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Why Blogging Is Good for Self-Development

Why Blogging Is Good for Self-Development

Are you a blogger? If not, then perhaps today is a good day to start.

I always say if you’re feeling stressed or upset you should write down how you feel. It’s been proven to be therapeutic by releasing your emotions from pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).

So, why can blogging help you develop as a person? How can it help you grow and develop?

You Can Be Creative

Your brain is a wonderful thing and should be made to work at its fullest capacity. Coming up with posts, designing and working hard on something that gives you pleasure allows you to explore things you may never have thought you’d be able to achieve. You will also venture into other creative hobbies such as photography, designing and editing – that can’t be a bad thing right?

You Are Able To Clarify Your Thoughts

Putting an idea, thought or emotion into words can be hard. But as you start writing more and more, ideas will develop. You’ll come up with justifications and examples of why you feel a certain way which you may not be able to do when you say them out loud.

Writing is a Gift

Whether you’re a good or a bad writer to start, your skills will grow. And you will notice the difference in time. You will be able to see your talent become more than just “hello my name is Laura”. It will have a life of its own based on your personality and your readers will enjoy that.

Your Blog Starts to Shape Your Life (For The Better)

Let’s be honest, no bloggers life would be exciting if we sat indoors all day watching trash TV. Blogging gives you a purpose to explore so you can share it with your readers. Yes, it has been said bloggers’ lives are exaggerated and fake BUT if you do things that genuinely interest you and give you the chance to discover a new world outside your office, then why not do it all?

You Take Notice of What’s Around You

Linked closely with the above point, blogging helps you appreciate the little things. For example, a pretty cake and a good cup of coffee would go unnoticed without the likes of blogging and Instagram lovers. People like to see cute and interesting images, no matter how basic or small.

You May Make Some Money

Every now and again you may be asked to create sponsored content or advertise. And there is zero shame in that. As long as you feel the content will be useful or interesting to your readers, take the money and invest it further into making you blog awesome!

You Become Part of a Community

There are literally hundreds of thousands of bloggers in the world. And those who take it seriously are very understandable to the awful emails about SEO, the requests for free advertisements, proof reading, bad lighting and online trolls. It’s a very united (although with a couple of bad apples) group and when you find bloggers you like; you will soon see how much you have in common. There are so many bloggers, and readers alike, who will defend you and compliment you because you are brave enough to write what you think and feel.

You Gain a Sense of Empowerment

Nothing says power like putting your thoughts out for the world to see. Nothing says power like building your own business based on the fact that you blog and create. Blogging gives relief, comfort and power to people who didn’t have a voice before. And now there is an army of us.

Blogging doesn’t have to be your full time job. It can just be a hobby! Either way, when you write, photograph and share your personality you will feel good about it. And don’t let blogger doubt get you down. Blogging is a great thing and it should be embraced.


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Laura
The name’s Laura! A lifestyle blogger and marketing manager from the UK who is slightly addicted to coffee, Old Hollywood and cats. My blog, Living for the Now, was created to inspire and motivate others to think positively and to enjoy the little things. Come say hi!

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    This is all so true, I love this post! x

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    This post couldn’t be more true! I wouldn’t have the voice I have today or experienced/done the things I have without blogging! I also have friends in other countries now just from blogging! It really has done me a world of good and you’ve summed it up perfectly 🙂

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    Love this post, I have inspired so many people by starting my blog and sharing what I enjoy with others, I have also learned so much too and been inspired. Thank you

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    Thanks for this post, it has opened my eyes to different things to blog about. I work in Hollywood so I should always have something to blog about.

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  • Sara-Rae

    Thanks for sharing Laura! I loved how you talked about how blogging helps you take more notice of the world around you. Ever since I started blogging, I definitely feel like I’m paying more attention to the details. Can’t wait to share this post on Twitter 🙂

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    Thanks for the article! It’s rather interesting and it’s true that the blog is changed live for the better)

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    Blogging definitely helps the individual in a way that it changes their perspective on things. It also allows them to express themselves more effectively. Through blogging, people are more inclined to look at the world and make magic out of the things they see. It is a personal journey for the person towards self development as it promotes creativity, reflection, and self-expression.