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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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16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

2. Keep certain days clear.

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work.

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time.

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position.

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

7. Don’t try to do too much.

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan.

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first.

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work.

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour.

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

14. Never stop.

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body.

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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