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Can you believe it – Sunburnt Saver turns four years old this summer! To celebrate, I’m hosting another totally awesome giveaway (the prizes are worth over $3,000 – I don’t play around for the fourth blogiversary!) 🙂 If you haven’t seen or shared the giveaway yet, go here to check it out!
I’ve learned a ton about blogging, writing consistently (ha), making friends (yay!), social media… for those who think blogging is “easy” or a “hobby”, they haven’t seen serious bloggers in action! One question I consistently see, though, is ‘is blogging still worthwhile?‘
While things have changed tremendously since 2014, I still think blogging is a worthwhile endeavor that most people should try. Even if you end up not sticking with it, that’s okay! I’ve actually abandoned two blogs (that I can remember!) – it’s fine to give up on blogging! Overall, I still think blogging is awesome, and here’s why.
Blogging is a Very Millennial Thing to Do
Okay, Gen X’ers and Baby Boomers, don’t throw things at me! You guys can blog too, and you’re extremely good at it. But four years ago when I started blogging, many people (yes, Millennials too, but to a lesser degree) thought I was crazy. ‘You’re sharing your life/thoughts/budget with complete strangers?‘ Yes – but it didn’t feel weird!
For those of us who grew up during the online chat room/AIM/LiveJournal/MySpace years, sharing stuff online didn’t seem weird. It seemed kind of normal. We shared music on Napster (how hard am I dating myself?), we shared files through painfully-slow dial up internet (or floppy disks! Aw yeah!). While most of us probably used anonymous names (stranger danger!), we still shared A LOT online.
Sharing is basically what many of us Millennials grew up with. And after some of us were hit hard by the recession (just in time to graduate from college, hooray!), we started to realize everyone was in the same boat as we were but no one was talking about. Debt? Most of my friends have it. Struggling to “adult”? 4 years ago, I was in my mid-20s, and it was hard! (It’s still hard even at 30!) Not sure what the future holds and endlessly anxious about it? Been there, done that.
In the past, maybe we would have gotten together in groups (book clubs, BBQs, etc.) and talked about it. Now, with the Internet, we can put up our thoughts, strategies, tips and share them with anyone who needs them. Feeling anxious about which debts to tackle first? You can go to Facebook, or to a blogger like Mama Fish Saves, for debt advice, strategies from others who’ve paid off debt, and more.
You don’t have to be a Millennial to start a blog. I’m just saying I got started because sharing things online didn’t seem “weird” to me. If you have something to say, or questions you’d like answered, why not start a blog? You’ll definitely learn a lot, and you’ll find a tribe of people who want to learn, share and possibly even grow with you!
You’ll Be Held Accountable
There’s not a single topic I can think of where blogging won’t make you better, or at least more accountable. Trying to get healthy and considering starting a health blog? Posting regularly and sharing with your readers is a must. While you might have “cheat days” (or cheat weeks!), eventually you’ll still share your journey with your readers. Which means you’ll probably stick to your health goals!
Make up/beauty blogger? While you don’t have to wear make up everyday, unless you want to, you will have to stay up to date on the latest products and beauty claims! Your readers will want to know the latest – and they’ll probably reach out to you with tips or questions, too.
Paying off debt? (coughcough) It’s tough – but regularly posting about your debt payoff journey (or hosting a podcast about debt pay off!) will keep you accountable and will help you find ways to consistently paying off debt. Honestly, without this blog and my podcast (with my awesome co-host, Liz), I’m sure there would have been months where I just gave up and engaged in retail therapy. But I knew I was working toward a bigger goal (debt pay off), so I didn’t… because I felt accountable to my readers and listeners!
Blogging is Awesome
I’m not mega-successful at blogging. I’m not even, frankly, very good at it. I still have a hard time talking about my blog with close friends – but I have met a ton of new friends, people who are going through the same budgeting and debt payoff struggles as I am. I’ve also met other bloggers who are learning and trying new things, and I learn from them.
If you ever wondered how to make friends as an adult – try blogging. Seriously. I’ve probably made at least 5-8 close friends just from blogging in the last four years. When, since college or high school, can you say you made that many friends in a short amount of time?
Oh, and in case you think “I could never make friends online – I’m too shy!” I’m an introvert too! I was mostly anonymous writing Sunburnt Saver at the beginning, didn’t meet up with people, and didn’t go out of my way to make friends. I went to FinCon, yes, but I hid most of the time. I am an introvert. But blogging is so social, you hardly realize it. One day you’re chatting on Twitter or Instagram with a blogger you admire, and one year later, you’re calling each other on Skype and making plans to meet up at a conference!
Notice I didn’t say much about money 🙂 You may make a lot of money blogging, like Michelle, or you may not make much (like me!). If you get into blogging to make money from your blog, you may be in for disappointment. But blogging can open other money-making opportunities: from my blog, I was able to leave my job and work for myself. Yes, I work for clients, but I choose who I work for, when, and how. I couldn’t have done that if I had never started blogging.
Should You Blog?
Answering this question is impossible: I think everyone should try it once, if they want to, but I also like writing, sharing my thoughts, and talking to people (not in person, haha). Not everyone does, and that’s fine too!
But if you feel like you have something to share or something you want to learn, why not start a blog? You don’t have to teach people anything – maybe you just want to try things on your blog (like recipes!) see if they fail, and move on. You don’t have to be a chef to start a food blog.
Maybe you love writing short stories and just want to put them out there. You can do that with a blog! You don’t have to introduce yourself to anyone; just put your stories out there. Getting started is easy, and no one is going to judge you if you don’t feel like it anymore (like I said, I started at least 2 blogs and abandoned them before starting Sunburnt Saver!)
Not sure how to get started? I just created a 5-day Intro to Blogging email course you can sign up for below. I’ll share all the tips and tricks I’ve learned from 4 years of blogging so you get started off on the right foot! Sign up for your free Intro to Blogging email course below!