Why you should run a blog

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Newsfeeds in social networks remind me infinite TV ads: brands, communities, “wisdom quotes”, selfies, and cats. There are tons of content, generated by the people and companies who are interested in promotion or simply — in making money.

Blogs are different:

  1. No ads, no annoying “like me” — only you and your thoughts.
  2. When you write down a thought in a blog, you free space in your head.
  3. Blogging requires self-discipline, and discipline is a good skill that worth to develop.
  4. A blog works is like a catalog of knowledge — you can always get back to something you have written before.
  5. Once you written something in a blog, you can simply give a link to your post rather than explaining the same thing to someone.
  6. A blog is well suited for the study of a new field of knowledge as it helps to organize information.
  7. Learn something new is not the same as to understand it. While writing you will get a better understanding of things.
  8. Unlike of social networks, you can control of how your blog looks and how it organized.
  9. Blog posts are yours. They couldn’t be hidden or deleted because of some another new policy.
  10. Your blog can benefit other people as it makes knowledge wide open.

How to get started

There are different services offering ready-to-use blog platform — Google’s Blogger, Tumblr and Medium are the most well-known. As an alternative which a bit more complex, but gives you more flexibility and control, you can buy a domain, hosting and install CMS on top, like WordPress. I’m using the second method with Aegea engine.

You no need to have a “talent of writing” to start off. Think of some categories, something you could post on a regular basis or whatever you’ll find interesting. Even simple collections of links would be cool. Subscribe to other blogs by RSS to get inspired.

Don’t pursue goals like monetization or popularity. Just write for yourself. There are plenty of good reasons above.

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