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Why You Should Start a Blog (Even If You’re Not a Writer)

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I waited way too long to start blogging. And that just might be one of the biggest regrets of my life.

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I often tell my sister Marissa who to my amazement has been able to maintain a regular blogging discipline while going to college, that she is way ahead of where I was 10 years ago.

Blogging helped me find my calling. If I had started sooner, I would’ve gotten published in magazines faster and would’ve written more books by now.

Why is this? Because blogging taught me how to practice, how to edit, and how to write for a deadline. What more does a writer need to know? But even if it didn’t launch my writing career (which it did), I would have still started blogging sooner.

Here’s why I would still do it (and why I think anyone can and should start a blog):

  1. Blogging teaches you discipline. Having to sit down once a day or once week (or at whatever frequency you do it) and write is an important skill. It forces you to learn the difficult lesson that some of the best things in life happen as a result of delayed gratification. Writing is one of those things, but there are others.
  2. Blogging teaches you introspection. I’ve already shared how blogging helped me understand myself and my place in the world. But I’m not the only one. My friend Scott Dinsmore told me he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he started a blog. Sitting down to write made him realize what was important. Now, he leads a global community of people who are rethinking the way they approach work — all because Scott started a blog.
  3. Blogging gives you a voice. We all have something to say, even if we don’t think of ourselves as writers or speakers. A blog gives you a place, free from censorship and criticism, to say what’s on your heart and find other people who connect with what you believe.

It’s a wonderful age that we live in, this era when we can publish ourselves and share our best thoughts with the world: when we can step onstage at a TedX event and reach a million people or post a video on Youtube that gets shared on another continent or write a blog post that touches just one other soul.

It really is an amazing time — at least, it is for those brave souls who take a chance and choose to speak up. The question, I suppose, is will that be you?

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Do you have a blog? Why or why not? Share in the comments (include a link to your blog or to your favorite blog).

About Jeff Goins

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  • PENsive

    I haven’t started a blog yet for 2 reasons;

    1) I haven’t figured out a Pen Name yet (one that won’t infringe on someone’s real name, isn’t already in use or too common)

    2) I want to get my content published first with legal regards to the above, as well as to protect copyright ownership of my content

  • Jevonnah Ellison

    Having a blog has been a game changer for me. It has allowed me to position myself as a Leadership Coach for high potential women and equip them with confidence and clarity. I absolutely love my work and the discipline blogging provides. Thanks, Jeff! http://www.jevonnah.com

  • Ellen

    I’ve purchased a domain and a theme but can’t get past what I want to write about. I don’t know who my audience is. I’m also struggling with the technical aspects of working with the theme.

  • Hi Jeff — I have been blogging for a few years now, but just launched my new site at http://kentsanders.net. I’m not quite finished with everything there, but it’s live. I wanted to mention that I’m using your Tribe theme, which I have GREATLY enjoyed. I love how your blog is set up (clean look, uncluttered, easy to navigate) and was really when you made Tribe available. It has a ton of great features.

  • I agree! I started a blog when I realized I might want to write a book eventually. It’s changed my life! I think through my feelings more, I am intentional in what I do each day, and I have found one of my callings: to help others follow their dreams!

  • My blog is http://www.zarawrites.wordpress.com and I also have a website which is http://www.zarawrites.com it was hard to start with, and it is still hard especially as neither of them are actually getting much popularity, but it is good to know you are on the web

  • I have experienced all three benefits over this past year since launching my blog. You have been an inspiration and virtual mentor. Thanks so much. I blog about real life at the intersection of truth and grace. Today my post shares the five life lessons from my first year since launching http://www.lauranaiser.com

  • Margaret Donohue

    My blog is at http://www.health-and-psychology.com/apps/blog. It’s on the intersection of health and psychology. I started it years ago. I became interested in evaluating and treating people with chronic, serious, terminal, or unknown and undiagnosed medical conditions.

  • Nicole

    I agree with you on all the points, especially the discipline of writing to deadline and of sharing a voice! My new blog: nicolemoore2014.blogspot.co.uk has already received positive feedback. My commitment to post weekly will keep me focused!

  • Jeff, you make many valid points in your claim. I was inspired a few years ago to write a book, and I did not know how to start it. I was wisely advised by a friend to use blogging as a tool to develop my voice. I have since started my blog at yepbuddy.wordpress.com

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Erin N

    I loved blogging…but found it was the thing that was pulling my attention away from life with littles. I do wish I would have given myself a set-time for a break but not let it fizzle to non-existent. Because it’s been over 3 years and I do regret not having all those busy-crazy-meaningful moments recorded down! ALSO, would love a link to your sisters blog!!!!

  • Jake Parent

    The amazing thing about creativity is that it doesn’t run out, the more you use it the more you have! I think that was Maya Angelou who said that.

    One thing I heard (that wasn’t really the point of the piece) was you beat yourself up a bit for not “starting sooner”. I hope that was just a pondering thought, and not a lingering doubt. Ifyou hadn’t lived the life you had, you wouldn’t be where you are. Offering the world lots of great writing and advice.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks, Jake. No guilt or browbeating here. I know it’s all happened for a reason. I just don’t want others to have to wait as long as I did. I’m not sure it was necessary but I’m grateful for the path I’ve walked โ€” its brought me here.

      • Jake Parent

        Good. The only thing I even say anything is because I’ve had the same feeling. I’m also a person that believes you should never FORGET your past as a reminder of your present. Too many people do that too. Makes them imbalanced and out of touch. Glad to hear you’re not one of them, Jeff. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jeff, I started a blog to record our family history in a way that everyone could have access to it but it has morphed into a place to share my love of history. Starting a blog was the best decision I’ve made in the last two years. I completely agree with you.

  • Dawn Russell

    Hi Jeff! I started a blog. And quit. Months went by. Started again. Quit again. My biggest challenge was the doubt and fear that I just could not escape. I felt that anything I could possibly have to say had already been said by hundreds of other people, and probably said better than I ever would. This challenge has me thinking about it again, with possible courage to power through the doubt and fear! Maybe it’s time. http://www.barefootdawn.blogspot.com.

  • James M M Baldwin

    I’ve been blogging for a couple of years. It can become disheartening when you put effort into something only a few people see. And when you’re busy, you just want to ignore it. However, I do have an epic blog post scheduled in the near future, titled “Do Ants Have Souls?” Don’t miss it. Follow me here.http://jamesmmbaldwin.blogspot.com/?m=1
    Thanks
    Jim

    • Kyesubire

      I know what you mean when you speak about disheartening. In one of those low points this year I met two ladies at church who asked me how I am able to write such inspired blogs from simple things. That comment has inspired me keep blogging because I now know that the things I see and share are making a difference even if it is for one person and for that one person I chose to keep writing. Take heart and keep going

  • I’ve been trying to be consistent in my blogging for quite a while now. I’ve had this one blog I started with my younger brother that we were going to use as a platform for our graphic fiction. Life got in the way, and there were a lot of setbacks. But I never forgot about the blog. I kept waiting, thinking that maybe it just wasn’t time yet, until I finally realized that there would never be a perfect time to star blogging, so might as well start anyway and take it seriously. http://www.hawkersmag.com

  • Blogging’s become an intricate rhythm of my days, breath of the air I breathe, the beating of my heart. Creating a safe little online community has been a downright joy.
    But this counselor who wields a pen online still sees herself as a counselor who blogs. Not a woman who’s a counselor and a writer.

    http://creeksideministries.blogspot.com/2014/09/transitions-autumn-nesting-delights.html

    Go figure …

  • thanks for this! i am so thankful for writers (like you!) who encourage others to get “out of the nest.” i’ve had a personal blog for a few years now, but just recently launched another blog with two of my very best friends. we are excited to see what happens on this new creative venture together. thanks for all the inspiration as well as the practical “how to” help. it’s invaluable!

  • George McNeese

    I had a couple of blogs, but never took them seriously. I had a Blogger blog about having surgery on my gums. (Sickening thought, I know.) and then, I had a WordPress blog about my life and about thoughts that racked my brain on any given week. Neither of which I kept up because I lacked the discipline to keep up with them.

    Since going back to writing, I toyed with the idea of starting a new blog, but I am hesitant to take the plunge. Some say I’m being cowardly, but I have a myriad of fears. One, I fear I have nothing new to bring to the table. Two, I don’t have enough life experience to blog about. Three, keeping up with it would be too taxing. And four, There won’t be anyone who would want to read what I have to say.

    As valid (or invalid) as these fears may be, I know I won’t have a way to showcase my talent if I don’t have a vehicle like a blog. I think it’s just a matter of stepping out on faith and see what happens.

  • froth9

    I had never really i would consider blogging..Well,not until i started to invest my time in my writings.It all began when i started writing a fan fiction for a forum which ultimately had to archive itself after the show was abruptly ended.Hence i created a personal blog for my ongoing fan fictions.Just recently,i started a blog on Blogger with the concept of sharing my writing journey as well as about the strong underlying theme my new novella is strongly resonating,hence “Twin Writers In Action” was born.(http://www.jassie-and-joanna-kiel.blogspot.com)

  • Kyesubire

    Blogging indeed has helped me a lot. I used to say that I am a writer but had never put pen to paper other than for my journal. I had a couple of novellas I wrote when I was younger but these got lost in the process of editing.

    When I started blogging just over 4 years ago I never thought I would be able to sustain it. I have learnt to be disciplined and no longer pump out an article at midnight on Sunday for Monday. I also started to notice things around me that provided opportunities to sharpen my skills and interests.

    Blogging has given me a voice, a clear thought process and key editing skills that would have taken me much longer to sharpen. I am grateful for the lessons and discipline I have gained.

  • Robert S. Eilers

    Getting the disicpline to blog is my biggest hurtle. Between having a full time job, going to school, and raising the kids with my wife it is difficult to pick out the time to get it done. Being a slow writer doesn’t help either. I am posting content to my blog at least twice a week with Wednesday Poetry being my most consistent, but I need to create a blog schedule and stick to it. This is not my first attempt at blogging, however, this is the most determined I’ve been to make writing my income source. My blog can be found at http://www.robertseilers.com

  • I’m new to blogging, actually I’m quite new to writing. I started a year ago writing some short stories, I did finish them, but never really finish the editing.
    So, last month I decided to start a blog. I love it. I’ve re-discovered that I need to write. I’m very confident that I’ll keep up with writing. Having a blog gives me some sense of responsibility and commitment.
    I’ve joined Jeff’s Blogging Challenge, I already learned a lot, even though it isn’t really started yet, so now my expectations are even higher.
    http://www.manwithdemons.com

  • Great thoughts, Jeff! And I agree with you.

    For writers, a blog is our home base and a super way to connect with like-minded folks. The more we blog, the better we become. I began blogging in 2011, but those
    early years I consider my learning curve. I blogged 5 days a week and
    burn-out loomed. However– now I’m comfortable with a MWF schedule, and I
    do something now I didn’t in the beginning, which is huge: I take breaks!

    I do want to mention, I’ve noticed a shift in blogging over the years. It’s no longer quite the novelty it once was so content, voice, and commitment are crucial to blogging success. Also, for new (fiction) writers, a blog shouldn’t become the be-all-end-all. Yes, a home base is important, but we still must focus on our original intent–writing novels. Posting at least once or twice a week is a good first step.

    Oh–and I’m curious. Might you ever be lured to the land of fiction? ๐Ÿ™‚ http://authorcynthiaherron.com/blog

    ~Blessings

  • I started my blog at your encouragement, Jeff, and followed the video you provided on how to set it up using WordPress. You lit the spark that inspired me. My current blog post explains why my husband laughed at my new luggage at http://www.BronwynWilson.com. Thanks, Jeff!

  • Yoga john

    Hi Jeff, enjoyed Wrecked! My blog has been idle as I grow a substantial amount of my own food, and food for others. During the farming season, sitting in front of the computer tends to take a back seat to tending the plants – saving the seeds – preparing the soil -harvesting… I’ve got lots of rough drafts, some great pictures, just making the time to finish seems to be my current challenge. Thanks for all you do,
    -john http://www.YogaWithjohn.com

  • Hey Jeff, I have a blog – http://themarkcryan.com – I just started Platform University and ran my reader survey. Now it’s time to generate what the people want.

  • I am teaching my college students how to blog today and so I quoted you and linked to you in my post “Why blog? Post 1538”. Thanks for the great post! PS I’m about to celebrate my 7th anniversary as a blogger! http://artpredator.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/why-blog/

  • Kendra Burrows

    I’ve been blogging for a year, and it’s already stretched me so much. Looking forward to seeing where it will take me next! http://www.kendraburrows.com

  • I’ve read your blog, get your emails and i’m still waiting for the ‘Tip’ if you know what i mean, but great job all the same, hoping that by the time i clock a year at blogging, i would be more experienced and ready to take up new challenges. Thanks http://tiaajayi.blogspot.com/

  • Yes, I do have a blog. My heart is to help others DISCOVER A PLACE CALLED HOPE and can be found at http://www.brucercross.com
    When I write, it’s as if I am transported to a world other than what I experience most of the time….and in it I find purpose and meaning. Thanks for the opportunity to share…!

  • Kevin Hunsperger

    I blog too. Have been for four years now. Started off as a wrestling blog, but now I write about pop culture and my life too. It’s http://www.my123cents.com

  • Marieca

    Hi Jeff,

    Love all of your posts and webinars, they have helped me immensely. I started blogging in 2009 as a beauty blog which was fairly successful bit my current blog is http://www.sweetteaforthesoul.worpress.com it’s basically advice or just my thoughts on random issues that people face on a daily basis. Thanks for all your posts and keep up the great work!!

  • Yup! I have a blog that I just moved to johnmeese.me. It began as a hobby, became a passion, and now represents one of the most precious aspects of my life. Like you, I only regret not starting sooner. I’ve learned so much about myself by taking that step into the blogging world.

  • I have a blog over at http://www.Martha.net that I’ve had for almost ten years now, but the website has been around in one form or another since 1998 (yikes, I’m old!). I started blogging because I needed someplace to put my writing and after that someplace to put all my other ramblings (artwork and crafting and microbusiness and treadmill gaming and and and…) I may not be the most consistent blogger, but I can’t imagine not having one! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Joanne Bush

      Then we are old together, Martha, for I’ve been doing the same thing…even longer…oh my…

      • Every so often I wonder how long blogging will be around– will we be able to look back in 20-30 years and read memories of our past selves? Even with the small window of time I have now, it’s such a weird joy to be able to see what inspired me to post a year ago or five years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Musu

    This is a great post. I feel the same way about getting a late start in writing, especially since I love to write. Ever since I started blogging I feel my writing voice evolve every time. I’ve also been learning a lot as I go along. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Guest

    I have created more than a dozen different blogs based on niche interests over the past 7 years. I sold a few and dismantled several others and ultimately condensed the rest of my content onto a single blog, which bears my name, http://danieldessinger.com. I’ve been blogging semi-regularly since 2005, and I’m still sorting my way through some brain fog.

  • Leah

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I started my blog ‘Bellyful of Art’ (www.artbellyful.wordpress.com) just a few weeks ago and although it combines my love of art and writing, I was a little concerned when I first began that it would distract me from my ‘proper’ writing. Now I realise that the pieces I write for my blog are just as valuable as my other work.
    Thanks Jeff!

  • Janice Blakeley

    This is very timely. Just started my own blog a couple days ago (www.pumpupthejan.com) and am working out the kinks. I can’t believe how many people have signed up for the blogging challenge. How great!

    • Excellent! It’s gonna be fun.

    • Hello Janice nice job on your site. I know exactly how you feel as a beginning blogger. Truth? Improvements are always coming and its challenging but rewarding to make them. What is your blog about exactly? Who do you want as your audience for pump up the jan?

      -Regards from HumansAreWe.com

  • Catherine

    3rd (or is it 4th?) time the charm! I finally have a blog I can stand on and I’m in the works of getting my domain. I don’t have a huge readership, but I do have readers. It has truly helped me get my voice out there and helped me get comfortable with that voice. Having a blog helps me be a better writer and it encourages me to write. That was the whole point of it..to write! Here’s my blog: http://catherineannevalentine.blogspot.com/

    • For me it was the ninth. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Dan Erickson

        I’ve had at least 12 domains over the years.

  • Sheryl Anne Lehman

    savedforapurpose.blogspot.com

  • Swati Hegde

    My blog has just recently completed one year, and I’m so glad I started it. The blog has really helped me become a better writer and understand myself so very well!

    Here’s a link, if anyone’s interested:
    http://geekie-chic.blogspot.in/

  • Joanne Bush

    I’ve been writing a blog for years with a very small following…and rarely any comments.. Perhaps I am the way to successful blogging.

  • Karen

    I’ve had a blog since 2009. KPJgolf.com. I blog about all things related to golf and golf-fitness. I post free golf and fitness tips. It’s been a great way to promote my online golf video lessons and online golf-fitness programs. Thanks Jeff for inspiring me to keep at it. I’m going to sigh up for your challenge.
    Karen Palacios-Jansen
    LPGA Teaching Professional and Golf Fitness Specialist.

  • Integraphix

    Great post, Jeff. This was a great post! Indeed, I’m not a writer, as a logo design agency , but I definitely love writing my blog!

  • Dan Erickson

    I have a few blogs. I’ve recently broke through a major barrier. I’ve been blogging for about three years at http://www.danerickson.net. I’m a creative writer. I write fiction, poetry, and songs. But I’ve also wanted to help other writers and bloggers. I’ve struggled between blogging as an artist and as a blogger. I found a solution. I secured a couple more domains: http://www.simplwrtr.com and http://www.simplblogger.com will be specific. The first will be geared toward helping others simplify their messages for the best direct communication possible. The second about using minimalist themes and strategies in blogging instead of flashy bells and whistles. These two new site are active but will take off in 2015.

  • Cathe Swanson

    I have had several blogs over the past 10-15 years, depending on what I was doing at the time, but now I am only using my quiltmaking blog http://gloryquilts.wordpress.com/ and my author one – http://www.catheswanson.com . I am most interested in developing the author blog as part of a platform.

  • I started my new writing blog http://www.writepublishnow.com after blogging in a different niche for over two years. Blogging has taught me so many lessons and opened so many doors in a short time, it’s been simply amazing. A definite highlight has been my first guest post for http://www.writetodone.com which was posted on the site today. The only downside to blogging for me is I get obsessive over it, to the point where it takes away from my fiction writing time. I need to find a balance there.

  • bariyah

    Your daily email is a great help. It has helped me in setting up a blog and writing daily. Here is the link http://bariyah25.wordpress.com

  • I’ve almost hit the one year mark on my blog. It has certainly helped me find some extra discipline and I’m amazed at all that I have learned. I think I’m still trying to “find my voice”, so I talk about a million different things at this point, but it has definitely been a great experience. My goal is to be a voice of encouragement and inspiration to busy, working moms. I’m over at http://www.workingmomsbalance.com

  • Miss Polkadot

    It took me forever to decide upon starting a blog – and now I’ve been going strong for two years and wouldn’t want to miss it anymore. I was overly worried that a) I wouldn’t have anything to say after the first few posts or b) nobody would be reading. But now I’m convinced that as long as we enjoy writing others will enjoy reading. Simple in hindsight.
    http://letsgetupandlive.wordpress.com/

  • Hi Jeff! I really love your blog. I joined the Intentional Blogging” 21-day Challenge and even if we are on a 2nd day of challenge, I have had so many realization when it comes to blogging. It refreshed my thoughts and all the reasons why I blog. I remembered 2 months ago I wrote an article about why I blog and I hope it’s fine to share it here: http://vinzideas.com/reason-blog/

  • Beth

    Just this morning on my drive in to work I was praying about this exact thing….I have a new job as of last Monday with a longer day now- leaving the house at 7 and arriving home at 6. Although I’m just getting used to my very different new schedule, and am just now wrapping my head around only having about a 3 hour window each evening before I fall asleep sitting up, I was contemplating how I don’t want to just fritter those 3 hours away each night, which believe me, is beyond easy to do. I want to spend a bit of time accomplishing something with meaning, putting time into something committal when I get home, at least a few nights a week. Then I read this post and realized this might be just what I’m looking for – the discipline I was praying about only an hour or so ago. Thanks, Jeff. http://www.bethcoulton.com

  • Andy Brinkley

    Hey Jeff! I’ve been wanting to start a blog for ages. There are a number of things that have held me up. Firstly, I worry about myself – that I will blog across such a broad range, that I won’t have any niche at all (family, tech, Jesus (!), science, internet marketing etc) – all things that interest me. Then I think I would only be blogging for myself, and I’d bore more people than I would attract. Then I think I’ll have separate blogs about each niche. Then I give myself a proverbial slap and say, “when do you have the time to do anything, just concentrate on the things you NEED to do…” Then I think I need to pick something that is worth it financially, so I can outsource content. Then it wouldn’t be my blog… Where do I start?
    It’s not that I’m not new to the internet. I was on the net in 1993, and built a social network 2 years before Facebook started! I’ve done podcasting with over 250,000 downloads in a year. But start a blog. Now that’s a challenge!
    I’m generally a man of few words too (why I’m spilling all this on here I don’t know), I did keep a journal for about 3 years, but I find it difficult to keep up… I fear my blog would become neglected after a while.

    • Teresa Brown

      I have waivered back and forth on starting a blog. The most important conclusion I came to recently was following my gut! So this blog may happen too, but my decision to write my book, a memoir of my mystical experiences and metaphysics in general has to happen. It was easy to figure it out. Oddly enough the death of Robin Williams, brought it home to me. Too much to explain here, but that is when I made the pact with myself. I had to get that ache inside and get out of my head. I got that feeling like my stomach had been punched, I started thinking of death in general. I got serious with myself and asked myself this question. If I was told,” I didn’t have much time left on this earth, what would I regret?” I then knew! I had been writing poetry and still love that. Yet I knew my answer went much deeper it had to be my own book on mystical experiences. If I didn’t leave it behind I would regret it.
      My blog was originally going to be my channeled work of stream of consciousness poetry and occasional short story or essay. [ Just a few short stories for kids] stuff I copy righted over the years. But when I got honest with myself as channel and clairvoyant I knew my answer. I started this before then stopped to pursue more poetry, singing and painting. I also got back into my work in metaphysics and doing psychometry and photo readings for others. When I opened that door again, I have plenty more to write about. I’m true to myself and nothing feels more right then that!! I feel the shackles of my soul being released. My inner knowing has increased! I guess I could liken it to opening a faucet that has been rusty, but now flowing freely again. I’ve been writing all along and loving it. Yet now I’m writing from a truer place with in myself and I’m feeling my destiny being more completed. Nothing feels more freeing then that! Namaste.

  • Chris Kingsley

    Jeff, I love your insights on “Why You Should Blog” not only were they helpful, they also helped me think about why I started my own blog in the first place. I’m a senior at MTSU, studying Electronic Media Production and have been blogging for some time now. I just joined your blogging challenge, which I am really looking forward to. My blog can be found at http://www.thouartvain.com

  • David Cunningham

    Jeff I think you have nailed it to a tee on why a person should blog even if they are not a writer, the discipline, the introspection, and definitely the voivce. For me it was the voice, now I have one. Check out my blog at>>> http://www.scorezone.tk

  • I do have a blog, it started simply as a way to share my interest in Reiki. In June of this year however, my world changed when my 43 year old husband was diagnosed with cancer. My blog has now turned into a way of keeping our family, friends and Brendan’s growing team of supporters up to date on his progress.
    I recommend blogging as a way for any carer with a loved one dealing with similar to share, as not only are you keeping a detailed record of events, you are also saving yourself the stress of retelling the same story over and over again to concerned family, friends and acquaintances at a time when you are emotionally over stretched and time poor.
    I have only recently found your blog and would like to say think you for the wealth of information you so willingly share.
    Best wishes
    Callie
    http://calliemm.blogspot.com.au/

  • Jolene

    Like some of the other commenters on here, I have been meaning to start a blog for a while. I even created the blog last February, but have left it sitting, not knowing what to write. I have been an aspiring novelist for years, and have been focusing my writing energies on my projects. Now that I’m getting close to finishing the first draft of my debut novel with an editor already lined up and waiting to tear it apart, I know I need to sit down and really think about blogging, marketing, branding, etc. Hopefully with your blogging course (that I’ve just joined), I hope I can finally figure out what to write.

  • Neville Bendola

    Great tips and good advice! I am new to blogging and am happy I started. I work full time so there are times I am tired, but once I start writing, I have a new found energy.
    ~Neville
    http://www.frugalnev.com

  • Love your blog Jeff. I’ve been a HR person for like a decade. I live in Sweden and was learning Swedish in order to get a HR job. That sucked big time so I started a blog in January coz I love to write. My blog is minuscule and I hate (and I’m so bad at) the tech stuff but I cannot do HR again…I’m applying for an MFA in Creative Writing that starts next year. So the blog has transformed my life in just 9 months. I’m so disciplined now I even work out 5 times a week and still blog even when no one shows up! Shock and awe!!!

    • PamelaGrace

      I love your story Anita! I am an HR consultant…been in HR for years! I have decided to open up to my creative self. I took a writing course last quarter (outlining a romantic novel) and an acrylics painting how to class! I have thought about blogging and considering taking that first step. Your post has inspired me as well…thank you
      Pamelagrace

      • That’s great Pamela. Have you decided what to blog about? Definitely start your blog. I’ve made so many mistakes in the first year but you learn and do better. By the way I need some EEOC advice for an article. Email me at asummerbunny@gmail.com. We can discuss more stuff. My application for school was submitted in Dec…..I think I’m going:)

  • So glad someone has pointed out the introspective benefits of blogging. I did a similar post last year. Thanks for this Jeff! http://www.myfreelancelife.com/simple-blogging-truths/

  • Hi Jeff,
    I have a blog that start one way ages ago and has changed to something quite different since taking on some of your challenges. Blogging everyday has been an amazing experience which he led me back to a dream I once had of being a writer. I had forgotten about that dream. I tell stories about my Yoga practice and next year I will be doing yog teacher training and hope to combine the two as time goes on.
    Thank you for all your help.

    Andrew
    http://one5traw.blogspot.com.au/

  • Here’s my blog: JoshSpilker.com

  • I write at WordsForTheKingdom.com and I am about to teach a professional development session at work this afternoon on how to set up a blog. I plan to send each of the attendees this article and remind them to find their voice and let them know that if they are serious about getting started with a blog they need to be reading Jeff Goins!

  • Eddie Paley

    Yes, I have a blog. And my first reason is YOU! You’re the one who inspired me with your amazing posts.
    In fact, my blog’s pretty new. I’ve opened it just this week. I’m really full of doubts, I need a little push on – please, please visit there and give me your professional review.
    eddiepaley.wordpress.com

  • Apeh

    Hello everyone, thank you for all your beautiful posts here that have been so helpful. As part of my challenge to build my blog (www.mylifeexcel.org), I just started a series I called #Last70Days series, which is a daily post x-raying how best we may have optimised this year and at the same time, sharing ideas on how to achieve better performance in the coming year. I am currently on day 2 and will share day 3 post later on.

    Here are links to day 1 and 2 posts on my blog.

    1. http://www.mylifeexcel.org/responsible-year-day-1-last70daysof2014/

    2. http://www.mylifeexcel.org/find-year-day-2-last70daysof2014/

    I will appreciate it if you leave a comment on your thought about each post, including any suggestions.

    Thank you very much.

    Apeh Omede

  • Hi Jeff,

    I totally agree with what you wrote. Starting a blog and then growing it is a really great personal development exercise.

    Many persons look to achieve a meaningful life. Blogging is a very good way of doing it. You can have a major impact on a social level and also you can make money to live a decent life.

    That’s why I focused my activity on teaching others how to start a blog, using my tutorial from http://istartblogging.com/

    • I couldn’t agree more David! Blogging is an amazing thing to do, if for no other reason than that it really brings up a lot of self-doubt (at least it did, and has, for me) and working through that self-doubt has made me such a better person! I definitely recommend starting a blog for anyone who’s thinking about it!

      Sam
      http://www.smart-twenties.com – how to make the most of your twenties

  • Hi Jeff,
    thanks for your post.

    Blogging is fun and interesting. I am happy to be a blogger

    On my site; http://www.naijaonlinebiz.com, I rest many of my work on how to start a profitable blog

  • samuel chauke

    I started a blog a while a go after learning the art from Jeff and I can’t for the lessons because I need to iron out a few things. My blog is samuelchaukeauthor.blogspot.com

  • I blogged through a life crisis. After that I felt like my life was too boring for anyone to want to read much about. But I suppose I should try again. I love writing and I love reading blogs about other peoples lives.

  • primo light

    i want to start blogging can anyone tell me how to blog

  • Emily Benet

    Hi! I have been blogging since 2008 and it kickstarted my writing career. It began as a weekly blog about working in my mum’s eccentric chandelier shop and it was commissioned as a book called Shop Girl Diaries and a short film. Blogging has led to so many speaking and writing opportunities – but recently I’ve been flagging. I don’t work in the shop any more and am a full time writer of fiction. What to blog about? Advice blogs are great, but confused about where to take mine next!

  • Emily Benet

    Hi! I have been blogging since 2008 and it kickstarted my writing career. It began as a weekly blog about working in my mum’s eccentric chandelier shop and it was commissioned as a book called Shop Girl Diaries and a short film. Blogging has led to so many speaking and writing opportunities – but recently I’ve been flagging. I don’t work in the shop any more and am a full time writer of fiction. What to blog about? Advice blogs are great, but confused about where to take mine next! I’m at http://www.emilybenet.blogspot.com

  • Greg

    I just started my blog three weeks ago. I’ve been driving a truck for over seven years and longed for the opportunity to do something to make a difference and not just a living! It’s been exciting to see others connect to my story, and to know I can still dream at 51! http://www.gregorycmatthews.com

  • Blogging has been the second biggest force behind my own success online. Thanks for the reminder Jeff, and congrats on the new addition to the family!

  • Stephanie McClain

    My name is Stephanie. The name of my blog is http://www.vloggintherapy.com and I speak about life experiences especially related to my health. I also create videos about fitness and grocery hauls as well.