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By Amruta Indapurkar

When I was first approached by my colleague to write for the AAPS Blog, the first question that came to my mind was, “Why should I write a blog post?” and then I asked, “Even if I write a blog post, how it will benefit me?” So I started doing some research on this topic, and it was very surprising to know that writing blog posts can help people evolve to be better in every aspect of their lives. I thought it would be a good idea to share with you the reasons that motivated me to write my first blog post.

Joshua Becker, an avid blogger, said a very beautiful thing about blogging: “Blogging will not force you to become a better writer, it’ll just happen as you do it.” Writing for blogs is a wonderful opportunity to improve your writing skills. It not only improves “what you write,” but it will also improve “what you think.” We have so many distractions every day that we don’t even get time to think about what we feel or what we think about certain things in our personal and professional lives. The process of writing blog posts is an easy way to get some peaceful time with your own thoughts and yourself, to be more focused and disciplined. This introspection gives life a purpose, and writing it down gives us a voice to express our thoughts.

Writing blog posts not only helps you build your personal life, but also helps you grow professionally. According to an article published by Dan Reich in Forbes, writing blog posts may serve as your résumé and can help you get a job. In this article, he shared the experience of someone offering him a job by just reading his blog. A hiring team wants to know who you are as a person and why they should hire you, and blogging is a great representation of who you are. Also, writing for blogs can help you build a network with new people through social media and around the internet. So it is also a great way to make new friends and acquaintances.

I’ve also learned that writing blog posts on topics in your own professional field establishes you as an expert. Penelope Trunk, an American businesswoman, author, and blogger, said: “Blogging is good for your career. A well-executed blog sets you apart as an expert in your field.” Any feedback, either positive or negative, will help you become more confident in your area of expertise or inspire you to improve.

Readers also benefit from your blog posts. When I wanted to write my first post, I thought I had nothing to write about. But here I am, writing for the AAPS Blog, and I very much enjoyed the process. It helped me think deeper; helped me unwind my thoughts; and taught me how to communicate these thoughts with you all in a precise and neat way. I am very much motivated to write many more blog posts, and I hope I have inspired some of you to write your own.

Amruta Indapurkar is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Mercer University. She is currently working in an analytical toxicology laboratory on immunoprecipitation technique, protein digestion and analysis of peptides using HPLC-MS/MS.