Back in the day, starting a blog was merely virtually chronicled events in people’s lives. They functioned as venues for people to share snippets of their day plus some photos and videos. Artists also used blogs to share their songs, poems, and artwork. If people think your content is interesting, you can expect them to hit the follow button (the subscribe button did not exist back then).
As years passed, blogs evolved into tools for marketing and reliable sources of information. There are hundreds of thousands of bloggers that get paid for writing reviews about products, or for giving in-depth discussions about specific topics. This is one of the reasons why a lot of people have opted to start a blog so they could begin to earn from the content they create.
No one is too young or too old to start a blog. However, if you want to know when the best time to create one is, we’d say college. Here’s why:
It Will Help You Grow as a Writer
The ability to articulate thoughts is a skill not a lot of people have. Luckily, it can be developed when you know how to blog. Writing content and uploading it online for people to see can be a very vulnerable place to be in. You have no idea who gets to read it, and you’re not sure if you’re ready to hear what they have to say. However, as scary as it may be, blogging in college can help you bloom as a writer.
You need to stick to a standard of quality when writing blog entries. It’s also crucial that you write as consistently and as often as you possibly could so your readers will always have something to look forward to when visiting your blog. The discipline you develop in writing each entry will help immensely once you graduate from university life.
Also, read how to get more views and traffic on your blog, here.
Your Blog can Double as Your Portfolio
We all know that you only have two options when you graduate from college –
1) Go back to the university to get a master’s degree,
2) Look for a job.
Now, depending on what your agreement with our parents is, chances are you’ll have to find ways to fund yourself.
Looking for a job when you just graduated college can be tricky especially since most positions require years of working experience. This is where having a blog comes in handy. When you know how to blog, your future employers can see how you play with your words and how you content to pitch ideas. You can use your blog as a portfolio by showing them your skills in writing, photography, graphic design, and marketing. If you start blogging in college, you can create enough content to show them how adept you are in each field.
Earn While Studying or Waiting to Get Hired
When you are still in college, earning money is the least of your concerns. The reason behind this being, your parents are in charge of handling all school-related expenses. Now, the reality of the situation is that not all college students have this luxury, and are left with carrying the responsibility of looking for ways to support themselves.
Blogging, when done properly, can help you earn income on the side. It can also give you the funds you need while waiting to get hired. Just make sure that you are writing unique, engaging and adding interesting graphics and images. If you do all these right, you have great chances to earn money with blogging. This is a huge deal, especially if you’re determined to help out with the expenses at home.
Develop Confidence in Sending Out Your CVs
We all know that the first step in finding a job is sending out CVs. It sounds easy, but it can actually be nerve-racking especially if you’re absolutely clueless about it. This is something that can be addressed if you create a blog while you’re still in college. For one thing, it will help you develop the confidence to put yourself out there and show people (potential future employers included) what you’re capable of. You will also learn how to deal with rejection and criticism – two possible reactions you could get from people or companies you send your CVs to.
Blogs are excellent platforms to –
- Establish your virtual identity,
- Show how much knowledge you have about a niche, and
- Showcase your skills.
These days, employers also look at the blogs and social media pages of applicants to have a deeper understanding of who they are before hiring them. Starting a blog while you’re still in college gives you enough time to upload lots of content on your website. Since you started early, potential employers who view your blog will see 1 – 4 year’s worth of brilliantly-written content. Who knows? Your blog just might help you land the job of your dreams!
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