I have been blogging since July 2014 as a way to keep my self busy during my long summer holiday. I didn’t have a job and needed something to take up my time. I had been reading beauty blogs for years, and whilst I knew that a beauty blog wasn’t for me, I did some research and realised that there were so many blogs out there documenting student experience, and that I could do that too. So, on one rainy afternoon, Another Student Blog was born. After doing this for over a year, I strongly believe that all students should take a whack at blogging, and here’s why…
1. Keeping creativity alive
Continuous reading or essay writing can really halt your creativity. Thinking of blog posts, taking photos and creating content can keep your creative juices flowing. It is also a great way to explore or make some creative hobbies. Perhaps you like drawing, or painting, or you’re into photography. Anything and everything can be put onto your blog.
2. Being Organised
Of course, if you’re putting your blog to the public, you want people to read. And with that comes consistent and quality posting. Setting up a schedule is how some people do it, but if that is not your cup of tea, just having a hobby that you stick with is also a great skill.
The blogging community is also a great way to be involved. Setting up a twitter account for your blog, or just interacting with other bloggers in chats for example is also a bonus. Draw some inspiration or even collaborate with others builds relationships and confidence.
4. Keeping memories
A blog can be a great way to remember what you were feeling/what you were doing at certain points in the year. Taking photos or writing up a day out exploring a new city can be a great way to document them, and also, if you choose to share your blog with friends and family, they can also catch up with what you are doing!
5. Career prospects
If you are thinking about wanting to go into journalism or marketing for example, a blog can be a great portfolio of work. Brush up on your social media skills or find your writing niche. It is a great thing to put on your CV and could really boost your skills.
6. Something different
Blogging is something completely different to your degree. However you choose to use your online space, it should be fun, and sometimes people forget that. Being caught up in your readers stats or feeling pressure to post, it shouldn’t become a chore. Take some well deserved internet time to do a little bit of writing and use it as a way to wind down. Who knows, you could be the next big blogging star!