Writing a niche blog related to your college major can be a great way to gain experience while jump-starting your career. For example, a student getting a degree in aviation could build his reputation tremendously by writing a useful blog about the many aspects of flying commercially. As long as is is done well, publishing a blog related to your college major can be useful in five important ways.
- Improve Your Memory – Blogging about what you are learning is an excellent way to improve your long-term retention of a subject. It is well-known that information that you write or talk about is better remembered than info that you simply read about. This increased memory is not only useful when studying for tests, but it will continue to pay dividends for your entire career.
- Build Your Reputation – A well-written blog can establish you as an expert on a particular topic. This can be useful when you are looking for a job. Clearly, the fact that you write a respected blog on a particular topic will make you stand out to potential employers. I can not stress this point enough. Imagine you are an interviewer forced to choose between two college graduates. One has slightly higher grades, but the other has a respected blog on the topic. Which one would you choose? Most interviewers would choose the student with the blog – he has more experience.
- Enlarge Your Network – Blogging helps your reputation in another way also. An integral part of blogging is networking. You will network with your readers, fellow bloggers, and even companies in your field. As I have said in the past, networking is a very important task for all college students. The bigger your network, the bigger your pool for potential recommendations, and the better your chance of finding a job. Since I started Debt-free Scholar, my network on LinkedIn has more than doubled, and my LinkedIn recommendations have gone from three to eleven! However, before you think that your network automatically grows when you start blogging, let me warn you – it doesn’t. The reason that my network and recommendations have grown so much is because I have proactively worked on building them. Blogging provides an excellent opportunity for networking, but you must use the opportunity correctly.
- Perfect Your Writing Skills – I have both good news and bad news for you. First, the bad news – most college students are almost entirely deficient in writing skills. The good news is – you can use this to your advantage! Because of the common lack of writing ability, students who do have good writing skills will possess an important advantage over students who do not write well. How does this apply to blogging? Writing a blog is an excellent way to improve your writing skills. In order for your blog to succeed, you will have to write often. That is good because writing regularly will give you the practice you need to perfect you writing style. In addition, you will often get useful feedback from readers. Although some reader feedback can seem discouraging, the vast majority will be encouraging and helpful. Blogging is an excellent way to practice and expand your writing skills while gaining fresh improvement tips.
- Earn Money – Many people start blogs thinking that they are instant money machines. They aren’t. According to a recent poll at ProBlogger.net, approximately 70% of bloggers make less than $500 a month. In addition, about 29% of bloggers make less than $10! However, if you monetize your blog properly you can make a substantial amount of income from your blog. This income can come from sources such as advertising, affiliate links, and ebooks. For more information on monetizing your blog, I highly recommend you read the ProBlogger archives – it is an excellent source of information.
Writing a college blog is a relatively unused way to improve your career. Because of that, it is a great opportunity for enterprising students. I highly recommend you start blogging today.
Do you have a college blog? If so what benefits have you gained from it?
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