What is Blogging? A blog is like an online journal where you can digitally write down your thoughts, ideas, opinions and practically anything that you want to share with the world for them to read, view or listen to. Blog is short for the term weblog. Blogs come in different styles, formats, and settings, depending on the preference of the user. Most blogging platforms offer built-in features such as hyperlink, pictures, straight texts etc. Some even allow the use of video and audio. Blogging on this platform will refer mainly to sharing content in the written form. The other forms are vlogging (videos) and podcasts for audio formats.
Features of a Blog
- The title– The main topic you’re writing about.
- The body– The content
- Trackback– Enables other sites to link back to your site
- Permalink– This is the permanent URL/address/link of your article
- Comments– this allows readers to post comments on your blog.
The main advantage of blogging is that the blogger uses Content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress or Wix which are made of only a few templates. Unlike, other websites that consist of many individual pages. This makes it easier for the content creators/bloggers to create new pages because the CMS already have settings that include: slots for title, body of the post, category, etc. This is especially useful for first-time users, since they can start blogging right away.
Secret to Successful Blogging Career.
Blogging is not just limited to personal usage. There are a lot of blogs that follow a theme such as: sports, politics, philosophy, social commentary, etc. We call such blog Niche sites. It is advisable that one chooses a niche that they are passionate about. This way blogging becomes a medium in which people can share their knowledge and opinions about a variety of themes and topics and make some money while doing so. My Secret to Successful Blogging Career is in what I call Jeff Nali’s 3Ps (PPP). Passion, Patience and Persistence. Passion will make blogging fun, Patience keeps you in, in the early stages before the money starts coming in and Persistence keeps you going until you realize your blogging goals.
While Some bloggers even use their blogs as a means to advertise, some do advertise their books or products, while other bloggers, use their blogs to shed light to currents issues, events, news, and catastrophes. The later mainly make money through adverts, affiliate marketing or sponsored posts.
Blogging For Business and Fun
A lot of entrepreneurs benefit from blogging by promoting their businesses on their blogs, with millions and millions of people logging onto the net everyday, blogging has become a lucrative move. Some bloggers who run online businesses promote their merchandise online. While others profit through advertisement.
But by far, the most popular blog type is the one that takes the form of a personal journal. This is the kind that is usually used by first-time bloggers. Individuals who want to document the daily struggle of their everyday lives, poems, rants, opinions, find that blogging offers them a medium in which to express themselves.
Bloggers usually communicate within themselves. This is one of the appeals of blogging. It creates a community of people sharing their ideas, thoughts, and comments with each other.
Blogs varying in topics, themes, and set-ups, can be found in blog directories. First-time users who want to get an idea of what the blogging world is all about can browse through a number of blogs using these directories. This way they’d get an idea of what these blogging communities are like.
Blogging is popular all over the world. There are no rules when it comes to blogging. Bloggers have the freedom to express themselves however way they want, and the best thing about blogging is that most blogging sites are free.
There are numerous blogging websites to choose from in the net. This gives first-time users the option of joining a blogging community that appeals to their interests. This is where Passion takes precedence.
Just search any blogging directory and you’d get a listing of a lot of blogging sites that are available on the net. It’s easy to search a blogging directory because it is organized according to category. This way you would get exactly what you are after. Blogging is really for everyone. It is fun, simple and easy.
This was just an overview on Blogging. We will get into the nitty-gritty of how to start a blog in our next publications. Stay tuned.