21 Great Reasons to Keep Blogging

by Craig McBreen · 71 comments · Social media


Craig-McBreen-21-Amazing-Reasons-to-Keep-Blogging1. Blogging is a THE springboard.
A starting gate for the new and exciting. I’ve changed my business direction, and within 1-3 years I plan to expand this enterprise and roll out another. The practice is a catalyst for new ideas.

2. You develop better habits.
I now write for at least an hour every day. The daily writing habit brings out your voice, and it’s good for the old noggin. When you write, you flex your creative muscles and if research is involved, you learn. Learning is good.

3. It expands your creativity.
I feel more creative and just a wee bit smarter, because of blogging and the kinetic dance we call social. It’s an amazing place for creativity and exploration. Cities are idea factories, where all the friction acts as a catalyst for inventiveness – so is the online hive we inhabit.

4. It fine-tunes your communication skills.
I wish I learned the essentials of public speaking and effective writing when I was a young lad. As a life-long introvert it would have made life a hell of a lot less painless. For late bloomers like me, blogging is a life-saver, because the practice makes you a better communicator, online and off.

5. The practice of blogging makes you a better writer.
And I’ve discovered a new passion … writing. Have you?

6. You read more.
You read more often and consume content at a faster pace (At least I do). Once you’re deep into blogging the drive to research leads you to read, read and then read some more. All good.

7. You become more efficient.
I’m more productive than ever and I bet you are too. Everything that comes with blogging: Writing, researching, networking … all helps you produce at a higher, and more creative level.

8. You Listen like never before.
You’re more in tune with the world around you, because everything is topic-fodder. From news radio to casual discussions, you listen more intently (I sure do).

9. And you hone your observational skills.
The nuances of daily life come into focus. As do books, movies, art., etc.

10. You learn to how to teach.
Many bloggers write or have written instructional posts. Whittling those points down to the bare essentials is the art of instruction, right? Teaching as written communication.

11. It improves your debating skills.
You see a lot of friendly disagreement in the blogosphere. It’s part of surviving and thriving here, nuff said.

12. You develop thick skin.
An online presence brings disagreement, debate and constructive (and not so constructive) criticism. To survive in the online jungle you need to deal with this and move on.

13. You have a motivational compass.
You’ve created your own support system. The daily practice of writing alone has increased my motivation tenfold. I have more daily get up and go.

14. It sharpens your networking skills.
We are in the connection economy, after all.

15. It improves your grammar.
Well, like others, I’m at least moving beyond chimp status. How about you?

16. You have an accountability platform.
I have not followed through with everything I’ve written, BUT I follow-through like never before.

17. It’s the best classroom ever for the introverts among us.
For those who learn best in isolation, the internet is a gold mine. BUT with the practice of blogging, you dig, dig, and then dig some more. I would honestly say research is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this whole darn thing. Really.

18. You become a better salesperson.
According to Daniel Pink, the salesperson is not dead, but alive and kicking, in the form of You. And especially you, the blogger. Even if you’re just trying to get eyeballs to your site, you’re selling, and those that survive here get better.

19. You learn to be your own boss.
Even if you’re stuck in some cubicle, your blog is your baby. You need motivation to keep it humming, to bust a move, daily. You are building a platform and you ARE your own boss. You learn how to motivate yourself like any self-respecting solopreneur would.

20. You learn the power of reciprocity.
This is a networking village. You spread your knowledge, and like a dry sponge, you soak up the wisdom of others. We are ALL actively bouncing ideas off each other all the time. Give and take.

21. It helps you break out of your shell.
I wrote a short little eBook called “The Art of Breaking Out” and it’s all about my creative reawakening through the power of blogging.

It really has changed my life, this blogging thing. I hope it has done (or will do) the same for you. Let me know how it has in the comments below …

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Josh May 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Two words: love this.

Ok, that was four but you understand what I am saying . Write, write, write, read, read, read, read and do it all again.

Love it.
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Craig McBreen May 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Yes :) Glad you love it, and I love what you’re saying, Sir!

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Lori Gosselin May 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

I second what Josh said Craig!It’s great that you came up with so many reasons! I particularly align with #3. Blogging gives me a balance in my life so that it’s not all work – no play. It’s a fragile balance, one challenged by the recent HUGE task of rebuilding my business site but I hope to get the balance back sooooon!
Thanks for this!
Lori
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Ralph May 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hi Lori. Love #3 too. Hope you’re well my dear.
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Craig McBreen May 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Hi Lori,

I originally had a few more, but thought 21 was a good number.

#3 is a biggie. Balance, yes. You know what they say about all work and no play ;)

Is your business site complete?

Hope you’re doing well and I really appreciate you stopping in today.

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Lori Gosselin May 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

No, the site is not complete yet – the new one, that is! I’m hoping to have it up and running by the summer, or by the end of the summer!We’re making huge changes, not only with the look of it but with the function it will perform.
:-)
Lori
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Craig McBreen May 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

Sounds like quite the project. Looking forward to seeing the result of all your hard work!

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Mitzi May 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm

All 21 ring true for me. I’m new to this game and I’m in love my creativity is at it’s highest I’ve noticed that my thought process has grown and my eyes are wide open!

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Craig McBreen May 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

Hi Mitzi,

Welcome aboard. Glad it’s done the same for you and I wish you the best of luck on your blogging adventure. Thanks for stopping in!

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Churchill Madyavanhu May 20, 2013 at 3:22 am

I agree with all the points in this post. Since I started blogging I have become more creative and read a lot more than I used to. Over the past 8 months I have read more books and learnt more stuff than I did in 15 or so years. Blogging has changed my life in many ways. I have become the go-to person in blogging related stuff which has enabled me to enhance my network offline as well. I have got nothing, but love for blogging. :-)
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Craig McBreen May 20, 2013 at 6:57 am

Hi Churchill,

Glad you agree. Reading becomes a different process, really. I now read things twice and take notes ;) Great to hear this experience has changed your life and best of luck to you, Sir! Thanks for stopping in.

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Christine May 20, 2013 at 3:58 am

I agree with all your points! Blogging has made me more disciplined in writing and I feel like I am learning so much about so many things!! I also feel like it brings out my entrepreneurial spirit, though its just a personal blog I do love telling people why the places I visit are amazing! :)
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Craig McBreen May 20, 2013 at 7:00 am

Hi Christine,

It does help you structure your day, and it’s brought more discipline to my world as well. Glad it’s done the same for you. Looks like you’ve been to some pretty amazing places too!

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Kaarina Dillabough May 20, 2013 at 5:51 am

Ditto:)
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Craig McBreen May 20, 2013 at 7:00 am

Glad you agree :)

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Erin Feldman May 20, 2013 at 6:33 am

I would add, for me at least, that writing regularly is very much essential to my sanity. It helps me to find a bit of calm in the storm. It also helps me to get outside my head.
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Craig McBreen May 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

Hi Erin,

Great point and I feel the same way. Calm in the storm, indeed!

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Tim Bonner May 20, 2013 at 6:55 am

I’ve become much more focused since I started blogging and for me, other than learning to write all over again, I love the networking part of it!
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Craig McBreen May 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Hi Tim,

Me too. And once you start to meet others here, the ideas flow.

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Philoss May 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

I have also looked at blogging as a way to avoid banks and loans (especially in the first of months when you start a business) but still raise enough capital to start a business that’ll grow to become a success.

Yea, it takes time, a lot of giving, a lot of dedication, but it is possible to use it to start businesses and share an even greater journey with others.
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Craig McBreen May 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Hi Philoss,

Definitely. Love the bootstrapping mentality :)

It’s an exciting journey indeed, but it can be an endurance contest. Those that realized that and focus on a long-term strategy will often do well.

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Mark May 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

This is an awesome article, Craig… Blogging can and will change your life if you invest substance in to your work/ efforts.

There’s just too many progressive minds, can do attitudes, change the world through your work kind of people that will share their work and journey with other like-minded people if you simply reach out, connect with, and develop a relationship with them.

Blogging has definitely changed my life and I’m just getting started : )
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Craig McBreen May 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Hi Mark,

Thank you!

You are so right too. One of the reasons I keep rolling along – the progressive minds (and motivational peeps) I’ve met here. Well said and I completely agree!

I’m just getting started too :)

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Sarah Li Cain May 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I love #9. Photography has been that kind of an outlet for me. I’m hoping that this blogging thing becomes the same! And I never really saw blogging as a way to network, which has become so important for me. I haven’t been blogging for long and I’m amazed at how many connections and friends I’ve made so far!
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Craig McBreen May 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

Hi Sarah,

Photography is even better when it comes to taking in the world around you. Used to do it a lot more and plan on getting back into it! Blogging and photography are an unbeatable combo in many ways. Just look at all the peeps doing both successfully. Thanks for stopping in!

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Sheila Bergquist May 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I love this and agree with all your points. Some of them I didn’t even think of or realize, like #8. I realized you are so right about listening more and how everything becomes a “possible” topic!

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Craig McBreen May 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

Hi Sheila,

Glad you enjoyed! Yes, now every book I read, show I watch, etc. All topic fodder!

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Lisa May 21, 2013 at 2:52 am

Craig, these are great reasons! I find it helps me generate better newsletters at my day job too. Spelling and grammer – both have come a long way when I look back at old posts and cringle. Been updating them one by one :)
I would add I have saved money – no longer time to shop. Except for domain names anad occasional plugins.
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Craig McBreen May 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

Hi Lisa,

It helps be tremendously with my firm as well. Still two separate entities getting closer by the day.

Ha, I look back and cringe every day!

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Ralph May 21, 2013 at 2:59 am

It beats the tube. Nice list.
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Craig McBreen May 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

It sure does. Thanks!

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Carolyn May 21, 2013 at 4:35 am

These are great reasons, Craig. I bet you could have come up with 100 different reasons. Makes you wonder why people don’t blog!

I would add two more reasons: friendships. We introverts often can be much more comfortable with folks online.

Helping. When your blog post helps people around the world, you know you have done something good for the day.
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Craig McBreen May 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

Hi Carolyn,

Thanks and yes, I could have … well, maybe 99 ;)

Love what you’ve written here and so true. I remember Gini Dietrich writing something about online introductions and how that made the in-person meetings so much more comfortable, because you have already started the conversation online. And yes, to helping! Great points, thanks.

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Ryan Hanley May 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Craig,

I always equate great writers to great shooters in basketball…

Writers write to get hot… Writers write to stay hot.

Keep blogging.

Hanley
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Craig McBreen May 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I like that. Stay busy. Stay fresh … get better :)

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Paul May 25, 2013 at 12:53 am

My best reason to blog is to continue learning. I write tutorial style posts so while writing a tutorial I have to learn everything about the subject I am writing about. The more I write, the more I learn.
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Craig McBreen May 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Hi Paul,

That’s a good one, and I completely agree! Love the research that goes along with crafting posts like the ones you mentioned.

Thanks so much for stopping in!

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Frederik Jorgensen May 26, 2013 at 12:50 am

Blogging is really great! The best thing about it is the social aspect for me. Because sometimes I get easily burned out and when you see people comment on your posts you get inspired and motivation.
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Craig McBreen May 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Hi Frederik,

Indeed! And yes, it’s like getting nod that what you’re doing is not only okay, it’s pretty darn cool. Appreciate you stoppin in!

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Patrick May 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I might add a 22nd: It builds community.

Great list!
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Craig McBreen May 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Hi Patrick,

Well, 22 it is. Love that one and thanks for stopping in :)

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Jamie Clark May 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Awesome post, I shared it on my FB pages and might even share it on my blog. I have been blogging for a little over a year and I can honestly say that this is what I was meant to do. I have found my voice and boy is it loud, proud at times, and I never want to shut up. I am passionate about blogging and for that I feel more alive, useful, helpful, and proud to be a part of this crazy blogosphere: feels like home.

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Craig McBreen May 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Hi Jamie,

Thank you and appreciate you sharing the post!

Glad you found your voice, and that it’s loud and proud. Glad you’re a part of this crazy blogosphere.

Thank you for the thoughtful comments!

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Candace May 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Great article. Thank you so much!
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Craig McBreen May 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Thanks, Candace.

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Adam May 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Love this Craig! Agree with all of them — except #15! I won’t say my grammar has gotten worse by blogging, but I have become more lax in the application of the rules. However, grammar is a tool to convey meaning; I figure as long as my meaning is clear, it’s okay. :)
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Craig McBreen May 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Hey Adam,

Well, like I said, I’m just above that chimp status ;) plus these are just blog posts, right? Like you wrote, as long as your meaning is clear. I’m on board with that.

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Emily May 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Loved this…some days I do question why I keep blogging and this post highlighted many of the reasons why I keep going…thank you for the reminders and for pointing out so many positives!
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Craig McBreen May 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Hi Emily,

Thanks! I think we all do that from time to time. Glad you liked the post and here’s to forging ahead!

Thanks for stopping in!

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Chris Carter May 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Great post here! I love all of these… and of course I will add my two cents too!! I think it grows you as a person in so many ways. Finding balance between the real life world and on line world is a challenge for me. Also I believe that through blogging your passion becomes clearer/more focused as your voice becomes richer. You develop your ideas and your creative ability to express them through words. It’s truly an ongoing art!!
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Craig McBreen May 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hi Chris,

Thanks!

I think it really is a challenge finding that balance, because the online world is so consuming and is so much work.

Ongoing art. I like that! So true and I agree there’s a fleshing out process where you really learn what you love to write about … the trick is turning that passion into something special that lasts.

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MJM May 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Everything you said is so true…and all great reasons to keep blogging. There have been many times I’ve thought about giving up on blogging…but I just can’t…it’s a drug and I’m an addict.
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Craig McBreen May 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thanks and glad you agree.

It can be like a drug, no doubt. Just like Chris mentioned, finding a balance between the real world and the on line world is often quite a challenge. If it becomes all-consuming AND counterproductive, then it might be time to change things up.

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Javier Cordero May 28, 2013 at 11:40 am

Great Post!

It is right that since I am developing my own blog I am getting better writing skills and my creativity is growing… but sometimes you feel very tired and it is the moment to take a break… and start again… that is the blogger life!!!! But I love it!!!!!!
Greetings from Spain.

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Craig McBreen May 28, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Hi Javier,

Glad you’re growing, Sir! So right, like I mentioned to MJM above, If it becomes all-consuming AND counterproductive, then it might be time to change things up, or to simply take a break! A big yes to that, because we all need down time.

I’m writing this from cold, gray, overcast Seattle and wish I was in Spain! :)

Thanks!

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Chris May 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Great list! I’ve been managing an SEO team for a while now and one of the questions I ask any interviewee is “have you ever blogged?” Keeping your own blog is one of the best ways to learn SEO… It teaches you: keyword usage, the importance of being unique, social media marketing, link building and the best part of all (from an SEO perspective) it teaches you to understand Google. When you’ve cultivated the website/blog from the ground up you know exactly what you did to get your site/page to rank.
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Craig McBreen May 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hi Chris,

Thanks!

And a great question you ask, for all the reasons you mentioned. And with the fairly recent changes at Google what is good for people is also good for SEO, right? Anyway, it’s quite a mix: useful, compelling content and all the SEO stuff that goes with it. Blogging takes you to school :)

Thanks for the thoughtful comments!

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Stephanie C June 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Thanks for the motivation! Great article!
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Craig McBreen June 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Thanks, Stephanie.

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Davina K. Brewer June 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

For a small biz, also helps w/ time management. Like saving a blog to Pocket .. then getting around to it weeks later. ;-)

I’m half tempted to turn this into a post of my own, applied to small business. How important is it for a biz to listen, to read? To sharpen and hone their focus, communicate better w/ their stakeholders? To make connections? To thicken their skin – and maybe take a harder look at things they could do better? See?! FWIW.
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Craig McBreen June 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi Davina,

I say go for it. As a small business owner it’s helped me more than just about anything else I’ve done in recent years … for all the reasons you mentioned (and more).

Perfecto! Would love to see it :)

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