Sunday, 15 January 2017

Why you should start a blog!


Since I re-launched The Leaning Bookshelf in October, I have definitely caught the blogging bug! It's genuinely one of the best things I've ever done, and I can't recommend starting one enough!

One of my favourite things about blogging is that it's given me something to focus on that isn't work. If, like me, you tend to get a little stressed if you haven't done something productive each day blogging is such a good thing to try. As it's nothing to do with education or work, I don't feel that kind of impending doom that comes with deadlines, but there's enough pressure to keep me posting regularly.


If I'm ever feeling stressed out or hopeless about my uni work, I write a blog post. It really switches my mood, and gives me something else productive to focus on so I don't feel guilty about taking a break. If you suffer from this kind of guilt too, writing a blog can help so much. You don't even have to promote it to your friends and family if you'd rather not have anyone you know reading it- and you can protect your posts if you want to keep it private.


Blogging is also such a good way of sharing your interest with the world. If there's something you like that you're interested in writing about, just go for it! Even if no one you know in real life likes it too, you're guaranteed to find other people online. It can be such a good way of exploring your interest- a lot of my recent book purchases have been inspired by the book bloggining community.


Writing a blog can also help to boost your CV, although I don't think this should be your primary reason for starting one. It shows commitment if you post regularly, as well as self motivation, creativity, writing skills, social media management...the list goes on! I'd definitely recommend putting your established blog onto your CV, it could be a point of difference!


I'm also starting to make some friends through blogging. It is immediately something you and other bloggers will have in common. It's so inspiring to have people interested in the same things as me, and again, they can be great people to share your ideas with.


If you're waiting for a sign to start blogging THIS IS IT! Why not start writing one this year, and see where it takes you- what have you got to lose? I'm always on the lookout for new bloggers so send me a tweet if you do start one- I'd love to read it!

E x

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  1. Really good points. Even though I tend to write about my work, I find it very therapeutic to rant about a situation and post it to the world. Like you said, I'm able to direct a lot of the stress into my blog and after it's all written out I feel a little better. I'm trying to keep my posts consistent so there's always that pressure every Thursday to have something ready and I love that I've got something that's just for me! Mind The Medic

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