this.
    When your blog starts getting visitors, you become more responsible and start managing time more effectively.
    I still have no idea, how long will it take for our country to understand the potential of Blogging and it will be treated as main stream work.

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  4. Well said Ajith! I would like to add 1 more..

    1) Blog is just like a note book, you write whatever you learn in your blog. You can always refer your blog to recall what you’ve learned before. It goes same to what you did during your school life in the past, you dropped down whatever lecturer taught.

  5. Raju :

    #2 is the best of the lot. I mean I realized the power of blogging and the responsibility which comes along with it only after 5-6 months of starting techpp.com

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  6. I started mine as a distraction from the things that were going wrong in my life. I didn’t exactly need to be busier and I wasn’t bored but this kind of fits into #10. Now my primary reasons for continuing are #3, #4, and #5

    Great post Ajith!

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  7. Blogging have been paying my mortgage…

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  8. 10th point is exactly true Ajith. Not finding time to enjoy :) Blogging became the life now… But still enjoying the task.

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  9. Tushar :

    for me, blogging is the best way to earn money online and that too, some good amount of money

    Tushar´s last blog post… In Blogosphere, Everyone Can Earn

  10. Ajith, excellent post – you’ve covered it all….

    I’ve would think that the writing skills should be given prime importance as that can lead to a lot of more opportunities as well…

    And yeah.. i agree with Harsh that blogging should be considered as a main stream of work

    Curious Little Person´s last blog post… Has your Blog Lost it? Or Is It Just You!

  11. Nice list. I think blogging is also something really precious. When a blogger looks back at his archive say one year ago, its so much pleasure that you have created a museum of your thoughts. Its like going back in time and think “what was I thinking at that time”.

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  12. Richael Neet :

    “…blogging is majorly inspired by the monetary benefits…”…Nevertheless, this still remains as the prime reason why young people resort to blogging.

  13. For me its the points 1,4 and 8

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  14. Jo :

    Nice new template here Ajith! I like it.

    Jo´s last blog post… The Terms of Affection

  15. At the outset, my apologies for late replies and moderation… too busy busy these days :)

    @George, your first point is related to the reading aspect that I mentioned. And winning contests and freebies is definitely another advantage. I am just highlighting it here in this comment. Thanks for your views.

    @ZK, great point buddy… paying it back to the community in some way (donations, free of cost consulting, being in NGO positions etc would definitely help the community). Wonderful angle to the topic…

    @Harsh, yes, blogging can be a career by itself but the path is not as easy…but once you have treaded a few miles with some difficulties you can definitely get there with focus, commitment and ability to write good content.

    @Lee, wow great point… Some kind of retro-analysis right :) After several years, when you look back and see that you created some great content for the humanity, it might definitely give you some satisfaction

    @Raju, definitely… the power of blogging is unlimitted

    @Kim, I thought so. When you learn more, you tend to write and when you write more you can be a pro and do help others and make a living out of that as well.

    @Roseli, welcome to dollar shower :) Looks like you are making quite a bit of money online… great going and thanks for your comment.

    @Lax, it is good as long as you don’t overdo it 😉

    @Tushar, many of us are here for the money part as well, aren’t we?

    @Sandeep, improving writing skills is definitely a major advantage of blogging. That can help you in other ways than just blogging as well.

    @Kurt, exactly what Lee thought… I liked your term ‘museum of thoughts’ :)

    @Richael, 😀 but there are other benefits as well right. Now, one could argue which should the prime goal and what could be the byproduct.

    @Anish, that is inline with most of our expectations from blogging

    @Jo, thank you very much Jo… I am still working on it

    Great conversation folks :) Thanks again…

  16. Good post. I agree with them all. Along with all of these I want to say that your blog will give you satisfaction.

    I treat my blog as an asset, something which is mine and also as a medium to learn new things. The monetary benefits are very much helpful for students like me.

    But still it is not considered as a profession. To wrap it up I like to say that blogging is so much fun if you are passionate about it.

    Blog more and Encourage people to blog..

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  17. Nihar :

    Ajith,

    Great post. The most satisfaction comes when someone praises about you and your blog.

    Offcource with money also but it is second in the list…

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  18. moserw :

    Good list and quite correct too. Though I would say monetary is probably the primary reason for most these days.

    moserw´s last blog post… X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie Review!

  19. @Prasanth, thanks for your comment. Yes, I agree…it’s exciting when you enjoy it the most.

    @Nihar, praise and money! Definite points they are – mostly attributed to the ego part of it :)

    @Rajiv, thanks… money is definitely one of the top three reasons :) But looking around, you can also see a lot of bloggers who do not care about it and keeps writing several pages everyday!

  20. @Ajith: If I ever knew a way to applaud Online I would have done that after reading this post! A brilliant Composition. This clearly proves your 6# point.
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