6 Things Blogging Can Do for You

Everyone has their own personal motivation to blog. Whether it's to log their list of eateries and food they've devoured, record their opinions on world events or even for therapeutic reasons. Whatever the reason, blogging can bring about good things to those who practice it. Based on my experience and observations in the marketing industry, which thrives on hearing what other people have to say, I've noted 6 things that blogging can do for you.

1. Heightens your writing skills. One thing about blogging is you obviously have to write. And if you want other people to read what you have to say, you need to write well. With more experience, you begin to understand how to engage your readers and as you continue to write, you become a better communicator.

2. Enhances your communication skills. With each blog entry, you are putting your thoughts onto paper. As you do this more often, your communication skills will increase. You'll notice your office memos and work emails start sounding more polished. Interpreting what others are voicing through writing or even conversationally, becomes faster and easier for you as well.

3. Builds confidence. Those with better communications skills have more confidence in themselves. Socializing with people, "in real life" and expressing your thoughts with others face-to-face get easier. Public speaking is not something you shy away from now. You'll notice that you're more open to conversations and speaking your mind. Through blogging, you will begin to further your knowledge about anything and everything and because of this will have more to say during social settings. You'll start bridging similarities between you and others and can openly and confidently express your opinions.

4. Makes you a better researcher. Because you're writing often, there is a need for substance. As a blogger you can write about anything you want but if there is no validity to what you write, why would anyone want to read your blog or take you seriously for that matter? If you make a claim or state an argument you need to have the facts that back your case. This will require you to have some knowledge about what you're writing about and with that, comes research. With each blog you'll need to research a topic and the more you do it, the better you'll get at it.

5. Increases your organizational thought processing skills. In order for people to read what you write you need to organize your thoughts and ideas and write them clearly. As you continue to do this, your organizational writing skills increase. When I write anything, I begin with structuring the document in my head. Next, I put this down on paper and then start filling in the blanks. Blogging has increased my awareness for the need of organization in writing to effectively communicate what I have to say.

6. A better listener. Blogging makes you better at communicating and researching topics. The more you train yourself in these areas, the more open you are to hearing two sides to every story. You become the person who listens, takes in information and scrutinize it before blurting out a reaction. And rather than complain about anything, you become the one that is more willing to give alternative solutions to any problem.