Wondering whether blogging has any concrete benefits? Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of blogging for Students and whether it is a reliable source of income.
But before scrolling down to the list of the top 10 pros and cons of blogging, let me briefly describe what is blogging and how it works.
What is a blog?
A blog or “weblog” is a term used to describe an online diary like list of articles in a website, displayed in a reverse chronological order. A single writer or a group of writers can publish blog posts, expressing their views and opinions on a list of topics within a particular niche or industry.
Blogs can be about a particular topic. For example, the blog by IntellectualGyani is about self improvement.
What is Blogging?
To build a great blog, you need consistent blogging. Blogging is the process of planning, creating, posting, promoting and managing a blog.
Some blog on blogging platforms like Quora, Medium, BlogSpot, etc. while others blog on self-hosted websites created with WordPress, etc.
The specific part of blogging is that the language used is informal, and the kind of content created is meant to engage the audience. The types of blogs and their content can vary because some may have more pictures while some might have more written parts.
YouTube and its channels are getting more famous, and there is a new term lurking called a vlog, which are video blogs for YouTube.
Who is Called Blogger?’
The one who blogs and follows the blogging process is called a Blogger. or the person who run and manage the blog is called blogger.
like: Arkanul he manages his blog intellectualGyani.com, He can be called a blogger.
Purpose of A Blog?
Now that you know what a blog is, you might be wondering what’s the purpose of a blog? People start one for several different reasons such as:
- Passion (they want to share their knowledge of something)
- Business Opportunities
- Side Hustle (earn extra money from home)
- Market promote something
- Help people
- Establish themselves as an expert
- Connect with others online
- Make a difference
- Have fun and use it as a creative channel
I am sure there are other reasons that people choose to become a blogger, but these are the most popular reasons.
Benefits of blogging for students
The age range in which the students reside is the one with a great many ideas. However, their audience can either be their parents, teachers, or fellow students. For their ideas to grow towards a larger audience, then you should definitely go for blogging.
Its benefits are numerous because you can reach a more significant number of people with the message you want to say.
The best thing about blogging is that you can come up with any topic. Not just that, but your innovation can create topics of your own. In this way, people will get to have more knowledge, and therefore your audience will increase.
Let’s give you an outlook on the advantages and disadvantages of blogging so that you understand it better.
Advantages of blogging for students
Below are a few reasons why blogging is so effective, useful and helpful for students, so biggest advantages of blogging are:
1. Work independence
Everyone, even the students, knows the pressure of working for someone and what the stress is of trying to meet the deadlines and be answerable to others.
It is found through research that workplace stress can be attributed to many factors like organizational climate, harassment, managerial bullying, complex relation with coworkers and administration, career development barriers, lack of autonomy, types of working hours, isolation, workload, and toxic work environment.
Seeing these many disadvantages, one can only consider working from the vicinity of their home so that they can be in peace.
2. Energy driven
Every task requires energy and when you are working the regular 9 to 5 job, then managing blog part-time is not an easy task for you.
Researches suggest that energy is fundamental for all the processes, but what if you are drained of all the energy. In terms of working part-time as a student, you do need to have the energy to think creatively and put the right kind of expression on the blog. Therefore getting solely into blogging will give you the strength to create something that will savor the audience.
3. Blogging Improves writing/communication skills
Communication comes in different forms, and writing after all is a type of communication that a person uses to express him/her self,
In blogging, you write different kinds of articles for your blog and learn to express your thoughts and feelings on a consistent basis.
Research has provided enough evidence that blogging improves the writing skills of students. Likewise, the other improved skills are language mechanics, style, word choice, and quality of content.
4. Enhanced work output
There is always a boss above you in the regular kind of work, and anyone working under the instructions has to face the stress as well. The level of stress can vary, but actually, the presence can hardly be denied.
Now there is interesting research that shows nurses being the victim of stress because they lack emotional intelligence.
It is such a blessing to see that another study gives a solution to such a problem by providing emotion-focused coping and problem-focused coping through blogging. So being a student, if you feel that you are facing an emotional problem, then putting it all on a blog will surely help.
5. Convenience in finding clients
There are services to be offered in blogging, so if you are looking for clients, there is no physical meet-up required. Therefore, managing the time is more accessible in blogging because you are just an internet connection away, and all distant meet-ups can occur.
Another advantage of blogging is that you can find various clients from any part of the world. That will increase your talent and also give you experience from all over the world.
6. An increased amount of money for future
Money is vital for everyone and for students, especially they would also want to make money. Blogs can make you autonomous, as this is evident from research conducted on Indian students when they had to create their blogs and brought their creativity to the forefront.
The skills were blogging foster care, especially in writing and language, which can be utilized in other fields as well. So If students are seeking sources to earn money without compromising on their studies, then blogging is for them.
Blogging is said to be promising enough to enhance their knowledge, and a study on developers revealed that their motivation behind blogging is feedback, personal branding, and knowledge retention. Belarusian research has found that the number of audiences can attract advertisement as well.
They stated that for 4000 to 10000 audience it’s $7.91 to $15.82, for 20,000 to 40,000 people the cost is $27.68 to $79.09 and for 50,000 to 100,000 people the cost is $138.40 to $395.43.8apart from that there are online schools as well on Instagram which are run by the bloggers and they have many followers to make money.
Disadvantages of blogging and Solution
1. Feeling lonely
Now the idea of the traditional kind of work is simple: you go out and meet with people to make certain dealings and get the required goods or services. This is one form of socialization commonly seen with colleagues. Blogging has its own perks, and when you are working from home, then there is less human interaction.
A study conducted in 2008 days that blogging is a ‘passive’ form of socialization. Research published in the Australian Journal of Psychology does not link directly link online communication with loneliness and belonging, but it does emphasize the need to explore this matter.
However, you can cope with the problem through the following means
- It would be best if you kept a balance in the work-life and personal interaction
- Try working from a space where you can interact with people as well.
- Try having a friend’s circle outside social media as well.
2. Economic problems
Bloggers tend to work part-time and should have a fixed income because billing alone cannot guarantee that. People who quit their jobs for full-time blogging do face economic problems because it doesn’t need to start happening as you begin. The students who do not have any income otherwise should not rely entirely on blogging because that does not ensure a fixed income. Although blogging is being widespread around now, it still has problems.
A study published in the University of Illinois Legal Working papers series says that blogging has legal issues, and that is because it lacks the necessary economic framework.
There are steps that you can take to avoid the economic crisis in your life.
- Try to have a source of income to keep you going.
- Do not rely entirely on blogging because it only helps when you are working, so having a part-time job, in the beginning, will help.
3. No work in illness
One benefit of a typical 9 to 5 job is that you are granted a certain amount of sick leaves, which help you rest until you get with no worries of pay deduction. In the case of blogging, you are being paid for your work until you are acting your part.
If certain medical conditions do not allow you to work, instead of resting is more important, then you are not getting any profit for that. With 5plus years of blogging, An Expert shares his view that one of the most challenging tasks in blogging is to earn the 1st dollar. Nevertheless, there is always a solution to it.
- You can ask a friend for help to keep your blog updated.
- Outsourcing for blogging is common, and you can also do that through different mediums.
4. Blogging demands discipline
Whatever you are doing study or work, you need to have discipline in your life; otherwise, there will be no decorum. Indeed, blogging also needs that. When you are working outside, there are more chances for you to follow the schedule and then complete the task.
The characteristic of blogging is that there is no fixed schedule. Instead, you can be your boss to decide the time. If you are not disciplined in working from home, then it will hard to keep the blog updated.
There are researches to support that self-discipline can predict success in studying online, responding to disasters, and lesser juvenile delinquency. Another study revealed that if discipline policies are introduced early, they can ensure less problematic behavior.
Try ensuring discipline through making a strict schedule and following it religiously.
5. Learning and attitudes
Blogging also has certain demands. Working hard will respond to the benefits. It would be best if you learned which of the skills are being required for blogging to attract more traffic to your blog.
When you are blogging, then you should be aware of Search Engine Optimization, Writing skills, and soft skills. All of these will help you to get more viewership. This assists in bringing your blog to the top ranking of Google. When Spanish students were asked to create their own blog to share their views with their peers, this increased their English writing skills.
Therefore blogs can themselves prove the writing, but you would need serious attention and practice.
Since the day of its advent, the internet has opened many doors, and people worldwide have experienced many changes in the Dynamics with the use of the internet.
We have seen how does blogging gone so far been developed from a mere diary writing to several other niches.
While being a student, many people struggle with money because apart from their tuition fees, there are many other things they want to spend on. Therefore blogging is a straightforward approach to making money, and these days nothing else seems viable enough to trust.
Many students are managing their blogging and studying both, and with the experience,, they can earn money that is bringing economic satisfaction to them.
Apart from the benefits of earning money online, blogging has many other advantages for students.
For example,, a group of students did blogging practices for 14 weeks, and in the end,, their writing and language skills were observed to be much improved.
A study with 52 college students conducted a comparison between blogging and handwritten assignments. With blogging, students were exposed to a different perspective, and it was suggested to introduce blogging in classrooms.
There are similar studies that help understand that blogging alone can grow different skills among students. And these are the ones which are practical in their future.
It is acclaimed that some 500,000 blogs are being operated on the internet. The aims can be that someone wants to share their ideas, emotional ventilation, and socialize with people from different mediums.
It is hard to guess what a career pathway any student will choose, but there is one thing that almost every profession to have information technology utilized in it; therefore, the more knowledge about it, the better it is.
Your future utility of information technology can be enhanced through blogging since a group of 70 undergraduate students were analyzed over the skill of Information and Communication Technology ICT. After blogging for 11 weeks, there was a positive effect on the self-efficacy of their ICT or more commonly known as IT skills.
There is another valuable advantage of blogging, and that falls in knowing more about a specific field. For example, when blogs of 75 medical students were qualitatively analyzed, they were reported to have students’ social life apart from medical school, dealing with stress during studies, clinical rotation experiences, and preparing for the challenging oral or written exam. So you see,
you will be able to get first-hand knowledge from experienced people about a certain profession. Similarly, people might be curious about knowing what your particular field has specific challenges and how you deal with them?
So we can draw a simple conclusion that having a blog of your own is not just good for you but also for people around you.
Blogging gives you the freedom to express yourself without people knowing your true identity. If you want to keep yourself anonymous, then there is this option available. So start learning about creating a blog and then start one, so you are ready for the future.
For making your work easy here is a step by step guide to start a blog successfully.
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Arkanul Haque, An IT Engineer, working with various technology since 2016, has a keen interest in content creation.
He is very much interested in sharing his little experience of Student and Corporate Life with Students through This Blog.
IntellectualGyani.com is a blog that focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of various subjects in Education, Language, Technology, Business, and society in general. Our main priority is to provide an honest and truthful perspective about the topics we write.