Saturday, April 11, 2009

9 Benefits of Blogging for a Year

In honor of blogging for a year and celebrating with my Blogaversary Party, I wanted to share the ways that blogging has benefited me. If you're a blogger, you may have experienced some of the same benefits. If you're not a blogger, you may feel encouraged to start!

The benefits (in no particular order):

#1. Sense of Community - I was not prepared for the huge community I would join when I started blogging. I consider myself a mom blogger and have found so many other moms that give me support, encouragement, information, laughs, tears, and prayers. It is a blessing to have that sense of community online. I am definitely not alone in the blogosphere!

#2. Improved Writing Skills - When I started, I was just interested in getting my thoughts written in a way that made sense. Now I carefully consider everything including title, grammar, spelling, tone, and whether the article will interest my readers. As I improve, I feel more confident in my writing abilities.

#3. Improved Photography Skills - When I was asked to share photos for my recipes, I had a difficult time. It would take me 15-20 shots and some editing to get a decent food photo. Now it takes 1-2 shots and usually no editing. My photos aren't magazine-worthy pictures, just good enough to make you drool a little!

#4. Access to Resources - When I needed information before I began blogging, I would "google" everything. Now I find that I can get much more relevant, useful information from bloggers. I often find that other bloggers have already asked and answered my questions.

#5. Time with the Lord - Because of blogging, I was exposed to many women who strongly encouraged others to spend time alone with the Lord every day. This was an area where I was falling short. I'm nowhere near perfect, but I'm doing much better and am so thankful and encouraged!

#6. Circle of Friends - I have made some very good friends through blogging. These aren't just casual online friends; these are friends that could show up at my door and we would hug, have a cup of tea or coffee, and enjoy some chocolate together! I never know what new friends I might find!

#7. Product Review Opportunities- There are opportunities for bloggers to get sample items and review them on their blogs. This usually requires that your blog has reached a certain level of growth. Sometimes you need to sign up with a marketing company for these opportunities and sometimes you are just approached. I love being surprised with a package!

#8. New Writing Opportunities - I have had writing opportunities surface through blogging and the increase in exposure. I have been able to guest-post for other bloggers. I am currently a contributor on another site and have considered some writing jobs that I have seen. I enjoy sharing my writing with new people.

#9. Increased Computer Knowledge - I started out not knowing what HTML stood for, but now I understand it better. I have learned to work with HTML code a bit. I can also edit and upload photos and videos to my blog, which is new knowledge for me. I gain new knowledge monthly, which helps me to improve my blog.

There are several other benefits to blogging, such as maintaining a record of events for your family, keeping track of recipes and resources, encouraging others through your writing, and many more. I look forward to finding new ones as I continue blogging!

I would love to hear from you - what benefits have you experienced from blogging?

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  1. I second that whole post my friend. I'm glad I found you and who knows some day I may show up at your door. Have the chocolate and tea ready! LOL.
    Big here's to another year size hugs to you my friend.

  2. I understand how you feel. I for one am glad that I discovered you. Happy Blogaversary - Here's to another great year! ~ Robyn

  3. I have only been blogging about a half a year, but I have found all of those benefits that you listed. I love blogging!

    Happy Blogoversary!!

  4. Happy Blogaversary! I've been blogging for years, but am just now venturing out to a maybe-hopefulyl moeny making blog, too! I enjoyed reading your blog!

  5. I do not blog, but enjoy reading yours. I contemplated starting one, but barely have time to read my e-mail so will just go on being encouraged by your chocolate delights each day. :)

  6. just had my chocolate turning on my problogger home work for the day. and bumped into your blog.
    lovely. will enjoy your updates.

  7. I can relate with just about everything you wrote. I just started blogging this year and I can already see the changes. I enjoy your blog.

  8. I agree so much with you. Especially the community. When I first started, I never imagined show HUGE the mom blog community was. It's so amazing to know we can have support behind us any time of the day from moms all over the world :).


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