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Why blogging is good for your Career

By 02/09/2009January 26th, 201717 Comments

This is a rendering Michelle Morelan from A Schematic Life just whipped up from my “Colours of Provence” post the other day. I love how she called it “Maria’s Villa”. It was the one I stayed in during my visit to France two years ago.

If you are reading this and still thinking about starting a blog, this is one reason why you should. Suddenly you are part of a local as well as international community of bloggers. You get to meet and hang with other talented individuals in your industry, that’s the really exciting part. If you are still wondering if the time and effort is worth it, read this article I came across the other day. If that doesn’t sell you, nothing else will. I spent hours reading this blog when I found it. This woman is brilliant!

The other thing blogging does is greatly improve your writing skills. I just wrote an article for a magazine to be published in April (that I’m getting paid to write by the way—because of this blog) and in the past I would have edited it (with my partner who is a writer) a million times before I would have sent it to ANYONE. This time, I wrote it, emailed it, she [the editor] tweaked it a bit, and it’s good to go. That would NEVER have happened in the past. Prior to starting this blog! Still not convinced? Read this one too.
Thanks Michelle for the beautiful drawing and for the mention!
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  • michelle says:

    Ohhhh…thank you so much Maria!…I agree…what a great community of people in this blogosphere. I felt an immediate kinship.

    Congrats on your article…we all love your blog, looking to you for your amazing colour eye!

    Let us know when it comes out.

    Your friend 🙂

  • Rachel James says:

    I agree with you about blogging…Lauren of the wonderful Pure Style Home has encouraged me to start blogging again regularly. I love the conversational style of design bloggers. Here’s to keeping me motivated to improve my writing skills!

  • DesignTies says:

    You’ve dropped by our blog – Kelly and I are completely NEW at this, but we’re enjoying ourselves so much! I can’t imagine why I didn’t start blogging sooner – and I’m sure Kelly feels the same way!! Thank you for the article links – I’m on my way home right now to read them!
    Victoria (one half of DesignTies)

  • Things That Inspire says:

    Great post, and congratulations! Blogging can indeed expand one’s horizons and business presence. I particularly delight when my favorite blogs get the recognition that they deserve – like yours!

    I thought that Penelope’s points were interesting, especially the one about not starting a blog under a pseudonym. Many of us who started blogs years ago did not know where blogging would take us, and I agree that using a pseudonym does create a wall from the get go…maybe intentional, but maybe a wall that needs to eventually come down. 😉

  • Remodeling Guy says:

    Hi! Great post! I was just over at A Schematic Life so I thought I was seeing double when I saw the rendering!

    I agree wholeheartedly with all of your thoughts on blogging. Being fairly new to it myself, I’m amazed at what I’ve found.

    Thanks for the great links too. I also spent a good bit of time at the Brazen Careerist Blog.

    I’ll be back!

    Tim @ Remodleing Guy

  • Visual Vamp says:

    Amen sister!
    Blogging has been very good for all of us!
    xo xo
    Valorie Hart
    who is The Visual Vamp ha ha

  • DesignTies says:

    I’m new to blogging (just started a few weeks ago), and I’m LOVING it!! I’ve found so many great pictures and read lots of interesting posts on the blogs I’ve discovered. I find something new every day 🙂

    The best thing about blogging is that I get to do combine two of my favourite things — decorating and writing 🙂

    Thanks for checking out my Met Monday post — I hope you enjoyed my brightly coloured car 🙂


  • DesignTies says:

    Whoops, I forgot to say… congrats on having your article published!! I hope you’ll let us know what magazine it’s in 🙂


  • Patricia Gray says:

    Michelle’s rendering in ‘pink’ is absolutely fabulous. I am so amazed by her artistic ability. Congratulations on your article. Way to go!!! And the best thing about blogging is meeting new friends like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pam Kersting says:

    Great post, once again. I have to say you NEVER disappoint. I love your style and your blog. Congratulations on your article! Thanks for the encouraging words. As a Newbie to the blog world, I will keep them in mind as I find my way!

  • Pam Kersting says:

    Back again to say that you have inspired me and I have linked to your post. Thank you!

  • rebecca {at} thrilled by the thought says:

    What a lovely villa!

    I, too, love blogging. Every now and then, I want to shoot the computer, and never turn it on again. But blogging is now in my heart! =)

  • Color My Closet says:

    Hi there! I am now officially following your blog and am so very excited that you are being paid to write in a publication. What an incredible achievement! Congrats!

    I am encouraged by your article, as I’ve committed to posting on my blog daily. It’s not always easy but I’m enjoying brainstorming for new topics.

    Best regards!

  • Dobbygirl says:

    Great post! Thanks!!

  • C.J. says:

    All of these blogging tips have certainly helped me, I changed my blog from black to white after reading what you said several months ago. Thanks Again.


    I love this post!
    Thank you for sharing!


  • Norma says:

    For a while now I’ve been wanting to start my own blog but wasn’t sure how to. This is such great information! Thank you!

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