Should You Drop Out Of School For Blogging?

Blogging provides people with the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions with the world, and earn something out of it. Recent t...

Should you quit school?

Blogging provides people with the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions with the world, and earn something out of it. Recent trends have shown that the young generation is taking more of an interest in blogging than ever. But blogging is a time-consuming and effort-intensive job. And in today's fast-paced life, it often becomes difficult to take time out of daily life to do something extra. As a result, many of you who are bloggers may be finding it hard to juggle your blogging career along with your academic / professional life. Does that mean you should drop out of your school? Is blogging really worth it?

In simple words, no. Blogging isn't worth it. In this post, we'll discuss why, and also, how to manage your blogging career along with your normal life.

Why people quit school?

Well, there can be many reasons for that. People quit school because studies are boring! What you study in school usually has little relevance to what's out there in professional life. Not only that, studies studies are long as well! It seems one never stops studying, until he enters professional life. This makes a man too busy to do much else.

Secondly, as expertise is growing globally, so is the competition with respect to jobs. It's hard to get a decent job, especially in developing countries. So why study when there won't be any jobs available? Such is the mentality of people who quit academics. They choose to go into other technical fields instead. I personally have a friend who quit academics after high school, and is now a self-taught freelance web developer!

Then, there are examples that so many people like to quote. And they make for excellent examples. Taking a look at history, we find some very famous people who quit school. And despite that, they went on to become rich or renowned. Albert Einstein is a good example. So is Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb and motion picture camera etc, and Benjamin Franklin, the former American president. If you want more recent examples, then Bill Gates is a perfect one. Then, there is Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and so on. All these men quit school / college / grad school and went on to become internationally famous and/or rich. People often quote such examples to support their reasons for quitting school.

Why schooling is important?

No matter what reasons you have for quitting school, the fact remains that your school is your Alma-mater, i.e. your "nourishing mother". proper schooling teaches you lessons in life, and grooms you for what is to come. It also shapes your character, and you build your own reserve of knowledge.

Grooming aside, you need to have a decent degree in your hand to survive in these times. A degree is the world's way of recognizing your abilities. If you apply for a job without a degree, you will be laughed at! Having knowledge at your side can help you redefine the limits you can reach.

Exceptions are always there though. Bill Gates is an exception. So was Steve Jobs. But not every drop-out can become a Mark Zuckerberg, mind you. Schooling is important for the rest of us mortals :P.

What should you do then?

At the end of the day, it's all a matter of perspective. Blogging alongside schooling is only as hard as you perceive it to be. I am a student too, yet I can easily write one post per day, even though these are some of the busiest days of my life. I think it's all about time-management. If you can manage your time, then there is no reason for you to give up either blogging or school.

How to manage time?

Posting Frequency

First of all, you need to decide how frequently you want to write blog posts. For a good blog, one post per day is enough. But if you don't get the time, then three or four posts per week are fine as well. Don't push your schedule every day.

Make a schedule

Making a schedule can be very helpful. You don't need to sit down and make a crazy time-table that no one cares follow. Just make a mental template and reserve a general time for blogging.

Jot down points!

This is my favorite technique. I like to jot down points whenever they occur to me. This way, I can easily structure my posts , and add content to them whenever I get time.

Use your spare time

This is another useful technique that you might find useful. Use your spare time to think of points to write in your posts. For example, while traveling, I think of points and write down points. I can then easily transform them into a fully fledged post.

Get a smartphone!

If you have an adequate budget, then get a smartphone if don't already have one. With the wide range of smart-phones available these days, they are no longer than expensive. They make your life much easier! You can blog on the go! They can come in real handy for taking notes and writing posts.

Be patient!

And last, but not the least, be patient. Blogging is all about patience. Once does not simply 'get rich' through a blog. It takes time, and effort to build a blog. I'd recommend you start thinking along those lines if you are to succeed at all.

Some people set out goals in life to achieve. Some do, while others keep trying. In the end, it all boils down to the path they take. It does not matter whether you get what you want or not. You have failed if you have compromised other important things in achieving your goals. After all, life is all about balance, so live it to its fullest and don't complain. Good luck :)



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