How Blogging Can Help College Students…

Jesse L. graduated from a small business school in Indiana in May 2010. He blogs all across the internet and has a keen interest in social media, data visualization, and gadgets.

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News of how social media sites and blogging can negatively affect a person’s job or school career is all over the internet and on talk radio air waves, all the time. We’ve all heard the stories of people getting fired for bad-mouthing their company or students getting expelled for defamation of a teacher’s character. Realistically, this doesn’t happen that often; in fact blogging can be a tremendous benefit for both college students and job seekers alike. Blogging can also feed into professional networking opportunities. For example, blogging can be an effective method of pumping up your LinkedIn profile.

Writing Practice

Blogging is also a great way to put your writing skills into practice in the real world and develop stronger communication and organization skills. A successful writer knows to keep their audience in mind when writing. A good writer writes to communicate with others and writes in a language that the audience will understand.

In many college writing courses the students are writing only for the teacher. Unlike writing for a college professor, who is an audience of one, the internet allows for a huge audience of readers, who bring with them a unique perspective on life. Learning how to communicate effectively with people from all sorts of backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses and age groups is one of the most important life skills a person can have. Blogging gives you the chance to practice, craft your writing and improve. Practice makes perfect; the more you do something the better you get at it.

Overcome shyness

It’s not necessary to use your real name when blogging, or any name for that matter. Anonymity can help a person open up and take a stance.

College is the time when many of us are developing our belief systems, becoming exposed to new ideas, and for a lot of people, becoming more politically active and involved. Blogging provides a fairly risk free atmosphere to express your own thoughts. Blogging can help those who are shy or hesitant, become more confident and assertive. So, in addition to pumping up your LinkedIn professional networking, blogging can help pump up your personality.

Improves your skills

Blogging also helps improve computer skills. For those of us who grew up with the internet, starting a blog and maintaining it through commentary and social interaction, while uploading content and embedding YouTube videos won’t be much of a problem. However, older students, who are going back to school to improve their chances in the job market, may not have as much experience and may need some online training in internet communications. Many classes, whether they happen in a traditional brick and mortar school or through an online university, require the ability to be able to upload content onto a group site, take part in forum discussions and provide comments and feedback within a virtual realm. Blogging can help older students learn how to do these things prior to the start of class.

Blogging helps you after you leave college

In addition to improving writing skills and practicing writing, starting a blog while in college can help you in your specific industry niche. Creating a blog tailored to your profession of choice, establishing connections with those already in the field and presenting a positive image on the internet can help you land a job in your field once you graduate. After you’ve landed your job and settled in, continuing to blog effectively can help you continue to network more effectively and rise through the professional ranks quicker. 


  1. very well said, i am a student and a blogger too. I can understand these tactics very well. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blogging :D

  2. Twitter:
    Blogging for college students is an excellent way to interact with people in the career field they have chosen. It gives college students a chance to show what skills and knowledge they bring to the table in the career they have been studying. If college students are too busy to run their own blogs they can always guest blog and hence they don’t have to administer a blog. Happy blogging!

  3. Melinda says:

    I totally agree!! I’ve been trying to get my son (high school) to start a blog to learn about WordPress. It’s a great way to pick up and fine tune many skills.

  4. I’m a college student and i know how blogging made me popular in my college.

  5. I think one of the most important ways blogging helps college students is by increasing their visibility and exposure. Students can showcase their talent and skill using the blog which is very helpful when they later search for a job.
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  6. cpasitesolutions says:

    Having a good blog will help you find work. When I interview prospective employees I pay very close attention to whether or not they have a blog and what’s on it.

  7. Your points are spot on. I just graduated from college and from the time I was a freshman to now the way that classes espically English classromms has changed 100%. They are all incorporating blogging

  8. Patricia says:

    I agree to this post, i am new and no idea about blogging so the first step i do is to of lots of research and read books and just a tips speak with your minds… and once you started your work everything is good.

  9. Twitter:
    You have mentioned all major points and I think with blogging you stay more updated with latest info around you related to your topics. After college you can mention your blog name in your cv and who know that HR team get surprised with your writing and knowledge sharing skills.
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  10. Definitely a good idea. As long as your blog is not all about your personal life, which contains information you wouldn’t want prospective employers to see! A lot of college students make websites for themselves, with an online resume and other relevant information that can help them out professionally. Having a blog that shows you’re a competent writer can be a real asset, especially in a day and age when short-hand and “u r 2cool” is frequently used online!

  11. Interesting thoughts. Especially the last part wherein you have discussed how blogging can help students after they leave college in their profession. Nice way to look at things.

  12. I’m a college student and a blogger as well. When I started blogging, first it was very tough for me without any guideline. However the time passed, I made myself comfort with blogging. I think your different aspects will definitely help students to become a blogger. And of course i think”Blogging helps you after you leave college” this is the most valuable part of this article.

  13. Twitter:
    Blogging also gives $$ for college students hehe.
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  14. Helps us old guys as well. I guess I am glad that when I was in college I didn’t have to worry about blogging and social networking on top of pizza, beer and girls messing up my life.
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  15. selfishyayun says:

    when I was in high school, then the internet we do not know. Computer lessons are also not the main lesson in school. But the development today requires us to know and recognize the internet because there were many things that we can use in life. As a medium of learning, socializing, shopping, business and other activities. I am pleased to present this can plunge into the world.

  16. I would say that blogging will help you to learn usefull skills like setting up wordpress, copywriting and also social media marketing.

    Blogging is great :)
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  17. I think it helps build your profile or “brand,” if you will. Any kind of success after college depends on marketing yourself in a number of ways. One way to do that is to get the word out about yourself and about what you know and do. Blogging is a perfect way to do that because you can illustrate your credibility, knowledge, and skills.

  18. Twitter:
    Blogging can help anyone who wants to succeed in it. Great benefits can come out of it as well.

    And after you have graduated college and have a decent blog up, this can help sustain you till you find the job you are looking for.
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  19. Twitter:
    I don’t know about college, but it’s helping me during high school :D Cheers
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  20. Twitter:
    Exactly! College students are really shy but they can overcome that by blogging! Amazing post!
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  21. What a great article! I think blogging is a great way to help students get their name out. As well, the more positive recognition you online, the better it will look to future employers. Most people don’t realize it, but employers do put your name in Google to see what they can find!
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  22. Twitter:
    very very interesting post. i am blogger and student also. you have made nice points. it will also useful to make money for their needs.
    Writing Practice, communication, improving skills, future purpose. All are nice points.
    I am also getting problem solving skills with my blog
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  23. Twitter:
    hi jesselangley, i have read your article completely. i am student and blogger too. you said the truth that blogging helps in many ways. yeah, my writing skills are improving, i am also overcoming shyness inside because of this blog promotion. i like the concept of after leaving college also. thanks for that.
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  24. Its not just about having a blog, but regularly updating it and posting content relevant to your line of profession. This will go a long way in establishing contacts with potential employers. you could also build up your own network and be able to eventually make money from the blogs, hence you will not need any employment.

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