Freedom to travel the world whenever you want. Free to be a stay-at-home mom/dad. You never have to worry about financial problems ever again as you make $10,000 every month passively at home. These are elusive freedoms granted by successful blogging. But there are other side benefits of blogging other than money and freedom that you may not know about.
In this post, I will be going through other things I have experienced in my journey of blogging and show you that blogging doesn’t just create freedom and money, but also lasting self-transformation that will fulfill your life more in the endgame.
Side Benefits From Blogging That Make You A Better Person
Why should you care about the side benefits of blogging?
Because the money and freedom will only come if you go through the self-transformation that blogging makes you go through.
If you’re not making enough money right now and you want that to change, you must also realize that you yourself must change. Blogging has a unique journey of self-discipline and development that I have come to really appreciate.
But it isn’t just about making money from blogging.
There are many side benefits of blogging that will make your life more abundant.
You will learn new skills that could land you new careers, improve soft skills that help you get more in life, transform into a disciplined person that gets things done, and more.
Keep reading as I show you some of the side benefits that I gained from blogging.
The New Skills You Gain Can Be Used In Lots Of Places
If you’re new to blogging, prepare as you’re going to learn so many new skills that can transform your life.
I personally started learning a lot about blogging at Wealthy Affiliate. At Wealthy Affiliate, I learned things like:
- Social Media Marketing
- Google Analytics
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Content Marketing
Blogging provides an excellent foundation for many of these skills for you to dive deeper and learn even more.
For example, after becoming more familiar with the WordPress backend and how the system works with plugins and such, you can go deeper and learn programming to make custom themes to sell.
Then you could potentially go get a programming job (if you like programming) and list down your experience with PHP and WordPress.
There are people at Wealthy Affiliate who have done this.
Some people start blogging and find out that maybe it wasn’t right for them or that they don’t make enough money from it. But if they put in a lot of effort into the blog and learning the intricacies of blogging, some people were able to upgrade their careers.
One person at Wealthy Affiliate actually tried applying for a job about marketing with the experience she had with blogging. And she got an outstanding response! The potential employers were super impressed with the skills she had.
The skills you learn with blogging can also be applied to other businesses. Learning things like social media marketing means that you could potentially start a social marketing agency and earn thousands of dollars per month, just running the social profiles for other people. Or, if you have your own store or service, you could use those skills to promote what you are selling directly.
With WordPress and design skills, you could design and build websites for other people and earn a few hundred bucks from each client.
In fact, you can actually combine all the skills you learn and create all-in-one marketing solutions for other businesses or become someone that doesn’t need to rely on paying other people to do easy marketing tasks for you.
Speaking about skills that could be used in other places, let’s move on to soft skills that apply everywhere.
Soft Skills That Are Used Forever In Life
In the section above, I talked about the technical skills you learn and how they could further your career. There are also a bunch of soft skills you improve that will forever help you in life.
The first one is writing.
Although writing feels like something that we will forget about after school, if you ever want to earn more than a minimum wage, you’re going to need to know how to write well.
From resumes to reports to emails, writing is pretty much everywhere. Blogging is an excellent way to practice writing and expressing your thoughts through words. Communication is a must to succeed as whether we like it or not, society is made up of people and to do well, you must know how to communicate with others.
Along with writing, typing is a 21st-century soft skill that will help you in many places. The more you blog, the faster you will get at typing. And faster means you can get more done in a shorter amount of time, making your hourly worth extremely valuable.
I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing this phenomenon myself.
I was typing at an average speed of 50 words per minute before blogging. The first time I wrote a blog post, it took me 4 hours to write 1,500 words. Now, it only takes me 1 hour to do so.
By blogging so much, I learned that I not only improved the speed that my fingers were moving at, but I also enhanced the coordination between my thoughts and writing.
That was one major thing slowing me down before. The process where the brain transferred words for my hands to type took way too long. But over time, I was able to speed it up, and now I write a lot faster.
It’s not just typing either, I now have more stamina while creating blog posts. Instead of creating blog posts that barely reached a thousand words, I am currently producing blog posts with more than 2,000 words very consistently.
And you could totally get these benefits too if you start blogging. It will take some time to see results, but you will see improvements.
Another soft skill you get better at is organization.
Before writing any blog post, there is always some sort of planning stage, whether you write it down or not. You still have an idea in mind before writing.
Blogging helps you formulate and put those ideas down on paper much more quickly. If you want to be good at blogging, that means you will have to create organized pieces of content that provide value to your readers. If the writing doesn’t flow well, you will lose readers.
Another part of organization is the checklist that comes with every blog post. When you go to Wealthy Affiliate and take the courses, you will learn that every blog posts should be grammar and spell-checked, have relevant images included, internally and externally linked, and etc. Then you will post those blog posts on social media. And we can go on about different things like publishing schedules or keyword research.
To do this, you need to be on top of your organization game. And don’t worry if you aren’t, by blogging and going through the process, you eventually become very organized.
Communicating through writing, typing, and communication are some of the critical soft skills that will help you in life. One of the side effects of blogging is that you get good at these things naturally.
Learn And Earn, Killing Two Birds With One Stone
You can start blogs on things you want to get good at and kill two birds with one stone.
When I first got started with blogging, I chose to write about my passion, badminton.
I’m not the best player in the world. Nor am I the best in my country, Canada. Heck, I find myself losing to kids three years younger than me all the time!
But I chose to write about badminton nonetheless.
Whenever I wrote a blog post, I did extensive research learning about a specific topic within the niche so that I could offer as much value as possible.
This meant that while I was teaching through blogging, I was learning as well. Have you ever heard of the concept where you should show a random person what you learned in class to reinforce what you were learning and give yourself a new perspective?
This is what learning and earning is based on. You can write about whatever you’re learning to reinforce those ideas, make money through your blogs, and, most of all, help other people learn and understand what you’re learning.
Before writing blog posts, I would head out to my local badminton court and experiment with different training techniques and drills. As I was getting better at badminton, I would share these things on the blog to help other people get good, as well.
Pat Flynn, the founder of smartpassiveincome.com, actually started out this way.
His story was that he was an architect that was making only $50,000 per year or something like that at the time. He wanted to improve those earnings, so he decided to take an exam that would certify him and strengthen his earnings to something like $70,000 (I don’t have the exact numbers memorized).
The catch was, the exam had a tremendous failure rate. What did Pat decide to do?
Yep, start a blog that helped him prepare for the exam. He eventually passed that exam with one of the highest scores ever seen.
What’s even better is that when he lost his job in the 2008 economic downturn, he wasn’t in a position where he lost everything. The website that helped him study for an architecture exam actually got thousands of visitors every day and earned enough money to save him from bankruptcy.
Now he does online business full-time and makes millions of dollars every year. Moral of the story?
You can build a blog that will be a good passive income source and help you get good at whatever you want to get good at.
If you’re already an “expert” on your subject, you can still take advantage of this benefit. The truth is, it’s hard to define experts in any industry, especially in today’s day, where people without proper certifications have outperformed those with certifications on multiple occasions.
But anyway, if you’re an expert on a particular subject, you can go even deeper and write about it. If people are asking you questions, you will also see new ways in which people might not understand a particular idea, which prompts you to see things from a different perspective.
Seeing myself improve at something I’m blogging about has been one of the best things gained from my experience in blogging. Blogging actually allows me to fulfill my dream of playing badminton professionally and earn money passively killing two birds with one stone.
A Self-Development Journey Of Discipline
This isn’t something I realized until now.
You see, I was never a consistent blogger. My first few days at Wealthy Affiliate consisted of blogging two times a day and then slowing down to one time a day, then once a week, and finally once a month.
So I never found success the way that many other people who consistently put in effort may have seen.
I totally lost motivation after a few days. At first, I had all this excitement and energy going in, but there were no instant rewards for what I was doing.
I was setting everything up for the long term, and I couldn’t see how I was making an impact with my blog posts until a few months later.
In March 2019 was when I really started to see the fruits of my labor. I saw my first traffic consistencies. I was getting 10 people per day. Then April came, and I saw that there was an average of 30 people per day on my site. Then May came, and it was 50. Then June was 70. And finally, July was when I started consistently getting over 100 people per day.
My website continued to grow, and now I’m consistently getting 170-190 people on my site every day. Pretty cool, huh?
But I could have had many more people on my website. I could have been in the thousands and making full-time income if I had remained consistent and wrote content the way I did when I just started.
So now I know that I have to discipline myself. And I have been pretty good at that.
I’ve been slowly building better habits every day and forcing myself to do something with my life instead of lazily lying in bed watching YouTube videos.
If you want to achieve success through blogging, you’re going to have to learn discipline. Blogging will reveal that to you and force you to take action. Like the Nike slogan says, “Just do it.”
Rehabilitating Your Mental Strength And Finding Yourself
The last benefit I want to talk about is improving mental strength and finding yourself. This one is a little controversial as some people will feel more stress from blogging and end up with worse spiritual health.
For many other people out there and me, however, you can feel a lot better through blogging.
Some people blog for the same reason other people journal. You can write about your personal feelings on a blog and use it like a place to vent out feelings.
But you don’t have to.
Blogging about anything should have benefits in the form of making you more confident and understand a lot more about yourself. If you’re open to your own feelings, you’ll find that you may have anxiety because the blog post will be public.
However, as you build a following and keep creating posts, you’ll realize that there are lots of people that will support you and that you don’t have to be scared of not being good enough.
Another thing is that you’ll get better at taking criticism. When anything is open to the public, ideas will get critiqued. When you blog more often and get critiqued on whatever you’re writing, it forces you to throw down the ego and become coachable. This will bring you more joy and success in life than if you try to deny all criticism.
This may or may not happen to you, but it certainly has happened to me.
I was scared of publishing my first few blog posts. In fact, on my about me pages, I never put my face or pictures of myself on there because I was scared people would find my website and make fun of me.
I still have yet to put my face on my about me pages, but now it’s more of I forgot reason rather than I’m afraid of other people putting hate onto my blogs.
I’ve also learned to throw my ego away. It was seriously blocking my path to success. Now I’m more open to feedback, and I analyze it logically instead of taking criticisms as a personal attack.
If you blog, you can find yourself experiencing very similar mental shifts as me, and that will make you a much stronger person over time.
Where You Can Begin A Journey Of Blogging
Now that you have read about all these bonuses of blogging, where can you actually get started?
Well, as mentioned before, I personally got started at Wealthy Affiliate, and I thought it was terrific. The training is straightforward and easy to understand, and you have a large community of friendly people who support you.
Wealthy Affiliate is where I recommend you begin your blogging journey.
Are you a blogger yourself? I would love to hear what your own experience with blogging has been like. Leave your thoughts down in the comment section below!
I hope you learned something from this post. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below, and I will gladly respond. Good luck with your blogging journey!