A guest post by Henri
Hi. My name’s Henri. I’m not a personal finance blogger, but I have discovered the power of blogging in the last few months that I’ve been doing it seriously. In this article you’ll learn why I think everyone should blog.
We all have something to share. If you don’t have a blog or have just started, I know it can feel like you don’t have anything to say, but that may just be because you’re focusing on the wrong topic. Before I go into the blogging part, let me share my own story.
Before we start though, let me share my story. From an early age, I learned that saving and investing your money was important from my father. When I was 16 I became fascinated by stocks and investing.
The only problem was that I didn’t have any money. Naturally, I had to solve that problem, which is about the time poker came into my life, online poker to be specific. I started playing at the age of 18. My goal was to make $10,000 so I could invest it in stocks.
Six months later I’d made more than my goal and forgotten all about stocks. Why did I abandon my original plan? Because I felt like playing online poker would give me the money I needed without investing in anything or diluting my focus.
A small disclaimer: poker is by no means an easy way to make money. It took me a whole summer of reading, discussing and talking to real poker players until I started making a few dollars. I ultimately quit because it was psychologically taxing and my passion was elsewhere.
By now you’re probably asking yourself “what does this have to do with blogging and how will it benefit me?”
I hear you, but hear me out. By playing poker I learned proper money management, discipline, awareness, emotional control and without knowing it, I learned entrepreneurship.
In the beginning of 2009 I stopped playing poker, because it was slowly making me miserable. The ups and downs were hard and my heart wasn’t in it anymore. That’s when I started building websites and discovered how to make money online.
It wasn’t until in December 2009 that I created what is now my baby, which is my blog, the Wake Up Cloud. And this is where the awesomeness begins…
Why You Should Blog
Our stories and experiences make us unique. The story I just told you above makes no sense, until you see that it is what shapes me. I learned a lot about life through poker. You on the other hand have lived a completely different life, which gives you a completely different skillset.
Even if you’re a completely beginner at something, but love doing it, there are people behind you that will benefit from you sharing your story.
Before I started my blog I was making money online without really putting my face or personality out there. I was afraid that no one would like what I had to say. I was afraid that my blog would stand empty and deserted.
And you can make this a reality if you fail to follow your passion and write about what you truly love. It can also come true if you hold yourself back and don’t market your blog, but that is another story for another time. Let’s focus on blogging for now.
You see, there are always people that find your story fascinating. There is something you have to share. There is something you feel inspired to share. You just have to find it within you.
My Experiences with Blogging
As I said above, I’ve just been blogging for a few months, but during this time I’ve connected with like-minded people, started working on projects and learned a lot about myself.
This is apparently what happens when you do what you love and share your knowledge. There are laws in the universe that cannot be broken. One such law is the law of cause and effect. What you put out will come back to you.
What you sow, so shall you reap. There are probably thousands of different ways of putting it. As I started helping more and more people improve their lives, I also started getting more opportunities to make money and connect with others.
How to Eliminate the Confusion
Most people that I talk to and help want to start a blog, but they don’t know the how, what, when and where. And if they’ve already started, they have equally as many confusions still in their head.
In my mind it all comes down to beginning. I originally started my blog for people that wanted to read about self improvement, but just a few weeks ago I asked my readers what they wanted and I discovered that they wanted to know how I made money online and how they could do it as well.
This prompted me to change the direction of my blog. I would never have realized that this was what I really wanted to do if I hadn’t started blogging. It’s okay to be confused and even a little bit scared. I certainly was both in the beginning.
It all comes down to listening to your heart. What are you deeply passionate about that you can share with others? Do you know something about a topic that others would benefit from?
Start and see where it takes you. There are plenty of resources on how to start a blog out there. Google will teach you everything you need to know for free, and if you’re lazy you can always take a course or even get someone to do it for you!