Blogging is getting great exposure in India and many other countries. It’s getting great exposure in print media and blogs like ShoutMeLoud shows the right path of monetizing it and shows the reality of money and Blogging. Though, one most common question which you will hear from people: What’s the right time to start a Blog? And honestly, there is no right or wrong time. Any 10 year old with good writing skills can start a Blog and someone who is retired at his 50’s and sitting at home and can start a Blog. In this article, I will focus more on Why engineering students should Blog and why it’s the best time to have a Blog when you are in college days.
Reason why I haven’t used Students in total but Engineering students here is because Blogging requires technical skills. There is no second thought about it and when you are in a Technical college, you can look out for support from your peer group. And if you have excellent entrepreneurship skills, you can start a company right from college. Since, it’s easy to find people who can contribute and help promotion. More over, at school and college level, your creativity is out of the box and don’t you think it’s always out of the box thinking which can take you from Bottom to top.
You all know very well about what is blogging and if not, check out Blogging archive of ShoutMeLoud. From many bloggers it proved that blogging can be done at professional level and it can give you all those benefits which you suppose to get from a job. This article is exploring most of the possible reasons about the motivation of engineering students Bloggers. In India we have a long list of top successful bloggers which no doubt from engineering stream. Even we know very well that the owner of this blog Harsh Agrawal is also an engineer by education. Also one of the top and first Indian professional blogger Amit Agrawal (labnol.org) is also an IIT pass out Engineer. Saying, that I don’t mean that people from other field doesn’t do great, but having an engineering background helps in many tech know how. And specially, it’s easier to start a niche blog on Technology because it’s a broad niche and you can pick anything from Security, software, Gaming, Gadgets and many other topic, which an engineering student is comfortable with.
In the same way if we consider most of the successful bloggers then we come to know that most of them are engineers by education. Then a thought came in my mind why this coincidence every time? Are today’s engineering student Bloggers are motivated because of these all successful pro bloggers?
Why Engineers Students should have a Profitable Blog:
When I’m talking about engineers should have a Blog, it means not a personal blog but a profitable blog with perfect Blog business plan. Lets do a calculation and lets imagine you know what is Blogging and how to start a Blog. You created a blog in 1st or 2nd year of Blogging and every month you write 10 articles.
Now, lets do a simple math calculation and lets see what could be your stats by the end of your engineering degree:
- 10 *12 : 120 Articles
- 120*4 : 480 Articles (4 Year course)
So lets, look into some of the reasons why Blogging is easier for Engineering students:
1)Passion and interest in blogging :
Ok let me kill your excitement with this boring and most recommended tip. Blog for your passion and if you starting a Blog, it should only be your passion behind any niche. Lets exclude the tech niche as it’s more generic, if you are a student and interested in art, painting, Taxation, Forex or any such topic and you have passion of writing what you have learned and put it in the form of writing, you are on right track. All you need now is the right platform and right direction to move on, once you have it, there is no one stopping you. More over, with your young ideas and rebelous nature, most likely you going to create a standard for many. How many of you are part of your college website and yes, it’s going to be in your resume and profile but is it really going to help you after you graduate? Having your blog is like an investment of your time and it will change things for you. Read on:
2)Need of money :
When I was a child, my money requirement was less but it was there. When I went to school it increased and now I’m in college and it has increased more. My phone bills are getting higher, I spend more on cafeteria, in nutshell my money requirement graph is increasing with time.
Are you looking for some part time job, to pay some of your bills? Why not, start a Blog which makes money for you now and will continue making in future. There is no denying the fact, money will not start following from day one and that’s why I started passion as first topic here. Money from your Blogging work might take some time (4-5 months), but instead of not working at all, don’t you feel it’s a good idea to create your own money making system.
More over, Blogging is not related to writing articles only, if you are good with creating Websites, php or designing, you can create such niche websites and get some freelancing work. If you are not have enough confidence to start a Blog right away, do some freelancing work and with time requirement for quality article writers are increasing. You can make good 2-20$/article and that’s a handsome income when you are studying and it’s just your part time income.
3) Recession in IT and other engineering field :
Now, getting back to most important point and that is career and job. By the time, you are in final year of your college most important thing in your life will be placement and working for a reputed company. And trust me, Job stress is really bad, you might find people who get into depression for not getting a Job.
Having a blog by that time which is making decent 200-400$ month will give you peace of mind and you will be in a condition to take risk. Though, it’s always a good idea to work for any Professional company for some time to learn corporate know how and how things work in real world. But, on the backend having a Blog will give you recurring income and you can take the risk of leaving your job anytime.
Most of the people, who learned about Blogging and how it makes money when they are working and if you ask how many of them in a condition to take the risk of leaving their job for starting a blog from ground level, you will find very few. When Harsh Agrawal left his job for Blogging, he was making decent 700-800$/month (recurring) and it’s good enough for anyone to leave his job and work full time. Needless, to say what ever money you made from your blog in college days is because of your part time work and how great it would be if it become your full time job?
The numbers of engineering colleges are increasing day by day so the admission to it is becoming easy. This resulted in large number of students are being passed out per year from all engineering faculty. The demand for engineering students has been increased over time but students passing out with Engineering degree has increased a lot over time. It’s not the same and easy to have a technical degree and you will get job instantly. Most of Engineers I know, land into call center in search of job and ended up being a part of it and lose all the value of degree they earned after 4 years of hard work.
So the student like me will always think to create a thing for bread and butter (blog) during studying so that even I can afford a low salary job. So this is one of the strong reasons about engineers moving towards blogging.
4) Motivation from other blogger-cum-engineers :
There are many bloggers success story already live on the internet and more such success stories are created every day. Even my experience is that I started a BlogSpot blog just to share my photos with friends and family and I really felt proud that I have a website. After that I read some professional blogger success stories like ShoutMeLoud (Harsh), Labnol (Amit Agarwal) etc… Then I started a tech blog. So we can say that most of the engineers are got their motivation either from their friend who are in engineering field and doing blogging or from online blogger’s success stories.
You can also set a standard in your college or school and be a role model for everyone. Who doesn’t like a person who is making 200-500$/month from his own Blogging work in college days. You will be an eye-candy among your peer group and a role model for generation after you.
5) Blogging from web designing:
I must say this one will one more valid point about this ongoing discussion. Because I know an example of my friend who are studying in computer engineering in Mumbai University and he has web designing subjects in his engineering syllabus. By different practices and project on php, CSS, MySql he is now able to create a better website. So this passion moves in blogging and now he is sharing web designing tricks on his website. In this way as a part of academics syllabus the he got inspired about blogging.
Even if don’t consider Web designing and stuff, talking about Self Hosted WordPress blog, you need to have little bit knowledge about Tech stuff. Specially, Hosting and SEO. You need to learn SEO which is very crucial for any blog and if you are going to use WordPress having little bit of information about FTP and Database will give extra advantage.
- Must read: 9 Blogging tips for College students
The list will keep going on but in nutshell Blogging has come out as an excellent career opportunity for everyone who wants to make money by sitting from home. But by adding business skills into your blog, you can create a Blogging company and specially in India, where Blogging is not recognized as a Professional career opportunity for now, you can set a landmark for next generation.
If you go on expanding this list sure it will not going to end on this page. So these are the main reasons which I feel about engineering students like me to start blogging as a part time carrier.
If you are a student Blogger and have an experience of maintaining a quality blog along with your studies, I would love to know your opinion on How Blogging helped you to grow?