The benefits of personal blogging are huge.
Do you ever feel like you have something you need to share with the world? Maybe you have a few hidden talents or interests that you want to talk about. Or maybe you feel burned out of your career and want a place to proactively vent your frustrations and find helpful solutions. Either way, you have ideas and they need an outlet!
I totally get that. I’ve felt the same way for years.
Luckily we are in age where we can express ourselves in many different ways through the interweb. And the technology just keeps getting better and faster. There has never been a better or easier time to utilize the internet for sharing valuable ideas.
I am a blogger and proud of it.
I follow many other website creators with whom I share the same interests. Mainly, other bloggers, nurses and mothers I have a lot in common with and who I feel I can learn from. Over time I have found so many benefits of personal blogging and I continue to find new ones as time goes by.
But first, let me tell you the story of how I discovered blogging.
After the birth if my first child in 2015 I found that it was increasingly more difficult for me to read books at home, as I was busy caring for a new infant. In an effort to get myself out of the house and get some exercise into my life, I started taking my daughter for 2 or sometimes 3 hour walks around the neighborhood. It felt good to be out of the house again. But I still missed my reading.
It was at that time that I discovered podcasts. I loved them because I could put on my earphones and get lost in interesting conversations that were occurring among adults. I was hooked! Each morning from then on I walked my new baby and listened to 3, 4, 5 or even more podcast episodes. It felt amazing to have more mental stimulation again and I loved every minute of my long daily walks.
One day I started researching some of my favorite podcasters online. I found out that almost all of them also had a blog that corresponded closely with their podcasts. Up until then I didn’t even know that blogging was a “thing.”
Not long after that I caught the blogging bug myself. I started researching anything and everything I could get my hands on about how to create a successful blog. And the rest is blog history.
9 Benefits Of Personal Blogging in 2019
Reason #1: Blogging gives you a voice
When you own a blog you get to say, share and teach anything and everything you want to. You OWN the platform.
Your job as a blogger is to cultivate and find your inner voice. You have a unique opportunity to build a tribe of listeners. If your goal is to relate to your audience and provide value, then you need to speak honestly and from the heart about topics that you consider yourself very good at. In other words, your blog NEEDS a voice.
In the beginning you may find that you aren’t sure what you want to say. So just start writing. Your first 10 posts might actually suck (don’t let that scare you, everyone’s do!). But that is how you learn and excel. Over time, practice really does make perfect!
One of the most beautiful things I have discovered about having a blog is that it has made me a WAY better communicator. I take my blog writing seriously and I genuinely strive to be a valuable resource.
Find you voice, and you will find your audience. If you are blogging correctly, you will effectively create a voice for your blog that will exclude most people. This is a good thing! Because you can’t write for everyone and you shouldn’t try to. As a result you will create a more loyal following of people with whom you share similar interests.
I write about being a nurse mom. That is my niche. My voice is all about the nurse and mom lifestyle. What will you voice be?
Reason #2: Blogging helps you organize your thoughts on paper
I mentioned earlier that as a beginning blogger it is quite possible that your first 10 or more blog posts might not be your best work. But if you keep at it, it won’t stay that way. You get better with practice. Swiftly.
Blogging makes you a better writer and a better thinker. In fact, blogging makes people better conversationalists about the topics they write about.
Writing makes you a more critical thinker. Because when you write, you have to communicate thoughtfully and articulately. It forces you to think of several different aspects of a specific topic. Therefore, you have the opportunity to become an expert and tribe leader within your chosen writing niche. Most people just don’t put that much thought into a subject when they don’t have to organize it for other people to read on paper.
When you think about it that way, you have the potential to become smarter than the non-blogger. So start writing!
Reason #3. Blogging connects you with like-minded people
I have found that there is another world of other nerdy mom and nurse bloggers out there, just like me. They work all day and then pull their computers out after the kids go to bed. And like me, they burn the midnight oil and create interesting content by focusing their consciousness on things they are already good at. In time they become experts within their personal niche.
But, blogging can get lonely when you are sitting alone at your computer for hours. Which is another reason why it is good to connect with other bloggers within your niche. Connecting with other bloggers has helped me in so many ways:
- Sharing helpful content from my blogger peers and vice versa
- Learning how to blog better and faster
- Forming relationships with other bloggers
I love it when readers leave me comments on blog posts. And I love responding even more. It tells me that I created a dialog that is worth having and that people are actually reading my posts! Readers also give me new ideas about things I want to write about in the future!
Reason #4. Blogging opens a world of opportunities
One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is that people and companies reach out to me with opportunities, instead of me reaching out to them! It has taken me a lot of work and time to get to this point, and I expect the opportunities to continue to grow with time. I have companies asking if I will guest post on their site or if they can put advertising on my site. I get emails almost everyday asking me to promote products. It is a lot of fun!
(I am learning how to be very selective about who I work with though. It is important to only do the things that are worth your time and politely decline the rest. And to be honest, I just don’t have a lot of time to work with many people at this time.)
Here are a few other examples of opportunities blogging has given me in the last year:
- Guest posting opportunities
- Guest podcast opportunities
- Free products
- Job offers
- Higher paying affiliate offers
Here is the best part… You can literally blog from anywhere in the world you want to as long as you have internet access. Any time of the day or night, you can blog. It offers the ultimate flexibility. Talk about incredible opportunity!
Reason #5 Blogging helps others find information
My #1 goal is to provide value to readers. When people turn to Google to find niche specific information, I want to be the first website they see (as long as it is genuinely answering a question or solving an issue that they are looking for). There are several ways that bloggers can provide value when discussing a particular topic:
- Create a “How To” post
- Make a checklist post. Lists automatically provide structure to your blog post and de-stress your reader.
- Write a research based blog post. As an RN I live in a world where everything needs to be evidenced-based. If its not, then it may not be relevant or valuable. I often link back to Pub Med studies to give my posts more credibility.
- Write an interview post. People love reading about people’s lives.
Reason #6. Blogging is a enormous challenge
To say that learning how to blog is a “challenge” would be an understatement. There are so many moving parts to managing a blog that it sometimes makes my head spin. But the harder it gets the more I want to learn and grow as a blogger.
Blogging forces you to think in ways you haven’t thought before. Without challenge, there is no growth.
Reason #7. Blogging can become a business
There are bloggers out there who make money. Lots and lots of money.
As a nurse it seems that we are making less money each year, yet the cost of living continues to grow higher. For that reason, many nurses I know have a side hustle to supplement their income. That is one of the many reasons why I started blogging after my first daughter was born.
Blogging can be a hobby, a side hustle, or a full-time family business. But it takes a ton of effort, research, training and determination to get it started and build momentum. I always say that blogging is a marathon, not a sprint (especially if you already work and have babies to take care of).
Reason #8. Blogging is fun
When I’m not blogging, I’m usually thinking about blogging, because I get such immense joy from it. I actually get frustrated when I have to stop blogging and go to bed so I can get some sleep!
Reason #9. Blogging gives you freedom
Blogging gives me the freedom to write and share information about anything I desire. Since I have a self-hosted website, I own my site. It is mine and I can do with it whatever I please. When I am frustrated and burned out at work, this knowledge gives me a sense of peace. It has become an outlet that has ultimately helped me become a better nurse, writer, and thinker.
I also have freedom to create my website however I desire, with my favorite colors and fonts.
Professional bloggers have the freedom to literally work anywhere they want in the world, so long as they have internet access. I know bloggers who work while on vacation, some even blog about their vacation!
Are you ready to start blogging? You can find more information about how to get starting on my blogging resource page!
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I came up with this list of 101 interesting blog post ideas for nurses so that I could prove a point: there are so many things that nurses can write about. And I barely even scratched the surface with this list!
Nurses, by nature, are lifelong learners.
Nurses generally love learning. If we didn’t, we would have never made it through nursing school in the first place.
In order to keep our skills up to par and our licenses current, nurses frequently take continuing education courses. Many of us go a step further and become certified experts in our nursing specialties. Most importantly though, being a nurse requires learning about changes in the field of medicine and being open to new challenges during each and every shift. Healthcare is ever-changing, and it is increasingly important for nurses to stay fresh.
Nurses have a unique perspective that we can share with readers.
This is the coolest part about becoming a nurse blogger: each post about nursing can be written about from a completely different perspective. There are so many different specialties and diverse patient populations. And every nurse has different skill sets and experiences within their career that they can share. Furthermore, some nurses can bring entirely unique backgrounds into the mix, as many become nurses as a second or even third career.
In other words, nurses can bring a lot of life experience into their writing. We have important information to share.
Becoming a nurse blogger has welcome benefits
First, you’ll become a better writer. Each time you create a new piece you improve and continue to develop your writing skills.
Second, you’ll become a better thinker. The blogging process helps you to stop and think deeper. You will find yourself having stronger opinions about nurse topics that matter. You will discover thoughts and ideas about nursing that you didn’t even know you had.
I want to see more nurses blogging.
Since I began blogging in 2017, I have read nearly every nurse blog I can find on the internet. I have seen some pretty creative nurse niches and been inspired by what my fellow nurse peers are writing about.
I especially love reading about the amazing things nurses are doing in the face of adversary. For example, I recently read about how nurses in Paradise California continued to care for hospitalized patients during the most devastating fire in modern history. At one point some were outside trying to fight flames. Now if that isn’t blog-worthy, then nothing is.
(I really, really want to interview more nurses who go on medical missions and help people in need after catastrophic events. Many nurses care for patients in the face of devastation and their stories should be shared. In time, I will get there…)
101 interesting blog post ideas for nurses to write about.
I put a lot of effort into thinking of new topics that I would be interested in reading (or writing) about as a nurse. Don’t be surprised if you see several of these topics on my blog over the next year.
So, without further ado, here it is: 101 interesting blog post ideas for nurses. (If there is anything you thing I should add, please leave a comment and I will add it to my next list!)
- Advice for getting through the first year as a nurse
- Nursing specialty information: what to consider when you need a change
- What happens when nurses go on strike
- Stress relieving tips for nurses
- Safe patient ratios
- Nurses helping patients cope after natural disasters
- How nurses can inspire their patients to take better care of themselves
- Nurse burnout
- Health & fitness for busy nurses
- National nursing certifications
- Helpful nursing products
- 15 reasons you need to try travel nursing
- Ways to improve communication between nurses
- Dealing with death as a caregiver
- 20 healthy snack alternatives to share in the break room.
- Professional development for nurses
- How to make sure you are saving enough for retirement as a nurse
- Meditation for nurses
- Ways to exercise on you nursing lunch break
- How to budget as a nurse
- The top 20 best nurse bloggers on the internet
- Inspirational nurses to follow on social media
- 20 most hilarious nurse memes
- Positive nursing quotes
- Tips for becoming a better nurse writer
- What to consider when looking for the right nursing specialty for you
- How to change your nursing specialty
- How to become a nurse blogger
- Alternative nursing careers
- 20 reasons why nursing is a post-apocalyptic survival skill
- How nursing inspired me to become a blogger
- 15 helpful ways to survive the night shift
- Personality traits of nurses
- Managing caregiver burden
- 30 blog post ideas for nurses who work with children
- A day in the life of a nurse
- Why HIPPA is so important for patients
- 9 qualities that all great nurses share
- Dealing with difficult patients
- Violence in healthcare: how nurses can protect themselves
- The best (fill in the blank product) that every nurse needs
- Educational resources for new nurses
- 11 ways to be a kick-ass preceptor to a new grad nurse
- How to prepare for 12 hour shifts
- Awesome work-from-home nurse jobs
- Blood sugar stabilizing foods that nurses should eat during 12 hour shifts
- 9 great reasons why you should consider an MSN
- Bad habits that nurses can develop
- How LinkedIn a a great career resource for nurses
- 9 ways that nursing has changed over the years
- Nursing in the year 1950 vs nursing today
- How to give quality CPR
- Why becoming a certified nurse is so important
- What does it take to become a Magnet Hospital
- What being a nurse has taught me about compassion
- Your favorite nursing specialty and why
- Why more men need to join the nursing profession
- Interesting facts about famous nurses
- Flight nursing
- Nurse bullying in the workplace
- 7 things I wish patients understood about nurses
- How to master IV starts
- The most interesting nurse podcasts you must listen to now
- Career advice from an experienced nurse
- How to promote teamwork on a nursing unit
- Misconceptions people have about new nurses
- How to squeeze in exercise on your lunch break
- Share information about products that were invented by nurses
- Write a list of the funniest patient comments you have ever heard
- Discuss the importance of de-stigmatizing mental health
- Highlight a nurse(s) who volunteered after a natural disaster (such as the California fires)
- Talk about different medical missions
- New innovations in stethoscopes or other nurse products
- What it is like to work as a nurse when you have small children at home
- How nursing teaches me to have more gratitude
- National Preparedness Week from a nurse perspective
- Fun holiday gift ideas for nurses
- The teach-back method for teaching patients about medications
- How nurses can improve health literacy
- Things that nurses can teach patients within their scope of practice.
- Tips on how to have difficult conversations with patients and/or family members
- 10 helpful ways to save for maternity leave as a nurse
- Why working on the holidays as a nurse is hard (& how it can also be fun)
- Continuing education programs for nurses
- 9 ways my nurse peers inspire the heck out of me
- Nurse leaders that I want to emulate and why
- The pros of moving into nursing administration (or why you’ll never do it)
- 10 websites that will pay nurses to write for them
- Why nurses need to be writing more
- Nurse entrepreneurs
- Reasons why nurses should be paid way more than they are
- Dealing with difficult co-workers
- Holistic pain management techniques that nurses can use in practice
- Working with adult patients vs working with pediatric patients
- Diabetes Education
- Tips to prevent high blood pressure that I want my loved ones to know
- How to study more efficiently as a nursing student or grad student
- Why more nurses should consider getting an MSN or Doctorate Degree.
- What to consider before committing to an advanced nursing degree
- Nurse job outlook and career options
- Why nursing really is the most trusted career on the planet
Recommended reading for new nurse bloggers:
Resources for new bloggers:
(You need to know by now – if your goal IS to monetize your blog you must invest in a few courses to help move you forward. Otherwise, blogging is a lonely, frustrating island.)
- Nurse Blogging 101: Healthcare Media Academy – If you are a nurse or other healthcare blogger, I highly recommend starting with this one. Creators Brittany Wilson and Kati Kleber are both published, award-winning authors who are also considered the Godmothers in nurse blogging. They are especially great because they go into more detail about patient privacy concerns and other considerations that healthcare bloggers need to be aware of.
- Pinterest Ninja: If you want to understand how Pinterest can grow blog traffic you need this Pinterest Ninja Course. A blogger colleague of mine, Megan Johnson, created Pinterest Ninja to help people increase their blog pages views by the thousands. I did the course when I was on maternity leave and I was able to increase my blog traffic from 0-1000/day in just over one month. Seriously, read some of her reviews. Her course is invaluable.
Are you an aspiring nurse blogger who needs a little direction? Drop me a message and I can forward you some of my resources that helped get me started as a nurse blogger!
P.S. HEY NURSES! Remember to sign up for your FREE E-BOOK “The Nurse’s Guide To Health & Self Care” in the sign up box below! (scroll down)
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How to find time to blog as a busy nurse and mom:
My biggest challenge as a busy nurse & mom blogger is simply finding the time to work on my blog. This post discusses ways that I manage to grow my blog despite having a very busy work and home schedule.
#1. Schedule time to blog
Treat your blog as a side job. How much time do you have to invest in it at the moment? Is it only 5 or 10 hours a week like me? That is better than nothing! Its going to take you longer to build a blog and following but it can be done. Building a blog is a marathon, not a sprint.
A lot of people ask me when I have time to work on blogging. The truth is, not much. The only time I have to blog is for up to an hour while my kids are napping and after I put them to sleep at 8pm. On the days I work 12 hour shifts as a nurse I am only able to blog after I get home and shower, and by then it’s usually 9pm. And I need to try and get some sleep since I’m either up for work or being woken up by one of my children by 5:30 or 6 in the morning!
The most important thing that busy bloggers must do is to be with the little bit of time that they do have. You can actually get a lot done in 5 -10 hours a week if you use your time wisely.
#2. Batch write
Instead of writing 1-2 posts a week, try writing 10 over a period of a several days and then schedule them out far in advance. This process can help you free up a lot of time! My process goes something like this:
- Keyword Research and pick titles for 10 blog posts
- Write outlines for ten blog posts
- Do all content creation
- Optimize all SEO
- Go back and insert affiliate links and internal/external links for each post
- Make all graphic designs for each post
- Schedule posts on WordPress scheduler
This process has saved me so much time and just makes blogging more simple.
#3. Outline your blog posts first
Is your writing method just to start writing and see where it takes you? Unfortunately, that may not be the most efficient way to get things done.
When you are trying to inform and create a structured piece, more planning is generally better. After you do your keyword research and pick your title, try writing down each of the points you want to make. Then you can use those points as headers for the post to break it up into smaller, more digestible pieces to read.
Think of your outline as the foundation that you can build amazing content around. Outlining will make your posts easily for you to write, and that will save you time.
#4. Always have a plan for what you are going to do as soon as you have a free moment for blogging.
If you are going to be a blogger you need excellent time management skills. The second I put my kids down for a nap I know exactly what I am going to spend that hour doing (usually content creation).
I do chores around the house and all of the cooking while my kids are awake. That way I can free up some time to work on the blog when my kids are asleep.
#5. Quit doing time wasting activities
Stop using social media. I know people who spend hours on Instagram every single day, yet they swear they are so busy that they never have time to get anything done! I bet if you quit using social media for 1 week you would find that you are suddenly so much more productive. And probably happier and more in the present to boot!
If you are going to be a blogger you have to get really good at using your time wisely. Be overprotective about your time. My time is the most important asset I have and it is important to me. As a result, I rarely use Instagram or Facebook anymore. Hopefully one day I will be able to source out a lot of my work (except content creation, of course), but until then I’ve got a lot of work to do. There is no time to waste.
I am almost completely paperless, except for my editorial calendar (which I use as a hard copy for pretty much everything that goes into my blog). You can find editorial calendars online, but I have found that by using my hard copy of EPIC blog and my scheduler on WordPress that I stay super organized. I always manage to stay on top of deadlines.
At some point I would love to create my own editorial calendar for bloggers. Until then, my EPIC blog editorial calendar is super helpful!
#7. Listen to blogging podcasts
When you are starting a project and don’t totally have a grasp one what you are doing, there is only one really good thing to do: find people who are doing it well and learn from them!
Anytime I take my children for a walk in the stroller or I am on my commute to and from work I listen to blogging podcasts. Podcasts keep me motivated during the times I am physically unable to blog. Plus I am able to learn from other bloggers who have had some of the same blogging struggles I do.
#8. Make time for rest and rejuvenation
You can only burn that candle from both ends for so long. If you work too hard with no rest then you end up burned out, sick and wondering why you even wanted to be a blogger in the first place. Giving yourself time to rest can also be great for creativity as well.
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This post discusses how to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost and contains affiliate links. You can find my disclosure page here.
So you have something to say, do you? Why not start a blog?
Starting a blog has been one of the most exciting and challenging things I have ever done in my adult life. Its how I share my ideas and try to provide value to other nurse moms.
The idea to start a blog popped into my head when my daughter was about 6 months old. I was at the hospital, working another long, arduous 12 hour shift and I thought — there have got to be other ways that I can provide value as a nurse that don’t make me feel so horrible by the end of the day. (Mind you, I had just had a new baby who hadn’t quite mastered sleeping through the night, so I was probably a bit dramatic).
Problem was, I had no experience with blogging and didn’t consider myself particularity “tecky” at the time. But, I made it through college twice (first, for a BA in Journalism and then again for a BS in Nursing) and I thought that with enough effort, I might be able to figure it out.
I set out on a mission to create a blog where I could use my nursing degree to share self care ideas with other nurses who are also moms. And I’ve been enjoying this ride ever since.
I want to make it super easy for others like me to start a blog. So if you are an aspiring blogger like I once was, continue reading to see how easy it is to set up a blog of your own.
Give yourself about 60 minutes to set up your blog.
Put the kids to bed, kiss your spouse goodnight, and find a spot to get to work.
- Have a credit card ready (you need to pay for hosting)
- Have a website name already chosen
Your are going to need to consider your niche and come up with a name. Think about the message you want to share and how you think you can provide value to readers.
For example, my niche is Nurse Moms and my blog name is Mother Nurse Love. My name is pretty straightforward, although you can choose any name you want (it doesn’t have to have anything to do with your niche if you want).
What is hosting and why is it important?
The first thing you are going to do is set up hosting for your blog. A blog host is the company that provides the space on its servers and equipment to store your blog. There are free options out there but I would not use them for the following reasons:
- Free blogs appear less professional
- You would have to have the “blogger” or “wordpress” in your domain name.
- Your have less control over your blog when you use free hosting. CSS functions and theme selections are limited, and you have little control over expanding your websites capabilities.
- Free platforms often limit advertising options, which makes it harder to make money if the future if you plan to monetize your blog.
If you just want to explore the blogging world for fun and have no interest in making any profit or ever ranking in google, then by all means, get a free blog. But if that is not your cup of tea, I would strongly consider using Bluehost.
I use Bluehost for several reasons:
- Customer service is excellent
- Good pricing- you can start your blog for as low as $3.95 a month (its a great deal!)
- Free domain
- 24/7 support
- 30 day money back guarantee
Step-By-Step Instructions To Set Up Your Blog
I divided the following sections into two parts: Bluehost and WordPress. This guide instructs you on the exact way to set up your blog with screenshots to make it easy. Once you complete part 1 (Bluehost) the site will lead you directly into part 2 (WordPress). Its super easy!
- Go to Bluehost and hit the “Get Started Now” button
- Click the package you want
- Sign up for a domain name- Your domain name is your address on the internet, otherwise know as your URL. (For example, my domain name is mothernurselove.com)
- Enter your account information
- Enter your package information
- Give your payment information
- Choose a password
- Congratulations! You finished part 1! You will will taken to a screen to set up your WordPress blog. (See those steps below)
Ok, ready to get started?… Let’s go! Click on this link here.
#1. Click get started now
#2. Click the package you want
#3. Sign up for a domain name
#4. Enter your account information
#5. Choose package information
#6. Payment information
#7. Choose a password
#8. Congratulations! You are almost there! Now you need to ‘log in’ so you can set up your WordPress blog.
Part 2: WordPress
Now its time to set up your WordPress Blog. This part is actually much easier than it sounds. Bluehost pretty much does all the work for you. Just continue on the same screen you are on now and follow these steps.
- Bluehost will ask you you pick a theme. You can change it later if you want (I changed mine later and it was not a big deal).
- Click ‘Start Building.’
- Choose ‘Business’ or ‘Personal’
- Launch your site
- Log into WordPress and start blogging away, new blogger!
1. Pick a theme that inspires you
2. Click ‘Start Building’ to begin setting up your WordPress blog
3. Choose business or personal account
4. Launch your site
5. Log into WordPress and start blogging away, new blogger!