Why Blogging Is Good for Self-Development Laura Are you a blogger? If not, then perhaps today is a good day to start. I always say if you’re feeling stressed or upset you should write down how you feel. It’s been proven to be therapeutic by releasing your emotions from pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). So, why can blogging help you develop as a person? How can it help you grow and develop? You Can Be Creative Your brain is a wonderful thing and should be made to work at its fullest capacity. Coming up with posts, designing and working hard on something that gives you pleasure allows you to explore things you may never have thought you’d be able to achieve. You will also venture into other creative hobbies such as photography, designing and editing – that can’t be a bad thing right? You Are Able To Clarify Your Thoughts Putting an idea, thought or emotion into words can be hard. But as you start writing more and more, ideas will develop. You’ll come up with justifications and examples of why you feel a certain way which you may not be able to do when you say them out loud. Writing is a Gift Whether you’re a good or a bad writer to start, your skills will grow. And you will notice the difference in time. You will be able to see your talent become more than just “hello my name is Laura”. It will have a life of its own based on your personality and your readers will enjoy that. Your Blog Starts to Shape Your Life (For The Better) Let’s be honest, no bloggers life would be exciting if we sat indoors all day watching trash TV. Blogging gives you a purpose to explore so you can share it with your readers. Yes, it has been said bloggers’ lives are exaggerated and fake BUT if you do things that genuinely interest you and give you the chance to discover a new world outside your office, then why not do it all? You Take Notice of What’s Around You Linked closely with the above point, blogging helps you appreciate the little things. For example, a pretty cake and a good cup of coffee would go unnoticed without the likes of blogging and Instagram lovers. People like to see cute and interesting images, no matter how basic or small. You May Make Some Money Every now and again you may be asked to create sponsored content or advertise. And there is zero shame in that. As long as you feel the content will be useful or interesting to your readers, take the money and invest it further into making you blog awesome! You Become Part of a Community There are literally hundreds of thousands of bloggers in the world. And those who take it seriously are very understandable to the awful emails about SEO, the requests for free advertisements, proof reading, bad lighting and online trolls. It’s a very united (although with a couple of bad apples) group and when you find bloggers you like; you will soon see how much you have in common. There are so many bloggers, and readers alike, who will defend you and compliment you because you are brave enough to write what you think and feel. You Gain a Sense of Empowerment Nothing says power like putting your thoughts out for the world to see. Nothing says power like building your own business based on the fact that you blog and create. Blogging gives relief, comfort and power to people who didn’t have a voice before. And now there is an army of us. Blogging doesn’t have to be your full time job. It can just be a hobby! Either way, when you write, photograph and share your personality you will feel good about it. And don’t let blogger doubt get you down. Blogging is a great thing and it should be embraced. Need blog topic ideas? Check out 365 Blog Topic Ideas on Amazon! Follow (CLICK TO FOLLOW ALONG AND STAY UPDATED) This is an excerpt from the article Why Blogging Is Good for Self-Development which originally appeared on www.thewonderforest.com.