I am a 3rd year engineering student of B.Tech IT and have been blogging for about 15 months now. But from what I have seen, if you have got the passion for blogging then you will learn some pretty good stuff in 4 months of blogging than in 4 years of studying engineering.
Here are some reasons why I think being a self-employed blogger is way better than studying for a job.
#1. Blogging develops your Writing Skills
When you study in school or college, a lot of emphasis is given on developing your writing skills. Not only in school or college, but you also face parental pressure at home. Blogging can really help in this case.
Blogging means sharing your thoughts, experiences, tips etc. Now, if you want people to read your posts or articles, you need to have good writing skills. Blogging requires different sets of writing skills which includes well structured and meaningful sentences.It also requires short but descriptive articles i.e you would want to convey more in fewer words, simply because no one likes to read a long boring post which repeats the same thing over and over again.
Writing content for your blog isn't the same thing as writing articles in your exams. In exams, you would simply get less marks if you screw up. In blogging however, you would not be able to earn money (if you want to) or to put it in a simple way, no one will read your blog.
#2. Blogging develops your Interpersonal Skills
Like writing skills, a lot of emphasis is given on developing interpersonal skills which simply means the art of communicating. A lot of classes are held in my college for developing communication and interpersonal skills which are not very effective simply because they lack practical discussions.
In blogging, you need to make relationship with other bloggers because they are the ones who will share your posts and follow you on social media. When you interact with other bloggers especially established bloggers, it not only increases your knowledge but also develops your communication and interpersonal skills.
#3. Blogging develops your Programming Skills
Most schools and colleges teach programming languages like C, C++ and Java. But there is a bigger world out there and a lot of other programming languages.
Some of the basic things that you will learn when you start blogging are HTML and CSS. If you didn't know, HTML and CSS are mostly used for designing web pages.Blogging requires you to learn at least some basic HTML and CSS skills which is better than nothing.
#4. Blogging develops your Marketing Skills
Blogging requires marketing, extensive marketing if you want to expand your reach. Marketing is not only about sharing your post on social media. It also includes when you share it and how you share it.
Sharing your posts on Facebook, Twitter , Google Plus and LinkedIn requires a lot of strategy than you might think. Your time and your method of sharing determines your CTR. Another thing about social media is that not everyone sees your posts because everybody is not logged in at the same time and with too much going on in the news feed itself, someone logged in may also miss your update.
A better approach of Internet Marketing is E-mail marketing which includes gathering a list of subscribers. E-mail marketing also has higher CTR(Click through rate) than Social Media marketing. Ideal for making affiliate sales, you could probably earn thousands of dollars if you can do it effectively.
#5. Blogging develops your Entrepreneurial Skills
Most top bloggers out there see their blog as a business. If you have the passion for blogging, you will probably see your blog as a business as well. Like any business, Blogging requires entrepreneurial skills as well. Like any business, the service provider takes care of all the needs of its customers.
In blogging, you as the blog owner, is the service provider who provides valuable tips to your readers i.e the customers. The readers truly are the customers because if they trust you then they will buy the products that you recommend and in exchange you earn money from your affiliate sales.
With more and more experience as you develop your entrepreneurial skills you get more readers and more customers and you make more money.
So, that's about it. The reasons I mentioned are the best reasons why you should start blogging in the first place.
Over to you. Can you think of any other reason why blogging is way better than studying for a job. If so, share your views with us in the comment section. We love to get feedbacks.
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