5 Reasons to Start a College Blog Today! 8

Start A College BlogWriting 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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8 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Start a College Blog Today!

  1. Reply Elise @ Well Dressed Doggy Jun 4,2009 7:58 AM

    You know, I never thought about this. This is actually an excellent idea. It’s almost like you are creating your own portfolio online and with the ways that times are changing, I think that employers do not only research job candidates on the internet to see what “bad” things they may have done, but also to see what good things they have done. How would an employer feel if after researching you, they find that you are a leading industry advisor and possibly have a blog tied to your name.

    This would be especially true for me, since I am getting my degree in eMarketing (online marketing), and we are all about online content. This is a very good tip! Thanks Nate! 🙂

  2. Reply Ibrahim | ZenCollegeLife.com Jun 5,2009 6:17 AM

    Each of these and more are the reasons I started ZenCollegeLife.com. Of course it also helped keep me grounded throughout my undergraduate program. I learned a lot, and I had to keep up with the latest and greatest way to succeed in college. It’s been a fantastic ride.

  3. Reply Norma Jun 5,2009 6:44 PM

    I’ve recently started a blog, back2schoolmoms.com, for those of us who are starting college a little later in life. It’s tough to go into a classroom with students who are mainly the same age as your own kids are! I’m hoping I can share a little advice and inspiration to others who are thinking of heading back to the classroom.

    I’m trying to find some other bloggers my this niche “Old School but not too old for school.” If anyone knows of anyone doing this too, I’d really appreciate if you could e-mail me.

    Thanks!

  4. Reply Nate Desmond Jun 5,2009 7:16 PM

    Thank you all for your useful comments! I have learn so much from all the comments on Debt-free Scholar!

    @ Elise
    You have a great point. More and more employers are using the internet to research potential employees. Building a solid online presence can be an excellent way to impress them.

    @ Ibrahim
    You brought up another great point. Writing a college blog about college is a great way to keep abreast of the latest “tips and tricks” for college students – thereby learning better yourself!

    @ Norma
    I have just visited you blog, and it seems to be an excellent resource for adult students. I am looking forward to reading more posts from you!

  5. Reply Stefan | StudySuccessful.com Jun 14,2009 2:11 PM

    Well I’ve a blog about studying, and it mostly helped me with studying itself. I started to be a pioneer more in ways of studying, which made studying more fun for me!
    Besides it, I see it as an experiment, which is still pretty awesome! All these above reasons play their part as well of course!

    Nice post,

    Stefan

  6. Reply Jakub Bednar - Reason Why I Should Go to College Dec 14,2009 4:16 AM

    I also have never thought about this and I’m quite disappointed I didn’t think it sooner. It would have made a much better informative blog than my personal one.

    If only I would have written a blog about my study, I could have as stated above “improved and refreshed my memory” on my course (psychology) and it would definitely be more of an individual goal, something outside of University that I could look forward to instead of assignments.

    It would have been priceless to put my thoughts and ideas about the study onto a blog, especially if it gave some valuable feedback.

    This is an awesome idea. I will be sure to recommend it to all my Blogging buddies. Thanks Nate for the unbelievable idea. Something so basic.

  7. Reply College Experience Aug 1,2010 7:03 PM

    Plus, in 10, 20, 30 years from now, you’ll be glad you have it to look back on!

  8. Reply Faisal Apr 10,2011 9:58 AM

    It’s always great to share your experience while you are studying rather than counselling after you have passed out. Also blogging while you are in college helps you get more insight into the problems faced by you and how you can tackle them !

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