Being a student blogger isn’t really something that I planned, and not what I intended from my blog at all (considering it originally started as a beauty blog) but I wouldn’t have it any other way now. I adore my blog and it means so much to me, and I would recommend starting a blog to anyone. Its increased my confidence, helped me to network and given me opportunities that I never would have had otherwise. Whether you are a student or 90, I think that it is always beneficial to start a blog (if you want to of course!). Today I am going to focus on being a student blogger though, and some reasons why you should consider documenting your student life.
Most students will sit here and think ‘but I don’t have time’… but you do. I hope that these reasons persuade someone that is wanting to start a blog to just bite the bullet and start one.
A student blogger can range from anything. A lot of people post studying content but I also think that just documenting general student life is super important. The ups and the downs, the highlights and the stresses are all crucial when portraying/blogging your student experience. Document everything (including your vulnerable moments) can be challenging but being able to share it with the world (and relive it yourself in years to come) will help both yourself and others.
So here are 8 reasons why you should consider becoming a student blogger:
Networking abilities beyond your years
Most students can’t say that they have had the networking abilities and experiences that a student blogger has had at such a young age, and that will set you up very well for future experiences. I go to the majority of events on my own, walking into a room full of people I don’t know and being able to talk to brand representatives and other people at the event. The first time I did it, it was completely terrifying but now I do it without any nerves (well most of the time… I’m always nervous for particularly big events or anything to do with me and my brand!). Plus, when you come out of education you will have a portfolio of experience that most graduates won’t have. Use it to your advantage if you are wanting to go into a career such as PR, social media or marketing… but realistically it is good experience for any career and a overall fab experience to put in your CV.
Earn some extra money
Obviously if you are going into blogging to earn money then you are definitely going into it for the wrong reasons, but it is a nice perk of the job that is gratefully received, especially by students. Students are known for being rather short for money, so an extra bit from ad revenue, affiliate links and sponsored posts doesn’t go a miss now and again. I earn a similar amount to a part time job right now but it is super flexible to suit me and my studying schedule, so being a student blogger is definitely worth it for me. The only issue is that there is no way that you can rely on it, as every month you earn a different amount. Some months I can earn pennies and others I can earn hundreds, its so different depending on the time of year and what brands you are working with.
It takes your mind off studying
Everyone needs a hobby, and it is a good one to have. You can talk about anything (not just studying) and there is always plenty to work on if you wanted an evening to take your mind off studying. I definitely don’t talk about studying 24/7, if you read my blog regularly you will know how I talk about everything in my life and I don’t have a niche AT ALL. Being a student blogger is an introverted paradise, as you can blog 100% from the comfort of your own home, but equally if you want to go to events and meet new people totally could. Its a chilled out hobby that doesn’t involve a lot of physical energy, plus is super flexible and easy to manage alongside your studies, so if you are busy you are under no pressure to blog… its totally within your control.
It helps you with your work too!
People always say that practice makes perfect, and if you are writing for both school/college/university and your blog then you will certainly be getting your fair share of writing practice in. I do an essay based degree, so I am constantly writing… which makes blogging so helpful as it has allowed me to practice my own unique writing style alongside the classic things such as spelling and grammar. That being said, even if your degree doesn’t involve a lot of essay writing, blogging is still useful to develop your style, which is certainly a transferable skill that you can use in any other professional piece of work.
Teaches you skills beyond the classroom
Leading on from the previous point, not only does blogging help develop skills within the classroom, it also develops so many skills beyond and puts time management, organisation and self discipline into practice. Teachers talk A LOT about all of these skills holding importance, but being a student blogger is a way of actually using them. Balancing being a student blogger alongside studying is not easy, and the time management skills you develop can be used for life. These skills are super important in the workplace and you will be developing skills now, so that they are in place for when you apply for a graduate job. Like I said before, its such a good thing to put on your CV as it shows so many skills, including being self employed.
Sharing your blog can lead to some amazing experiences!
I have been to some events that not many 18 year olds could dream of being too, and its all because of blogging. Give yourself that experience if you want it, and make it happen for yourself! It has been so much fun being able to go to different places, work with different brands and make so many new friends. In fact, some of my best friends now are due to blogging and I wouldn’t have ever met them otherwise… how insane is that? Internet friends truly are real and all because of blogging. I have honestly had some of the coolest experiences thanks to my social media, and although opportunities don’t land on your doorstep on day 1, hard work definitely brings about its rewards.
Being a student blogger gives you the ability to talk to people and allows you to share your life on the internet, and this is obviously going to boost your confidence over time. I honestly think blogging is a huge thing that has shaped me into who I am today, and although I have developed the ability to scrutinise myself hugely (which is a massive negative character trait of mine), my confidence has been boosted so much sine 2016 when I started. I can remember being so nervous to pose for photos so all of my blog photos were holiday snaps or selfies in my bedroom but now I can take a photo ANYWHERE. I will pose and stand and be in the busiest places and I don’t give a shit because I love it, I even did a full photoshoot in the centre of Manchester at a weekend recently, and it was so busy but so worth it as I loved the photos we created. I would never have done that 3 years ago and now I love it!
You have the ability to help people so use it
Being a student is a time where documenting your experiences are so useful to people younger than you. Anything from study content (which would help people pass their exams) to documenting student life (helping someone who is nervous about going to university etc) would be of huge help… and surely if you are helping someone then its 100% worth it? A few months ago a girl emailed me saying that my tips inspired them to revise with different techniques, and that made me feel so good because I know that I am helping them to stay motivated and productive. It certainly makes all of the hard work worth it to see my work having positive effects.
Hopefully if you have wanted to be a student blogger for a while, this post will have given you the last push that you need to finally do it. I love blogging my student experiences and I think that it is super rewarding, and I hope that it is for you too. If you are a student blogger now- I would love you feedback and let me know any benefits that you think that I have missed off, as I am sure that I have. Its not all sunshine and rainbows, but I wouldn’t have it any other way and starting my blog is the best thing that I have ever done.