I’ve been blogging for a few years now and it’s something I feel passionately about and love doing. Here are just a few of the benefits I’ve discovered in starting and sustaining Catch-all:
It’s a creative outlet
When your work life is less than creatively fulfilling, blogging provides an opportunity to express yourself. I’m personally of the school of thought that we’re all creative people – some of us just know how to access our imagination better than others. I also believe that self-expression is hugely beneficial for anyone’s work, whether you’re an accountant, secretary, painter, or writer.
Blogging improves your writing and helps you find your voice
When you write a lot, your writing will naturally improve. Blogging is far more informal than most styles of writing, but I’ve found that posting on Catch-all has benefited my academic work as well. And after three years of working on this blog, I think I’ve finally become more comfortable with my voice as a writer, which of course is always evolving. Keeping up with my goal of posting weekly also requires that I’m constantly thinking of new ideas, jotting them down, and deciding whether or not they’re right for the site. As a result, blogging has also improved my ability to brainstorm and see my ideas all the way through to completion.
People from across the world can discover your work
I’ve had people read my blog from all over the world, which still blows my mind. Thanks to the global reach of the internet, blogging allows you to access parts of the world that you probably wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise. The result is a worldwide community of writers and creators that is so exciting to be a part of.
You can meet new people
As a blogger you not only have the chance to interact with your readers, but you will certainly discover the work of others as well. I have readers that I’ve interacted with online for years now and it’s so rewarding to have people engage with your work and keep coming back for more. There’s also the chance that you may build real life relationships with these readers and writers you encounter through your blog.
Blogging can potentially help you find work
Catch-all has provided me with the opportunity to write for other other websites, as well giving me access to individuals in the entertainment industry I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. When you have your own website you can use it as a personal landing page or business card; your site basically says here I am, here’s what I value, here’s what I do. It’s like an interactive resume that shows off a variety of skills that are unbelievably valuable in this digitally-driven economy.
You get to look back on your work
One benefit of blogging that I didn’t anticipate is that I would be able to visit my work a few years later – for better or for worse. Blogs are digital journals where you can jump back in time and revisit where you were in that moment emotionally, creatively, and ideologically. Beyond my skills as a writer, it’s amazing to see how much my ideas have evolved in the past couple of years. I’m a totally different person, but also the same. Sometimes I’m surprised by my old posts in a positive way, and others are just plain embarrassing! But being able to step back in time and see how you’ve evolved is fascinating.
Do you blog? If so, what do you enjoy about the process? And if you don’t, are you thinking of starting one? I say go for it!
If you do already have a blog or website, please post a link in the comment section so I can check it out. And as always, thanks for reading.