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

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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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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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