What is a Blog?
“A Web site on which a person or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.”
One of the most important questions to ask is ‘Why blog?‘. It should not be just about making money. If that is the reason, there are much faster and easier ways to make money. The benefits of blogging are mostly indirect and a result of other factors around the lifestyle that you will lead, and what you will have to do when you’re NOT blogging. Blogging will change your life and if done correctly, it will help you make dramatic positive changes. Yes, blogging will become a lifestyle and this list will let you know what blogging can do for you so you can get started.
Why Blog #1. Improve Your Mental And Physical Health
University of Texas at Austin psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker contends that regular journaling strengthens immune cells, called T-lymphocytes. Pennebaker believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
It may seem unlikely that writing a few words each day can improve your health, but by writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions, you release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present.
Why Blog #2. Keep a Track of Personal Development Goals
A blog is the new journal. In many ways, a blog is the new and improved journal/diary.
Working towards a personal development goal is tough. If you are working on exercising more, keeping a record of your progress is essential. For example; You set yourself a goal to run a half marathon in 3 months time, and you want to keep a record of your training schedule and your progress. In your blog, you can record how often you go training, how you prepare for each running session, and what barriers you had to break through to get to your last goal.
Anyone reading your blog, who is contemplating running a half marathon, can use your blog as a way to prepare for their own attempt. They can become supportive of your goal and before you know it, you have a community of people behind you.
The benefit for you is, at any point, you can look back and how far you’ve come and what breakthroughs you had.
Its easy to forget the small triumphs but a blog will create a record that can be accessed from anywhere.
Why Blog #3. Improve Your Memory
When I started blogging, I would do it every night. I would record the events that happened in my day, what I thought about them, and how, if at all, I would change anything next time.
This process of thinking about your actions and thoughts at the end of the day will greatly improve your memory of special events, conversations with friends and family, and in general, it will help you understand how and why you made certain decisions. As a personal development tool, blogging will not only help you record your special moments, but it will even help you remember the moments you didn’t record.
Why Blog #4. Improve Your Writing Skills, Grammar and Become More Interesting
For those of you with little or zero experience in writing professionally, you will struggle at the beginning. You will find it difficult to explain what you mean, and you will strain to find the right word to get your point across. But after hundreds of thesaurus searches and spell check corrections, your spelling, grammar, and general writing skill will greatly improve.
As you blog, you will have a tendency to read many more blogs than you ever have, on a variety of topics. This has two main benefits. You will notice mistakes in other people’s writing style, and you will notice great examples of good blog writing. Both of these will make you a better writer, and at the same time, you will learn interesting snippets of information on a range of topics.
Why Blog #5. Leave A Legacy
With today’s developments in medicine and improvements in personal health, you may live to well over 100 years old. When you are at that age, you will not remember what you did in your 20’s, and any profound moments will seem like a flicker.
Photographs and videos will give you an idea of how things looked, but an online journal or blog will let you into your own mind.
You will be able to read about how you thought, how you came to the decisions that you made and when the results of those decisions were. These are crucial life lessons, and ones that can be passed on to your children and their children, without you having to strain to remember and missing out the major and most important points.
Why Blog – LMLRN