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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 October 16, 2019

Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

Do you like making mistakes?

I certainly don’t.

Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

  • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
  • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
  • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
  • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

  1. Point us to something we did not know.
  2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
  3. Deepen our knowledge.
  4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
  5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
  6. Inform us more about our values.
  7. Teach us more about others.
  8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
  9. Show us when someone else has changed.
  10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
  11. Remind us of our humanity.
  12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
  13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
  14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
  15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
  16. Invite us to better choices.
  17. Can teach us how to experiment.
  18. Can reveal a new insight.
  19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
  20. Can serve as a warning.
  21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
  22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
  23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
  24. Remind us how we are like others.
  25. Make us more humble.
  26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
  27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
  28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
  29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
  30. Expose our true feelings.
  31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
  32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
  33. Point us in a more creative direction.
  34. Show us when we are not listening.
  35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
  36. Can create distance with someone else.
  37. Slow us down when we need to.
  38. Can hasten change.
  39. Reveal our blind spots.
  40. Are the invisible made visible.

Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

The secret to handling mistakes is to:

  • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
  • Have an experimental mindset.
  • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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