Written by:2009/12/02 10:13 AM
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is beautiful to you might just look like, well I won’t say it, to me. We all have different tastes and we all have different likes and dislikes. That’s what makes us so unique, and what makes the medium of blogging so unique.
It always amazes me that when I visit an art gallery I find certain pieces of art really distasteful and rubbish. But, these very pieces are considered extraordinary and masterpieces by others. Some of the art pieces, paintings and sculptures look really childish to me. Often my son would say; “Dad I can paint better than that”.
That's the beauty about art. It’s in the eye of the beholder. Blogging is no different. There is no blog in cyberspace that every one adores. There are blogs that I find completely useless, ugly and completely amateurish. But guess what, they thrive.
There is a lot of noise and mindless discussions about why people blog or why they should blog. Now I know that there are some really good reasons. I have advocated blogging my self many times. But have you asked yourself, why do I blog?
There are people who are just writing to see their words on the screen. Some blog just for the fun of it. Others blog as a profession and seek to make money out of it. While others still just want to help their fellow human beings by writing tutorials, how-to's and the like.
Some blogs are for business seeking to establish a brand, while others just want to tell a story. There is also a plethora of personal blogs where people are just pouring out their heart, sharing their hobbies.
Whatever your reason is for blogging, make sure you have one. It can be as simple as I just love writing, or as complex as I am trying to build a brand and earn money.
Because blogging means different things to different people. What you get out of blogging is totally different and entirely up to you. The point being that you should get something out of blogging.
The forum for debate that blogging provides is matchless. Having a blog can benefit you in so many ways. Whether you are a professional blogger, a business blogger trying to establish a brand, or a personal blogger just sharing what you have. To many it is a platform to let loose. Blogging is the only outlet that many people have.
Whether it is receiving comments and kudos, or just getting something off your chest, or perhaps earning millions, if you are not getting something out of blogging then it’s not for you.
This debate has gone on for years. But remember just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so the schedule for blogging might be entirely different for you than it is for me. The key here is to be consistent.
I write every day, sometimes two to three times a day. Don't feel pressured or force yourself to write every day. Write when you're inspired, and write more than you need. Set up the extra material to post at later dates. From the reader's perspective, it will look as if you're posting regularly. It will give the impression of consistency.
After all blogging should be fun. It should be enjoyable. Don’t turn it into a burden by trying to keep a schedule that does not suit you. All I can say is that whether you write three times a day, or three times a month. Be consistent.
To bring readers to your blog, you need to make them aware that your blog actually exists. There are so may tools available to us today to promote our blogs. We just have to use them correctly.
Blogs are in fact a form of social media. If nothing else, remember this, blogging is about being social, building a community around you.
Using Social Networking tools like Twitter, Facebook, Gatorpeeps, will make people aware of your blog and articles that you write. Don’t be overbearing, but encourage people to read your articles.
Being sociable and building a community is about interaction and engaging others. Go to other blogs and engage in discussions. Don't just leave quickie comments so you can post your blog's URL. Don't write about what you're trying to sell-write about the people what they are looking for. Add value to the discussion, encourage, and help out. People will return to see what else you have to say, and they will take note of what you're selling.
So is your blog beautiful? If you leave an encouraging comment not only will you stand to win free advertising, but you can also leave a brief description of your blog with a link. Obviously this will be monitored. But feel free to share with others your beautiful blog.
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