Maintaining a full time blog is hard work and can be quite stressful, much like writing and editing a newspaper or magazine. Blogging has always been my passion. I’ve had a strong urge to write ever since I first laid my fingers across the keyboard of a small gray laptop back when I was only 12 years old.

Writing with a physical pen and paper has never really appealed to me, it would take too long and be too difficult to put my thoughts to paper without the option of changing them again without re-writing the entire paper. Unlike writing on paper or publishing to a physical book, newspaper or magazine, blogging provides the freedom of being able to change the content at a later stage, long after it has been digitally published. This has become a convenient way of writing for many aspiring journalists.

You may be wondering what exactly blogging is or how it fits into the topic of writing. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary blogging can be defined as “to add new material to or regularly update a blog.” A blog is “a web site on which an individual or group of users produce an ongoing narrative.” In short, a blog is like a magazine or newspaper published online in digital format with the the ability of always being able to access articles that have been written in the past, provided that they have not been removed from the web site, and being able to edit such articles at any time. Writing and maintaining a blog can be fun, challenging and extremely rewarding if you put enough effort into it.

A blog can be used as an online journal on which you can share stories and events about your life, either publicly or only to a select few to whom you have granted access. Blogs can be turned into membership subscription web sites with which you can charge readers a recurring membership fee in order to access all the content, but in most cases blogs are simply being used as free online magazines, news portals, entertainment web sites or public journals such as my personal blog.

Blogging on a regular basis can be a great way to improve on descriptive writing skills because you get to see how others interpret and respond to your work. Not only will blogging help you to improve your writing skills but you will also gain some followers in the process. Those followers would then possibly be eager to purchase any official writings which you may produce in the future, or continue to follow your work should you become a professional journalist, editor or copywriter.

I really do enjoy blogging because it gives me the opportunity to express myself whilst improving my writing skills and gaining followers. I highly recommend starting your own blog if you also enjoy writing. There are  many affordable blogging platforms available, some are even free. Before you pick up that pen and paper to start writing, why don’t you start blogging instead.

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