FREELANCING / OCT. 17, 2015
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Life Skills Blogging Can Teach You

The wonderful world of blogging has really taken off in the past few years, allowing individuals to connect based on a wide variety of interests and common goals. Within the world of blogging, there are opportunities for anyone to voice their opinion, share experiences, or reach various goals.

Although many set out to earn money by blogging, the reality is that upwards of 81 percent of the blogging community never makes more than $100. In terms of financial successful blogs, only around 8 percent earn enough to support their families, according to an infographic over at Blogging. Other bloggers continually upload content based on their passion for writing and the niche in which they specialize in.

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When you think about blogging, there are obvious skills in which you develop. First of all, one’s writing skills strengthen, especially in terms of grammar and tone. In order to be successful, you need to continually improve, coming up with creative ways in order to deliver your content.

Outside of sentence structure and writing style, how else does blogging enhance your skills? More importantly, which life skills develop as you immerse yourself into the wonderful world of blogging? If you are currently a blogger or aspire to be one, you may be surprised how many positive byproducts of blogging exist.

When you think about the direct benefits of blogging, various personal gains may come to mind. For some, they’ll be interested in the financial possibilities of blogging while others blog in order to educate the public, share their thoughts, or just explore their passions. My husband and I are a classic example of passionate bloggers, and maintain a blog for the sheer enjoyment we experience and the connections we make.

Professionally, I focus on career development, business, mental health, and nutrition. My husband is a custom framer, yet we’re both highly immersed in the food and drink world. Our blog allows us to connect with other likeminded individuals and to explore areas we’re passionate about. There’s no doubt that we have developed various skills along the way, and these specific skills tend to develop without even realizing it.

1. Time Management

How many days out of the week seem to fly by? Are you often wishing that there was more time in the day? As a blogger, timing is everything. You set your own timeline without any external pressure. If you want to continually update your blog and provide fresh, exciting content, you need to set deadlines. You create goals based on what you’d like to publish, and when.

Timelines will differ from one blogger to the next, but successful bloggers most certainly focus on time constraints. Whether you update your blog weekly, have seasonal projects that need to be completed, or publish content based on the time of day, time is something that’s always on bloggers minds. You learn to prioritize in terms of importance.

Whether you’re focusing on work, family or any other personal commitment, possessing time management skills goes a long way. You quickly learn that multitasking isn’t always the best idea and that focusing on one thing at a time can make your more productive. As your time management skills strengthen, you’ll feel less stressed throughout day-to-day life. Your day doesn’t need to be hectic, and time management skills can help reduce the chaos.

2. Focus

As mentioned, for the most part, no puts pressure on you to publish content except for yourself. If you do not sit down, focus, and create new content, your blog will quickly lose traction. Whenever you want to write new content, reach out to new potential affiliates, conduct research, or anything else related to your blog, you need to focus on what it is you want to achieve. What’s the end goal?

In order to achieve that goal, you need to block out distractions and boost productivity. If you’re a blogger, you know all about getting into the zone. When you’re that focused and involved in what you’re doing, magic happens. If you are checking your Facebook or Twitter after every sentence, you’re likely not focused on the task you’re trying to complete. From the moment you sit down to the moment, until the moment that task is complete, it’s all about focus.

Psychological research supports the notion that focus and self-control are essential life skills. Whatever you want to achieve, the ability to focus can help you reach any goal. When you’re able to truly focus, you would be surprised as to what you can achieve. Our brains are programmed to recognize distractions and if you’re one to become easily distracted, you can improve your ability to focus. There are various steps you can take, and by becoming a successful blogger you will most certainly encourage the development of this skill.

3. Interpersonal Communication

Communication is critical throughout life, and as a blogger. Interpersonal skills are those that allow you to interact with others and are essentially what help build a successful blog. You know what they say: it takes a village to grow a blog. Okay, maybe no one says that, but it’s true.

Unless you’re just writing for yourself, in order to expand your blog, you need to reach out to other businesses, bloggers, organizations, and more importantly, your readers. You learn to choose your words wisely, how to successfully handle criticism, ask for help, and listen to what others have to say.

We’re social beings and, although our world is shifting in terms of technology, you need to interact with people on a day-to-day basis. Whether you’re getting your oil changed, looking to seek a business partner, or negotiating a deal, strong interpersonal communication skills are essential.

4. Taking on New Challenges

Deciding to tackle a new challenge can be stressful, but if you avoid anything that may be challenging, you’ll miss out on your true potential. As a blogger, you face one challenge after the other. Not only do you need to be bold and take a few risks, but you also learn how to effectively problem-solve as various challenges present themselves.

Sure, blogging can be stressful, but the reward is worth it. Without stepping out of your comfort zone and tackling new challenges, you’d never progress. We’re living in a fast-paced world and online businesses are now booming. There are plenty of opportunities and if you are open to accepting set challenges, you can accomplish amazing things.

Blogging encourages a growing mindset, helping you develop the skill to accept new challenges. Without a little bit of risk, there’s little reward. You quickly learn as a blogger that failures are merely minor setbacks. Challenges are seen as learning opportunities and more often than not, you’ll walk away gaining more than you lost. The skill to take on challenges is now essential in our fast-paced world.

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So whether you blog for fun or for financial gain, you’re already winning. Allowing yourself to focus on set goals helps you build various skills that transfer into your day-to-day life. Being committed to a blog proves that you have the skills required to successfully complete whatever you put your mind to.

What other live skills can you learn from blogging? Let us know in the comments section below!

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