9 Little Known Benefits of Having Your Own Blog

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I always attribute my escape from what seemed like an eternal sentence in the cubicle world to my little blog, Prolific Living.

Today, I don’t call myself just a blogger. My business has expanded into many facets from creating online products and programs to running my coaching and career programs, writing books and speaking at conferences, but I never want to forget that it all started with one thing: my blog.

My blog was the single door that opened me to the world of writing, self-employment, entrepreneurship, online e-commerce, power communities, social media, amazing people and a circle of like-minded friends I never thought I could find.

AweberBut most of all, my blog gave me the ability and the confidence to do the one thing I never, ever, ever even considered a serious possibility, much less a reality, in my life: To do what I love and make money at it.

Funny thing is, I did not even know how much I love doing my own thing, and likewise, how much it wiped me to do meaningless work on mind-boggling insanely useless and painfully boring corporate initiatives. It is the difference between night & day, happiness & depression, light & dark, grey & colorful, and most of all, fulfillment & emptiness. I was all the latter things and now I am all the former ones.

But blogging has amazing side-benefits that are not as obvious to the casual observer. So today, I’ll lay out 9 little known but killer benefits of having your own blog. Ready?

1. You gain serious credibility without asking for it: Credibility for being courageous to speak your mind, for having the guts to put yourself out there on any topic under the sun, and publishing those thoughts because you believe them to be valuable nuggets to the world. Not a common trait among common humans.

2. You show up on Google searches: One casual Friday this year, a BBC World Service reporter sent me an email to see if I can be put on their career discussion panel. I was sure it’s a joke! She was for real and found me via organic search online. I went on BBC the next morning, and talked to Julian Marshall himself. One of many happy occasions of being found in Google.

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3. You get noticed by old friends, distant relatives, ex-bosses and colleagues: People who haven’t spoken to you in ages come out of the wood works, and it’s not like you won the lottery, no darling, it’s because you have a blog. Like all of a sudden, you are important, or worthy of notice. It’s kinda nice.

4. You make leaps and bounds of personal growth: There is nothing like a blog for having an impetus for deep personal growth. From confidence building to motivation for doing more with your life, from looking inward for answers to questioning your career path, you peel layer after layer of growth just by sheer act of maintaining a consistent heart-felt blog.

5. You become a better writer: We are all writers. We write. In today’s age, who doesn’t write something sometime during their work? But when you write your blog posts, you push your writing, you push your communication skills, and you connect with people through your writing. It has no choice but to get better over practice.

And remember: Writing is the essence of all wealth!

6. You realize you have value to offer: This is significant. Most of us are our own worst critique and nothing more. We do not realize the incredible value we can offer by our “basic” knowledge. Blogging blows that myth out of the water and proves you this fact through clear examples.

7. You get ideas upon ideas upon ideas: I never knew there is such a vast ocean of ideas and creativity flowing through me. I should have – if I listened to beloved Rumi: “A wealth you cannot imagine runs through you.”, he tells us, but it can get blocked by the everyday mundane, stressful, undesirable acts that we have to perform. Well, blogging unleashes it and those ideas can be worth money, baby!

8. You become conscious of your choices: You start to ask interesting questions and take more decisive actions. Questions like, what the hell am I doing with my life at this bloody job? (Maybe that was just me ;)) Or I wonder if I can do something fun and exciting for a living and still make money at it? Can it be possible that I work for myself? Maybe I can write a book? Why not create my own products? Can I possibly even have my own brand and spread my message to help others in a fulfilling way?

9. You get big and dreams start to look possible: If you keep at it, if you blog from the heart, if you are consistent, if you don’t neglect your blog as you wouldn’t do your child or your puppy (I hope!), and if you are true to yourself, you cannot help but grow, and get big. You attract your readers and traffic like a magnet, and you will be surprised just how accessible your dreams can be if only you stick with it.

So that’s your quick nugget of wisdom for today. I will save the other 1001 reasons for having your own blog for another day. For now, remember that there’s never been a better time to start your own business, to set your own path, to share your message of hope or love or joy through your creative desires, through your technical abilities, through your educational background or training. All of that can show up in a blog and it can be your key to unlock your freedom.

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  • http://sewmaris.com Maris Olsen

    Love your post Farnoosh – totally agree! I was asked to be on a local TV station consumer segment program last year because I blog about sewing. It was so fun! Maybe not the BBC yet, but I had a great time with my little 15 minutes of fame. ;-)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Ah BBC is just another stream. It is more to tell others to get impressed – to be honest, it didn’t send me any traffic or leads but it is very credible and that always helps. Any news media outlet is something to mention, if only to impress others ;))! Good to see you here, Maris.

  • http://ryzeonline.com Jason “J-Ryze” Fonceca

    My blog has delivered all of those benefits to me in some form or another, and I deeply appreciate it.

    Interestingly, today, Jon Morrow posted an article on how ‘blogging is seen as a joke’ and how one of the true benefits of blogging is that ‘yes, it CAN help make you money.’

    :) Great stuff, Farnoosh.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Jason, I like Jon a LOT, and yes blogging even by itself can make you money – both directly and indirectly. Glad blogging has served you well too! :)

  • http://www.craigmcbreen.com/ Craig McBreen

    Hi Farnoosh,

    It didn’t take long for me to experience the amazing benefits of blogging. It’s changed my life in so many ways. It’s really interesting when someone you were friends with over 20 years ago comments on one of your posts ;) Very cool.

    To me, this really is an adventure and I’ve only just started. Cheers to more fun and learning in the online space.

    Thanks!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hey Craig, nice to see you here. I hear you loud and clear!!!! And it seems your old friends have become your new tribe too, so very cool that it brings old and new friends together. It is pure adventure and I am glad to hear of all your blogging benefits.

  • Dan Garner

    For me the biggest benefits have been a chance to connect with more people and personal growth. Because I write, I find I read more frequently as well.

    Dan Garner

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Right on. Writing and reading go hand in hand. Stephen King dismisses all writers who do not read. :) So read on and read often. Reading is a great way to consume information and to improve our writing in the process, Dan.

  • http://www.CritterWisdom.com Carmelo

    Hi Farnoosh,

    I’m certain that you have to get to some “tipping point” before these benefits surface. I have no doubt that in time, and with proper content, that will happen. How many tens of thousands of new blogs are started each day?

    Your class with Leslie Samuel will no doubt cover this issue. I’ve heard him a couple times and he’s good. People who are considering blogging or earning money from their blog would do well to sign up!

    Have a great day dear Farnoosh!

    • http://ryzeonline.com Jason “J-Ryze” Fonceca

      You have a really good point, Carmelo.

      Life is a process, and rarely is ANYTHING instant :)

      Still, points…

      4 (You make leaps and bounds of personal growth), 5, 6, & 7

      All happen noticeably fast in my experience!

      • http://www.CritterWisdom.com Carmelo

        Yes, Jason … that really makes sense. Just focusing on something can really effect rapid advancement and change. And that’s a great thing! So, it’s encouraging to realize that those core elements don’t have to take forever.

        We do want to keep in mind, however, that we can’t completely expect others to notice us immediately or we could lose some of our steam and stick-to-itiveness.

        Thanks, Jason. :-)

        • http://ryzeonline.com Jason “J-Ryze” Fonceca

          My pleasure, Carmelo :)

          Feels like we’re on the same page :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Oh yes, not an overnight achievement. Hope I didn’t imply that – and many blogs do flounder and never make it…. but if you serious about it, I really believe it will happen one way or another, Carmelo, you know? It takes a lot of patience, though ….. thanks so much for stopping over.

      • http://www.CritterWisdom.com Carmelo

        Yeah, I know. You didn’t imply that, I was just thinking out loud. I guess you had your ear to my door ;-)

        Persistence, yes. It will happen.

  • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com Maxwell Ivey

    Hi Farnoosh; Another excellent post. and yes, I remember seeking out blogs to follow in google and finding your excellent blog. Since then i have not only learned a lot about being a business owner, but i have also met many other fine bloggers and business owners through your community of followers. And a few people have visited my site and blog because of my comments here. I would say another great benefit of a blog most people don’t realize is the sense of accomplishment that comes from first starting the blog, creating your page, writing regular posts, replying to comments, etc. It can give you many small victories to keep you going or it can be your reason for getting up in the morning on those days when your job, family, business, weather, whatever makes you think about calling in sick or just staying in your pajamas and pulling the covers back over you. Thanks again my friend Farnoosh and take care, max

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Lovely seeing you back, Max, so glad you did find me in Google – what were you searching for when you found me?

      Thank you for highlighting all the details that I just couldn’t squeeze into 9 benefits. The sense of accomplishment is a HUGE one!!! And you are very welcome, Max. Glad to have you here in this community.

      • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com Maxwell Ivey

        hi farnoosh; i was searching for do follow blogs on internet marketing and promoting your blog. of course, at that time i didn’t have the first clue what a do follow blog was. smile it was one of the many things people were saying i needed to do. i was lucky enough to find you early in my search. and whenever i read a good comment on one of your posts, i like to check out that person’s website or blog. today i found carmello’s site. I read a couple of his posts and am now subscribed to another fine source of inspirational and educational reading. That is what i meant about your community or i guess i should say ours since I’m part of it too. and i rarely do those blog posts where you start with a defined list because i have so much trouble narrowing it down to just five, nine, twenty, etc. with a blog a sense of accomplishment is easy as there is always more to be done. Even after you finish a new post, you have to share it, so everyone here be sure to tweet, share, like, etc Farnoosh’s great work. take care, max

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          You are a gem and a sweet heart wrapped in one, Max. Thank you for making my day. And thank you for being here and for your amazing warm and loving attitude.

          • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com Maxwell Ivey

            Hi Farnoosh; that was so great to hear. I will honestly admit that i read it several times before clicking over to reply. smile i just feel like that if someone has done anything to help you along your path you owe it to them to do what you can in return. Sharing your posts and podcasts is a simple thing and doesn’t take very long even if you are using a screen reader. and for some reason encouraging others to share just felt right. We have talked before about the power of a positive mindset, well i believe there is also power in an open and warm heart. thanks again and take care, max

  • http://www.anewenglandgirl.blogspot.com Lisa

    Having a blog that’s focused on gratitude has proved to be very beneficial for my mental health. :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Lisa, oh I bet, I love LOVE your theme of gratitude, and I have *no doubt* you have helped many of your readers. Thanks for dropping by!

  • http://www.rachaellay.com Rachael

    Hey lovely Farnoosh

    A great list here, and plenty of excellent motivation for your readers.

    Number 4 has been especially pertinent to me. The personal growth and expansion that I have experienced having my own blogs, and my own online business, has been immense.

    There has been a lot of soul searching, belief smashing, barrier breaching and comfort zone evacuation. But it has been amazing, and so incredibly rewarding.

    Becoming a better writer follows in pretty closely in terms of my benefits, but ultimately, there are so many great things about doing this work, and being in control of our own destiny.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hello sweet Rachael, my friend, how are you? How have you been? Are you still enjoying self-employment?
      I have to steal away “belief smashing” – I’d never heard it said that way and I love it, Rachael, and can relate on so many levels.
      Glad you are seeing massive benefits from blogging as have I. It is the surprising benefits that are the best, because we don’t start to blog for these reasons and yet they show up along the way. Great seeing you here.

  • Aaron Andrews

    Really enjoyed this post Farnoosh. I will be launching my blog in January and I am looking forward to an amazing journey. Seeing all the benefits you listed above excites me! Thanks for the knowledge!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Aaron, January is a great time to start a new blog … come back and tell me about your new blog then. Or come back sooner :)! Enjoy the journey and keep it up, Aaron, it will pay off beautifully over time.

  • Cassandra

    GREAT post Farnoosh! All of these benefits are absolutely true…still in the journey of actualizing some of them with my blog, but I know they will happen in time. It’s a little disappointing that there is still are negative opinions/thoughts about blogs (mentioning this because of the article by Jon Morrow). I experienced this with my own mother when I started mine…she couldn’t fathom why I would want to spend money each and every month on something that wasn’t going to make me money right from the start. (I think she is coming around though – she doesn’t question my desire to pay for my site since she has seen me doing so for several months now without fail LOL)

    Another benefit I’ve found with blogging is that by connecting to one person’s blog, it can take you on a journey where, when you connect with one blog, you find another person you relate to, you connect with that person’s blog & can again find another person, and so on. This happened with me…I signed up for Leslie’s Become a Blogger program, found his blog Learning With Leslie & went to it, listened to his interview he did with you & connected with you (which I am grateful for every day), and through your site & Facebook page I found Jacob Sokol, Melody Fletcher, & Angela Artemis (all of whom I also love). The world of blogging allows you to find so many people you can relate to, connect with, and build a relationship with that you may have otherwise never even met. It’s an AMAZING benefit & one that has really changed my life – all thanks to blogging.

    You did a fabulous job writing this post! As I said, I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to know you!

    XOXO – Cassandra

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Cassandra, don’t worry about your Mom! My parents have come around too and I spend a lot more on my business – both money and all my time – they may understand it someday but either way they will ACCEPT and that’s the part that takes patience on both parties. You have plenty of that patience, I know you do, and I am SO happy to have you as part of my community – all the people you mentioned are lovely and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Blogging CAN take you far and you CAN start a business or a side-hustle along with your blog, and I have no doubt you can do whatever you decide…. just keep doing what you believe serves you well. Big hugs to you, my dear, and I am happy you enjoyed this post.

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  • http://www.FrancescaKotomski.com Francesca

    You give me desire to write more articles and one day write a book! I love this inspiring blog post. Thanks!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Then it was definitely worth writing this post. You are so very welcome, Francesca. All the best on your wonderful new goals.

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  • http://www.YourExtraordinaryFuture.com Sean Cox

    Thanks Farnoosh! After a lonnnngggg lay-off (14 months, ugh) of not blogging, due to a convergence of challenging life circumstances but also some cool life transitions, I broke the ice a couple days ago and put up a new post! I already feel some good energy and release. Your 9 benefits will definitely keep me inspired. Thanks again :)

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Sean, welcome back! You’re still in the game. Now let’s keep play! Keep up those posts and share them with me whenever you like. Thank you so much for your email and your interest.