Why would I want to blog?

 

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Why would I want to blog?

A keen gardener reading her favourite gardening blog

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Blogs are great for staying in touch with friends and sharing your thoughts with the world. They're also a great way to indulge in your passions and connect with other people online who feel the same.

In this activity, you'll learn about the benefits of blogging and how to share your posts with readers.

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Blog about what you want, whenever you want

For some people, blogging is like keeping a personal journal or compiling a scrapbook with photos, video and links to other websites. It's a great way to record your thoughts and feelings or document your activities.

You can post as often as you wish, but there's no pressure to keep to a schedule.

An illustration of a traditional scrapbook
An illustration of a blog with comments from interested readers

Blog to build a community

If you're blogging about a specific topic, you may find that regular posts will help you build up an audience of readers who share your passion. You might find that a small community grows in the comments section of your blog as readers share their views and experiences.

Blog to stay in touch

Some people use blogs as a way to stay in touch with family and friends. The trouble with social media sites like Facebook is that you don't always see everything your friends write, so you might miss something important. This doesn't happen with a blog, as everyone who visits can see everything you've written (unless you've made it private).

Illustrations of typical bloggers and their blog names
Keeping up to date by reading the latest blog post on a smartphone

Blog instead of email

Just like a blog, a group email is a good way to keep in touch with many people at once. A blog, however, means you don't need to keep a mailing list and ensure that it's up to date. As soon as you publish your post, it is visible to anyone who visits your blog site.

Let people subscribe to keep updated

When you're creating your blog, you can add buttons that let visitors subscribe. This means they are automatically notified as soon as you publish a new post.

An illustration showing who is subscribing to a blog
An illustration of a search field looking for 'Fiji' in a list of blog posts

Blog to organise your thoughts

Unlike writing in a paper journal, blogging makes it easy to keep your ideas organised. There's no need to add the date, it's automatically added to every post.

When you're looking back over your blog posts to gather your ideas, you can easily jump to specific dates, see posts with specific labels or search for important words.

Blog for all, or just a few

With a blog, you can decide whether it's private or public. If it's public, your efforts can be seen by anyone who visits your site for as long as you decide to keep your blog.

A selection of blog posts that have been published for public viewing
An illustration showing that blogs can be private or public, it depends on who you want to be able to read them

Blog for just friends and family

If you want your blog to be private, then you can control who sees your blog and you can limit the readers to certain people, like your family or friends.

True or false?

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You can add video and photos to a blog.

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This is true. Blogs can be just text if you like, or to make it more interesting you can add photos or videos.

Everyone who has the internet can read your blog.

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This depends on your blog settings. You can decide to make your blog public – for everyone, or private so just the people you choose can view it.

Summary

You've learned that blogging is like keeping a journal or scrapbook, and that there are many reasons why you might want to blog, including:

  • You can blog about anything, whenever you want.
  • Blogging can help build a community.
  • Blogging can help you stay in touch.
  • Blogging can help organise your thoughts.
  • You decide if your blog is public or private.
Writing a blog post using a laptop computer
Planning a holiday and reading travel blogs for tips on places to stay

Congratulations

Well done, you've now reached the end of the Why would I want to blog? activity.

Next up, the What can I blog about? activity will help you decide on the subject matter of your blog.