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10 Reasons To Start Blogging Now If You Haven’t Started Yet

10 Reasons To Start Blogging Now If You Haven’t Started Yet

There are millions of blogs on the internet. It was reported in 2013 that there are approximately over 152 million blogs on the internet and they are growing at the rate of 2 blogs per second. The interesting fact is that only 1% of the internet users are creating new contents for the web. The bloggers are one of them.

Why blog? Blogs can be valuable to people for number of reasons. In this article, we have listed some of the reasons you should start blogging right away, if you haven’t yet started.

1. You’ll learn new things.

Learning is a constant process. Learning is growing. As you grow into a seasoned blogger, you will have learned several different things about your field of interests. You will share your knowledge on your blog posts and that desire to share without running out of things to share sets you onto the path of constant research and learning.

You will find yourself constantly scouring the web, reading books and articles in search of new things to share with your audiences and over time, the inquisitive learner that you were once, becomes a complex man of knowledge. With blogging, you will get to know a number of different things that interest you and acquire valuable new skills.

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2. You’ll become a better writer.

Writing is a blogger’s virtue. But writing is no easy job. Quite often even professional writers find themselves struggling to find the right words to communicate their ideas. And even more often do the novice bloggers find themselves short of words and lacking in the field of articulation.

The good news is: like everything else, writing improves with practice. Blogging offers you a platform to practice your writing skills. Keep on blogging and there will come a day when you find yourself mesmerized by your own ways of putting words together to communicate your ideas. Without doubts, blogging sharpens your writing skills, slowly but surely.

3. You’ll be more confident.

Blogging teaches you to voice out your opinions and express yourself confidently. It gives you the freedom to express yourself without the fear of being wrong or being criticized.

You learn to accept that not everyone will agree with your opinions and outlook on things. You will learn not to get carried away with praises and flattery. With blogging, you will improve on your weaknesses, recognize your strengths and learn to accept challenges.

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4. You’ll be more creative.

The hard work you put onto writing and publishing articles on your blog not only exercises your thinking, reasoning and communication skills, it also ignites your creative side. It pushes you to imagine the beautiful things you want to create and gives you space to work on your creativity.

New thoughts and ideas start to set off in your mind. Your desire to constantly give your audience something new compels you to be more observant, resourceful and creative.

5. You’ll be more organized.

Blogging forces you to learn to organize your thoughts and ideas. When you sit down to write about something, the ideas in your head are often messy and unclear. As you write, they start to take shape and come alive into your writings. You organize your thoughts and lay them neatly into words. That teaches you to be organized in every aspects of your life.

6. You’ll be able to establish yourself as an expert.

When you keep learning and writing a lot about things in a specific area of your interest, it establishes you as an authority in that space. It validates your expertise and stands you out there as skilled and knowledgeable. That builds your credibility and it also looks good on your resume. Opportunities follow after that.

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7. You’ll inspire others.

Bloggers have the platform and the tool to inspire their readers. Some of your readers might find inspirations in your writing which might change their lives for the better. And that’s a good feeling, knowing that you’ve inspired people and have brought some good changes in their lives.

And those inspirations translate well on your own life too. It compels you to be disciplined and have healthy habits so that you can keep on inspiring. Bloggers have that power to inspire millions and to aid good causes.

8. You’ll meet new people.

Your audience will reach out to you directly sometimes. And who knows, you might find friends, partners, or lovers (if all the stars are aligned right) in some of them. You will create relationships with people who are interested in similar things and expand your network. It is always a nice experience meeting with interesting, like-minded people and making friends out of them. Blogging gives you that opportunity to connect.

9. You’ll make some money.

There are hundreds or thousands of bloggers out there who are making good money through their blogs. If you have a blog with a good lot of readers, you have good opportunities to make money out of it. You can monetize it by publishing ads or endorsing products that your audience may find relevant.

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Sometimes, people reach out to offer you jobs like writing articles, proofreading and such. Blogging makes a good source for some extra income. And it’s nice to get paid for what you love doing.

10. You’ll create opportunities for business.

Blogging allows you to reach out to the billions of internet users out there. It lets you be discovered. If you are able to establish yourself as an expert in the field you write about, people will come to you seeking your expertise. That gives you opportunities to create your own business and have new careers of your own interest. Aside from that, it is a good platform to promote your own brand or business to billions of internet users.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems.

In this article, you will learn why it isn’t easy to build new habits, and how to change habits.

What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

The Biology

Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

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Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

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Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

The Psychology

Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

1. Identify Your Habits

As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

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2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

3. Apply Logic

You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

4. Choose an Alternative

As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

5. Remove Triggers

Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

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6. Visualize Change

Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

Final Thoughts

Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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