Blog [ blawg, blog]
a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites
As a student, you have quite a few responsibilities. Besides attending class and completing projects, papers and related assignments, you also need to build a skill set that can be used when it comes to starting your career.
Beyond that, you may also need to work during school to help offset some of the costs.
That’s why you may want to consider working online as a blogger. Not only is it a fun opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with the rest of the world, it also serves as a way to gain valuable experience for post-graduation.
If you’re good enough, you can even make some money.
Surprisingly enough, you may want to start blogging if for no other reason than to vent some of your stress.
Having somewhere that’s uniquely yours to post your thoughts and feelings can be a great way to detoxify the daily grind of listening to big shots talk as you prepare yourself for the next big test.
If your blog gets regular commenters, you can really develop a conversation with readers and bloggers to help understand that your situation isn’t unique—that there are others out there struggling alongside you that can offer their tips and advice.
Just be aware of security when you blog. Most students access WiFi on a regular basis, but publicly accessible networks are highly risky without the use of appropriate software The go to service is called a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and is gaining in popularity as it also allows access to regionally restricted content.
The practical student knows that nothing beats earning a little money on the side. Since colleges and universities have existed, students have taken advantage of any avenues available to earn some extra funds, from donating blood plasma to spinning signs.
Blogging presents a unique chance to earn some supplemental income. Besides running a few advertisements on your page, you can engage in a relatively lucrative field that is affiliate marketing. This is done by making sure your blog topics are relevant to the product you’re helping promote.
When visitors click links from your page to visit the product page, you’re dealt into the sale. It benefits everyone involved because your readers are turned onto an interesting product, you get to write a quality article, and your affiliate gets a sale.
One word of caution: even though affiliate marketing is a great way to add income to your blog, don’t compromise the quality of your work just to push a sale. Search engines hate blogs that focus on promotion over content quality and you’ll quickly become obsolete if you push the sales at the expense of your writing.
Without exception, every student needs time to practice their writing. Whether you’re planning to learn a trade skill or pursue a more academic degree, being able to write eloquently and efficiently is still a valuable skill to have. It opens the door to more diverse career choices and it also just makes school that much easier.
And unlike having to write papers for class, writing on your blog doesn’t ever need to be a chore. You can choose to write about topics that you truly enjoy as opposed to whatever’s been picked for you. Formatting is much more flexible, meaning you don’t necessarily need to write in a formal or informal tone all the time (and paragraphs can vary tremendously for effect).
You’ll want to use this opportunity to work as your own editor. Read everything over twice before you post it and make edits and additions as you see fit. Verbally reading your articles is a great way to spot grammatical problems and inconsistencies, so consider making that a habit.
Building a Portfolio
Perhaps the greatest concern any student has after they graduate is getting a decent job that also pays well. In a world where competition is the norm and everyone is going to college, just graduating isn’t enough.
Running your own blog shows that you have initiative. It also functions as a working portfolio where employers can actively go to see how well you can write, market, and manage your own business. It beats carrying a tiny folder around.
It also gives you access to different employers. Quite a few jobs are looking for an experience beyond stocking shelves or performing unskilled tasks. When they see you know how to go out there and get things done without being told what to do, they’ll quickly understand the quality of your character.
Note that the skills used to build a blog are internationally valuable. Far from being locally relevant, blogging helps make you more attractive to employers both domestic and abroad.
Going to school is all about learning new things. That doesn’t amount to a whole lot if you don’t retain the information, and blogging can be a helpful tool to that end. Bloggers regularly discuss their daily activities and keeping a student blog of things that you’ve learned can serve as a great place to review.
This is especially true for classes that don’t have outside work. More advanced classes simply expect you to study on your own, often without any assignments or homework to go on. Professional schools particularly expect this kind of initiative.
Your blog may also serve as a useful tool to other students. Being able to read through alternative perspectives on the same information might provide the necessary insight into understanding.
Plus, if you use your blog as a teaching opportunity, you can truly expand your grasp of the subjects.
So give it a try. You might just find yourself really enjoying having your own blog.
About the Author: Diamond is a former student and current blogger. With a focus on health and technology, she writes on a variety of topics from internet security to new ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.