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Top10I know, I know, you’ve been hearing this word “Blog” float around the internet, and it might even be getting a little annoying.

Who are these weird “Blogger People”? Why is everyone talking about it? Are blogs really the future?

Or even more imminent – are blogs really the present? (that sounds kinda weird).

My name is Leslie Samuel, and yes – I’m a Blogger. 

Yes, the cat is out of the bag and I proudly admit to being one. THAT statement has opened up a lot of opportunities for me. So I want to share with you my Top 10 Reasons Why YOU Should Start A Blog.

And this will be from my personal experience – NOT just me taking what everyone else is saying and sharing it with you. Are you ready for them? Lets go.

Reason #1: Blogging Gives You A Platform For YOUR Voice To Be Heard

Your VOICE gets heardI’ve been blogging since September of 2008. I have this Blog here at Become A Blogger, and my Interactive Biology Blog. The truth is that I’m an opinionated guy who has learnt a little bit about a little bit and I enjoy sharing that with others.

At Become A Blogger, I teach people that they can Create Content that Inspires Others and even Change The World. That’s my big message, and without a platform like my blog, I don’t know how I’d be able to let people know.

At Interactive Biology, I teach people . . . you guessed it . . . Biology. I started it because I wanted to teach University Level biology but didn’t have a University Level Professor degree. In many cases, someone else would’ve resorted to just not doing it. Me? Nahhh, I couldn’t do that. I had something to say, and my Biology Blog gave me a platform from which I could say it.

Once again – Blogging gives you a platform for YOUR voice to be heard!

Reason #2: Blogging Helps You To Become A Better Communicator

ConfidenceOne of the most beneficial skills to have (in my opinion) is the ability to communicate ideas to others. When I attended university, I had to take a class called Communication Skills. As a part of that class, we had to do some presentations and speeches.

They KNEW that communicating ideas was a very important skill and wanted to help us become better communicators. Now, I’ll be 100% honest. I don’t remember ANYTHING about that class, because it was just a class that we took ONE semester in college and then said goodbye.

According to Will Smith (and I love this quote):

Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft – Click Here To Tweet That Awesomeness

I resonate with that statement SOO MUCH. I can’t tell you how many hours and hours and hours I’ve spent building my blogs and it has definitely increased my communication skills. In every post, I need to think to myself – “How do I communicate what’s happening in my brain in a way that the content and intent gets accurately communicated”.

Once again – Blogging helps you to become a better communicator (by allowing you to spend hours and hours and hours beating on your craft).

Reason #3: Blogging Opens Up Awesome Opportunities

Dream JobI started my Biology Blog because I wanted to be a university professor but was “unqualified” (notice the quotation marks). At the time I was a High School Biology teacher. Well, as many of you know, my biology blog opened up the doors for me to become a University Professor, teaching in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (and yes, without a PhD).

If I never started my blog, I would be still teaching at the high school level (or just working from home). Teaching at a university was my dream job. Now, it’s the job that I no longer dream about. It’s the job I do.opened up the doors for me to become a University Professor, teaching in a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (and yes, without a PhD).

That’s not the only opportunity it has opened up. I’ve been able to speak at Blog World last June and New Media Expo this month. I’ve been the science consultant on the nationally syndicated Total Education Radio Show, and have been interviewed by a number of podcasters all across the globe.

Once again – Blogging REALLY opens up awesome opportunities. Btw, if you want to see another awesome opportunity that happened as a result of blogging, check out how Leo Laporte CRASHED MY SERVER, lol.

Reason #4: Blogging Connects You With Awesome People

Connect

I love people. Seriously, I love people. Why? Because people are interesting ;)

Since starting my blog, I’ve been able to connect with people who have really contributed a significant amount of awesomeness to my life. The first person I always have to mention is my good buddy Chris Deals from Day Job Knockout. He was the first person I connected with online and we’ve done all kinds of projects.

I’ve also connected with other bloggers that I’ve looked up to for a while like Yaro Starak and Gideon Shalwick, the two guys without whom there would be no Become A Blogger.

I’ve been able to interview people like Andrew Warner from Mixergy (home of the ambitious upstart), Guy Kawasaki (co-founder of Alltop) and a bunch of other well known entrepreneurs.

Lastly, and most importantly, I’ve been able to connect with people like you – readers of my blog. This has been tremendously rewarding, especially those of you that have joined the brand new Become A Blogger community. You enrich my life in so many ways, so thank you.

Once again – Blogging connects you with Awesome People, and yes – you’re pretty darn AWESOME!

Reason #5: Blogging Helps you Build Trust

Reputation - ExpertI remember the first time I saw this in effect. It was when I first heard about blogging as a business by stumbling on to a report written by Yaro Starak. It sounded interesting so I decided to check out his blog. When I checked it out, I remember thinking – man, this seems kinda awesome.

So I decided to sign up for his email newsletter. What happened next amazed me – he started sending me (note, I didn’t say selling me) all kinds of awesome, valuable info. I remember looking out for his email and getting excited whenever I saw his name in my inbox (hopefully he doesn’t read this and get an “awesome-complex”).

Here’s the thing – he was gaining my trust. So much so that when he eventually launched his coaching program, I knew I had to join.

Since I started blogging, I’ve seen the same thing. By putting valuable content out there, a lot of people have come to regard me as a trusted expert and that has gone a long way to helping me build something extremely valuable.

Once again – Blogging helps you build TRUST, if you’re providing value to your audience.

Reason #6: Blogging Makes You A More Well-Rounded Individual

researchYeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking – aren’t bloggers those withdrawn nerds who live in their basement attached to their computers? How is that well-rounded?

Well, sorry to break the news to you but we aren’t that sad (well, for the most part).

Here’s the thing – IF you are blogging the right way, you are doing research on different ideas, learning new information constantly so that you can present that info as an authority.

Doing that kind of research helps to make you more well-rounded. Connecting with awesome people (as mentioned above) even helps that process more.

Once again – Blogging makes you a more well-rounded individual IF you are blogging the right way.

Reason #7: Blogging Makes You Think

ThinkingAboutBlogOk, maybe you’re tired of thinking. Maybe you work at a job and have to think so much that by the time you get home, you don’t want to use ANY more neurons. I fully understand.

However, if you want to present your thoughts in a coherent way on a regular basis, this is something that you need to think about. The more you do this, the better you become. You’re forming synaptic connections between those 100 billion neurons in that awesome brain of yours.

Once again – Blogging Makes you Think – that’s how you come up with Awesome Content.

Reason #8: Blogging Helps Others

Instead of explaining this, I will share an email that I received a while back from someone who visited my Biology Blog:

I can’t begin to tell you how much your work means to me and my family! I’ve just taken my first teaching job after years in the healthcare industry and was thrown into a high school that has no text books, given one day’s orientation and well over 100 students who have been falling behind the state required standards because they’ve been waiting for new teachers………without your lectures and free materials, I never would have been able to survive this first week……it’s a critical job for my family as well….we’re down to the most bare food and I couldn’t afford to fail……….

God bless you for making this available. I will certainly remember your donations link just as soon as we have enough pay checks to refill our critically empty food cabinets……..you’ve kept me, my children and an impoverished inner city school afloat……..no better life’s work than that I’d imagine.

blog teamwork success

Can you imagine the feeling that comes when you get an email like that. Every time I get a thank you email/testimonial, I have my assistant put it in a special folder for me to be able to look through and find motivation to continue.

I just glanced in that folder and saw that there were over 2,600 messages in there. That’s just AWESOME!

Reason #9: Blogging Can Help You Build A Significant Online Business

BlogMoneyLet me be 100% honest here. MOST people who blog won’t make ANY money doing it. That’s just a fact. According to a survey done by Blogging.org, 81% of bloggers have never made $100 from their blogging efforts.

When I started my blog back in 2008, that was one of my goals – to build a significant online business so that I can pay off a bunch of debt, take care of my growing family, and travel a little (or a lot, lol).That being said, if you’re smart about it, you can build a significant business around your blog.

Because of what I’ve learnt over the years, I’ve been able to do just that and I thank God for that. Not because it’s all about the money, but because I live on this earth, have accumulated debt, and I’m tired of it ;)

Both my Biology blog and Become a Blogger make a significant income each and every month. It’s a beautiful thing.

Reason #10: Blogging Is A Ton Of Fun

If this were just another job, I don’t know that I’d be able to do it as long as I’ve been doing it. Part of what has kept me going is how much fun I’ve been having.

Seriously, I’ve been having a blast. When you take the 9 reasons mentioned above, you have a recipe for doing something extremely enjoyable.

From writing content to recording podcasts, to making videos, to interacting with you AWESOME folk, life is good.

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Interested in Starting A Blog?

A lot of people think starting a blog is difficult. However, you can literally have a blog up and running in a very short period of time (I’d give yourself about an hour or so), have a nice design and start adding your awesome content to build an awesome blog.

That’s exactly why I created my 10 Free Videos for Becoming A Blogger. In those videos, I show you how to get your domain and hosting, install wordpress (your blogging platform) in 3 clicks, start adding content, and getting your blog setup for success.

If you have the “technical expertise” to check email and you can follow along as I show you one step at a time how to set it up, you can get your blog going.

Click Here To Sign Up For The 10 FREE Videos

What are YOUR reasons?

Ok, so I’ve given you my top 10 reasons why I think YOU should start a blog, but you probably have some reasons of your own. So, go ahead and let me know your reasons for starting (or wanting to start) a blog in the comments below.

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45 Responses to “My Top 10 Reasons Why YOU Should Start A Blog”

  1. RebootAuthentic January 21, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    You nailed all my reasons Leslie…but I’m not copping out on your question :)
     
    By far my biggest reason is to teach – to help others. As a national sales director, I teach all the time and this is one more way to share my experiences with whoever finds them useful. 
     
    The connections are also fantastic – with readers and with other bloggers. It has been the nicest side benefit to me jumping into the blogosphere. I’ve met such awesome people.

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      @RebootAuthentic Awesome stuff Gary. Helping others is an excellent motivation. It’s great to see others thinking along those same lines :)

  2. Rochelle Hanson January 21, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    I blog because there is a NEED for Single women to understand the connection between relationships, food, and love. When we can understand these connections, we are empowered not only to stand for what’s right, but also to live a life with purpose. I simply CAN NOT stand by the side lines and keep quiet on these issues any longer. We all want to be healthy and happy, but we’re looking in all the wrong places. So i blog because I want to do everything in my power to teach others how to make their lives better.

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      @Rochelle Hanson Love it, love it. That’s exactly what you’re doing Rochelle. Keep up the great work!

    • happyfoodholly January 21, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      @Rochelle Hanson You’re doing awesome! I love your stance – there are so many single ladies out there who are not treating themselves right or giving their selves the respect they so desperately deserve. Keep up on the fantastic work!

    • Rochelle Hanson January 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

      @happyfoodholly @Leslie Samuel Will do! Thanks for the encouragement! And the very same to you :) Keep up the GREAT work!!

  3. livefoodrd January 21, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Thanks Leslie, love your authenticity…your contribution has definitely impacted my life…you are indeed “changing the world one blog at a time.”

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      @livefoodrd I praise God for that. Thanks Gwen :)

    • livefoodrd January 21, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      @Leslie Samuel
      Hi Leslie, what do you think about the Easy Video Suite product?

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 11:37 am #

      @livefoodrd  @Leslie I think it’s pretty Sweet (pardon the pun). I would get it but I can get my tech team to do a lot of those features for me customized to my blog. Otherwise I’d probably jump on it.

    • livefoodrd January 21, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      @Leslie Samuel @Leslie
      Thank you!

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 11:55 am #

      @livefoodrd You are very much welcome :)

  4. Ashleyy January 21, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I have a blog.. but I have yet to discover how to make money from it… which I would REALLY, REALLY, like to do!

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      @Ashleyy It’s definitely possible. Wishing you all the best on that journey. And the BAB community (myself included) is here to help you along the way.

  5. Tawnya Kordenbrock January 21, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I blog to help people with damaged backgrounds to heal their lives. I see it as a privilege to share what God has invested in me. I share my relationship with Christ and my counseling knowledge.

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      @Tawnya Kordenbrock That’s a great mission Tawnya and I wish you nothing but the best with it!

  6. Chaplain Carl Hogue January 21, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Greetings Leslie
    My name is chaplain Hogue, and I am a volunteer chaplain at the Lawton Fort sill veteran center herein Lawton Oklahoma, where I have been serving the veterans here for almost 9 years now. My wife and I have been providing spiritual counseling and guidance here during that time. We furnish everything needed for the ministry out of our own pockets. We also do a weekly Bible study here at the center, as well as other retirement centers here in the area. It has been my goal to try to supplement the ministry with some online affiliate marketing strategies, which have been costly and unproductive. My sincere hope, that a blog could help us to provide the much-needed equipment and services for the centers here. but the need goes much deeper than that; we need to enhance the awareness of the communities and businesses, both here, and throughout the nation, of the needs of our failing heroes and elderly. We need more volunteers who will stand up and take action for those in need. I hope there is some ways it to could help us accomplish those goals. PS: congratulations on the new baby, and blessings for your family.
    Sincerely chaplain Hogue

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      First off thanks for the congrats :)
       
      Are you doing much with video Carl? I think you have a compelling mission and if you can SHOW it to others in a way that emphasizes the need, you’d be surprised at what you can accomplish IF you do it the right way.
       
      Wishing you guys all the best with it!

  7. mira January 21, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Thanks for this post Leslie. 
    I blog to promote my work and build reputation and trust. Blogging is indeed a great tool but for me it takes a lot of time and effort. I’d like to find a way to leverage what I’m doing and make it more significant. Which is why I read your blog. Thanks and keep up with the good work
    P.S. And indeed Yaro’s newsletter is very good!

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      Well thanks for reading my blog Mira. Yes, blogging can take a significant amount of time to build to something successful, but there are countless examples of people who have done it successfully. The trick is finding your unique angle and getting it in front of your target audience. Keep taking action, and learning and you can end up in the right place to accomplish your goals.

  8. happyfoodholly January 21, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I blog to spread a message to those to struggle with weight, have yo-yo dieted for years, and those who have poor relationships with food. There is a HUGE amount of people who do not know how to be healthy without being on a restricted diet that was most likely produced for the sole purpose to make millions of dollars (ie, weight watchers), and I am here to tell my readers that they have all the power within them to make healthy choices themselves! I blog because I have been there and I have now seen the other side. After battling anorexia for 13 years, it hurts me to see others who are struggling as bad as I am, and if I can help just one person to see the power they have within themselves, then it is all worth it for me. I blog to inspire. I blog to motivate (both myself and my readers). I blog to connect with others who will motivate me to stay healthy and in charge of my life. I blog to make changes.

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      @happyfoodholly People like you are the reasons why I blog. Thank you for being awesome and for having a mission to help change the world!

  9. AwesomeDog January 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    I started a blog because I want to connect my passion with making a living.

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      @AwesomeDog When you can actually connect those two things, life is good ;)

  10. Vijay at Save Money January 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    very well said.
    at least I observed most of these opportunity coming my way just because of bloggin.

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      @Vijay at Save Money Great to hear!

  11. Mr Hook January 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Great get it goin Monday morning stuff. I blog as an outlet for my writing jones about fishing where I live.

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      @Mr Hook Blogging is definitely a great outlet indeed!

  12. yogainspiresyou January 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Hugs Leslie, glad to hear you are enjoying fatherhood..a very important role and trigger to grow. I like your style of writing and way you engage and interact with readers. Thanks for leading by example. I love writing and blogging offers an avenue for me to share my passion of yoga as reach people who may not think of yoga as a way to keep fit. I’d like to start guest posting, so when you ahve time any advise you feel able to share would be appreciated. Hugs and thanks

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      @yogainspiresyou Enjoying is an understatement. I’m LOVING fatherhood so much, it’s ridiculous. Yes it has its challenges, but that’s part of the fun.
       
      I tried Yoga once. That thing ain’t no joke. I used to underestimate it, but not anymore, lol.
       
      Guest posting is a great way to get out there. I do plan on writing a bit about that, so stay tuned.

  13. MarinaGF January 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    It is not 10 reason to blog, it is a 1000 reason to blog. Great job Leslie. And if you can make some money out of it, it get better, doesn’t it.

    • Leslie Samuel January 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      @MarinaGF lol, that’s a whole lot of reasons.

  14. fjenkins January 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    Wow, awesome points! Thanks!

    • Leslie Samuel January 22, 2013 at 6:46 am #

      @fjenkins You’re very much welcome.

  15. carol m January 22, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    I’ve got an acquired injury and am unable to work. I need money to buy somewhere to live.  My brain works and I have a computer, so I’ve started a blog to make money to buy somewhere to live.

    • Leslie Samuel January 22, 2013 at 6:47 am #

      @carol m Wow Carol. That sounds tough. Wishing you all the best on your journey.

    • carol m January 29, 2013 at 1:34 am #

      @Leslie Samuel Hi Leslie, maybe it SOUNDS tough but it really isn’t. It’s great motivation.  There is nothing quite like it for making me focus on making my blog successful.
       
      Also, I am so much better off than millions of people in the world. It’s true that I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m OK with that. I know that when the time comes, I’ll be able to deal with it, one way or another.  I’m alive, my brain works, I don’t feel sick and I’m not in pain. Perfect.

    • Leslie Samuel January 29, 2013 at 6:37 am #

      @carol m That’s such a great mentality to have Carol. You are an inspiration!

  16. shergarland January 22, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    I originally started my blog as a private online journal cataloguing my journey from depression back to a productive life.  I eventually decided to share my story in case others might be interested in following my “90-Day Transformation Challenge.”  I found your site and 10 lessons, and now I’m thinking that when I finally get my life turned around I will be able to use my blog to help others get up, get out, and get back to living.  I am half way there now and like so many others, I’m looking to monetize.  I’m doing the Amazon affiliate thing for now.  Planning on diving into clickbank.com next.  What would be your top tip for getting out of the 81% that make less than $100 with their blog?  We need you Leslie!  :) Change the world!

  17. Joe Hart January 23, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    Blogging is slowly becoming an attractive profession for people who are tired of the 9-5 mess..These 10 points you mentioned are precisely the main reasons why i turned to blogging.

    • Leslie Samuel January 23, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      It is indeed, and it’s so much fun :)

  18. Web design company NSW January 28, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Blogging is indeed becoming more and more popular everyday. And these 10 list here are really of great help to why start blogging now. And with blogging you can generate revenue from your blog with hard work and commitment. Great share Leslie! Keep posting!!!

    • Leslie Samuel January 28, 2013 at 10:25 am #

      @Web design company NSW For future references, please use a name that makes it less obvious that you are looking for a backlink. Thank you :)

  19. asdf August 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    should i start a anonymous blog about my life and how i see society?

    • Leslie Samuel August 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

      That wouldn’t be the kind of blog I would start, but if that’s what you want to do, then have at it.