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Why Blogging is Excellent for Personal Development?

Blogging is a new and exciting media that’s generally stereotyped as the “easy way to money”. Naturally, we are all curious about making money, right? How many overnight blogging millionaires do you know? I don’t know any.

Any successful blogger will tell you, whether it’s Darren Rowse or Hesham Zebia that creating money online is a result of hard work and producing lots of value.

Why personal development is a major part of blogging?

From this article, I promise you’ll discover a range of new skills just from blogging. Forget about making money online as a primary goal. Money is the result of providing a service. Provide value from your efforts and you’ll be rewarded. However, you must focus on generating unique and valuable information that can be implemented immediately.

What you will learn from blogging

An accomplished blogger will continuously read and research their chosen niche. A constant learning process is required to stay ahead of their chosen industry. In my own personal interests of blogging, I’ve read many useful books in the areas of: English-language; copywriting; search engine optimisation; web design; social media; business development and online marketing.

All these books have provided inspiration and assistance for writing new content. In addition, I highly suggest you read the top blogs in your niche. Overtime, new content will generate new ideas and concepts just waiting to be discovered.

You will learn about marketing

A successful blogger that has earned a reputation would’ve heavily invested time and effort into marketing.

The most successful way to start marketing your blog is guest posting. Many blogs and especially FamousBloggers.net welcomes guest posting. The beauty of guest posting is your publishing content to a brand-new audience where you have an opportunity to shine.

Whilst this new passion for blogging is here, focus on developing guest posts continuously to keep your ambition and motivation alive. Many bloggers perish because of lack of results. Focus on value. I guarantee you’ll develop traffic and the momentum to continue blogging.

You’ll learn about SEO

As you continue your venture into blogging, you’ll soon discover that writing online can be very rewarding, especially when you earn a steady flow of traffic. Focus on writing for the reader and the momentum will help you succeed. Search engine optimisation is a great skill to have.

Blogging is a journey of constant self improvement

Overtime, you’ll develop a variety of skills that you never expected to create. Blogging is a long-term journey where consistency provides results. During your blogging career you’ll develop many new skills including: networking; marketing; copywriting; SEO; discipline and the most important creating value.

Your Turn

What have you learnt from blogging? Has your confidence grown as a blogger? I am sure you can name three new skills you’ve learnt from blogging. Please share your experiences.

James King is an experienced web designer & blogger. Better Start Blogging is filled with hints and tips to promote your blog and become a successful blogger.

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  • Rae March 29, 2011, 8:31 am

    Awesome post. Reasons are really point out.

  • Vuong January 25, 2011, 10:15 am

    I have discovered this article via Twitter. Though it is old article, the value it brings is still new with me. Needless to say, blogging dream is not come true overnight.

  • Usama September 28, 2010, 2:31 pm

    SEO, web designing and researching. Three superb skills learned from blogging. And not to mention the fun and joy it brings.
    Thanks.

  • Karl Foxley September 19, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Blogging has certainly made my university essays so much easier to just scratch out from beginning to end in a continuous flow before I go back in and edit and refine.

    Before I was blogging my essays used to take me way too long to write. 🙂

    Karl

    • Karl Foxley September 19, 2010, 2:33 pm

      Sorry James,

      I forgot to say it was great to read a post that covered personal development and blogging… I’m someone who is on a continued path to self-improvement.

      Karl

  • Harriet September 16, 2010, 2:42 pm

    I haven’t learnt anything from blogging, apart from that I’m lazy when it comes to it. But I have learnt from reading peoples blogs that a lot of work goes into them!

  • TJ McDowell September 15, 2010, 7:37 am

    I think blogging is an education in networking. Real relationships are the key to success both online and offline.

    • benin September 17, 2010, 7:21 am

      I agree with you. Relationships are the best part.

  • Lyn Murphy September 15, 2010, 12:36 am

    Hi James,
    For me Blogging is very much about networking. I hunt down Bloggers who write about things which interest me, I leave them comments and hope they will come to visit my site and read what I have written. I make friends who offer encouragement. I get useful tips. I find out what works and what doesn’t.
    It’s all about learning and, as you say, personal development. If people know who I am and what I stand for, then when I finally have a product to market, they are much more likely to come and check it out.

  • Daniel Lew September 14, 2010, 7:23 pm

    Hi James,

    Very interesting post there, and it is true that being a successful blogger takes time and during this time you will go through this amazing journey,

    Well outlined!

  • Poonam September 14, 2010, 4:45 am

    Quite true blogging helps you in increasing your knowledge whether it is related with SMM, latest technology news or life skills……I like your second last point “Blogging is a journey of constant self improvement” very well said …..keep it up 🙂

    • James King September 14, 2010, 12:17 pm

      Hi Poonam,

      You’re very welcome. I am pleased you enjoyed this guest post.

  • Devesh September 14, 2010, 2:58 am

    Hey James,

    Great Post man. You’ve made some useful points. I’m able to learn so many new things because of blogging.
    Blogging is defiantly excellent for development.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome post dude. You’re doing awesome work everywhere.

    ~Dev

  • Tinh September 14, 2010, 2:57 am

    Blog helps me grow up positively 🙂 and it is a good start for business oriented strategy 🙂

  • Lennart Heleander September 14, 2010, 12:59 am

    Hi James,
    What I have learn from my web site and which is very good for my blog are SEO, long tail, keywords, title and the descriptions work. From the blogging have I learnt more about marketing and write.

    • James King September 14, 2010, 12:18 pm

      Lenneart. How are you?

      I am pleased your doing well with the SEO, long tail keywords, wordpress is great for that.

  • Jarret September 14, 2010, 12:09 am

    Hey James,

    It certainly is interesting to look back at all of the things that we respectively have learned from blogging. I personally think that the constantly evolving technology that surrounds blogging continues to make it interesting.

    When I first started blogging it was simply to help with the in-house SEO efforts for a company that I started that sold products online. Back then, Technorati tags and digging was the thing, lol–so much has changed since then.

    Though I never imagined that I would take the time to learn technical aspects such as editing CSS or PHP or the numerous other others, the most valuable experience has just been connecting with other people from around the world that I would have never met.

    • James King September 14, 2010, 12:16 pm

      Hi Jarret,

      I am pleased you’re getting so much out of blogging. It’s awesome. It would take a long time to learn the skills in a job. Blogging provides so much more than just writing.

  • Kevin Martineau September 13, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Blogging is definitely excellent for personal development! This is the main reason I started my blog three years ago and the journey continues. 🙂

  • Colleen September 13, 2010, 6:33 pm

    Learning how to generate targeted traffic is probably our biggest lesson learned from blogging. It has been a thing-and-error sorta thing for us.

    • James King September 14, 2010, 5:42 am

      Hello Colleen,

      I am pleased that you’re learning a lot from blogging.

  • Julius September 13, 2010, 6:30 pm

    I totally agree with you James. Blogging is about personal development. As a blogger you continually learn more and more stuff. The thing is though that you need to use this information. Many people simply gather more and more information yet they never use it.

    • James King September 14, 2010, 5:41 am

      Hello Julius,

      Hope your well. Yes, personal development is the only thing that you keep from blogging. Regardless if you make any money or not. So you’ll never go away empty handed.

  • Robert September 13, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Blogging has certainly improved my english as well as my online links. English is my first language and i’ve always been good at it, but my grades have gone from B’s to A’s now that I’ve been blogging for over a year,
    So i guess blogging has a couple more benefits!

    • James King September 14, 2010, 1:29 am

      Hi Robert,

      English is a great skill to continue learning. I am pleased your now a grade A student. All the best.

  • Ryan Biddulph September 13, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Hi James,

    My confidence has improved as a blogger due to my persistence.

    The greatest lesson I’ve learned is to develop “stick-to-it-tive-ness.” By persisting through the tough times when I had zero comments and the same number of readers I learned what it took to generate traffic and build my subscriber base.

    Thanks for sharing your insight.

    Ryan Biddulph

    • James King September 14, 2010, 1:28 am

      Hi Ryan,

      I got to argee with you on that one. Confidence does grow over time.

  • Kiesha September 13, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Hi James,
    I’ve learned how to tap into everyone of my life’s learning experiences – now I can relate just about anything to blogging. I’ve learned to extract meaning from just about anything and apply it to blogging. I guess I would say that blogging has helped me think clearly – either that, or I’m even more obsessed about blogging than I thought I was.

    • James King September 14, 2010, 1:26 am

      Hi Kiesha,

      Blogging is about gaining much more than just money. Currency increases and decreases and in value all the time. But learning new skills remains high on any list.

  • Kimi September 13, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Hey James,

    You’ve pointed it out, i am indeed learning lots of stuff in blogging, in my blog’s niche, it broadens my knowlegde in css, php, etc, eventhough not much, but i learn more and more.

    Also from blogger friends, sharing knowlegde, and commenting do help.

    Thanks.

    • James King September 13, 2010, 1:46 pm

      Hello Kimi,

      Thanks for the comments. Technology changes so we all need to stay ahead. I am pleased you’re learning.

  • AIDYs September 13, 2010, 1:20 pm

    I have learned from blogging that you cannot go it alone. What I also found out is that there is help out there. Especially here and other blogs that I have found as a tremendous resource through FamousBloggers. I agree, blogging is a consistent process and hopefully a fun learning process.

    • James King September 13, 2010, 1:44 pm

      Hi AIDYs,

      I agree, we all need help with blogging. It’s important to seek advice.

  • Murlu September 13, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Networking, networking and networking. With a side of marketing.

    If you stand behind your content, your next step is to market the hell out of it – the best way is to network with those that are influential within your niche.

    When you can find that perfect balance – you’re gold!

    • James King September 13, 2010, 1:43 pm

      Hi Murlu,

      Nice to hear from you again.

      Networking is awesome, do you use Linkedin? This is great for bloggers.

  • Luqman September 13, 2010, 12:56 pm

    I quite agree with you on guest posting, Guest posting enables you to build a chain of relationship in blogging industry. In blogging networking is very important, because network helps in publicity of your blog. Publicity includes ping-backs, reviews etc

    • James King September 13, 2010, 1:42 pm

      Hi Luqman,

      Thanks for the comments, I suggest that any new blogger writes on top blogs to increase their awareness.

  • Ben Lang September 13, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Hey James,

    Right on the spot, definitely learn a lot from blogging. Another very important thing that you learn which is used throughout your life is networking. It’s the key to succeeding in blogging and in almost everything outside of it. Great job James 🙂

    • James King September 13, 2010, 12:41 pm

      Hello Ben,

      I hope you well. Indeed, networking is an important part for anyone. You never know when you’re going to need the power of your networks.

      • Ben Lang September 13, 2010, 3:31 pm

        Hey,

        For sure, I’m great. See you around, maybe at EpicLaunch 😉 and of course BetterStartBlogging…

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