Happy Friday everyone. Can you believe that it’s March already? It seems like it was just yesterday when I was chilling in Cuba. That was three months ago. It’s crazy how fast time is going.
Yesterday marked four years since I launched The Butler Journal. Four years ago, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. I just knew that I wanted to discuss my debt journey and show people that they could travel and not go broke. Four years later things are going much better. My blog has grown a lot in four years.
Today, I want to go over why you should start a blog. If you’re on the fence about starting one, today’s post is just what the doctor ordered.
The first reason why you should start a blog is that you can teach people things. If you know a lot about a subject or topic, your blog could be a platform to educate them. As I’ve gotten better with my finances, I’ve used TBJ to let people know how I did things, such as increasing my credit score by 168 points in 8 months. Your audience is out there. You just have to make sure you write good shit and educate them.
If you have a compelling story or life, you can use your blog to motivate people. One of the reasons I started blogging was because I read blogs where people struggled with how debt affected their life, and they made a way out of it. Making Sense of Cents, Young Adult Money, and The Shop My Closet Project are three blogs that I started reading in late 2012/early 2013. All three of those sites continue to help motivate me today.
When I started blogging, I didn’t know if my story was motivating or not. Some people tell me it is, but I’m still not sure. While things have gotten better for me, I’m still in a lot of debt. I can say that I’ve found my stride and have finally been able to start making more payments on it.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Believe it or not, a blog can help to hold you accountable. I set several goals over the years. I post a couple of them on my website at the beginning of each year. Every few months, I go back and review them. This gives me the motivation to complete it. I’ve even had readers ask me about them sometimes.
Help You Grow
A blog can help you grow as a person. I wasn’t a writer before I started blogging. I still don’t consider myself to be a writer, but my skills have gotten much better. Here is a link to my first post. Look at it. It was short as hell. Honestly, it sucks. After you write a lot, something starts to happen. You get better with it. Besides writing better, a blog will help you grow by expanding your computer knowledge. I didn’t know anything about WordPress, designing images or how to effectively advertise via social media. Thanks to blogging, I now know how all of these things.
Help Your Business
If you have a business, a blog can help it. For example, if you have a product-based business, you can write reviews about the products on your site. You can then promote those posts on different social media websites. It could get you some new customers.
It Can Change Your Life
My blog has changed my life. You may think I’m joking when I say this, but I’m not. When I started this site, I was working at a low paying job that I was beginning to hate, and I was struggling with money. My only semi-consistent side hustle at the time was selling mixtapes, but that market was dying. Now, I have several side hustles that are growing every month. I’m also making a dent in my debt. The blog has given me the opportunity to meet and become friends with a lot of great people who just happen to be bloggers. Without a blog, none of this would have happened.
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Below are five of my favorite posts from the last four years.
As a thank you to all of my readers, I’m having a giveaway for the rest of this month. I am giving away two prizes. The first place winner will receive $75. The second place winner will receive $25. The money will be deposited into their PayPal accounts. Enter below.
I want to say thank you to everyone who has read, shared or commented on TBJ. I hope you continue to enjoy it. I’m just getting started!