Blogging has kind of exploded over the last several years and for good reason. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s a way for people to take ownership of their voice. Plus, it’s so much more than just writing which makes it a great creative outlet.
So if you’re considering starting a blog but are kind of on the fence about it here are some reasons writing a blog is good for your creativity.
I’m a blogger.
And if you’re reading this then you already knew that because you are on my blog.
What you don’t know is that I’ve been a blogger for a long time just in various forms. It was Xanga in high school. I think at one point I had a Blogger account. And I probably had a couple sites on Wordpress.com.
Then earlier this year, it was SchpamonaArts.com and now here we are with Ilona Toth Creative which is my most recent blogging adventure and even though it is difficult at times, I am absolutely loving it.
Why is that?
Writing a blog has been magical for boosting my creativity and here are some reasons in case you’re wondering how blogging and creativity connect.
Blogging is challenging.
Anyone who tells you blogging is easy is probably trying to sell you something.
It’s not easy.
Sure, it can be if all you want to do is write whatever comes to mind a couple times a week but I’d consider that more of an online journal than a blog.
Most blogs have a purpose. They have specific topics they talk about and specific content they share which is where part of the challenge comes in. Coming up with fresh topics for each blog post can be difficult and the more frequently you post, the more topics you’ll need.
So how is this challenge good for your creativity?
It forces you to think.
When I need to come up with ideas for blog posts, I head over to my editorial calendar and do what is called a “brain dump.” I brainstorm and write down every idea that comes into my head. Some of them are good, some of them are not so good, and some of them I will probably never ever write but it helps me think and clear my mind so I can find great topics to write about.
Speaking of writing:
Blogging helps improve your writing and communication skills.
The more you do something, the better you get at it. Who knew!?
But seriously, I went from blogging almost every week to blogging once a week to blogging three times a week because the more I did it, the better I got, and the more I wanted to do it. My writing and the entire blogging process gets better with every post that I publish.
I’m finding my voice in my writing. I’m connecting to people more. And I’ve found it’s even helped me communicate and connect to people more in person as well!
But blogging is so much more than just writing.
If you’ve never blogged before or are just starting to blog, then you might think that blogging is just writing a post and hitting publish.
Well, sorry to break it to you, but blogging is pretty much a full-time job. That is if you want your blog to go anywhere. If you don’t care if your blog goes anywhere or not then go ahead and write a post and hit publish. It’s totally your call!
But, if you want to grow your audience, grow your blog, and maybe be one of those people who turn their blog into a full time paid job then you have a lot more to do than writing a post and hitting publish.
Some of the things that go into running a blog include, but are not limited to: graphic design, marketing, networking, promoting, editing, research, and all the other little things that I’m probably forgetting.
That’s a lot of stuff to do even if you only plan on publishing one post a week. And unless you went to school for any of those things then you’ll have to learn how to do it all yourself (which is what I do).
It can be incredibly challenging to learn how all the moving pieces go together but once you figure it out, it’s so rewarding.
So as you can see, blogging has a lot going for it. If you’re up for a challenge I definitely suggest giving it a go!
I’d love to answer any questions you have about writing or blogging so drop a comment down below! Let’s chat!
P.s. If you want more ways to boost your creativity you can sign-up for my free email course.