Reasons To Start A Blog During Lockdown

By Sartaj Govind Singh

Do you feel like the days are starting to blur together? Perhaps an acute sense of fatigue is starting to creep in? Lockdown does not have to be this way. While this new sense of normal can seemingly shackle us- just by tempting us to leave things to tomorrow or our usual pastimes losing their novelty. You can rise up and keep going. This can take many forms from indulging in a favourite piece of media (book, TV show, film etc) to getting into something new. One excellent new hobby that you could take up is blogging and below are three reasons why you should.

3) Improving Your Writing

Love it or hate it, a lot of jobs rely on our ability to communicate through the written word. From short emails to presentations, we’re writing far more to another then we used to. With this in mind, blogging is a simple way to improve your writing ability While it certainly differs from writing in a business context, think of blog writing as a potential new string to add to your bow. The benefits of this are immeasurable. You could improve how you communicate with people, articulate ideas with more clarity or find that blogging is a new home for expressing yourself. There are plenty of transferable skills that come from blog writing that you could add to your resume.

2) A Crash Course in Social Media  

Once you’ve finished a post, you can’t just instantly hit send. You have to think of the best time to publish it and when you should advertise it on various social media channels. Blogging needs social media like a plant requires sunlight. It’s vital and requires just as much attention as your posts. Think of starting a blog as much a crash course in using social media as much as a new hobby to invest in. From personal experience: the stuff I’ve learnt from social media advertising has been invaluable. It’s allowed me to become a social media consultant to help with my company’s channels. And it opened up a new way of thinking about my writing insofar as how and who to market it to.

1) A Sense of Accomplishment

The best reason to start a blog during lockdown is that you will eventually feel a great sense of accomplishment from it. You will have a virtual diary that speaks to who you are as a person. You will have created a digital footprint that hopefully others will be inspired by and look to during hard times. In the process, you will gain a new-found confidence and a new habit that will become so deeply ingrained, so it becomes second nature. Blogging has afforded me other writing projects, a brief dip into podcasting waters and an extension to my day job.

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45 thoughts on “Reasons To Start A Blog During Lockdown

  1. “Do you feel like the days are starting to blur together? ” Yes! This is exactly how I started to feel at the beginning of our lockdown. Working from home didn’t help. It got to the point where I had to check the calendar for the date some days. Nice post.

  2. I really enjoy blogging because it helps me improve my vocabulary much faster than just reading. When I first started out, I’d spend days trying to string words and paragraphs together but over the years, I got better.
    Also, my social channels have evolved from just selfies and freaky photos to blog promotion content. It’s exciting!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post! I can totally relate about the pictures- I was horrible at all things social media but I’ve gotten way better through marketing my blog.

  3. Even I feel that blogging make me to spend time efficiently with this quarantine period and also this added that professional essence to the life…join to read my blog too and feel free to like and follow…

  4. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a few years but always had an excuse. When the pandemic hit and we got on lock down I literally said, “no better time than now. No excuses.” And here I am 🙂

    1. You’re right…. time in our personal and professional life is rarely perfect for us to start anything. However, the quicker we start on whatever we’re trying to achieve the quicker we can reap the rewards.

  5. For me, more than anything my blog has been a sense of routine. My life got upended when my husband got told to work from home and he took over my desk, but now I write from the coffee table and it works fine. I’ve also been able to look at how often I blog and what I write about, so I wouldn’t say it’s been a bad experience. Challenging? Absolutely, but not bad.

    1. I’m glad to hear that it’s not been a bad experience for you. It can be a really great outlet when life gets tough.

      1. So true, I first started blogging when I was going through some things in my life and it is truly a great outlet. Really gives you a sense of relief when you let your feelings out online on a blog and see how many other people are out there that can truly relate to you as well. It became my feelings outlet so to speak.

  6. I agree with all of these reasons – blogging is great for improving writing and marketing skills! It can even be a great addition to a resume for anyone who writes about content related to their career goals! Also, it is a great way to connect with others during a time when we’re so isolated.

  7. This is so true! I have always wanted to blog but never really started taking it seriously until we got quarantined. Now I have 2 published posts and it feels fantastic 🙂

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