5 Skills that you can develop with Blogging

By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Blogging as a trend is on the rise, with blogs increasingly emerging as a mainstream media platform.

Whereas earlier the Blogosphere in India was heavily dominated by men, but now many women students, homemakers and working women are also entering the blogging arena. The availability of blogging platforms, formation of blogging communities and the widespread use of social media, make it very easy to start a blog.

The ability to express oneself creatively through blogging is a reason that draws many people towards blogging. Blogging provides a means of personal development.

Not only that, some skills acquired from blogging can also be put to use in one’s professional life. Let’s have a look:

1. Customer Focus

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The credibility and success of a blogger lies in his/her ability to engage repeatedly readers with their content.

The question that a blogger needs to keep in mind while creating content is that with multitude of material available online, why at all anybody would be interested in what he/she writes, unless the thoughts resonate or they see some value in it.

Here arises the need for the blogger to differentiate himself/ herself. For this a blogger needs to ask himself/ herself:

  • Who are my readers?
  • What is the value proposition of my blog to the readers?

Depending on who the target readers are, bloggers create content and adopt techniques to increase visibility to the target readers, and hopefully interest them enough to bring them back to the blog. The kind of customer focus that is needed to succeed in any business is needed to succeed in blogging as well.

Blogging teaches us to intuitively figure out what we can write to the best of our ability that would appeal to the readers.

 

2. Creativity and Clarity of Expression

Blogging is a creative pursuit. Bloggers express themselves creatively with a variety of styles ranging from photography, to travelogues, to storytelling, to five sentence fictions, to haigas, tankas & hakius or other forms of poetry, to sharing opinion on products or fashion trends, or sharing helpful tips. A well-conceived and well written piece generally makes a delightful read.

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A blog is a reflection of the bloggers personality and his/her thought process. With time and practice, bloggers discover their niche and evolve their style of writing.

As bloggers, we endeavor to maintain the momentum, draw inspiration from different sources and consistently produce quality writing that leave readers with a positive impact.

Blogging gives structure to your thoughts, and helps to develop coherence and clarity of expression.

These skills come in handy in any profession.

 

3. Collaboration

Though blogging is an individual activity, it cannot be done in isolation. Blogging teaches us to collaborate with others.

The nature of blogging, to an extent, is like working in an IT services company, where people are used to working in a distributed environment with teams spread over different geographical locations, and one needs to collaborate virtually with team members with whom they might have never met in person.

But why do bloggers need to collaborate?

To continuously come up with new posts, one needs to get a continuous flux of ideas. Many ideas stem up from discussions with other fellow bloggers.

The post How to find inspiration for blog writing  covers this in detail. You can check it out here.

Different bloggers have different styles of writing. One can pick up tips and writing styles by reading through the posts of other bloggers. I was so impressed by the haikus of some of my fellow bloggers that it inspired me to try out the technique, and now I immensely enjoy writing haikus.

But more than any other reason, collaboration is needed to build traction on your blog. Helping other bloggers to improve and grow their blogs, leaving value added feedback helps in creating goodwill and rapport with fellow bloggers, increases traction on your blog and together you grow as a community.

 

4. Persistence

Blogging is not a one off activity, but something that one needs to be persistent at. Nor is blogging for quick gains.

PersistenceYou cannot be a blogger unless you truly enjoy blogging.  There will be days when you run out of topics to write about, there will be days when nobody cares for what you write, yet the love of expressing yourself through your blog will keep you at it.

It is a self- fulfilling process. The more you write, and the more you engage your readers, the more creative satisfaction you derive from it, and that propels you to write more.

Unless you really enjoy the process you will not have the motivation to continue.

A few days back, I read a post 5 ways parenting is exactly like blogging on the blog Rachna Says. I absolutely agree with the parallel drawn. While reading the post it occurred to me that you always need to have an eye on your blog just as you need to have an eye on your child.

Blogging teaches us to be persistent in our efforts.

 

5. Appreciation for Diversity

Blogging is a passion that is fast catching on among people of all age groups including students, professionals, entrepreneurs, homemakers and retired people.

While the blogs of some of the elderly bloggers, who share their life’s experience, are treasures of wisdom, the blogs of the young bloggers gives a peep into their active minds. Reading their blogs, I get to know how the young generation generally thinks – how similar or dissimilar their thoughts are from mine. It also helps me to better understand my child’s behaviour at times.

Thus blogging helps us to appreciate diversity of opinion and helps us to gain perspective shared by a diverse group of people.

 

These are the key things that came to my mind about what blogging has to teach us.

What are the other things that you have learned from blogging? 

 

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Readers Comments (111)

  1. I agree to all the above points, but for me I get to chat with a few good people. So that as well, I consider as a good thing. 🙂

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  2. This post contains every aspect of blogging and all are agreed upon 🙂 It’s a great platform to know others perspective and let them know ours and get appreciated for the creative thoughts. Great write up, Somali 🙂

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  3. Yes. Somali Blogging has been a perfect platform for presenting their creative ability to present.. It is important to collaborate for understanding different techniques and merging them with our technique of writing.. Very informative Somali.. Have a lovely day..

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  4. great write up and bang on point too!

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  5. I agree to all these. Blogging is teaching me to connect with people which I am not very good at. I started blogging because I loved to write. I didn’t think of readers or fellow bloggers. But I learnt slowly that we could find and engage with different types of people. 🙂

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  6. bhudeb chakrabarti August 1, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

    A well written article delineating the conceptual and human relations skills a blogger can develop .

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  7. Awesome article- “blogging helps us to appreciate diversity of opinion and helps us to gain perspective shared by a diverse group of people.” Very true.

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  8. Nice thoughts Somali, nicely put too. This was what I really liked and identify with “A blog is a reflection of the bloggers personality and his/her thought process.” And because of this, may I add, its easier to meet people with similar thinking online. Word Press has made things very easy for everyone too. 🙂

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  9. Great post Somali, being an amateur blogger I really count on point #2 and 5. Thank you for the post. This is a very good read for anyone who love blogging and want to take it up seriously.

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  10. Archana Kapoor August 2, 2015 @ 3:28 am

    Very apt write-up Somali… especially love the points on persistence and diversity… Cheers 🙂

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  11. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  12. Nice Somali, all of these are spot on ! I have loved the entire skill set developed through blogging over the last couple years and am eagerly looking forward for the further years to come.

    PS: I love the use of images on the blog.. Looks very colorful and engaging 🙂

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    • Yes Vinay, over a period of time we develop these skills through blogging ..and may be there are more that we will figure out in the course of time. Good to know that you like the images. Thank you 🙂

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  13. Very right Points brought out.. Equally, concentrating on the last point mentioned is truly a great quality with the Blogger! Thanks for sharing the Post, Somali!

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  14. This is such a wonderful post. Truly, one can learn so much from blogging.

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  15. This is one such in-depth informative post Somali. Enjoyed the entire read and could reminisce how I have been gradually evolving as a blogger. Thank you for bringing forth such a diversified outlook of blogging. 🙂

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  16. Great points here, Somali and I agree with all of them. Blogging has taught me a lot of things…I’ve developed new skills and have acquired better gripping on a few more.
    This is a post with which, I think, all the bloggers could relate. 🙂

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  17. Nice thoughts. I want to add that it is not just about minting money (many people are concerned about how much we make)…but peace of mind too!

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    • True Alok. To be able to express yourself creatively is a reward in itself..and that’s what makes a blogger persist….but then for any form of creativity to persist for long it is better if it is economically viable. So those who cannot appreciate the intrinsic satisfaction derived are naturally more concerned about how much we make out of blogging, Thank you for making this point. 🙂

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  18. Somali, I have read many posts on blogging but this one is one of the best, the way you have brought the essence of blogging and touched on the most important aspects that one needs to keep in mind while blogging.

    Customer focus, yes readers makes all the difference in blogging and being able to hold them, engage with them and keep building the association is never easy, it needs lot of thinking and working. I must say you have beautifully put it by saying that we “intuitively figure out what we are good at writing and who are our target readers are”…

    No doubt about the fact that blogging streamlines our thinking and expand our thinking, creative is integral part of the exercise and indeed it brings coherence in our expression. Yes, it is a reflection of bloggers personality. It is indeed acting an wonderful instrument for foster creativity and building better clarity in expression.

    Very well said; “blogging though is an individual activity it cannot be done in isolation”, I think there lies the beauty of this form of writing. Collaboration is critical to the entire process of blogging and it brings the much needed traction for the growth and sustenance of blogging.
    Just like many things in life for success, the key is persistence and blogging is no exception and you have so aptly put the wordings…blogging is something you cannot venture to and be successful unless you truly enjoy it, and yes, top of it one needs to remember it is self-fulfilling process.

    It epitomes the essence of diversity, it cuts across age, gender, profession, geography and there is no limit of learning and exchanging ideas and thoughts, it is exciting and it is inspiring and it truly a medium of social re-engineering.

    Hope you will enjoy two posts I had written earlier on blogging, here they are;

    1) Every Blog has a Personality:
    https://nrpin.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/every-blog-has-a-personality

    2) Converstaion in Blogging breaking the barriers of Conventions: https://nrpin.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/conversation-in-blogging-breaking-the-barriers-of-convention

    Have a wonderful and refreshing new week ahead…
    😀

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    • Thanks a lot Nihar for the engaging discussion and the insights shared. Probably having worked in CRM & BI area, it helps in drawing parallel between IT consulting and blogging,wherein a huge emphasis is laid on customer focus and managing change. Persistence, collaboration and clarity of expression are the key skills required to succeed in any field.
      Will go through your posts. You too have a great week ahead. 🙂

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      • Yes, I can fully relate it having in involved in various management consulting assignments and IT products…customer focus and managing change are so important aspects of such interventions, and it determines the success and failure of any such projects.
        I fully agree that in today’s networked world key skills to succeed in any field other than clarity and persistence is indeed collaboration and more collaboration.
        Take your time, go through at your convenience…
        😀

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  19. Very rightly put together.

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  20. This will be an inspiration for new bloggers.

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  21. Wow! It was really illuminating. I’m a comparatively new blogger and this article really helps clearing many concepts.

    Thanks again, Somali!

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  22. Wow! Very illuminating article. I’m a comparatively new blogger on the block and this post helps clearing many concepts and boost my enthu.

    Thanks a lot, Somali! 🙂

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  23. Great post….true so much skilling is involved in blogging….love it…

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  24. Agree with all your points….i started blogging to express my views and now blogging has become a part of my life and slowly I am learning different aspects of blogging 😃

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    • Absolutely Anita. That is how it happens..we start just to jot down what comes to our mind, then learn to improvise, start enjoying the process and it becomes a part of our life. 🙂 thank you and have a great day.

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  25. And if you start clicking your own pictures, it will help you grow as a photographer too.

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  26. photography, to travelogues, to storytelling, to five sentence fictions, to haigas, tankas & hakius or other forms of poetry, to sharing opinion on products or fashion trends, or sharing helpful tips absolutely Somali ji !! overall blogging give a platform to groom and grew up in this world with force and confidence.

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  27. You nailed it! We’re actually honing quite a few skill through blogging.

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  28. So very true…. what you said completely resonates with me! Loved the post… And it is true that I learnt loads about persistence while blogging… 🙂

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  29. Thats a very important and useful topic you have discussed here Somali. Thanks for the effort 🙂

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  30. I put persistence and appreciation for all kinds of work on high pedestal. Without them, you can not excel in blogging. There are many who are brilliant as far as creativity goes, but they lack these blogging elements. I don’t give any importance to 1, I write what I feel. This is not right, but I can’t change that about me. I have to enjoy what I do and publish is as it is.

    Great post, many learnings from it.

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    • Thank you Saru. Maybe you don’t have to consciously think about pt. no 1, as creativity is ingrained in your writing and all mostly like what you write. I, on the other hand, have picked up the creativity aspect on the way by consciously observing the kind of posts I like to read and have molded my writing. Earlier my posts were logical but very dry but gradually I think I have learned to write in a more balanced way.

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  31. You’re so right. Nice write-up.
    You seemed to have voiced our collective thoughts in the best way. Such neat writing, Somali — your points are so well organised.

    Creative satisfaction! Spot on! 🙂

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  32. Agree. I have personally experienced the learning I went through after I started blogging. But I find that there are more female bloggers when it comes to creative fiction and poetry.

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    • Thank you Anand. Though it appears that there are more women bloggers as compared to men when it comes to creative fiction and poetry, but it may not be so.
      As per a survey 75% of Indian bloggers are men (maybe due to low net penetration in rural areas), so lets say even if all women are into creative fiction, it will still be equal to 1/3rd of men bloggers. There is a fare possibility of at least 1/3rd men bloggers writing creative fiction and poetry. 🙂

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  33. Valuable insights into what we routinely do-but so very true!

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  34. Pursuing your passion, a medium to speak aloud and voice causes and a place to be oneself without having to care for religion and community or a judgmental society. I liked all the points you wrote in your post 🙂

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  35. Great post! I completely agree to all of the points and there are indeed many more..blogging has a vital role in improving my life to such an extent 🙂

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  36. Very valid points. I agree with all of them. Thanks also for the linkback.

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  37. Great one Somali ! You have not left anything ! It certainly help us to not only to express ourselves irrespective of ANYTHING but to explore ourselves ! We found our forte` and weaknesses through it ..
    I agree with the persistence point a bit too much, as this is where I lack 🙁 though my generous friends like you certainly make up for that .. everytime 😀
    Loved it dear 🙂

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    • Agreed Kokila we find our forte and weaknesses through it. You are an immensely creative person, being a lil more persistent may help you to take your creativity to an altogether different level. 🙂

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  38. This is again a wonderful article!! What you mentioned is exactly why blogging is so enriching and refreshing!!

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  39. Thoughtful post..double thumps up…

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  40. Thanks yoy so much for this inspirational post. Loved it ☺

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  41. Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:

    This is a great post to show the benefits of blogging. While I am at it I want to remind you to LIKE other’s Facebook page. It is another great way to connect!

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  42. Reblogged this on "Midnight Press" and commented:

    So, you gain from blogging… read !

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  43. Thank you for these wise comments. Look forward to other posts.

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  44. Somali,

    You should call this personality development through blogging 🙂 Nice to know blogging that I inadvertently do has so many subtle benefits. Thanks for showcasing it and am now more proud about being a blogger.

    Nice Post.

    Best
    Katie

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  45. Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

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  46. You really work hard to put the thing’s in place this is the article i was looking for

    I have one point to make, i have found more active female community in my very short experience in blogging.

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  47. Such an enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing this.

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