I always attribute my escape from what seemed to be an eternal sentence in the cubicle world to my little blog.
Today, I hardly call myself just a blogger. My business has expanded into so many facets from creating online products and programs to running my own coaching service, writing books and speaking at conferences, but it all started with my blog.
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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.
But 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.
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But blogging has amazing side-benefits that are not as obvious to the casual observer. So in this edition of our Weekly Biz & Career Strategy Post, 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.
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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