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A little over one year ago, I wrote and published my very first blog post.  Having read a variety of posts from bloggers in different niches, in the beginning, I had limited knowledge about all that blogging was.  All I knew is that I wanted my very own .com, and once I decide to do something, I’ll give it a try. At times I may come to the conclusion that a particular thing isn’t for me. My blogging journey hasn’t been one of them. Life has been made better because of it.
I'm an introvert with extroverted tendencies. Click To Tweet Although I normally have a lot to say, I don’t always verbally express my thoughts.  Writing has been a valuable instrument for me throughout many situations in life.
Blogging is a portal to a whole new world beyond anything I ever thought it would be.  Yes, there’s writing, reading, and more writing, but it has also opened up opportunities I don’t think I would have experienced otherwise. Looking at where I am now versus a year ago, I must admit I’m pretty pleased.

Here are four ways blogging can benefit your life.

Your network will expand.  I’ve always known how much networking (especially with like-minded people) is a major key to success, which is also true when it comes to blogging.  Just like any other business, you need supporters to grow. I’ve formed valuable relationships with a few people since I began. Depending on your reason for starting a blog, you will need input and assistance from other bloggers–many of whom have more experience than you do.  Reaching out to seasoned and even less knowledgeable people who write will help you evaluate where you are and assist you in getting to where you need to be.

You’ll become a technical expert. Starting out, I was determined to design my site solo. Upon deciding on the best platform for my site, I decided to go with WordPress. The options for theme-building are endless, and  I love that they have experts who provide excellent technical support. Many times when these professionals explained things to me, I had absolutely no idea of what they were saying.  Now that I’ve been working at this for a little while, and have since switched to a self-hosted site through Bluehost, most of the time I can identify and fix technical issues on my own. I was a little apprehensive about going the self-hosted route at first, but Bluehost made everything simple, and my experience with them has been excellent.

You never stop learning. Blogging is not just about writing what you know.   It’s your job to keep up with the latest information and new products your readers desire to learn about and use.  Even though your writing will consist of both facts and opinions, most people read blogs because they want something. What have you learned that could benefit someone else? Providing useful information as such makes you a teacher. If you are going to teach, you first have to be a student. Click To Tweet For this reason, it’s imperative to be educated at some level to prove yourself as a valid and reliable source.

Increased confidence. When I launched my blog, I only told two people with the intention of spreading the news to others a little later.  I opened a new Instagram account, listing my website in the details.  One day while out on vacation, I received a notification on my iPhone that my niece started following me on this new page.  I wrote to her that she found my secret, but I know all too well nothing on social media is a secret.

Eager to get things off the ground, I was ready to tell everyone about my new adventure, but not really.  My primary concern was my writing–I wanted to perfect it.  That was all wrong.  A huge part of writing is humbly receiving and accepting constructive criticism.  You need this for strengthening potential weaknesses and gaining insight into what is working and what isn’t.  Once I moved past the idea of perfection, I began to have the confidence to share my writing with a larger audience.

If you are a blogger, what has been your experience?

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