Personal Reflection: How Has Your Blog Changed You Offline?

by Alex

Whether you are really aware of it or not, becoming a serious blogger for a long time leaves some kind of affect on you even when you’re not actually doing it. I think it’s normal too, because when we blog we are so concentrated that it just opens our mind up to a lot of different perspectives of things.

Since you have started blogging, what do you think has changed in your life? Has it made you smarter, a better writer, a better speaker? There has to be something that has improved since you started blogging. Not to say there aren’t any negative impacts that blogging can have on you of course, but right now I want to focus on the benefits!

How Has Blogging Made You A Better ____________?

Blogging has improved me in many ways. Since I am a student in High School, it’s benefits have been my grades. But more specifically, I can come up with a list of things that I have become better at since I started blogging in 2007.

Organization Skills

Everything I do, I am more organized. I was always organized, but ever since I started planning out posts, marketing strategies and other things on my blog, I have learned to carry over those concepts to the outside world and use them to better myself.

Grammar/Writing Skills

I now exceed in my English/Grammar class at school. I can write better, more efficiently and more logically. I learn new words every time I write a blog post, and I try to try new writing styles as well which all follow me in my writings outside of my blog.

If I want something, I’ll get it

There is so much to want on a blog that you have to work hard as hell to go and get it. I have learned that through all of my blogging ventures, and I don’t let myself forget that in the real world.

Take for example my Mac computer. I had to work a month in a dish pit at a seafood restaurant to come up with enough money to buy my computer. Normally, I wouldn’t have the motivation to go through with that. But, there was something about setting my goals/priorities in blogging that helped me go through with that month of work.

Deeper Thinking

I realized that you cant always be satisfied with what some people tell you. Any advice you get, or anything you read has to be interpreted in your own way for you to truly understand and make use of it.

Think of all these “make money online” blogs out there – they tell you ways that they make money from their blog. They share with you methods they came up with that work for THEM. Does it mean that they will work for you? You have to know how to read.

Reading does not constitute as knowing how to pronounce words, but what you make of those words. That is what I am trying to say here: I learned how to really read by blogging.

What About You?

I listed a few things up there that have improved since I started blogging. What about you? How has blogging made you better at __________ in real life?

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Nick Tart June 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Blogging has made me a better conversationalist. Like you, Alex, I learn a lot of new words when I write and develop different ways to organize my sentences. This translates to improving the general fluidity of my points and conversations.

Also, indirectly through blogging I have found a lot of cool stories (like yours and Janith’s) about young people doing incredible things. This gives me something interesting to talk about when I meet someone new. For instance, I met a guy on Monday and told him about this site and he was blown away. This makes me more interesting, too!
.-= Nick Tart´s last blog ..New JuniorBiz Logos: Please Vote – JJ Entry #18 =-.

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Alex June 25, 2009 at 10:01 am

Blogging is just full of amazing benefits! A lot of us just don’t realize it at first.

Thanks a lot for talking about us Nick! The only people I have told I blog are my parents, never told any friends or anything like that. But I’m trying to take your advice and go to blogging seminars…but it’s hard to do since I can’t drive myself. :/
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Design Trends in the Thesis Community =-.

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Nick Tart June 26, 2009 at 1:13 am

Whoa, Alex! Your friends don’t know about this site? I understand though. The term “blogging” has some negative connotations associated with it because people who aren’t on the Internet much tend to assume “blogging” = “personal but broadcasted diary.” At least, this is what I’ve encountered. Kinda like when I tell people I’m on Twitter.

To counteract that, tell them “I’ve partnered with a 16-year-old from Australia to create a site that 200+ people visit on a daily basis.” I know it’s tough to mix your professional life with your personal life, but there are definitely benefits. Not very many of my friends know much about JuniorBiz, but that’s steadily changing.

Not being able to drive is a bummer but it’s also an excuse. ;)

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Havoc Marketing June 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Hi Alex,

I think blogging has made me a better writer (i hope so). I am more responsible and organized than before. To sum it up, it has improved different aspects of my life.

Thanks for a thoughtful post.

Mani Raj
Havoc Marketing
.-= Havoc Marketing´s last blog ..PPC Bully 2.0 Is Available Now For Only $9.97 For A Limited Time =-.

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Alex June 25, 2009 at 10:02 am

That’s great to know that blogging has made you all of those things. I’m amazed at how much of an impact this blog has had on me! I am so grateful too, because it has bettered me in o many ways.
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Design Trends in the Thesis Community =-.

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passive family income June 24, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Blogging has made me a much better writer. While I still have a long way to go, I have started to even enjoy writing which I could never stand in high school and in college.
.-= passive family income´s last blog ..Set Detailed Tasks with your Virtual Assistant =-.

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Alex June 25, 2009 at 10:03 am

Exactly, I loved to write prior to my first blog, but as you go along, writing seems to get a little less fun. But once you really get used to things and writing on your blog consistently, it becomes an instinct basically.
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Design Trends in the Thesis Community =-.

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Deneil Merritt June 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Blogging has help me with my writing skills. I have always like to write but blogging has made my writing skills to a new level. It also helped my girlfriend and I find common ground. We finally have something in common. (Most important in a relationship)
.-= Deneil Merritt´s last blog ..On Site Search Engine Optimization For Blogs =-.

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Alex June 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

So your girlfriend likes to write? Does she blog too?

That’s really awesome that through blogging you found a thing you have in common with your girlfriend. Congrats there man.
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Design Trends in the Thesis Community =-.

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Coding Cow June 24, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Nice Post, blogging has really help me with my writing skills and other skills such as coding. I have to say you have two mistakes i can see in the post one near the top – “cam” should be “can” and another towards the bottom – “they nake money” should be “they make money”.
Thanks for the awesome post.

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Alex June 25, 2009 at 10:06 am

Ah, good eye! I’ll fix them up now.
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Design Trends in the Thesis Community =-.

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S.Miracle@Inspirational Blog June 24, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I think the easy and true answer for every blogger is the writing skills. It makes you writer better, quicker and more effectively. You can tell a story and create active sentences without pointless adjectives.

One way that blogging has improved my life is in goal setting. In the beginning, many bloggers will choose to try everything and worry about pointless stuff. I need this widget or more comments. This is the blogger that I need to build a relationship with.. How am I going to get on the front page of Digg? Whats my search engine rank?

The thing that I’ve learned over the years is that you can only achieve one goal at a time so while it would be good to get on the front page of Digg, it is more important to be indexed well on Google for long sustainability in traffic. Just focus on achieving one goal at a time and not worrying about the rest until you get there will provide you with the best opportunity for success in blogging.

I have found this to be true in real life. We want to finish school. We want a good job and we want a house. At the same time, we need more time for family but also we haven’t gone to a football game in awhile. You can’t conquer the world in one day. So focus on conquering one goal at a time.

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Alex June 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

That is the easy answer, and it’s the answer that every blogger should have. I always love to see people go in more deeper to the question and answer it though.

I love your last two sentences, that’s a seriously awesome quote. I also agree with you 100% about everything else you said. My thoughts exactly. :)
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Design Trends in the Thesis Community =-.

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Jake| Web Journey June 25, 2009 at 9:41 am

i think that blogging has helped me show my personality more. I also have became a way better writer which is very important because I want to publish a book one day. When I look at how much the quality of my writing has changed, I can’t believe it.
.-= Jake| Web Journey´s last blog ..10 Commandments For Bloggers and Webmasters =-.

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Alex June 25, 2009 at 10:09 am

Awesome answer Jake!

I would have to say that blogging has also helped me put personality into my writing too.
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Design Trends in the Thesis Community =-.

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Liane June 26, 2009 at 5:22 am

Ooh. I like that question! I guess a lot! I learned how to avoid and combat procrastination! Very helpful especially for studies. I learned how to prioritize and I keep getting better at writing! Which I am thankful for since I am currently a freshmen in Political Science.

Hey, thanks Alex for that great feedback on SmartBloggerz! I do hope we can get in touch more often. I’ve bookmarked your content so I’m keeping an eye :D
.-= Liane´s last blog ..Booyah! Yours Truly is Sharing Some Good News With You! =-.

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Alex July 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Thanks for stopping by Liane! I have subscribed to your blog as well and would love to chat sometime. I love connecting with people around the same age as me. :)
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Big Changes Coming to Asnio + My Week Long Absence =-.

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Dean Saliba June 27, 2009 at 6:13 am

The only two things blogging has not improved in me is my ability to be organised and my grammar.

I’ve been writing in the same styles for about 25 years so I doubt I’ll change that now.

By organisation I mean making time to make more posts. Serious bloggers post muliple times a day, I post about once a week if that.
.-= Dean Saliba´s last blog ..Another New Design For IND =-.

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Alex July 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm

That’s surprising, because those are usually the two things that change with every blogger!
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Big Changes Coming to Asnio + My Week Long Absence =-.

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Richael | Domain Marvelous June 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm

English is my second language, therefore, blogging has really increased my grasp of it. In addition to that, my reading and writing skills has also improved dramatically.

And yeah, I have learnt that earning decent money online is not really that simple ;)
.-= Richael | Domain Marvelous´s last blog ..Domain Registration Length – Does it Matter? =-.

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Alex July 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm

That’s cool Richael, what is your primary language?
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Big Changes Coming to Asnio + My Week Long Absence =-.

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My Journey June 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm

My Personal Finance Blog has forced me to become accountabile for my financial decisions including the use (or non-use as it may be) of Credit Cards.

First time on this site and WOW there is an amazing amount of informoation…one problem though – A PATS FAN IN NJ? Come on at least I know Feb 2 years ago must have been rough for you
.-= My Journey´s last blog ..Some Things to Think About Before Meeting an Attorney to Draft Your Last Will and Testament =-.

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Alex July 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Glad you like the blog!

I’m sorry, I have no recollection of that day you are talking about! Something horrible happened in that month that caused me to forget everything that happened on February 3rd. Go figure! :p
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Big Changes Coming to Asnio + My Week Long Absence =-.

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Nihar July 3, 2009 at 6:33 am

Nice post.

Blogging improved my written english skills.

there also negative effects(what i think). less time to your family? you will lessen the contacts with your friends.
.-= Nihar´s last blog ..June 2009 Blog Traffic & Income statistics =-.

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Alex July 5, 2009 at 1:41 pm

That’s true, but as a school student that hasn’t really changed much for me!
.-= Alex´s last blog ..Big Changes Coming to Asnio + My Week Long Absence =-.

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Seth W July 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm

It’s be great at helping me formulate my ideas into a very functional format.

I think it is challenging though because it can be addicting and time consuming…

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