According to 2013 survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, a full 95 percent of U.S. teens (12-17) use the Internet on a regular basis [source: Pew]. Like everyone else, they seek out voices they can relate to and look for personality-driven blogs that mirror their interests.
In other words, they're looking for you. Are you a budding fashionista, music critic, political commentator or pop-culture fanatic? Then start a blog. Free blogging software like WordPress and Blogger makes it easier than ever to create a professional-looking site to host your original writing, photos, artwork, music and movies. Even better, if the blog starts to draw some serious traffic, you can make money through services like Google AdSense.
Who knows, you might even become the next Tavi Gevinson, the fashion icon behind The Style Rookie, the influential lifestyle blog she launched at the ripe age of 11.
Before you launch a blog, have a serious discussion with your parents about online safety. The FBI has some helpful tips, like do not give out school names, addresses and other personally identifiable details. And think about whether you want people to comment on your blog and what you would do if the comments turn mean.