This, for me, is basically all there’s to it. I’ve been doing this blogging thing since 2006, and constantly trying to think of interesting things to write about can really wear someone down. Blogging about whatever you like is fine, and if you’re lucky, other people will be interested in the same topics. If you’re not that lucky – nobody will give a F-word toss about your blog.
Getting yourself a blog is simple. Sign up with blogger or WordPress, score a fancy looking logo, add some shiny buttons and Bob’s your uncle. Now to make your blog a huge success, all you have to do is provide the stuff people want – great content.
If you’re having fun blogging about what you had for breakfast/lunch/dinner. What awesome movie you just saw. The loss of one of your socks in the washing machine. How cool blogger XYZ‘s latest post was. By all means – continue. But I would recommend using Twitter for these kind of social updates.
So what do you do? Well you could consider a career change. Seriously, people have only been blogging for 10-15 years. (Jerry Pournelle seems to have one of the oldest blogs around, dating back to 1998) I’m sure everyone was doing loads of other fun stuff before that like…uhm…well, just other stuff okay.
Another viable option would be to quit. Then again, if you’re anything like me, you know that quitting is for losers. And chicks (usually) don’t dig losers. (Author note – I’m a happily married man!) It all comes down to what you want to get out of your blog. Some of us want to make a living by blogging. Others are genuinely social and just love to interact and share with others.
All I can tell you from my blogging experience; People are looking for interesting content. They want to know how to count cards, or read reviews about a new gadget they want to buy. How they can improve their lives with the help of a simple step-by-step plan. How to become healthy and wealthy. They want value for their time spent on your blog!
Build your blog by keeping in mind that you need to provide others with useful information if you want it to have a function besides being your online diary and to update your mum. There’s already so much crap out there. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years time anti-litter laws for web content will be instated.
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