Having just celebrated my 5th-year blogiversary, it seemed only fitting to write on the top 18 reasons why blogging is important. Write often, read many, and support all of the historical sewing and costume bloggers out there!
Even I struggle to maintain an online presence, as months and months can go by without any updates. (I've been more consistent on our Facebook Page, I promise!) So in this post, I hope to not only remind myself, but to provide encouragement to fellow bloggers and to those just getting into the hobby that why we write is just as important as what we write!
18 Reasons Why Blogging Is Important
1 - To Be Inspired
Feeling unmotivated or having a bad day? Blogs inspire, from entertaining stories to pretty, pretty pictures of the latest, greatest creation, an update from your favorite online author may just be the ticket to lightening the mood and sending you back into the sewing room! Discovering and following content creators can strengthen existing passions, or even spark new interests that you never knew were within you.
In fact, I credit the years of following costume-related blogs - from the Couture Courtesan, to American Duchess, Beauty from Ashes, the Fashionable Past, Festive Attyre, among dozens of others (see my list of favorites and blog links on the sidebar) - for finding and developing my passion for historical fashion. Laugh, but it was the highlight of my high school days to come home and to see which bloggers posted, eagerly awaiting the reveal of new projects and dreaming of the day that I'd be able to create my own. Who knew all these years later that I'd be celebrating five years on a blog of my own, and pursuing a career in clothing reproduction and living history?!
2 - To Inspire Others
Much like the first reason of being inspired, blogging allows you to inspire others. By sharing your interest and talents online, you may just ignite the same passion or hobby in another, like the costume bloggers did for me. So share those sewing tips and tricks, favorite museum or movie costumes, photos from past events, and new research - you never know who's reading and being inspired by what you're posting!
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3 - To Educate
4 - To Meet Like-Minded People
Ever wonder if you're the only one who does this, or likes that? Blogging offers the perfect way to meet and instantly connect with entire online communities of hobbyists from all around the globe. Never fear, there are definitely people who love and actively DO just that, and all it takes is posting a picture or a few words to unlock a world of excitement and encouragement.
5 - To Form Lasting Friendships
At the top of the benefits to be gained from blogging is the unique ability to form lasting friendships both online and in-person with fellow bloggers, readers, and hobby enthusiasts. Through online interactions, be it in comments, direct messages and other exchanges, discussing shared interests, sewing frustrations, or even the public events you attend, may lead to more than just a passing "like" on a picture or post.
6 - To Strengthen Existing Relationships
After connecting with all of these like-minded people, use blogging to keep up with everyone's current sewing projects! While it's truly wonderful to meet new people, blogging can also help strengthen existing relationships. Had a great time at an event with your best friends or family? Blog about it - share the silly pictures and the funny stories - and months or years later, you may all look back on that post and relive the fond memories and laughs.
7 - To Make Memories
A blog is the ultimate scrapbook, travel journal, project tracker, event planner, "to make" and "to do" list all rolled into one, chronological and digital record. You'll never forget (even if you wanted to) those early, somewhat embarrassing sewing projects, but the visual timeline from way back in the dark ages of your costuming past to the present offers a priceless, fully documented journey to follow - oh the memories, people, places!
8 - To Become a Better Writer
9 - To Become a Better Thinker
Award-winning historian and author, David McCullough says that "writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard." Reading, writing, and thinking are integral tasks, each one improving the other. In the careful planning and organizing of thoughts and ideas, keeping a blog provides clarity, making us better critical thinkers, observers and problem solvers.
10 - To Exercise Creativity
From photo editing, to picking out the font, text and color schemes, not to mention composing the wording of each post and picture caption, blogging is an art, and each post a masterpiece. Call it a blog or a visual portfolio, the more you write and share, the quicker the project ideas seem to appear...Eureka!
11 - To Decrease Stress
Just write, or rather type it out! Treat a blog as an electronic journal or diary, releasing all of those pent up thoughts and jumbled ideas from the mind, and recording them safely online. Big costuming event coming up, or a misbehaving sewing project driving you nuts? Get that "to sew" list organized, while bonding with others also in the throws of crazy, last minute sewing. Talk out those cutting, fitting or other costume construction road blocks, someone usually responds with just the right solution!
|Don't fight it out, when you can write it out!|
12 - To Increase Productivity
Write it down, make it happen. Sticking to a blog posting schedule requires lots of self-discipline...set goals, share progress, and your audience will keep you motivated and accountable.
13 - To Boost Self-Confidence
14 - To Make Yourself More Marketable
Your blog is your brand. From navigating social media algorithms, to following the latest marketing techniques, keeping a consistent publishing schedule, writing interesting and engaging content, and interacting with diverse, online audiences, being a blogger allows you to practice and then master relevant, marketable, and ultimately employable skills.
15 - It's Easy!
You don't need to be a technological expert, computer programmer, or possess magical powers to begin a blog. Try one of the dozens of user-friendly publishing services like Blogger or Wordpress (I've used both), or social media platforms like Facebook pages, Instagram, and Tumblr.
16 - It's Free!
Need I say more? Blogging is free! Sure, some will pay for upgraded or professional services, and others even generate revenue from running advertisements and creating small businesses - but a basic and simple, yet functional and endlessly customizable platform requires only your time and intellectual investment.
17 - Your Space, Your Rules
On your blog, there are no limits, no glass ceilings, no rules for what you can or cannot do. From recipes to fashion, home decor and more, here in your corner of cyberspace, you can write about anything you choose. Find your voice, be yourself, and share what makes you happy!
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18 - Ultimate Satisfaction
From the feeling of fulfillment after hitting "publish" on your latest post, to receiving encouragement and support for your interests from a community of followers, blogging offers the ultimate satisfaction. Seeking happiness? Start your blog today!
Are you a blogger or been wanting to begin one for a while? Why is blogging important to you? Which reason from the 18 above resonated with you, and what might we have missed? Let us know in the comments below!