As far as I know, there is only one person in the world I have influenced by asking her to write, since she is my non-biological twin and I know for a fact that she is a better writer than I will ever be.
Blogging for me serves as therapy. An escape from my routine of being a stay at home mom to 2 kids soon to be 3. Blogging is my connection to the outside world. Blogging shows me what is happening at other people's homes, other people's lives and what's new and hip that may or more often than not, is something that isn't here in our little city.
What I've learned so far and shared about starting a blog is to sticking to what you know about and what you are passionate about. For beginners, I recommend doing diary entries, things that happened, things that interest them. For a blogger who dreams of being a professional, be specific, find that thing you are most passionate about and write about it. Writing about things you love would not seem like work then and your articles come out better written and more engaging.
When starting a blog, you also have to consider that there are a lot of platforms to choose from. It all depends on your goals whether you want blogging to be a profession, a hobby, or a form of relaxation for you. If you're willing to shell out money for blogging and being noticed or just write for the love of writing.
It's all really up to you.