Welcome to yet another installation of my ‘free to write however I like section’. This one is Twacks unique perspective on blogging-Like A Boss. That’s right, I’m down with it. For real. I can use the lingo if I so choose. That, right there, is one of the key elements, writing for your intended audience, We’ll come back to that later. For now let’s just see where this unique perspective takes us into the world of ‘Blogging’ and remember, this is my ‘take’ on stuff and might not fit into the normal parameters of those more qualified. That’s OK though, this is my site and like you, we can write what we want. Boom.
Why Are You Blogging ?
A simple enough question but one that can have many answers and not all of them will be the same as your reasons or mine. There’s plenty of advice out there that will push you towards finding in a ‘niche’ that ultimately will start to bring in revenue. If that’s your ‘bag’ then cool. Ain’t my scene man. Well it is, sort of. Back home on the Wealthy Affiliate ranch the question ‘What should I write about ?’ pops up and the most popular answers tend to be.
- What are you interested in ?
- What do you enjoy doing ?
- What are you passionate about ?
- What would you like to learn about ?
- Do you have a hobby ?
When I started writing this portion I thought there would only be one answer and now look what’s happened. More writing for me. Yay. It’s a list but really it could be shorter or longer depending on how you look at the bigger picture. As we’re just having a chat about ‘blogging’ then it will be shorter.
Writing is not second nature for everyone but if you want to get up onto the Google podium then you’re going to have put down some fair sized quantities of words. You average post should be somewhere in the region of between 1200 and 1500 words. No ones going to moan if it’s a bit longer or shorter, as long as you’re giving your reader some value. Not only that, you’re going to have to do it time and time again. General consensus is that you won’t start getting serious ‘traffic’ until you’ve putout over a hundred articles or posts. Dont’ let that scare you, there is no time limit and you shouldn’t expect any noticable results for the first few months, maybe even six or more. Patience is a virtue.
Ever listened to someone talking about their ‘passion’ ? Even if you’re not overly interested in the subject you can’t help but be drawn in. They exude such energy and it just flows, almost hypnotic. Well my friends, that’s what you need to do with your blogging. With that in mind, take another look at the list and see if anything jumps out at you now.
Blogging Should Be Fun
I do love a good ‘No-brainer’ but think about it. You’re going to be sat in front of that computer for hours just typing and typing away till the ends of your fingers look like cartoon fingers after they’ve been smacked with a huge ACME hammer. Are you going to be able to do that if you don’t enjoy what it is you’re writing about ? I know there are many out there who are successful bloggers and earn their living from it. They can turn their hand to any subject and use it as a means to bring in the income, regardless if they enjoy the subject matter or not. Professionals. Well I’m not. I want to write about something I either know a great deal about or something I enjoy talking about. Or both.
Hobbies, passions and interests are all areas you should be able to write about and enjoy the process. Come on, why would you want to sit down and start trudging through, not trudging, er, how about, why would you want to sit down knowing that you had to write over a thousand words on something that bores you to tears ? In short, you wouldn’t, not unless someone had asked you to and was prepared to pay you obscene amounts of cash, folding, readies or mula. One day they might, yes indeed. If you start getting the attention of some other sites or businesses, they may well want you to spread some of your literary love in their direction.
Bottom line is, if you can sit down with a smile on you face and a little bit of a ‘butterfly’ feeling in you stomach. You know you’re about to smash an article out of the park, it’s not a chore but a labour of love. Cliches rule.
Daily Weekly Or What ?
Cool thing about having your own blog is that you’re the boss. Not only do you write like one, you are one. So it’s up to you how you go about this bit.
Time constraints or just coming up with ideas may well be key factors in the regularity of your posts.
Bear in mind also that you’re trying to put out content of a decent quality that your reader will find value in. I know I’ve said it before but it is quite important. Well that’s what they tell me and I do try but it’s subjective, no? I mean I write something and read it back to myself and think “Nice job ” That’s just me and I don’t recommend that approach for everyone. I’m not a ‘My way or the highway’ kind of guy. There’s some truth in that though, you have to be confident in your musings but temper it with just a small sprinkling of humility until you find out what really works for you and your reader. Back to the point.
When I first started, I was unleashed. I mean I had so much I could write about, content was not a problem, still isn’t. You may well want to run your blog like a diary and add to it on a daily basis. Kudos to you if you can find enough interesting stuff to get that down. I currently have three sites and although I have slowed a touch, I am adding to all the sites on a weekly basis. That works for me at the moment but may well change, it all depends on where my heads at.
Example for you, indulge me. If you were a gamer, you may well be on your console or high-powered PC, every day or night, or both. You may well already have a ready-made audience with all your online companions. Writing a blog post every day could well be a doddle. Keeping everyone up to date with your progress. Every so often you might try out a new game and post about how the experience was for you. You could drop in a few reviews on the hardware you use or have used in the past. As you are immersed in your passion every day, spending some time telling everyone out there about it might not be an issue.
You might have a job where what you do is so varied each and every day that you’ll have loads of fresh material which you can share at the end of each day. If you’re a ‘specialist’ in some particular field, your ‘output’ could be avidly sought.
The other side of this section is where you aren’t able to commit that kind of time and that’s fine as well. You may well have a hobby that you can only really explore on the weekends so a weekly post would be more suited. If your readership knows the score they’ll still be happy, just don’t miss a slot, they can be fickle and start clicking around for something else to get into. We all do it. Saying that, we always go back because we like what we like.
Bottom line is that as long as you add good quality content on a consistently regular schedule, you won’t go far wrong.
More Than Just Words
Now I’m going to give you a little secret. It’s not a very well hidden though, so I suppose, technically it’s not a secret. Talked myself out of that one. Try again. Apparently it is widely known that we, as a species, are quite taken with ‘visuals’ and not so much with large chunks of text. Who knew ?
Thinking about it, it does make sense. When faced with a page of text, no paragraphs and no pictures, well I might well clickand move on. Unless of course it’s a research document, full of facts and figures that make a whole load of sense to me and I’m devouring every last word in an attempt to finish my own ninety thousand word post graduate thesis. Yep, that’s not happening.
We like the pictures. Some well-chosen images that compliment the section of words you’ve written. Paragraphs used wisely to separate your thoughts, ideas and comments. Maybe the occasional chart. Some bullet point lists where appropriate. All of these will help to keep your reader engaged.
Videos are also popular and with YouTube right up there as one, if not, the most popular medium, it kind of proves the point. The other thing about video clips is that they keep the reader on your site for longer and without too much extra brain usage on their part. Always a bonus. Not to long a clip. I’ve seen clips that are thirty minutes or more on some blog posts and I’m not always in the best place to commit that amount of time. Use your best judgement. They don’t have to watch it but if it’s highly relevant to your topic then let them have it.
Wrapping It Up In A Timely Manner
So my friend it’s time for me to tidy this little exploration in to blogging up. Cross the ‘I’s’ and dot the ‘T’s’ and leave you with some wise words of wisdom to sum up everything you’ve just read. Not going to do that, you might be one of those who always reads the last page of a book before you’ve even started to read it, then I would have put in all my time and effort for no reason.
I will leave you with this though. Your blog is your blog and although there is a huge resource out there that covers the technicalities on how to make sure your work gets indexed and ranked by Google and the other major search engines, all of that won’t make one iota of difference if your content is not of a high quality. Use a grammar checker to make sure everything is as it should be. Write from your heart and in your own unique style.
I’ve added a couple of links to other posts on here in regard to writing. Please feel free to have a read through them if you so desire. Today has been a good day and I hope I’ve helped, even if it was only a small amount. Just so you know, this particular blog has a total word count of 1934, surprising how quick you read it, isn’t it ?
Leave any questions or comments you might have in the section below, they are always welcome and responded to as quick as I can, normally within a day but don’t hold me to it.