So, you have heard about how blogs are becoming popular these days. You might even have read a few blogs yourself. And, you think blogs are a cool and effective way to express your opinion.
For those of you who do not know the difference between a blog and a website, blogs are a frequently updated personal journal and diary. Through blogs, people can express their views and opinions. Blogs are like personal websites that you can maintain whenever you feel like it.
Nearly all students these days are doing a lot to get noticed by hiring managers, in today’s competitive and narrow job market. With Internships, participation in university organizations, and part time jobs almost every student is busy. However, what you do not realize is that people want to learn about both your online and offline activities. In other words, they want to know more about you at a personal level. This is where blogging comes into play helping you taste the professional world while studying:
1. BUILD A PERSONAL BRAND:
If you want to make a mark for yourself, then it is compulsory that you create a digital footprint, and blogging is the best way to make that print and tell the world what you think about various issues. Blogging is more effective than any other online activities to attract eyes and make a name of yourself.
2. YOU GET TO VOICE YOUR OPINION:
The main thing here is that most students do not know what interests they have, that they can write about. Obviously, everyone wants to write blogs what people would like to read about. This means, the blog has to be about something other than cats, dogs or coffee. You have to come up with a genuine idea that would thrill people.
3. YOU NETWORK EASILY WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE:
Like I said in the previous paragraph, blogging allows you to voice your opinions. And, anyone who has a strong voice, and good points regarding a topic, is not only heard, but actually followed. So, if you want to reach out to more people and make as many new connections as you want, blogging is the way. Interestingly, more connections mean more reach and thus more exposure.
4. YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SKILLS:
One major benefit writing blogs gives you is the writing skills. Most bloggers are not exceptionally good writers, but because of their perseverance they are able to update their blog everyday with a new piece of information.
This is beneficial for students since they are required to write assignments and research reports every so often. Blogging provides students an opportunity to practice their written English.
Moreover, if they get successful in establishing a popular blog, they can start monetizing that blog for easy money, which they can use on their education, tuition fee, etc.
5. YOU GET TO GAIN A LOT OF KNOWLEDGE:
Writing blogs requires you to have a lot of knowledge of things that you might not have heard about before. You would have to Google keywords to find out what they mean and how they affect your field of interest.
Gaining more knowledge of topics you have not heard previously is beneficial for your studies as well as your professional life, especially if you want to be a go-to guy in future.
6. YOU GET TO LEARN HTML AND WEB PUBLISHING:
Bloggers get to learn about HTML and Web publishing in order to maintain and update their blogs. Learning HTML is therefore an added requirement, which might help bloggers later on if they want to seek career in digital marketing or web development.
Here are some website which provides you to write your own Blogs
Blogger: Google owns Blogger and has set it up for ease of use
Tumblr.com: This is a very handy, world-wide micro-blogging site
WordPress.com (free): you'll find that Word Press has a wide variety of more sophisticated tools for enhancing and promoting your blog.
Webs.com: Webs is a website builder that has been around since 2001, drop-n-drag feature.
Once your article(s) earns the minimum amount on Google AdSense ($100) or HubPages Ad Program ($50), you can chose to cash out your earnings through PayPal.
Other websites are Squidoo, ContentBLVD.
Blogging has become a norm among most people in the developed world. Today, a lot of people who started blogging just a few years ago are now fairly famous. Some well-known bloggers like Pete Cashmore of Mashable and Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post started writing about what interested them most. Today, they are famous and their blogs earn them a lot of money. Imagine, if they can do it then, so can you.