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The Benefits of Blogging

The Benefits of Blogging
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I had been staring at the blank screen of my computer for hours on what to write , and yet no idea had come into my mind.

Writers block.

I remember a quote that says, “Fake it until you make it”.  So I just pretended to write  anything that came into my mind. This went for several minutes until I caught myself asking why am I doing this. Then, a bulb seemed to light up inside my brain.

Yes!  Why don’t write about the benefits of blogging? The following are benefits of blogging.

Benefits of Blogging

1. Enhances your writing skill

By forcing and disciplining yourself to write daily even if you don’t feel like doing it can actually improve your writing skill.  Studying or reading books on writing  may be useful, but it can’t make you a better writer unless you put action and doing into it.

Remember the 10,000 hr rule of Malcolm Gladwell?

2. Helps you read more

This is a prerequisite to writing. To write great blog posts you have to read. Not just read, but read alot. Through the process of reading  you gain more knowledge and learning which can be a great source to have a valuable content. I haven’t yet encountered a blogger who doesn’t read. Bloggers are readers.

3.Become a better researcher

To create an informative post that will tons of visitors to your blog, it must be up-to-date and well research. Under research content in a post can cheapen it and your credibility is lessen. Some bloggers I know hire a virtual writer through Odesk or Elance to do research for them.

4.Improves your memory

Many studies have concluded that by exercising your brain through learning, reading and writing can enhance your memory. If the body need physical exercise to be fit, the brain needs mental exercises to enrich it. I’ve met older people who have retained their mental sharpness and when I asked them what’s their secret, usually they would pull out something from their bag or suitcase and handed over to me a book. No wonder they still have sharp memories.

5. Earns you an extra income

Some people go into blogging to earn an extra income. In fact, I’ve met many bloggers who have resigned in their 8 to 5 jobs to dedicate themselves full time into blogging. Writing posts with valuable content to attract thousands of visitors into their site can be a great opportunity for bloggers to offer their products and services. Thus,  earning an income.

How about you? How does blogging help you?

 

Procrastination

Photo credit: pixabayI’m not really fond of going to malls, but one Sunday afternoon, I found myself in.

I was in SM  to withdraw money from an ATM machine. There were three machines but only two were used for withdrawing. When I arrived I saw lots of people already queuing up in one machine. “Perhaps the other machine is not available”, I thought. However, I didn’t notice any sign that it wasn’t available.

Anyway, I did what most people would do in that given situation; to follow the crowd. I was in a dilemma. Maybe I should try it if it’s really not working. As I thought about this, many people were coming in to join our line. Some didn’t bother to ask what’s wrong with the other until a guy came in suddenly, went to the machine and made a successful transaction. We were shocked! Everyone was looking at each other with puzzled look.

I should have taken the courage to try that machine earlier, but I procrastinated.

One the problems in today’s society is that people tend delay or procrastinate in the area which is most important. I wonder why people don’t commit on something. They say they would wait for the right moment; when they feel like. But, nine out of ten I tell you, that right moment would never come.Action, action, action. This is what counts. No matter how you feel at  the moment,act.

Procrastination, also known in Filipino as “mamaya na mentality”, has been affecting many of our country men. It is a disease in our culture that needs to be cured. No wonder a large number of us become poor. There are many opportunities around us, but when these come, we delay. We don’t act immediately. We are afraid.  If we continue being like this, we will never be successful.

But, the good thing is we can still  root out this bad habit. We start by making goals, what do want in life. After putting them into writing, review the list then prioritize. Lastly, act on them daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Persevere, and never never give up.

My Six Simple Steps to Achieve Financial Freedom

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I would like to share with you some steps to attain financial freedom in the years to come. But, first let me ask you some questions? Are you willing to change your lifestyles if necessary? How willing are you to commit? Can you accept failures? Are you willing to discipline yourself daily, weekly, monthly or yearly till your goals are achieved? If you can answer these questions positively, you are on the right path towards financial success.

Here are the steps I’m talking about..

  1. Increase your income. Don’t just rely on your salary. Use your creativity to look for other means such as selling stuffs to relatives, friends and office mates. Start a small business at the sides. You may also do freelance work. There are many ways to generate more cash flows. However, it requires creativity, self-discipline, hard work etc.
  2. Create an emergency fund. This is really important because there are situations in life that are beyond our control like being fired from the company we are working for or getting sick. Emergency fund is usually equivalent to 3 to 6 months of your salary.
  3. Get an insurance. Some people think that this is not essential, but those people regret later of not having an insurance to cover up medical expenses, or to replace lost income when the breadwinner is gone.
  4. Invest for your retirement. Let’s face the fact that as we get older, our capacity to work lessen as well as our capacity to earn. Having a retirement fund makes us secure, and not a burden to our children in the future. Moreover, it will help us maintain a certain level of lifestyle.
  5. Give back at least a tenth of your income to God or the society. The more we give, the more we receive. Furthermore, the joy of giving is far more greater than thinking only of ourselves.
  6. Enjoy your life while investing for the future. We will miss the point of investing or having an emergency fund or insurance if we don’t to get enjoy life at present. Give yourself a treat from time to time so that investing will not be burdensome.

All of these steps require self-discipline and commitment. You may know many ways to achieve financial independence. Probably, your steps are better than the one I mentioned. But, nothing will happen when we don’t act. I guess the best time to attain financial freedom is NOW.