Seven benefits of blogging to your personal growth
How do you consider blogging?
Some people consider it as a waste of time, some people think that it’s a way to run from reality to cyberspace, but it’s not necessarily so. In fact, some people are serious about blogging and consider it as a hobby, channeling their passion and hobby on writing, or better still as a business they want to grow, business that they can run from home. Similarly, blogging is something that you can start as long as you like to learn and share information. You can even start without spending so much capital.
Particularly, personal development blogging has many benefits that I have enjoyed, it does come with a price, time and energy to do it, but you can gain much by doing it with passion and persistence. I have not tasted the returns in terms of money but I do have tasted the benefit in terms of personal development and growth.
In this post, I will distribute the seven benefits of blogging into two areas, blogging as a hobby, and blogging as a business. Both will help you to your personal growth.
When blogging is your hobby
1. You’re becoming better at words
This is particularly useful for the introverts, introverts do complain on how they’re not so good with words, especially when they have to speak. Writing is much more comfortable because we can think without pressure for the right words to say, and also for the opportunity to undo the statements. Here is a quote from Robert Cornier that I read from the The-Write-Biz.com…
The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.
In a way, I started blogging as a channel for my passion to lead and create, passion for information-sharing, yet I’ve been baffled so many times by my limitation, especially the confidence in speaking and relating with people. Blogging in a way has helped me to use and think about putting the right words, sentences and grammars. As I am getting more comfortable with words, as I write, practically I am more comfortable to speak with words, soon the confidence will follow.
2. You declare your dream
Declaration is the insights I have got from T. Harv Eker, in his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, it’s about how we can declare our dream, even when we have not achieved it. Why declaration is better? Because declaration is simply more accepted by our little voice, it’s easier to say, “I am in the process of being more generous” instead of “I am a generous person”.
Similarly, what I blog is the declaration, things that I’m dreaming to become, the right attitude to have, the right way to behave and the right thing to do. It’s true that writing is much easier than doing. But I also believe that “declaring” also means “pursuing”, as long as we never quit and give up, with time we are going to become a better person.
3. You remind yourself
It’s also a great step of becoming a better person, it is about learning from your failure. To learn, it’s not enough with a promise not to repeat only, we also need to make some actions to ensure that we really learn from our failure. Jonathan Frye from LeadershipJot.com has shared some great insights about how writing can actually help, what you need to write is your action plan, what you have to do while you are facing the situation again.
Similarly, besides being a declaration, blogging will also make the principles and the things you share will actually sticks in your mind, you will remember it fully, and it will help you choosing to do the right things given the situation you face!
When blogging is your business
When your blog is a business, it’s no longer about you! It’s about how your blog can have quality content and how it can reach as many readers as possible. It’s just like having your own business, where you have to start by disciplining yourself, improving your content value; ensure that it brings value to your readers, and eventually forming a network, promoting it, advertising it and marketing your blog. Here is what you can learn from the process.
4. Learn to learn
When you aim to provide greater value for your readers, you have to learn more. It’s a life when you are on the lookout for more opportunity to learn, to get more insights and wisdom to be shared with your readers. It’s the time when you start putting notes on the book you have read, keeping an idea journal, recording ideas before it passed away.
Every day you will look forward to an opportunity to learn from any resources, and it’s quite amazing to see that sometimes we can even find wisdom not through books or audios but from our daily conversation with friends, from circumstances that happens around us, and even from negative experiences.
5. Learn to help
When it’s a business, your focus is no longer you, the focus is others, what you are writing may not make sense to you, but your writing is about helping others. Here is a quote that has been shared by Michelle Vandepas, over at DivinePurposeUnleashed.com, quoting on Chris over on soupornuts.
In order to help yourself, you must help others. There’s no better long-term strategy to achieving your success. As Dr. Phil would say, “It ain’t about YOU!” Become a listener and a people person. Help others and then help yourself indirectly.
It’s practically also the reason I’m putting “Helping introvert to be successful” in my motto, to ensure the blog will focus on helping my readers. I have seen it, and believe it, from the experience of helping others; indirectly you’re growing yourself, developing yourself to be a better person.
6. Learn to promote and network
My first experience in promoting my blog offline is in the Millionaire Mind Seminar by T. Harv Eker, where there a lot of networking opportunities; most of them are having business that they are promoting with. And that point of time, I have a feeling that… “Hey! I have a business to promote too, it is my blog!” That’s the time I felt the need of having a name card even as a blogger, to help me promote my blog offline, it’s so fun to see that actually now I have something tangible to promote with me, it may not be a big business yet, but it’s something that we can start promoting. As I don’t have any name card, I started giving my blog email instead of my Gmail account.
Chris Bloczyncski has also shared an article of the value of offline networking as an internet marketer. From the experience, it will help you experience and practice selling and promoting. In the start, I’m quite shy and not comfortable telling others that I blog, but eventually I’m getting more and more comfortable with it, to let others, my friends and the new people I meet to know about my own business, business of providing self improvement help and inspiration, my business of blogging.
Promoting and networking doesn’t work only with showing off what you have, it’s also about giving. This is also your opportunity to learn to give, similar as other relationship, business has relationship of giving and takes as well, blogging lets you relate with other blogger, and each of them has their own vision, networking also requires you to give and support what they are promoting. Donald from MakingSalesMakingMoney has a great article in explaining the power of giving, especially in the networking through social media.
7. Learn to experience and give example
Here is what Charles H. Green says about making money…
The best way to make money is to stop selfishly looking to make money. Instead, be trusted—by being trustworthy.
Charles H. Green
Last but not least, blogging for a business will also require you to do it with trustworthiness, with integrity! Especially important as I write about personal development, a lot of time I am challenged to do what I am sharing in the blog, to really experience and give example, to share more in the blog, and personally being an example for my readers to see. Sometimes I use this principle to fight my little voice that keeps telling me not to do something, saying that I have to do it so that I can experience it and share it with integrity.
You may consider blogging as a hobby, but even more you can consider it as a business, that way you are more aware of the personal development that you really need. This article is posted as a part of the Home Based Business Group Writing Project, initiated by Donald from MakingSalesMakingMoney.com. Home based business does involve a lot with your personal development, to be more successful you need to grow yourself more, and I do see blogging is a way you can do both at the same time!
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