10 Skills You Probably Didn’t Realise Blogging Gave You


Oh blogging, you can be so hard to describe to people….

“I have a blog…” 

“…Um no, I don’t just write about what I ate for breakfast this morning. Although actually there are some awesome food bloggers and these posts called ‘What I eat in a day’ and oh, you’ve stopped listening. Okay then.”

Although blogging can be a pain to explain, one thing I seem to always forget is how much it’s taught me, and just how much you learn by running a blog in general. So here are 10 skills you probably didn’t realise blogging gave you:


10. How to create a website. 

Even the fact that you have a blog means you have those basic skills. Even if you bought a template from someone else, you still know the steps to take to create a fully functional website and to keep it running smoothly. Did you know how to do that before you had a blog? ‘Cause I sure as hell didn’t.


9. Domain names. 

Most people don’t know their Go Daddy from their Blue Host, but you sure do. You know exactly what to do in order to nab your own domain name, and that’s a skill in itself.


8. SEO. 

Okay this one is a constant learning process for me, but most people don’t know what SEO is at all. Search Engine Optimization baby. Running a blog, writing posts and trying to make sure your posts actually get seen? You gotta learn at least the basics of SEO, and blogging makes you do just that.


7. Social media promotion. 

So many bloggers regularly schedule tweets and promote across either a few or all the social media platforms. We might schedule a couple of promo tweets and then promote our post over Instagram using the appropriate hashtags and not even think twice about it. Nope, blogging taught us that too.


6. Networking. 

Some people will publish a post and not talk to anyone, but from what I can see, most of us love to interact. We love to engage and chat with other bloggers either in comments sections or through various social media platforms. We’re talking, but supporting one another, and making new connections. Networking baby, we know it.


5. Collaboration.  

I’ve got to work with some amazing brands because of my blog but what I love the most is that having my blog actually taught me how to collaborate with these other people and companies. You’re not hiding behind a big company, it’s just you. If you make a mistake collaborating, you fix it. As a result, running a blog means you quickly learn really great collaboration and communication skills.


4. Writing.

Even though writing for your own blog is obviously different to say, when you used to write at school, you’re still constantly improving that craft through your blog. Think about it, running a blog and publishing content means you’re always writing. You’re always improving how you structure sentences and express yourself. You’re still on top of your grammar and spelling. Blogging forces you to become an engaging, more dynamic writer.


3. To have a voice. 

You run your own blog. It’s your blog, your rules, your voice. I’ve never read a blog where I couldn’t clearly decipher the voice of the person writing it. Blogging gives us a platform to regularly express our opinions and voice our thoughts. It gets us used to speaking our truth and using our voices.


2. HTML.

When I first started blogging, HTML confused the hell out of me! Now I edit a lot of my posts in HTML mode because I actually find it easier. When we see brackets and numbers and multiple letters and numbers everywhere, we know how to read that and which part is which to form our post. To most people, looking at HTML is like looking at a foreign language.


1. Photography.

Hallelujah, blogging made me (and probably made you too) such a better photographer. I used to shoot on Auto mode, I never would’ve dreamed that one day I’d not only shoot in Manual mode, but actually have two different cameras, multiple lenses and love shooting in manual! Blogging forces you to up your photography skills and properly understand at least the basic dynamics of using a camera.

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  • phoebe

    And blogging creates an audience of non’bloggers, like myself, who are entertained, as well as learning new things and stimulating thinking about a variety of topics.

    • The Sunday Mode

      That’s great to hear Phoebe 🙂

  • I recently changed my career as I finished my PhD that was in science. Yet, in every single job interview everyone was more interested in my blog then in lab experience as with blog we get so may great skills as you explained! xx


    • The Sunday Mode

      Wow that’s fascinating! It’s also pretty damn inspiring, how cool that people were so interested in your blog 🙂

  • I loved this post! There are so many positive skills you can learn from running a blog. It’s so good!xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    • The Sunday Mode

      I agree, thanks Lauren!

  • Totally agree, especially with the last 4 of these points. I started blogging over on livejournal from around the age of 14, so I learned some aspects of html a long time ago (hello myspace) and I still find them really useful today. I basically grew up on the internet and I think there are a lot of things that I take for granted as being fairly simple to do that probably aren’t very easy for a lot of people because they’ve never had to do them before. 100% photography is something I got into and got a lot better at through blogging, and I love having a place online to share my thoughts about whatever I like and to have my own little platform where I can express myself. I really don’t know what it would be like to not have a blog because it’s such a big part of my life.


    • The Sunday Mode

      Woah from 14, that’s impressive! I agree, I think sometimes I take for granted how much of a great space my blog is for me in terms of expressing myself. Now that you brought it up, I don’t know what it would be like to just all of a sudden not have my blog either….I’m getting so used to it just being an extension of me.

  • It’s so true, you really do pick up some invaluable skills that you just take for granted until you actually sit down and evaluate exactly what you have to offer x


    • The Sunday Mode

      Exactly! 🙂

  • Kate

    I have more to learn on some of these, I must admit! But it’s true, blogging really encompasses a huge amount of skills and we’re improving at them every day as we work on our posts. Yet another thing that’s so great about it! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh don’t worry I still have a load to learn when it comes to blogging as well, but I’m getting there!

  • Erin Russell

    YES! I love this so much! Sometimes I forget how much I know because of the blog, then all of a sudden I am answering tech questions and shocked at myself for knowing the answers!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Erin! Oh that’s awesome, it’s always such a nice feeling when you all of a sudden know so much more than you think you do.

  • Charlotte

    Loved this post! It’s sooo easy to forget how much you learn through blogging even with your first point, in my head I was like ‘oh yeh!’ You look amazing in the photos btw!
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

    • The Sunday Mode

      Ah thanks Charlotte! You’re so right, even when I was writing this post so many of these points I didn’t even realise I knew till I looked at everything together.

  • Blogging has given me so much, not least an entirely new skill set! Although saying that, there’s definitely some of these I need to work on!

    • The Sunday Mode

      Oh same here, I’ve still got so much to learn!

  • Recipesforeverysoul

    Oh this is so true! Also figuring out monetization, writing a privacy policy…all things I just did. It is an amazing journey and I am so glad I started this. I am still fairly new, only been 3 months in. I am going to go buy a new camera soon which now means I can even learn more. Woot woot!!

    • The Sunday Mode

      Ah buying a new camera sounds amazing, that’ll be so fun for your blog photography 🙂

  • Ah this is such a lovely post and there’s so much more than meets the eye when it comes to blogging and generally working on new content! It’s all about networking and supporting one another and even though many people don’t – there’s also so many people that do support one another and it’s lovely to see! 🙂
    Layla x


    • The Sunday Mode

      Exactly, you never really know what’s involved in running a blog until you do it yourself. I love bloggers supporting bloggers as well, that’s something I always try and do because I know I love it when other people support me and share the love 🙂

  • I had never thought about this, but you’re so right! Owning a blog gives you so many skills! I absolutely had no idea how to create a website before opening my blog, now I even do it for other people! I love how your posts are always so positive! Your blogs has to be one of my all time favorites! Hope you have a great day! xx
    Your friend that’s on the other side of the world,

    • The Sunday Mode

      Same, I started out with Blogger and I found everything so confusing. Now I’m on WordPress self-hosted and it feels like it was decades ago that everything was so confusing to me.

      Ah okay, that was probably one of the nicest comments anyone has ever made about my blog. Thank you Ana! That made my day (or, well, night, because it’s currently 10.45pm…)

      Didn’t even realise my posts were positive either, but that’s what I try and put out there energetically so that’s awesome that it’s coming across 🙂

  • Georgia Owen

    Such great points, and you’re so right about how your skills grow from creating a blog. It’s so nice to be a part of such a lovely community 🙂

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

    • The Sunday Mode

      Definitely! And you keep learning more and more skills from running a blog as well. Thanks Georgia 🙂

  • This is such an amazing post! We all need to appreciate the skills we’ve learned on the side while blogging so much more! I’m currently in the process of applying to internships and sadly, I don’t think having a blog is valued enough if you’re not going into a field directly related to it!
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Lisa, that’s so nice of you to say! And no having a blog of course skill-wise isn’t necessarily going to contribute to a specific job you want, but I think the skills you gain from having a blog are still hugely transferrable. Depending on your field they can be very useful as well! With me for example, I’m going into the entertainment industry so being in front of a camera for my blog has been hugely beneficial 🙂

  • Yes, this is so true! A few hours ago I was thinking of how much I’ve learned about coding since I started my website. The amount of skills we learn from blogging is pretty impressive!


    • The Sunday Mode

      For sure! That reminds me…I want to learn more about coding!

  • Such a great post! It’s so true!!

    Sophie Kate // sophiekate.co.uk

    • The Sunday Mode

      Thanks Sophie!

  • Robyn Pound-Woods

    Such a great post and so true! SEO is definitely still something I need to get my head around though! Robyn Poppy// https://robynpoppy.co.uk