Sunday, 21 January 2018

To Blog Or Not To Blog

There are 7.7 billion people living somewhere out there. Nothing new, right?. But do you know how many of them are bloggers? 31 million - that's a lot of bloggers. So, is there room for one more? The answer is simple -  always, but you do need to find out what blogs and blogging is all about first.

So what is a blog?

In simple terms, it's a kind of interactive journal, but you will find the full answer to this one in the video below.

Why Blog?

I could give you a list a mile long, but I won't. Your time is precious, so I can't expect you to spend your whole day reading this post.  Instead, I'll stick to the most important ones. If nothing else, blogs allow you to:
  • Express yourself
  • Share your passion
  • Share your knowledge
  • Make a difference
  • Refine your writing skills
  • Build your professional network
  • Become an authority in your industry
  • Connect with other people who share the same interests
  • Have fun

What do people write about?

Everything and nothing. Basically some simply share their thoughts, ideas, experiences or even things they feel passionate about such as for example food or sports. Others share their expertise. In a nutshell, the world is your oyster when it comes to topics.

How do I go about it?

The first thing you need to do is to decide on a blogging platform that caters for your needs. This is basically an application that allows you to publish your content hassle free. There are many simple and straight forward platforms you can use such as blogger - which is this blog's host. You can find the top ones being offered at the moment here. Choose a platform that is not so complicated to navigate, hence why I use blogger, to start off with. Yes, aesthetically it might not be that great but it's simplicity will allow you to focus on the content rather than stress over how you are going to manage to navigate round the different features. That being done, register an account, give your blog a name and you are good to go.

Naturally, you will need to think of the content you want to put up and the information you want to display. You can always find a good video tutorial for your chosen platform on You tube to help you find your way round organising your blog effectively. Here are a few tips to get you started.

How does it work?

It's as easy as ABC. It works just like a word document, only you can input much more then just text. You could, for example::
  • Include Images
  • Add video
  • Add a hyperlink
  • Add Labels so others can find your blogs easily
  • Copy & Paste - but don't forget to remove formatting
  • Invite others to contribute
  • Interact with your audience through the comments

I promise that once you start, you will not want to stop. Blogging will become a natural part of your life. So, what do you think, are you ready to give it a go? 

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