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Yes, it's true that most people are interested in blogging in order to make money online. There are plenty of people, however, who simply enjoy spreading the information they know whether they learned it from personal experiences or they've put in hours of research. Before thinking about where to set up your first blog, you're going to want to know what a blog can be used for so you can make an informed decision.

It's okay if you're going to create a blog just to get your name out there. just prepare to discover a whole new way to look at the words you're putting on your screen. Even if it's late at night.

Express Yourself

Blogging to express your opinions or getting something off your chest is quite common. It's quite normal to login online when something has upset you. The key to doing this is to respect the privacy of the people in your life by not disclosing any names. This just ensures you don't get into any trouble by the people you're mentioning online. 

When venting online, remember that everyone has a right to privacy. How would you feel if your name showed up online in someone's blog without your permission? Especially if it's something negative about you.

Think about the consequences when you're writing. "A pen is mightier than a sword" is a quote that comes to mind when dealing with this subject. Whatever is written online is going to stay online forever. Don't rely on deleting a blog in order to hide what you've written. People love juicy gossip and it only takes a second to copy and paste something from a blog. 

On a good note, venting online can lead to long lasting online friendships which come in handy for days when you're bored. It's nice to know someone out there is listening and there have been plenty of instances where people have been online friends for years and have met in person only to build a lifelong friendship.

Provide The World With Information

Sometimes, when writing a blog post about something that interests you, you're also giving someone else information they were looking for. Most of the time it's going to be more than one person. If someone finds that blog post you created entertaining or useful, they'll likely share it on one (or more) of the social networks they're active on. 

Students also look for information online. If you're good at keeping your blog updated, it's going to rank well with Google and then more people are going to not only visit your blog, but they'll also return. There is almost nothing more rewarding than knowing the content you create is actually helping people. It's allowing you to write things you're interested in as well as helping give someone ideas for a good mid-term paper. 

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Reach Your Fans

If you like to upload photos of yourself or have a general online portfolio, chances are you've already built a nice little fan base. Perhaps you even have a large fan base. They're going to want to learn as much about you as they possibly can. You're an online celebrity. Giving your fans more information about you (only if you're comfortable with it) and how you got into your hobby or how you became so popular is something that people are going to be interested in.

It's not always because people are looking to be "just like you", but sometimes they just want to read something inspiring and interesting. It's always interesting to learn how someone became such a huge internet sensation.

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Earning Money

Of course the other uses of blogging are great, but one of the most common reasons people get a blog is because it's a great way to earn money. It lets you work from home and create a career for those who are ready to really sit down and put a lot of work into it.

Blogs are used for affiliate marketing and I'm sure you're aware of how successful blogs can be when you're selling someone else's goods and using your blog to provide links so your readers can buy them. It makes sense. Most people have shopped online more than once and sometimes it's the only place you can get the product you're looking for. Certainly this is the case if you live in a small town with very few shopping centers.


Grab a free blog and start blogging. It's going to do you a world of good even if it doesn't make you any money. It really depends on what you plan to do with the words coming from your keyboard.

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