Blogs are so 2013, right? No! Even though the popularity of vlogs and podcasts is steadily increasing, blogs are still a major component of the online sphere. So for all the late adopters out there (me included, at least in this case), here are five reasons why to start a blog in 2018.
1. Blogging is Fun
Don’t get me wrong. It’s hard work too. I know that for a fact because this isn’t my first blog. I’ve had one before (back in 2013) and spent hours creating content and coming up with guerilla marketing ideas. I ultimately deleted that blog because… well… life happened (aka at one point other things like university and later my job were more important). Still, connecting with other people and having one’s very own platform to share thoughts and ideas at is such an amazing experience which is why I’m back now. Hi!
2. You’re less dependent on other platforms
Instagram is all fun and games until the algorithm changes. Am I right? Many so-called influencers have a love-hate relationship with that platform. On the one hand, it’s an amazing source of inspiration and a great way to promote your content. On the other hand, however, it seems that all Instagram has been trying to do lately is hide content.
But it’s not only that. Being fully dependent on one platform is risky anyways. What if Instagram decides to delete your account? (That’s what happened to an Austrian blogger, even though it was only temporary). Or what if Instagram shuts down alltogether? We’ve all seen what happened to Vine.
In the past couple of months, I was pretty active on Instagram and even though I never took it too seriously, the thought that it could all be gone in the blink of eye made me feel a little bit uneasy. Hence, being strong and independent internet users as we are, let’s create our own platform where it’s all about our rules and what we want, shall we?
3. Setting up a blog has become rather simple
I say rather because if you’re a perfectionist, it still takes hours until your blog finally looks like you pictured it. Generally speaking, however, anyone can start a blog. It doesn’t require coding or a university degree (you should finish school nonetheless, kids!).
If it’s the tech part you’re worried about, let me tell you this: WordPress and other platforms lead you through the process and fellow bloggers are usually more than welcome to help you out if there are any questions. Just like Amy. Amy published an article about setting up a blog and it helped me a lot!
4. Inspire and be inspired
Words are strong tools. They can have a deep impact on another person’s life. Let’s make use of that and inspire others with our take on issues. One of the main reasons why I started this website is because I was inspired by other people’s blogs. And who knows – maybe this very post inspires someone else to set up their own blog?
5. It gives you endless opportunities
Blogs can be thought-provoking, entertaining, sad, silly, thrilling, funny, you name it! And some people even make a living with blogging. At the end of the day, your blog can be a life changing opportunity. So what are you waiting for?
How do you feel about blogs? Do you have one? If not, have you ever considered setting one up? Drop me a comment. I’d love to hear your opinion!