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Some Thoughts On Blogging

Some Thoughts On Blogging

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Published by Martin Vika
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Affiliate Blogger Pro. Multi-media Program By Super Affiliate Blogger Rosalind Gardner Provides Step-by-step Instruction To Setup And Make Money From Blogs Through Affiliate Marketing. Includes Text & Video Tutorials As Well As A Community Forum. http://lnk.co/IJ41Y

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Published by: Martin Vika on Feb 19, 2012
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 ==== ====Do what you love. Share your passion. Make money online.http://lnk.co/IJ41Y ==== ====I am the sort of person who needs to have a good reason for doing something. I, of course, thinkthat everyone is like me so that's why I need to tell you why you should care about what I thinkabout blogging. I have been blogging long enough, I think, to proclaim myself an "experiencedblogger." It has been about eighteen months; not nearly as long as some more establishedbloggers but definitely long enough to have a real grasp of what blogging is all about. I have spentthese eighteen months, not in recording half-hearted, or trivial scribblings and jottings just to fillpages, but with intense concentration and carefully thought out, posts. Sometimes, I struggled withthem. The mistakes I have made since I first began blogging would fill a textbook and thisexperience alone is valuable, especially for others who do not want to make the mistakes I havemade. I am no longer a "newbie." I have the aforementioned experience. Second, If you are a newblogger, or if you are thinking about starting a blog, this post will give you a sort of realistic glimpseinto this very popular venue of personal expression so you can decide early on what you want toaccomplish or even whether or not you really want to become actively involved with blogging.Even experienced bloggers may find some interest here by getting a chance to compare theirexperiences with mine and use this as a measure of how much better they have done or whatmore they might like to do. So, now that I have your attention, we can have a nice conversationabout the "blogging experience." I never thought of myself as a "blogger." I never even intended to get involved with blogging. Ithought this was for people with no social life, or no outside interests; people with a lot of time ontheir hands; people who are somehow socially challenged, misanthropic, agoraphobic, or evenlycanthropic (people who think they are, or may actually be, werewolves). I wanted none of that. Infact, there may be bloggers who fit these categories, but there are, I am certain, teachers,politicians, professional people and neighbors who may easily fall into any of these categories,also. It doesn't mean that teaching, politics, professions or other pursuits peopled by anti-socialtypes are not worth pursuing. For that reason, I decided to give blogging a try. I was interested inInternet business and I liked to write, so, blogging was perfect for me in the time I had available. I have since learned, that blogging is so popular and so fascinating because so many differentkinds of people are now blogging. Besides the antisocial types, there are very friendly andsociable types and everyone can produce successful blogs. It is truly a populist art form and thatmeans that there are so many types of blogs being created that the field is a "content-rich"reservoir of creativity. There are some poor blogs, yes. There are also some extraordinarily superbblogs. There is everything in between. Blogging is accessible to everyone, both to create and toenjoy. When I stop and think about some things I have learned about blogging, I think first about the
commitment one makes when becoming a blogger. Blogging is not like writing a term paper forschool where you can write one paper and be done with it. It is more like being a newspaperreporter, only, with self-imposed deadlines. Once you have a blog and people discover it, youhave a sort of social obligation to continue managing your blog until such time as you decide toshut it down and remove it from circulation. Of course you do not have to manage your blog but tothe extent that you manage it and give proper attention to developing your blog, you will besuccessful as with sports, arts or any activity requiring effort and skill. That is the second thing that I learned: The more effort a blogger expends, the more serious he orshe is about creating meaningful posts and upgrading the blog with widgets and apps., to improvefunctionality for the convenience of visitors, the better the blog becomes as evidenced by positivecomments and increasing traffic. Blogging is not particularly difficult, but it does require work;sometimes considerable work. It requires time as well: With experience, writing posts and handlingthe other chores of managing a blog (such answering comments, deleting spam comments andadding advertisements) becomes easier and less time consuming, but still, a certain amount oftime must necessarily be spent in performing these tasks. Another lesson learned is that blogging is fun. If you enjoy writing and creating; finding new ideasand training yourself to be more observant so you can come up with new angles and uniquelydifferent ways of perceiving a subject, you will enjoy the blogging experience. You will have FUN. Is there a certain personality type that is especially well-suited for blogging? I was readingcomments on a blog recently, in which a blogger mentioned that she believed that an extrovertwould be well suited to the demands of blogging because of the social nature of this Internet artform. She felt that a "people- person" would respond better to readers than less sociable typesand be more comfortable in dealing with visitors, in the same way as, perhaps, a retail shop ownerwould be in dealing with customers in a physical store. I don't disagree with this opinion but that isnot the whole story. The blog is a public forum and (hopefully) thousands of people will visit yourblog. I think it makes the experience easier and more pleasant if you like people and enjoyinteracting with them in the way that many successful bloggers interact with their readers. Blogging, however, is a bit different than simply exchanging e-mails or socialising in a physicalsetting: it is virtual socializing, meaning that while the people are very real, you can't see them.There is a vast difference in having 15,000 or 50,000 or 500,000 visitors attending an event atwhich you are appearing on stage to greet, inform, entertain them and answer questions and thesame number visiting your blog when you can comfortably have the same interaction while, say,sitting in your pajamas, cup of coffee or whatever in your hand. A true extrovert could manage thefirst situation and love it without melting into a puddle of embarrassment because of stage fright.An introvert or simply a more shy individual would definitely shrink from this kind of socialinteraction and avoid it at all costs. The virtual nature of blogging allows both extroverts and introverts and all personality types toeasily manage the social aspect of blogging with the least discomfort. There are good, creativethinkers representing all personality types who can successfully manage a blog and its socialdimension. There is one important point that I want to make: I think it IS important that a bloggershould like people, even if they do not prefer to mingle with crowds. The reason I say this isbecause I do think one's personality shows through one's writing style and choice of subject matterand words. The way you express yourself can give clues to the reading audience about your
personality and whether you are a friendly, civil sort of person or a rough, vulgar, misanthrope.That does not mean that if you are not a nice person, your blog will not be read. Blogs do tend toattract like-minded people, but, generally, people respond more positively to positive people. Thesuggested guideline I would give, therefore, especially, if you do not yet have a blog but arethinking about it, is this: "If you hate people and find them annoying, choose another activity likescatology or buoy maintenance or searching for comets and asteroids from exotic desertlocations." Another thought that has occurred to me about blogging is that there are all sorts of blogs thatshow tremendous variation in degree of polish and sophistication. Some are quite elementary andeven crude. Some are as casual and unpretentious as an unself-conscious chat with friends.Some are so well crafted that they could be excerpts from a Doctoral Thesis. The range of writingexpertise is "huge" and if we were talking about painting, it would be the same as some peoplepainting by numbers and great artists, producing masterpieces. Blogging is so universally accessible that we share our field with brilliant professional writers, journalists and business executives (and some brilliant "ordinary" non-professional writers) andbarely literate, sometimes rather inept, unskilled "non-writers" who manage somehow, tocommunicate in the written word despite their lack of expertise. The beauty of this mix of peoplewith different backgrounds and skill-levels is that there is nothing wrong with this. It is "all-good," inthe sense that blogging is a truly equal-opportunity art and regardless of the results, there arereaders of every skill level, also, who will gravitate to the style, subject matter and level of writingthat they are most comfortable with. This is, indeed, the "Marketplace" and the reading tastes of"blog consumers" help to shape the marketplace and the art. That is what I like about blogging. No one needs is excluded. Anyone who wants to can have ablog and can even succeed wonderfully if they pay attention to common sense principles such asdiscussed in my previous posts and articulated by other bloggers. Something else I like aboutblogging (as long as I am on the subject) is that whenever I discover something really interestingand even life-changing, I do not have to bore my friends who may not be interested (although, itseems reasonable that if people are your friends they should share some of your interests)---anyway, I do not have to find someone to excitedly share my discovery with---I can blog about it. Imay bore someone, but of all the people who will read about it, some will think: "Hey! that is really'cool'" or: "AWESOME!" When you have a blog, you always have people to share marvelousthings with. That in itself, makes it all worthwhile for me; it can make blogging a great adventurefor any untitled, Persona Non Grata who wants to be able to say: "Oh me? I'm a blogger- I blog." It is now, unquestionably, a most respectable occupation. http://www.bloggasaurus.com  Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=William_Corey

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