The other day Mike compared investing in stocks to blogging. In this piece, Mike wrote about why he feels that you could make more money from blogging than investing. This article really got me thinking about blogging.
I wrote about how you can start an online business a few months ago. For the first time, I actually reached out to some friends and pretty much forced them to read the article. I wanted to spread the word about this piece because I was really proud of what I had written. I went into detail and explained exactly how you can start a blog right now. I discussed everything from picking a theme, to hosting, all the way to deciding on your topic.
Today I wanted to explain why you should start a blog in your 20s…
It’s difficult to stay focused on goals in your 20s. There are so many distractions out there. You can get wasted on a Monday night instead of worrying about work. You can chat on Facebook all night as opposed to looking up ways to make money.
When you build a blog, you slowly build an audience over time. This audience forces you to stay accountable and focused. If you don’t post for a few days, your readers will wonder where you went. If you don’t respond to emails, advertisers will question you. If you don’t put up quality work, nobody will ready your blog.
I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to lose focus. The only reason I’ve managed to stay out of trouble in the last few years has been because of blogging. There have been many nights where I called it a night early instead of doing something foolish to go home and finish a blog post. If you want to stay focused on something, I recommend that you start blogging right now.
Through writing about money I’ve learned more than I could possibly imagine learning about money. I studied finance in college and it honestly is nothing compared to what I’ve learned through blogging. I learned more about money just by writing about the topic consistently
For example, I always wanted to get into vagabonding but I just didn’t know anything about how to travel the world. Instead of making excuses, I picked up a book on the topic and decided to turn it into a colossal blog post. I then used my own blog post as a guideline when I went on my first trip solo to Europe in September.
When I started blogging in November of 2008 I was excited about the idea of having an advertiser pay me $20 per month for a text link. I didn’t know what it could potentially lead to. Over the past few years blogging has landed me in the Toronto Star, New York Times, and on Fox Business News. I would’ve never had these opportunities presented me through traditional means (finding a job after college).
Through Twitter, email, blog comments, forums, and conferences, I’ve met some interesting people just because I got into blogging. One of my friends laughed at me when he found out I was going to a blogging conference. When I got back I laughed at him because I had more fun with my blogging peers than I do with this friend when we went on a trip. Through blogging you’ll meet some intelligent people that you can learn from. You’ll also get to meet some fools that will help you decide what mistakes to avoid.
That’s why I think you should start a blog in your 20s.
At the end of the piece Mike asked what would you do with $10,000? Would you invest it in the stock market or into the blogging game? I personally chose to leave the stock market in 2009 when I invested my money into a rental property. If I had to invest $10,000 right now it would be into time. I’m a firm believer in using time. Money comes and goes. Time goes and never comes back again. I’m always looking for more ways to find time for my projects. Money is great but time is better in my opinion.
What do you think about starting a blog? Would you recommend it to a friend?
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