If you are here, that means you’re probably interested in blogging. If that is the case, allow me to use this post to tell you why you should start a blog in 2022 and how you could benefit from having one.
Then, at the end if you think blogging is a go for you, I will show you where you can learn how to set up a blog by yourself (or do it for others for chump change). Shall we?
What is a Blog?
A blog is basically a website that you can use to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal (but not necessarily one), sometimes letting readers comment on your posts.
Today, blogging has evolved such that you can do that via writing (old fashioned blogging), talking (podcasts), and even videos (vlogging). So you just need to pick what suits your style best.
Once you’ve published your blog, it’s out on the Internet for all to see. To grow your blog, you need to start adding your written content (blog posts), and they will appear with the older posts descending below in reverse chronological order.
You also need to try to get more readers to read, comment on, and subscribe to your blog.
Should you start a blog in 2022?
You might be wondering if blogging is for you. To answer that, let’s see why people start their own blogs—and why you should too.
In this digital age, there are probably a million reasons to start a blog! Many people start a blog for all kinds of reasons.
A blog could serve as:
- a memoir or an open diary.
- an invitation to an event, e.g. your wedding.
- a means to share your ideas and opinions, contents or podcasts, etc.
- a means to unleash your potential and passion.
- a means for self-development.
- a means to try out new things.
- a way to sustain your alter ego.
- a means to build your brand.
- a means to promote your business and sell your products or offer services.
- a counseling unit.
- an educational platform.
- a hobby.
- It could serve as a source of living.
- or even a place where you post photos of your every morning bowel movements (please don’t!), etc.
In retrospect, If you need a personal space to share your ideas, your beliefs, your stories and experiences, your knowledge and expertise, etc, or showcase your works, your books, your products or services, etc, then a blog is a good place to start.
Can you still start a blog in 2022?
The world of blogging has evolved with the internet. Today, the blogging community has grown with billions of people spending their time on the internet every day reading blogs; looking for information or entertainment.
Irrespective of the fact that there are practically millions of blogs out there that you might think you are too late to have one, you can still start a blog and gain audience in no distant time.
That is because there are billions of people spending their time on the internet every day reading blogs; looking for information or entertainment, and therefore more than enough people to go round which means there’s always room for another new blog, and that also means yours!
What should you blog about?
It goes without saying that if you want to start a blog in 2022, you should blog about something you can write (or talk) about in an interesting way—in other words, something you are vast or passionate about.
It can be politics, sports, travelling, stories, poetry, relationship, food, lifestyle, exercise, diseases, parenting, business, music, chemistry, physics, even guns, etc.
Don’t choose a topic you can’t sustain, or because you think it will do better or reach more people.
The topic needs to be something that interests you and you can easily dish out fresh new ideas or contents around it for a very long time.
If you are wondering why people care enough to read your blog or pay any attention to you?
Well, because what you have to say, what your point of view or thought is, what you want to share, how you want to share it, what is cooking up in your mind, regarding any topic or area of interests, ONLY YOU can say it just the way it is conceived or structured in your mind; unless you feel what you have to say doesn’t matter?
Therefore, let people know what you are good at doing or teach them how to do it too by starting a blog! Just as the TEDx tagline puts it, you have ideas worth sharing.
Note: While you may be free to blog about whatever you want, try not to trample on someone’s reputation, use someone else’s identity, trademarks, or copyrighted materials without permission, share illicit contents or do anything illegal, etc. You don’t want to get into trouble with your blog.
Can you make money from blogging in 2022?
This is a very important question. If you decided to start a blog in 2022, what’s in it for you? Why would you want to invest your time and money on something if you have nothing to gain?
While some people blog for fun or simply to put their thoughts on words they can share, there are others who actually make money on the side from their blog.
There are a handful of people who have managed to build a sustainable and full-time business out of their blog, and are now making full-time living blogging, and they work really hard to get there.
The likes of BellaNaija, Lindaikeji, Mankide of Naijaloaded, etc are full-time popular Nigerian bloggers running blogs making them 7-figure income on a monthly basis.
But they didn’t get there overnight. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes time and patience to build it to that level.
I’d like to tell you that you can start making money from your blog the very week of your launch! Just that it will take a while to make so much money to afford your dream lifestyle.
The secret to start making money from blogging from the onset is to utilize guest posting and email list building.
When you “guest post” on popular blogs, you gain some of their readers and “customers”—some of which will become your readers and customers almost immediately as well as subscribe to your email list.
You can then quickly build a sustainable and full-time business out of your blog by:
- selling your own or other people’s (Affiliate Marketing) products such as books, courses, clothing line, soaps, swags, etc;
- and/or your services such as freelancing, events management, delivery services, maintenance, consultation, coaching, digital marketing, virtual assistant, etc to these newly found (or borrowed) audience and email subscribers.
What this means is that; apart from the recognition as somewhat of an authority on your niche (the topic you are blogging about), you can actually make money blogging in 2022 without having to wait for years!
There are numerous reasons to own a blog in 2022. If you want to start blogging, blog about what you are most interested in. You get to do what you love and help people at the same time; you gain recognition, enough to offer paid goods and services through your blog, and also reap some cash benefits out of it. What could be better than that?
If you were to start a blog in 2022, it most likely won’t end up being a bad decision. In fact! It might even rank number one on your list of best decisions made in 2022.
Are you ready to start a blog? You can take our blogging course on LifeEarners.