When I was 25, I started blogging. The years have passed. Does blogging still make sense? Here are some answers.
I think it was a couple of days ago that I read a comment on Twitter from someone who commented that they had recently started a new blog. To this day, I believe there are better and faster ways to make money than starting a blog. There will be plenty of people who will say otherwise but because they’ve probably been doing it for years already and haven’t just thought about it. I have now been a blogger for 17 years.
It’s important to be clear about why you want to start a blog. For me, it’s something personal. It’s part of my way of life, it’s a way of meditating and a kind of legacy for my children. Personally, I would have liked to read about my father and see what his daily life was like when I was still little. Mine will have this possibility and it is something that motivates me more than anything else.
A blog can help you maintain your sanity. Sometimes you have a puzzle that you are not able to deal with. Thinking about it while writing often helps me find a solution to the problem. It is a form of meditation. It relieves you because you have the ability to park a thought and you don’t have to carry it around as an emotional burden. It’s there, it hasn’t been lost, you just put it aside to free up some bandwidth so you can focus your energy on other things that are more productive at the time. It helps me personally to maintain my sanity. I am closely watching a family member who is suffering from depression. This is a question that should concern everyone and being proactive about it to avoid falling into a hole when difficult issues are piling up in your life is important.
Learn more about SEO
Especially when you’re young, you have time but you lack money, a blog can be a good way to learn about SEO without having to invest in training. Doing things is learned. In the end, what personally motivated me a lot in my first years as a blogger was to analyze traffic statistics and see the impact of the actions I was taking. To this day I don’t go into Analytics to see how many people have read my last posts but at the time I did it several times a day. You can find everything SEO related in YouTube videos, blogs, podcasts, etc. The content is there. If you don’t want to spend time on research, you can purchase an SEO course that will help you receive information in a more structured way.
Create a community
Especially if you focus on a theme and frequently (eg once a week) post an article that adds value within your niche, you will see that over time there will be repeat readers. They will interact with you through comments or on social networks. LinkedIn and Twitter are now good complementary channels for driving traffic to a blog. This is part of learning how to build a community, but it will also help you better manage social networks. It’s a two for one if you want to call it something. This means you easily spend 1-3 hours a day promoting your content and engaging with people who consume your content on and off the blog.
A blog can also help you find people you want to network with on a professional level. They can be both customers or suppliers. I found both thanks to the blog. It helped me create a network of contacts. It also serves as my currency because I have something to offer. It’s true that today I don’t pay much attention to the proposals that come to me. Forgive me for not being receptive to proposals such as “I will write a free article for your readers” or “I have a $25 infomercial for you”. Sometimes I may even miss opportunities that could be interesting, but at the end of life you can’t be in everything. There are people who have a marketing blog that helps them make a living from it and then there is me who decided that my blog would not be my main source of income.
Starting a blog in 2022 can make sense if you’re clear on what you’re looking for and what you’re going to get. There may be other better ways to monetize. Youtube quickly comes to mind although it is also much more difficult than it seems at first glance. I also offer more fun ways that I frequently talk about on this blog. Ultimately, you need to spend your time doing things that make you grow if you want to have the life you deserve. Everything has a price. Suffering is part of it. Good things don’t come for free in this life.