I love being a blogger. Blogging is an amazing activity. It is a very productive and rewarding way of spending your free time. It is a continuous learning experience in everything from design, writing, networking to marketing. It has given me many opportunities and that is why I am always encouraging others to start and give their ideas and dreams a chance to come alive and thrive. Here are 13 reasons why being a blogger rocks:
I was invited to speak to an audience of non-bloggers. The idea was to introduce blogging to them, explain them what blogging is good for and why they should consider starting a blog, and give them some practical tips on how to get started and how to build a momentum – hence the title of the presentation: What I love about blogging, why I blog and how I blog.
My full presentation is below both in video format and my Powerpoint slides are attached in this post as well. I hope you enjoy this and that it inspires you to start a blog for yourself. It is definitely a great and productive way to spend some of your time. You learn a lot, gain several new skills, improve your writing and build a much larger network. If you are good and lucky you can even make some money doing it!
I started blogging (or creating websites as it was called back then) in late 1990′s. My first site focused on the hard rock band Metallica, which was my favorite band. More about me here. I have since learned a bit about html, blogs, social media, creation of interesting content, promotion of the content and the build of a network and an audience. These are only some of the skills that having a blog teaches you. Blogging is definitely a great introduction to many areas of business including journalism, marketing, online media, search engine optimization and PR.
I always say that blogging is a great way of spending your time. It is a great way of learning new things and improving your career opportunities. If you do it well and have a little bit of luck this activity could even result in being your full time income. Opportunities are limitless. Your site is your platform really, it gives you flexibility and allows you to do whatever it is that you want to do.
Why I love blogging
- Low start up costs
It costs about $50 to get your domain name and hosting for an entire year. Such low start up costs to give yourself a full year to work on that idea you have. Cannot beat that in any other line of business.
- No experience needed
It is one of those “no experience required” jobs. It is pretty simple to start and then it is all down to your creativity, dedication and hard work.
- Wide range of resources for learning
There are so many resources that will help you with most of the aspects of running a site. There are videos resources, there are text resources. Most of them are free.
- Continuous education
You never stop learning. There are always some new technology advancements and you can always find ways to improve everything from design to the way you present your content.
- You are your own boss
You decide everything so there are no excuses. You pick the design of your site, you pick what you write about, you pick how long time you spend on it… you are the boss.
You can work from anywhere at anytime as long as you have a device with internet connection. This gives you freedom to design your own lifestyle any way you wish and also allows you to be flexible and change things along the way.
- Create your own schedule
Some people are night owls, some are early birds, some are night owls and early birds simultaneously. You are free to create your own schedule any way you wish.
- Passive income opportunities
If you work hard and your site becomes successful it can turn into a source of passive income where you no longer have to work as hard on creating new content but you are still able to reap the benefits. This is difficult to achieve in other lines of work.
Having a site allows you to network on many different levels. It spreads the word about you and allows you to meet different people be it just for hanging out or for working together.
It is all about community, be it in the comments area, be it in forums or on social media platforms. You are a part of community with other people from all over the world that are interested in the same things and have same passions as you do.
- Having your own audience
Back in the day it was impossible to build your own platform, it was all about mass media. Now with a good idea, hard work and some luck anyone can build an audience and have thousands of people listening to whatever is that you have on your mind.
- Career opportunities
It can be a career itself, but it can also give you new career opportunities. Many writers have been discovered and offered jobs in because of the knowledge and skills they have shown on their own sites.
- Instant feedback
Whatever idea you may have it no longer takes a lot of time and money to test it in the real life. Having a site and an audience allows you to test ideas and get feedback instantly.
Story about blogging
You have heard about them, you are reading them daily and you are even reading one right now. But you may still be asking yourself what are blogs exactly? In this article I will try and explain not only what they are but also take a look at the history and the evolution of them. In simple terms a blog, which is a contraction of the term “web log”, is an online website usually run by an individual person or in some cases a corporation.
When we come down to it it is really all about content that is posted onto it. There may be published regular articles of commentary, news on a particular topic, descriptions of events, sales material, conference summaries, even personal diaries and any other content. Traditionally most articles were in the text only format but more recently sites have started featuring other formats including multimedia materials such as images, graphics, infographics or video. This has contributed to bloggers not only being writers but also having to think about styling of their content, the design and other visual aspects that are very important if you do want to drive attention to yourself online.
Your site is a flexible tool that can be shaped and formed into whatever you want it to be. This includes what content you focus on and how you decide to present that content. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules on what you are supposed to do, what your design is supposed to look like or what your content is supposed to be like. You can make your own rules and it is also those sites and bloggers that end up creating something new, unique and different that end up being the most popular ones.
On a traditional page the entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. Newer articles show up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new first and then read your past articles and your archives from there. Sites also introduced commenting to the web content. After reading a post you can normally link to it or share it to your network through social media or even email the blogger to get in touch with him or her.
You can also normally comment on it and join the wider conversation. Most sites have a comments area at the bottom of the posts. Sites are also traditionally very well interlinked with the wider blogosphere. The authors enjoy communicating, networking and building relationships with each other so there is a lot of linking from one to another, through comment area, through links within posts, through trackbacks that you see at the end of articles and through link rolls that you normally see in the sidebar.
Blogs vs websites vs social media
You may be thinking about starting a project online. The question you have is why should you be starting a blog? Why not a more traditional website? Or how about just having a Facebook page or a Twitter profile? Let’s take a look at this question.
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are also quiet easy to setup and work with, but what they do lack is control. If you write your “site” as a Facebook page you do not own nor fully control that page. Facebook does. At any time they can change their terms and conditions which may affect your page or even worse they could block you or remove you thanks to some policy they have. When you have a site you fully control and own that space and nobody else can affect you.
Today many static HTML websites have taken some of the best blog features and have updated content daily, personal views and interactivity with help of Facebook comments and such. On the other hand blogs themselves have moved more towards traditional websites with improved navigation, functionality, design and content layouts.
So currently there is not such a big difference between a static website and a blog as it was few years ago – the line is blurred and the difference is getting smaller and smaller. Looking at it from visitor’s point of view it makes no difference for them if they are reading an insightful article on a blog or on a website. Similarly it makes no difference for a visitor if they are watching an entertaining video on a blog or on a website. If you take a poll and ask people about what type of a website they are reading, they probably won’t be able to tell you the difference – for visitors all that counts is the content itself.
From the front-end that visitors see, they are pretty similar, but from the admin back-end there is a big difference in running a static website and a blog. When I first began to create websites in 1990’s it was all about FrontPage and creating static websites via HTML coding, and constantly using FTP software to change and update the site. I can tell you that you don’t want to deal with HTML, FTP, file permissions, source codes and all the rest.
For me personally a blog takes all the best features of all of the above and provides you with the full flexibility and control over your project, whatever that may be. The advantage of blogging is that it is very simple for a beginner. Unlike creating a website, creating a site is an easy process which does not require any technical, designer or any other HTML knowledge. Your download a free piece of blogging software (WordPress is what I use on this project) and you install it on your hosting account. As long as you have a domain name and a website hosting, installing software is an easy and quick process. Then you are ready to start talking to the world. Also Google likes blogs more. As blogs have a cleaner and better coding and structure, they are given some priorities in Google’s search result rankings compared to static sites.
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