Having a blog can be a wonderful thing. It can push you to be more creative, it can provide you with a platform to share your opinions and views and it can help you gain some confidence in the world, but having a blog can also help to build your career.
I was writing for a large music website when I was first thinking of leaving the world of retail and through the skills I gained here such as basic SEO, content management and social media this helped me to get a job in Digital Marketing. Without the blogging I was doing I had no other experience. Since my first job I started this blog and I definitely feel that it helped me in order to get the job I have today which I love.
Having a blog shows you’re passionate
Just the fact that you created your blog and started writing shows that there’s something you’re passionate about, whether that’s about beauty or fashion or politics and parenting, spending your spare time on anything shows a passion. Generally for a large period at the start of having a blog you’re earning no or little money so doing this alongside being a parent/ carer or working full/ part time shows it’s really something you want to do.
It shows good time management skills
When you have a blog there’s so much to manage and doing it successfully shows that you have good time management skills. For me I can showcase how I manage to work full time, run my blog on a schedule and do other freelance work and this shows really skill. Being a blogger means you have to not only manage your time writing posts but taking images, scheduling social media and answering emails alongside all the other admin that comes with writing a blog.
It shows good organisation skills
Following on from the last point having a blog shows good organisation skills because as a blogger you need to be able to prioritize work and plan what you’re going to do when. To run a successful blog you need good organisational skills to keep everything balanced and flowing, especially when you’re working with brands and agencies.
It shows good communication skills
As a blogger you’re going to be communicating with a variety of people on an everyday basis this mighr be through responses to e-mails with PR or pitch emails to brands and agencies, but also through connecting with your readership and followers on social media. Having a blog will keep you build a voice and a brand and having one shows great communication skills which is a highly transferable skill to have. In every job you’ll need to communicate with someone be it your colleagues and managers or customers and clients.
It shows you aren’t afraid of hard work
Having a blog is hard work even if you enjoy it from coming up with inspirational ideas and carrying them out to building your brand and dealing with the technical side of things such as the latest GDPR updates. If you run a blog then it shows that you aren’t afraid of hard work and are prepared to put your all into something.