- Thou shalt learn to blog.
- Thou shalt blog well.
- Thou shalt revise all the time.
- Thou shalt respect themselves.
- Thou shalt respect others.
- Thou shalt read widely.
- Thou shalt read frequently.
- Thou shalt write as often as possible.
Yesterday, I wrote a post about why students should start their own blog. Today, I will continue with this idea since I wholeheartedly believe in it. If yesterday’s post wasn’t enough to convince you to start a blog, this is my second (and final) attempt to do so.
- Blogging is amusing, relaxing, and encouraging. Yes, blogging is my idea of fun as it is quite amusing at times. And no, I’m not insane. And whenever I need to relax, I enjoy replying to comments, reading other blogs, and even drafting up future posts of my own. Finally, the support and comments I have received from my fellow bloggers have encouraged me to do what I love to do, motivated me to work harder, and inspired me to pursue my dreams.
- Blogging teaches you to be concise, to play nice, and to understand that nothing replaces hard work and experience. You cannot write blog posts that are to the tune of a novel. Say what you need to say, no more and no less. You also have to interact with people online. And most misunderstandings happen thanks to the wonderful invention known as the World Wide Web. It’s easy for others to misinterpret, misread, and/or misconstrue your message and meaning. So be wary with everything you say on social media. If it isn’t nice, don’t say it. If it isn’t nice and you did say it, retract your comment. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Finally, about the last point…nothing will ever be a substitute for good ol’ hard work and experience. No amount of reading in the world will ever teach you how to run a blog. Yeah, you actually have to run a blog (for an extended period of time) to understand how to run a blog. Shocking, isn’t it?
- Blogging will be better than everything you imagine it to be—including but not limited to—past decisions, present choices, and potential opportunities. OK, so that was a little pretentious, ostentatious, and perhaps a bit supercilious of me but you get my point. This is my guarantee: starting and running a blog will not be the biggest disappointment of your life. It could be the biggest regret of your life but I’ll leave that up to you.
If you haven’t noticed already, I have three reasons for a reason. As they like to say: good things come in threes!!! Now try saying that three times fast. And then read this post again and catch all the times I incorporated the rule of three. OK?
So what are you waiting for? Start blogging.
And if you already have a blog, go blog.
Although being a blogger and a student is a lot of hard work, the benefits of running a blog while you are a student far outweigh the disadvantages.
- A blog provides a much-needed break from homework. If you think blogging will add to your already stressful life, think again. The blogging police won’t chase after you for not posting every day nor will they chastise you if you make a grammar mistake. In fact, now that I think about it, there is no blogging police! No parents hovering over your shoulder, no teachers watching your every move, no authority figure telling you what to do. So have fun with your blog. Customize until you are content and then write to your heart’s satisfaction.
- Blogging hones your writing skills. While I can’t say blogging is synonymous with writing, I will say my writing skills have come a long way thanks to my blog. Now don’t get the wrong idea. Your blog doesn’t have to be specifically about writing in order for your writing abilities to grow considerably. Your blog can be about anything. From gardening to golf, the possibilities are endless. As long as you focus on a topic/theme you care about, you will enjoy writing posts about said subject for years to come. Besides, many future employers are hoping potential employees can write effectively. Starting and running a blog will help you do just that.
- Your blog provides a chance for you to connect with like-minded people. In the off chance that you don’t have much in common with anyone at school, your blogging community may be your saviour. I know for a fact that bloggers are friendly people and if the idea of diving into a new pool of people scare you, rest assured someone will be there to save you from drowning. I’ve met incredibly talented and kind individuals online who share the same interests and passions as I do. If you find that blogging isn’t for you, you can stop any time. But if you don’t start a blog, you will never know what you’re missing out on. In any case, the relationships you build via blogging can be useful in the future. Someone in your blogging circle may be your new best friend or possibly your future boss. Build relationships before you need them. I promise you, you won’t regret it.
I could go on for days about this topic since one, I am a student and and two, I am a blogger. I truly believe the student-blogging combination is perfect. There are so many reasons why students should start a blog and few reasons not to. I’ve been balancing both quite well for several months and I hope that I will have convinced some students to start a blog of their own. And if you already have a blog, kudos to you. Keep doing what you are doing.
If not, check back tomorrow for the next installment of Why Students Should Start (And Run) A Blog.