When I first embarked on blogging early 2005 I had no idea the journey I was going to be travelling. There has been so much to learn, so many people to meet virtually online, so many experiences. It has opened a whole new world to me and I’ve made new connections, found new clients, made new friends, and been pushed into a role of leadership that I didn’t really feel quite ready for but am now starting to feel more comfortable in.
Why did this happen? I don’t know, other than I answered a call for help in the form of a client who wanted me to explore this ‘new’ medium back then. And I followed it up with curiosity and exploration and today I’m a published author and expert in my own particular field because I answered that call.
Have you thought about blogging but wondered if it is really worth it? If you’re looking at it from a monetary value, then I would say not, only from personal experience. Don’t get me wrong, there are people earning but I really feel a very large percentage of people blogging are doing it for other reasons. Like being able to express themselves and their thoughts and share them with others of a like-mind. Like keeping in touch with family and friends. For testing out ideas. To be controversial. To attract attention. To get known. There are many, many reasons why people blog.
I have a daughter who was offered a job because of her blog. She writes about her studies in the equestrian industry and her posts were found by a college seeking to develop an equestrian studies course. Everywhere they looked online they kept finding her posts and the information she gave was valuable and along the lines of what they wanted for their course. So they contacted her and offered her a teaching job – she accepted. How many people have you heard of who have been offered paid work because of their blog? Blogs are a great way to demonstrate your expertise in a topic.
Recently Aussie Bloggers celebrated their 6 month anniversary and we look forward to celebrating our first year and far beyond. Although I wasn’t there at the beginning I did join only a few weeks after they started up and have witnessed the growth of the group during that time.
It is wonderful to be able to mix and mingle with such a diverse group of people who have a wide range of interests and reasons for blogging, but we’re all united in that one thing – blogging, irrespective of the software platforms we choose or the reasons we write. And together we achieve great things, learning from one another and improving our overall experience of blogging. Why don’t you join us?