Why All Writers Should Start a Blog

Ever thought about starting a blog? If you need a little more convincing, you’re in the right place. Here you can find a list of reasons why you should start a blog, especially if you want to be a writer.


If you’re looking to build a professional career, in no matter what industry, having an online presence is a great way to start. For some people (like us writers), this is likely to be pretty long-form, like in some kind of blog or column. For other people and other careers paths, it might be as simple as developing your LinkedIn profile. (You can make blogs on LinkedIn, too, and this is a great way to have a blog if you’re not into managing a whole website by yourself)

If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I had four different blogs (of varying success levels) in the 10 years before I started Outloud Magazine, and I learned pretty much everything I know the hard way. I’ve been thinking about writing up a full guide to starting a blog, giving different options for your skill level, so leave a comment if you’re interested in seeing that!

Why You Should Start a Blog for Yourself

These reasons are coming first, because for me, they are the most important. Yes, starting a blog could (probably will) be great for your writing career, but more than that, it will have great benefits for you personally, including helping you to develop your writing skills.

Developing writing and communication skills

Writing and communication is a fundamental skill, no matter what you do. Writing and blogging is not just about writing something that’s pretty and interesting, but also functional. It’s about getting your message across, so that people understand what you have to say. This skill is transferable and is so useful when it comes to communicating with your family, a partner, and even your friends.

Writing a blog forces you to exercise your writing muscle. You’ll learn how to present your thoughts in a consistent and coherent way, sharpen your critical thinking skills, and develop your ability to communicate more complex ideas.

Learning to express yourself in a new way

Being creative isn’t for everyone, but if you do want a new way to express your creativity, writing is a great way to do it! Almost anyone can sit down with a laptop or a pen and paper and put down their thoughts. Like I always say; developing your writing skills will take time, and the first thing you write doesn’t need to be any good. You just have to start!

The process of writing is truly cathartic, and allows you to express yourself in your unique voice. You can experiment with different styles, explore different genres, and create whole new universes. All just by writing. A blog knows no bounds; you can write about whatever you want to.

Learning, researching and citing

Like with any kind of writing, it’s important to do your research: make sure you know what you’re talking about and cite your sources. It sounds boring, but there’s a reason you have to do this in school, and there’s a reason I’m telling you to do it now!

Not only does it help you to produce high-quality content for your readers, it also helps to broaden your own knowledge. No matter how much of an expert you are in your field, there are always new things you can learn. Through blogging and writing, you’ll continue to learn and stay ahead of the curve when there’s news in your industry.

Which brings me on to…

Why You Should Start a Blog for Your Career

Establish an online presence

So, this is basically the whole point of starting a blog, but why not start with the obvious? Having an online presence holds immense value in any industry. In a place as over-saturated with information as the internet, if people are listening to you, that’s a sure-fire sign that you know what you’re talking about.

In the writing industry, this could help you to capture the attention of a literary agent or new clients. In corporate industries, you are so much more likely to get head-hunted by your dream company with a strong online presence. If you work for yourself, having an online presence will help to increase your customers’ trust in you, as well as find you new customers. 

Build a community and make yourself an expert in your industry

If you do it right, then establishing an online presence will naturally build a community of people around you. This is great for your confidence, great for keeping in the loop with your industry, and great for getting the attention of the right people in your field.

On top of that, you can start to pioneer new ideas within your genre, and people will start to look for your opinion on important topics. This could lead to new experiences like interviews, speaking opportunities, and collaborations.

Find Yourself New Readers and Customers

This reason won’t apply to all of you; it mostly applies to people with small businesses, people working in sales, or people selling products like self-published books

If you want to know more about this, check out the interview I did on Outloud Magazine with romance author Natasha Carter. She told us that her online presence was one of the reasons her self-published debut novel was so successful. (As well as it being a great book, of course!)

The more people who are reading your work and visiting your website, the more likely you are to increase your number of successful sales.


Starting a blog can be hard work, and there’s a lot more to it than just writing. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for more on how to start a blog!

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