As a college student, you can create opportunities for yourself by starting a blog. It’s one of the best ways to promote yourself and your work.
When you have a blog you will be open to questions, appreciation, and suggestions from other people.
Blogging can be done anywhere.
Your vocabulary also improves, which is an advantage when you’re looking for a job.
Here are other reasons why you should start a blog.
1. Digital Portfolio
Blogs can serve as a showcase portfolio and boost your chances of getting hired.
It allows you to present your best work in an artistic and expressive manner.
A blog also serves as a learning portfolio.
You can help other people learn more about college students.
When you sit down for an interview, the manager or interviewer will look for something other than academics.
You can list blogging as one of your past or current jobs or hobbies.
2. Express Your Ideas
If you are looking for a way to express your ideas, why don’t you try blogging?
You only need to get your laptop and start typing your ideas. Blogging will also help you learn something new as you have to do some research to provide valuable content to your readers.
It can add a dimension to your character as well.
Blogging is not just about providing good content. It also requires technical and some marketing knowledge.
Aside from writing about what you’ve learned as an engineering student, you will also promote your blog in order to gain more readers.
You will discover and learn various ways to do so.
For instance, you can use your Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts to promote your blog.
You can also create a YouTube video about a certain topic and include your website URL to direct viewers to it.
3. Earn Money
Your blog will provide you with recurring income while you’re still looking for a job; if you know how to monetize your blog properly, you can use it as a means of income while you are still looking for a regular (higher paying) job.
In case you’re already hired and you want to change careers, you can take a risk and leave your job anytime since you still have your blog to fall back to.
Some people work full time as a blogger and earn about $700 to $800 month. Weigh your options first.
4. Build Connections
Starting a blog as an engineering, commerce and arts student can help you build connections.
This is particularly beneficial for those who have plans to start a business within their niche.
Having a blog allows you to make contacts with individuals who might be useful later on.
5. Multi-faceted Learning
Blogging allows quieter students to feel heard online.
These students feel less pressured when giving peer feedback or when they have to speak in their blog as they’re discussing the topic on their own terms.
Blogging also gives students a chance to showcase and improve their writing skills as they need to work harder to catch and hold the attention of the readers.
Every sentence and phrase must add something valuable to the post. Blogging also helps improve collaboration and communication through the site’s commenting feature.
Students can comment and give a fresh cultural perspective to the blog owner’s opinions and thoughts.
6. Acquire different skills
Once you start blogging, you will realize that there is so much to learn in the industry.
Apart from improving your writing skills, you can also gain technical and business skills that can make you an all-rounded person in the future.
Some technical skills apply when you need to boost the appearance of your site by changing the design of your blog or adding different effects as well as get rid of unnecessary content.
You can acquire technical skills such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and HTML through the use of various tools.
Owning a blog as a student is also essential since it teaches you different business skills.
Apart from marketing your content, you can learn how to analyse data, promote your brand, or even pay your taxes if you are using the blog as your source of income.
7. You can teach other students useful things
Starting a blog in college is important since it is a perfect opportunity for you to inform others valuable things.
Apart from sharing ideas, blogging involves research meaning you can add informative content to your blog and teach someone else something that can help them.
Use this chance to help others through your blog posts and have an impact on people’s lives.
8. Blogging helps you solidify your knowledge
It is human nature to forget things easily. Experts reveal that the human brain is not good at retaining information easily.
If you want to remember more about what you learn, you should teach others through blogging.
When you share informative content to help others, you can solidify your knowledge and easily remember how to do whatever it is that you discuss through your posts.
You, therefore, end up helping yourself as well as someone else.
9. You become better with time
You may assume that you are a good writer, but once you start researching and looking at other people’s blogs, you will realize that there is room for improvement.
Starting your blog in college gives you enough time to learn the basics so that by the time your college years are over, you are an expert at it.
Blogging teaches you how to borrow ideas and come up with original content that makes your readers identify with your style.
Once you start it while young, you may not know much, but you will notice that the more content you publish, the better you get at it.
10. It helps you become a solution finder
Most people especially in college like being spoon-fed as opposed to finding solutions to underlying problems.
When you start blogging at a young age, you break this perception and find solutions to different issues.
It helps you become assertive when faced with challenges since you know that you can get the solutions through online search.
If you want to provide the best content to your audience, you must be ready to find solutions to problems and address their needs.
This trait will also help you improve the quality of your life in college.
11. Blogging can boost your personal SEO
Try typing your name on Google and see what comes up.
With a personal website, you get the chance to boost your personal search engine results.
When you publish content that includes your name, it translates to one page that mentions you on the internet.
You can also improve your rankings if your blog links to your social accounts.
Since google results have a significant impact when you start looking for a job, starting a blog in college can help you improve them.
12. It’s an excellent avenue to record your college experiences
They say that life begins in college. Most students start blogging out of fun.
They use this platform to record fun moments about college life.
By documenting your college experiences, you can never forget your college life. Use this platform to post pictures and stories that you can always refer to later in life.
Even if you don’t get a lot of readers to follow your posts, the platform is perfect for you to record memories that you will live to cherish.
13.You can also be attractive to recruiters
As long as you continue creating great content and being consistent in your posting, you can easily get loyal readers. Making it a success may take time but with commitment, it can make you famous and give you a purpose in life.
Blogging has become easier and more accessible to everyone, even students.
You can blog from anywhere about anything. It is also exciting and satisfying to know that there are people who are reading your published work.
You can create a classroom blog to build an online community where you can share ideas with each other.