If writing is an art form, then, blogging is one way of using words to be creating your ‘art’.
This is because people who are into blogging are the ones who are artistic people in their own sense, carefully choosing words that would best describe their feelings, sentiments, wishes, desires, and anything else on their mind.
Blogs were first introduced as weblogs that refer to a “server’s log file.” It was created when weblogging hit the virtual market. Since its inception in the mid-1990s, web logging gradually grew into the online community,y making the Internet a viable source of greater information.
However, with web-logging, you still need a website and domain names, but with blogging, you do not need anything just an account with blog providers. In most cases, these kinds of blogs are free of charge.
With the onset of blogging in the industry, personal journaling had been a common ground for people who wish to be known all over the world.
However, not literally famous as this is not a case on being a popular or well-known personality.
Blogs vs Websites
Generally, blogs are created for personal use. Like a journal, people can write their daily adventures, sentiments, and whatever ideas they want to express online.
Nevertheless, with the advent of online businesses, blogs had gradually taken the limelight in providing businesses a chance to boost their productivity online. This is where the business blogs have taken the limelight.
Business blogs are, basically, created to advertise the services or products of a certain website or online business in order to increase online sales.
Moreover, business blogs are also one way of promoting the company so that the other readers will know that a certain company exists online. With blogs, entrepreneurs are able to establish a name in the virtual market through articles that can be very useful in the reader’s life.
From there, you can make money out of blogs by simply syndicating it to your business’ website. This can be done through RSS technology.
So, if you are thinking to create a blog, whether for business or for pleasure, you need to know some tips that could help you get through and make your blog one of the interesting blogs online.
Choosing Your Blogging Platform
Unless you are pretty experienced technically, WordPress is the way to go. It’s one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with countless plugins, themes, and add-ons which offer almost infinite ways to design and layout your blog.
Should You Buy Hosting or Use a Free Alternative?
If you have very little money using a free blogging service is the way you may have to go, but we do not recommend it.
Private businesses such as WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, and others all offer free blogs for everyone. Great, right? It’s perfect for people who just want to blog for fun, but it does have its downsides.
First, you do not own your domain name. You may come up with a catchy name for your blog, but it is not yours, it belongs to the company. They can delete it at any time if they want to.
Many people have woke up in the morning, went to their blog and found all their hard work, all those countless hours of writing and creating blog posts have vanished.
And these days with political correctness being so uptight, something you may have written in the past may now find you banned. Very sad.
Second, anything you write or post pretty much belongs to the company, and they can delete your blog and all your efforts at any time. You don’t own your blog.
On a free blog, your blog’s web address will include another companies name. Something like… http://dogfoodsuprise.blogger.com
And there are often some limits to ‘free’ blogs. Often you can’t fully monetize it, and you may not have the possibility to upload all the videos and pics you want to share, and your choice of themes is very limited.
On the other hand, buying your own domain and paying for hosting makes you the real owner of your blog. You are able to name your blog whatever you want, as long as the name is available.
And then you have ‘unlimited’ (not really) bandwidth for videos, images, and content, plus the many free themes that WordPress offers and your good to go!
How much is hosting and a domain name?
A domain name runs around $10 a year and hosting works out to about $5 to $10 per month, depending on the hosting provider you choose. This comes out to less than a large pizza and a beer per month.
If you still have questions, here’s some further information for you to look at:
1. Consider your audience
Even if your blog is generally personal, still, it would be better to consider the minds of your readers. You have to think of something that would interest them.
After all, most of the reasons of people who write blogs are not at all confined to their own personal motives. Most of them would love to be “heard” (or read) and would love to be known, in some way or another, even for just a minute.
Hence, it is very important to come with a write up that everybody can understand, not necessarily that these people can relate to it but they can understand it.
2. Pictures speak a thousand words
To make your blogging worth the browsing effort of your readers, it would be extremely nice if you will put some pictures in it. It does not necessarily mean you have to place a picture of yourself. Any photographs will do as long as it does not pose danger or insult to anyone who will be reading your blog.
3. Make constructive and beneficial blogs
Even if you are free to write anything you want to say to the world, still, it would be better to create some write-ups that would be beneficial to your readers.
After all, it’s information technology that you have there so better be inclined to provide information rather than sheer quirky entertainment.
4. Avoid making multifaceted and complicated blogs
In order to have an interesting blog, try not to use some highly technical and highfalutin words. After all, it is not a science discourse or a debate that you are making, so better stick to simple facts and short blogs.
Bear in mind that most people who use the Internet usually do more scanning than scrutinizing each site word for word. Therefore, it would be better to come with blogs that will not bore your readers just because you have these lengthy articles.
5. Make it interactive
As much as possible and if your capacity will allow it, make your blog interactive. You can do this by placing some video or audio clips in your blog.
You can even place an area for comments or for some feedback. In this way, you can get some impressions or reactions of other people. Who knows, you might even gain some friends just by making them feel at home in your blog site.
Indeed, blogs are not created just for the mere fun of it. It also has its own purpose in the world of the Internet.
Therefore, for people who wish to harness their craft, as far as writing is concerned, blogs are the best way to do it.
As they say, blogging is the modern form of both creative and commercial writing, and as you grow as a blogger you can expand these few basic rules.