It might seem like a waste of time to you but there are some advantages of blogging, to think of setting up a blog and then placing your thoughts and ideas on it day after day.
Perhaps it even sounds rather presumptuous, the idea that there might be people out there who are willing to read your thoughts every day, especially if you’re not really much of an expert on anything.
But you’d be surprised what might happen once you set up your blog.
If you tailor it to one or two of your own particular interests, you might be astonished, first, to discover how much you actually do know about your subjects. But even more than that, you might be very surprised indeed to realize just how much you can learn.
All of this stems from the fact that blogs are great community builders. Say that you’ve set up a blog about cats, for example.
As a cat-lover, you’ll make interesting posts, possibly spicing them up with your own cats’ photographs or even YouTube™ Videos, or finding other sites that provide valuable information you can share with your readers. If you visit other people’s cat blogs and comment there, they’ll start looking at yours, and commenting back.
And This Is When It Really Gets Interesting
You’ll find information that will benefit you on other people’s blogs as they post about their experiences with their pets. You may learn things like what a cat’s body language means, or read about the easiest ways of clipping their claws or giving them a pill. If you visit the vet and they tell you some interesting facts, you can post those on your blog, and your own visitors will learn something too.
Some commentary might lament that they aren’t sure what to do about a certain ailment, and you can leap in to help, since you just had to deal with the same thing a month ago.
The process works the same no matter what your topic is.
If you do some reading on other blogging sites, respond to those who comment on your blog, and comment on their blogs as well, you’ll discover that you’re getting to know each other. You won’t become bosom buddies with every person who comments, or everyone who has their own blog, but you’ll certainly find a few favorites.
What is more, as your friends post day after day on their topic, you’ll learn who really has a handle on the information and can be relied on if you need to ask questions.
The people you share with can also send you to other sites that they know will interest you or provide answers to questions. You’ll discover things you likely never would have found by yourself. Not only have these blogging interactions created new friends, but they’ve provided shortcuts and augmented your knowledge.
Whether you blog about your pets or kids, or about books or politics, you’re going to find many like-minded people among the blog networks. This may be the easiest way to make new friends, in fact, if in your everyday life you don’t run into people with these interests.
So is blogging a time-waster and just an exercise in blabbing your head off with nobody listening?
It doesn’t have to be that way at all.
So as you can see there are advantages of blogging that can be a way of you becoming part of a genuine online blogging community.