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Friday, March 14, 2014

Why You Should be Blogging About Your Favorite Sport

By Megan Maxwell
It seems like anyone with a smart phone and a Wordpress account can call themselves a writer nowadays. While this might be bad for career writers, it is good for amateurs. If you are planning a long trip, a winter at a ski resort, or you just like to participate in your favorite sport regularly, you should be blogging about it.

going on an outing?  someone out there is looking for a review of that lake!

        You don’t have to be an expert on something to blog about it. Being a beginner might actually be an advantage because you know what your fellow amateurs want to learn about. If you have years of experience in your sport, you can write to a more advanced audience. The point is, there are plenty of people who would want to read about how you went from falling down the bunny slopes to shredding the top of the mountain in a single ski season.

found a cool spot? share it with the world!
What’s that? You’re wondering why exactly you should be blogging?

  • Help others. When I want to learn about something new, the first thing I do is get online and read about it. Your perspective can help other people be confident in their own abilities. Nothing makes me feel happier than when I get an email from someone who visited my hiking website and tells me that I have really helped them with planning their own long-distance hiking trip.
  • Let your friends and family know what’s going on. If you’re going on a surf trip in Mexico, biking across the USA, or backpacking in New Zealand, your friends and family are going to be curious about what you’re doing. There’s no better way to keep everyone you know in the loop than by blogging about it. Even if you’re not planning a big trip, maybe your parents just don’t understand why you want to spend all of your money on skateboard accessories. Once they see your blog, they will begin to understand your commitment to your sport and think it’s worthwhile.
  • It’s a great resume builder. While your blog should primarily be for your own satisfaction and to help your readers, it’s always a good thing to add to your resume. It sets you apart from other candidates who have similar work experience and educational backgrounds as you. If you spend all of your free time snowboarding or biking, not trying to progress your career, you need all of the extra help you can get.
  • It’s a great way to get sponsors. Once your blog is somewhat developed, you can ask your favorite companies to sponsor you via free gear. Sports can get expensive, and it’s always nice to get a little extra help. While most companies will say “no”, there will be a few who agree to give you free or discounted gear. Usually, you just have to write a review of the product or put the company’s logo on your blog.