Studying Abroad Blogging's Advantages and Disadvantages

Studying Abroad Blogging's Advantages and Disadvantages
In this article, I will explain what you need to know before starting a study abroad blog, how to start a blog, how to monetize it, and how to write about it in an easy-to-understand manner!

Many people may want to start a blog on the theme of [studying abroad] because they want to share their daily life in their study abroad destination or because they want to help others by sharing their actual experiences.

This article is for the following people!
  • People who want to start a blog about studying abroad.
  • People who want to know if a study abroad blog is right for them.
  • People who want to know how to make money with a study abroad blog.

Our staff member who blogged about his experience as a full-time exchange student (4 years) supervised this article.

This article will give you a realistic idea of starting a study abroad blog and get you to a good start!

What is a Study Abroad Blog?

A study abroad blog can take many forms.

Since there are possible differences in interpretation among people, I will first introduce the definition of a study abroad blog in this article.

In Summary, as defined in this article, a study abroad blog is [a blog run by someone who has studied abroad.]

As an example, a study abroad blog can take the following forms.

Forms of Study Abroad Blogs
  • A blog that documents the daily life of a study abroad destination.
  • Blogs that introduce [what I learned] and [what I realized] while studying abroad
  • Blogs that explain [it would be better to do this] based on actual experiences (failure and success stories)
  • Blogs that explain [preparation for studying abroad,] [procedures,] and [points to note] in an easy-to-understand manner, incorporating actual experiences into know-how.
  • Blogs that have experience studying abroad but operate on entirely unrelated topics

As mentioned above, there is a wide range of study abroad blogs.

This article will explain how to start a blog mainly for those planning to study abroad or are currently studying abroad and want to start a blog with study abroad as its central theme!

Before Starting a Study Abroad Blog

Here is what you need to know before starting a study abroad blog.

What You Need to Know
  • It's not a [fun way to make money.]
  • It is not for those who cannot balance study and
  • You should only start if you want to help someone

I hope you will use this information to help you decide whether or not to start a blog on the theme of [Study Abroad.]

It is not easy money

First, blogging is not a risk-free, easy way to make money.

I do not recommend starting a study abroad blog with the primary goal of [making money.]

To make money with a blog, you need to get traffic.

However, it takes a very long time to gather enough traffic to be profitable.

It took more than half a year for our staff members to get their accesses back on track.

No matter how many [helpful articles] he wrote, he said that the first six months were [painful] as if he was plodding along in the dark.

If your goal is to [earn money,] refrain from blogging and concentrate on studying abroad. 

You are likely to be frustrated by the gap between the ideal and the reality.

It is not for those who cannot balance study and 

Blogging takes up a great deal of time.

If you are not confident that you can balance [studying] and [blogging,] please prioritize studying abroad.

Our staff has spent more than 1,000 hours in total on blogging.

However, he said that he was able to balance it well because [it was a long period with regular study abroad (4 years)] and [I had a lot of free time except for studying.]

Studying abroad is a valuable opportunity to [pay a lot of money,] [spend time,] and [learn for a limited period.]

Be careful not to spend too much time blogging and neglect your original purpose of [study.]

You should only start if you want to help someone

If you do not fall into either of the above two categories but have a strong desire to [help others,] you are the right person for a study abroad blog!

As I will explain in more detail in the next section, the most significant advantage of starting a study abroad blog is that you can help others.

The information you publish may prevent someone from making a mistake or lead them to success.

This leads to self-realization and motivates people to continue blogging, making study abroad blogging ideal for those who want to help others.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Starting a Study Abroad Blog

The following are five advantages and two disadvantages of starting a study abroad blog.

Advantages and disadvantages of a study abroad blog
  • Advantage 1: It helps someone else
  • Advantage 2: It becomes part of your studies
  • Advantage 3: It is a review of knowledge and experience gained
  • Advantage 4: It broadens the future
  • Advantage 5: It pays for its own experience
  • Disadvantage 1: It isn't easy to continue
  • Disadvantage 2: It is time-consuming

Advantage 1: It helps someone else

You could be a savior for [people worried or anxious about study abroad-related issues if you start a study abroad blog.]

Studying abroad is one of the most significant decisions you will make.

As you have probably experienced, studying abroad is accompanied by tremendous anxiety.

[What will the classes be like?] [Will security be a problem?] [How do I get along with my host mother?] [Is everyone fluent in the language?] Many people read books and articles on the Internet to resolve such concerns.

Study abroad blogs run by [experienced students] can significantly help these people.

It will help them get rid of their anxiety, but it may also prevent them from making mistakes or give them a chance to succeed.

Or it may even give a boost to those [who can't decide to study abroad!]

"According to our staff, the most significant advantage of a study abroad blog seems to be the feeling that you're helping someone else!"

Advantage 2: It becomes part of your studies

When you start blogging, you will constantly be on the lookout for [blog posts somewhere] about your study abroad experience.

I think you will gain more experience because you will notice things you would miss if you studied abroad.

For example, you may discover a culture of your study destination that is not generally known or find unexpected similarities between people from other countries and yours.

In addition, you will be more likely to actively research what you notice and learn in your study abroad destination.

The amount of knowledge and experience you gain from running a study abroad blog or not will make a huge difference!

Advantage 3: It is a review of knowledge and experience gained

Writing a blog post is successfully verbalizing what is in your head.

It helps to clarify and organize things so that the knowledge and experiences gained while Studying abroad are not fuzzy and less likely to be forgotten.

In simple terms, blogging is a [review.]

You can deeply imprint your study abroad experience into your body when you start blogging.

Advantage 4: It broadens your future.

One of the advantages of a [study abroad blog] is that you can acquire various skills because it is a [study abroad blog.]

As a result, you may have more options for your future.

The following are examples of skills that can be acquired through blogging.

Examples of skills you can gain from blogging
  • Well-reasoned writing skills → writing skills
  • Writing skills to inspire people to buy → sales writing skills
  • Skills to attract a large number of readers and promote sales activities → Web marketing skills
  • Skills to decipher [areas for improvement] from data → analysis skills
  • Ability to put yourself in the other person's shoes → better understanding of users

These skills range from those directly related to work to those that indirectly improve performance.

For Example, if you start a study abroad blog and gain these skills, you may be able to get a job in the following areas.

Job options
  • Web writer
  • Web marketer
  • SEO consulting
  • Engineer
  • Web designer

The above are just examples.

With blogging, you'll gain versatile skills that can be used in all kinds of jobs, broadening your future!

Advantage 5: It pays for its own experience

Earlier, I told you that I do not recommend starting a study abroad blog solely to monetize.

However, it is beneficial not only to help someone else but also to earn some money hopefully.

The primary earnings from study abroad blogs are from advertising revenue from [books] and [travel goods,] where a percentage of the purchase price is returned to you.

For Example, [books on how to study Local Language] or [SIM that can be used locally] can be introduced.

Therefore, if you make a proper strategy and follow your intentions, you may earn money.

"It takes time to make money with a blog. And you don't always make money, so it should only be viewed as a bonus to the other Advantages."

Disadvantage 1: It isn't easy to continue

Basically, studying abroad is for a limited period.

Once your Study abroad experience is over, it will be challenging to get [real] and [live] information about studying abroad.

Therefore, if you run a blog solely on the theme of [study abroad], you may not develop any ideas and may not be able to continue.

Disadvantage 2: It is time-consuming

As mentioned earlier, running a blog requires a lot of time.

However, remember that you should first prioritize studying abroad and manage your blog in your spare time.

As you will see once you start, blogging is fun, and you tend to lose track of time.

If you get too involved in blogging, you may neglect valuable study abroad opportunities.

Try to cover subjects other than study abroad

Given the disadvantage of [hard to keep up,] your blog should not only deal with [study abroad] but with other topics as well!

This will significantly reduce the hurdle to continuing blogging since it will be easier to write articles even after studying abroad.

Other themes such as [Local language] and [Travel] related to the knowledge and experience gained from studying abroad are the best.

Since you don't have to learn from scratch and save time and effort, you can minimize the risk that your blog will take too much time, interfering with your study abroad.

Please limit the number of topics you cover to three, including [Study abroad.]

If you add too many themes, you will lose control, and readers will think, [I don't know what this blog is about]

"The staff had been blogging about [study abroad,] [Travel,] and [running a blog]"

How to write a study abroad blog! Three tips for blogging

The following are three tips for writing and managing a study abroad blog that you should keep in mind.

Tips for writing and running a study abroad blog
  • Provide details of successes and failures
  • Develop a note-taking habit
  • Don't be concerned about being universally accepted

If you follow these tips, you should be able to maximize the [Advantages of a study abroad blog] I mentioned earlier and keep blogging!

Provide details of successes and failures

In your study abroad blog, provide clear information, especially [successes] and [failures!]

This will more reliably lead readers to success or prevent failure since they will know what to imitate and look up to as role models.

For Example, [I succeeded by doing this,] [But I should have done this,] [I failed by doing that,] [I should do this based on my failure,], etc.

Bad Example
  • Example of failure
    → Immigration in Thailand was so crowded that it took a whole day to extend my VISA.
  • Example of success

    → When I went to study abroad, everyone spoke Lanso fluently, and I felt rushed, but thanks to my advanced preparation, I could keep up with them.

Good example

  • Example of failure
    → Immigration offices in Thailand, like those in the U.S., are only open on weekdays. It is easy to get crowded with many people seeking to obtain or renew a VISA. It took me a whole day to renew my VISA, even though I arrived at 10:00 a.m. According to what I was told, numbered tickets are issued 30 minutes before the office opens (9:00). If I go first thing in the morning, I can finish the renewal procedure around noon.
  • Example of success
    → When I studied abroad, 90% of my classmates were fluent in the Local Language. I was very nervous, but I managed to keep up with them thanks to my thorough study of junior high school Local Languagebeforehand. Especially important are speaking and listening rather than writing. I think listening is more important than talking. Of course, if you can't hear and understand, you can't start a conversation. Even if you can't do speaking, you can try written dialogue if you know the meaning. (I had a written conversation for about the first week)

Studying abroad is a unique and precious opportunity in life.

Many readers strongly demand, [How can I make my study abroad experience successful and not fail?]

Provide detailed information on [successes] and [failures]based on your own experiences. You can prevent your readers from making mistakes and, in turn, maximize the benefit of [helping someone else!

Develop a note-taking habit

Get into the habit of taking notes. You can significantly reduce the amount of time you spend looking for blog posts and save time in writing articles.

Studying abroad is a treasure trove of material.

Since it is a series of extraordinary events, even simple things can become great blog posts.

The following are just a few examples of topics used as blog topics.

Potential blog topics
  • How do students abroad spend their after-school hours?
  • Is there a school festival? What are the characteristics?
  • What sports are the most exciting?
  • What are students studying abroad into? (e.g., fads, etc.)
  • How is it different from your country? Or are there any surprising similarities?
  • What are the differences between your country's universities? Or are there any surprising similarities?

If you keep notes of all the events and things you noticed while studying abroad, you will never have a problem with blog posts.

If you can save time in creating articles, it will be easier to find a balance between [blogging] and [studying.]

Don't be concerned about being universally accepted

When writing articles for a study abroad blog, it is essential to target the audience, not everyone.

This will make it easier to deliver information to those who need it.

The majority of people who seek information about studying abroad are either looking or planning to study overseas.

Even if you write an article for many people with good intentions, they may think it is irrelevant.


I explained how to start a study abroad blog and monetize and write about it in this issue. 

  • I wouldn't recommend starting with the goal of [making money!]
  • It is essential to balance [study] and [blogging]
  • Handle topics related to studying abroad!
  • [Helping others] is the most outstanding merit of a study abroad blog.

Study abroad blogs have advantages that can greatly benefit students, such as [being a part of your studies,][reviewing your work,] and [broadening your future.]

And yet, with the potential to make money, you'd better get started!

I sincerely hope that our study abroad blog will be a catalyst for you to make further progress.

Thank you for reading to the end!

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