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Why blogging can make you happy

Today we have a fantastic guest post from Ellen Arnison, blogger from In a Bun Dance and author of Blogging for Happiness.

Are you wondering whether to start a blog or not? Ellen’s got a great list of all the things that make blogging so ace.

Ellen says:

I’m a grown up with a blog. I love my blog very much, starting it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

In fact, it made me so happy I wrote a book about it. It’s called Blogging For Happiness.

When the team behind Kids’ Blog Club asked if I’d write a post about why blogging makes you happy, I said ‘yes’ straightaway, thinking it would be an easy job.

And besides, blogging is so good I want as many people as possible to start doing it.

I have dozens of reasons why blogging makes me happy – I can be creative, I can make people laugh, I get sent cool stuff and I meet some very, very lovely people. So I presumed the same things would apply for children.

Do you think they do?

I’m going to look at the main reasons why blogging would make a child happy.

It’s fun
Imagine having a room you can do whatever you like in, well a blog is a bit like that. It’s your space to enjoy. You can have your mates round, put up whatever you like on the walls and play your music as loud as you like.

You can indulge your passion
If you are passionate about horses, can’t get enough of Manchester United or think Harry Potter is just the best thing ever, then you can dedicate your blog to it. That way you can talk about it as much as you like and you might meet other people who feel the same.

You might get cool stuff
It doesn’t always happen, but sometimes companies want bloggers to write about new products.

You’ve got a cool hobby
Oh yes, blogging is a very trendy thing to do, all the best people are bloggers.

A blog is a good way of making friends
Bloggers have a way of finding each other, particularly when they have interests in common. It might start with a few comments on a blog post, but before you know it you will have made an online friend. It is particularly good if you are shy in real life.

Blogging is a fantastic way of keeping a record
Better than a scrap-book or photo album you stick on a shelf. Your blog will allow you to keep a bright and lively record of what you’ve been doing and what you’ve achieved.

You can be a show off
A blog is the perfect place to display the things you’re proud of – your stories, photos or art work. Post videos or pictures of the things you’ve done and let the world see them.

It can make you feel better
If you blog about what’s going on in your life several things can happen. Firstly, the act of writing things down can improve how you feel about them, it’s that simple.

Secondly, you might find others who feel the same or who understand and so you won’t be on your own.

And thirdly, blogging about things can help you find solutions and strategies to help.

It’s educational
I know this isn’t necessarily a reason to do something outside school, but you will learn a whole heap of things that are both interesting and useful. Blogging will teach you about how to use the internet safely and wisely as well as teaching you a lot more about your favourite subjects.

A lot of people are understandably quite nervous about blogging because it means putting all sorts of things into a very public place. It’s true there are things to watch out for – like whether or not you are going to blog in your own name or include your own photo.

There’s lots of information on this website to guide you through these decisions and allow you to blog in a way you, and your parents, are comfortable with.

Good luck and happy blogging.

 

Blogging for Happiness by Ellen Arnison is out now in Kindle and paperback formats


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14 Comments to “Why blogging can make you happy”

  1. I love the smiley face picture – it is so happy!

  2. Joanne says:

    It’s a KBC original!

  3. Nikki Thomas says:

    Such a great post and all such great advice. My love of blogging has rubbed off on my two sons who have both started blogging now and I do think it is a fantastic hobby.

  4. Helen says:

    Totally agree – I write magazine features for a living, yet the happiest part of my day is when I get to whiffle on about whatever has taken my fancy that day on my blog.

  5. Jill says:

    I really enjoy blogging and the best bit has been the friends I made and the wonderful support from other bloggers.

  6. Lexie says:

    I’m a child blogger and I totally agree – I started it for fun and it still is now – but has got a lot more serious. It’s a great hobby; like having your own magazine (something I’ve wanted).

  7. pussycat123 says:

    Hey guys

  8. kiara123 says:

    Did you know that this smile made me smile too.xx

  9. pussycat123 says:

    the picture made me smile 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  10. lumpym says:

    THAT PICTURE MADE ME SMILE TOO 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • pussycat123 says:

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    • pussycat123 says:

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      #love the comment !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. pussycat123 says:

    what!!!!!!!!!!

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