A PERSONAL OPINION EDITORIAL
Some people say that blogging is dead and that blogging has been killed by the convenience and speed of other social media. I am here to challenge that idea and to suggest that blogging is as effective and as much fun as it ever was. So if you have tried blogging and gotten discouraged or if you are starting a new blog, I want to share some tips with you after being a blogger for more than 10 years now.
There are many reasons for blogging. My reasons are that I enjoy sharing my thoughts, my ideas, and my experiences with the world. I have always believed that somebody out there in the vastness of this universe that we all live in thinks along the same or similar lines that I do and that if I keep on writing a blog, sooner or later the people who share my views will appear, read my blog and become regular readers. So far, I have found that to be basically true.
I would suggest, at this point, that you start out slowly, writing about things that you know something about, things that you are comfortable blogging about and things that you find interesting. You will discover, sooner or later, that there are many other people who share your interests.
Now while writing a blog post every day has been suggested by a lot of experts, I can tell you from experience that this can lead to burnout after a while. It is a good idea if you are filled with ideas that you want to share and if you have a lot of patience and determination to write things that are well-researched and that make sense and, especially, things that can be of help to other people or something that can amuse, inform, entertain or challenge others.
I find that I am capable of writing more than one post every day if I want to but some people are just fine with writing a single post each day or once or twice a week … and some folks only write a post once a month or so …. the secret to success is to be consistent. People who look for your blog want to see your content appearing on a more or less regular basis and at or near approximately the same time. It does not have to be perfect, just regular, just consistent.
If your life is interesting or funny, then you can be assured that your audience will probably find your writing to be funny and interesting as well because the thoughts that come out in writing are the thoughts that are hidden in the heart and as you continue to write, those thoughts will come to the fore and create the persona of your blog.
Try to remember that it takes time … sometimes a lot of time … for people to find your blog on the internet so be patient. If you feel like your blog is not getting the number of readers that you desire, at first, then remember that as time goes by more and more people will find you. You have to keep in mind that whether you are as talented as Shakespeare or as plain as an old shoe, it takes time to build your blog audience so patience is a real virtue … just keep writing … do not give up …if you write it, somebody will eventually find it and read it.
Do not try to be an expert writer. You will polish your writing style as you go along. Just write the same way you would talk to a friend .. friendly, chatty, uncomplicated. Do not worry about using big words or complicated themes. Just say what is on your mind and remember to use short sentences and paragraphs. People generally will not read every word you write anyway. They will “Skip Read” unless they are the kind of person who loves to read every word — and there are some people who enjoy reading so much that they actually will savor every word you write … but like I said, many will read as fast as they can and skip over a lot of what you write. Never allow this to discourage you.
Be yourself, be authentic, be positive, be relatable and be as transparent as you can about yourself and the things that you write about.
Did I mention that it is always a good idea to include some pictures or photographs in your blog posts? You can take your own pictures, of course and scan them onto your blogs through your computer photo program. Or you can find a lot of pictures you can use without worrying about infringing on somebody’s copyright from some of the following resources:
Here is a resource for even more pictures and photos for your blogs:
Thank you for your kind attention.