Hey lovely readers and fellow bloggers..
I’ve been doing some extra reading and research about blogging- nay blogging right- for some time now and I thought it’d be nice to share with you some insights I’ve learnt about taking your blog from where you are to where you need to be.
This opinions are mine and may be unpopular, but if your head is low enough, you can get some fundamental knowledge about what blogging really is and what bloggers really do. So, I’m saying this is for practicing bloggers as well as aspiring bloggers.
Let’s get down to it.
Who really is a blogger?
The right idea of what blogging really is and what bloggers do will inform your sense of responsibility and actions.
To be, as well as to any serious person in a right frame of mind, I think a blogger is more of a journalist than anything else. Blogging of the increasing chances of success the blogging has created for Nigerians over the years, many now think blogging is just a less-busy road to success and money-which is absolutely right. But bloggers aren’t primarily driven by the quest for money. If they were, blogging could as well be termed “Yahoo” since that’s what it means.
If you ask any successful blogger, who hasn’t just made money but name, they will tell you that walking the path of blogging to prosperity is more about research, seeking truth and keep the populace informed right- which frankly speaking is the meaning of journalism. To think yourself less of a journalist as a blogger is that sure recipe for mediocre contents and frustration.
Second, blogging is easy much as it is hard. You can’t exactly say that blogging is easy or hard- it’s truly a mixture of the two.
The easiest aspect of blogging is setting up your blog and designing it to taste. The hardest part is keeping to the ethics of good journalism.
Well, if you noticed, I didn’t mention anything about monetising your blog as hard or easy. I’ll make a post on that separately.
How Do You Cope With the Hardest Part of Blogging?
May I say at this point that you don’t need to be intimidated about it. If you have informed your sense about your status as a blogger to be a seeker and reporter of true information, you have solved half of the problem.
That being said, it is not exactly a rollercoaster ride either. You should open yourself up to learning more skills if you want to be successful on your own as a blogger. Most important of the skills you need to learn is WRITING. My guy, you must write o. In the blogging scape till tomorrow, content is king.
It is good content that you’ll build backlinks to. It is good content that you can conveniently optimise. It is good content that builds your reputation as an authority. While keyword research is very important, if you are able to get keywords but can’t focus on them with good contents, you’re walking the path to oblivion.
But I don’t know how to write, you say. May I tell you that writing is not a sublime confraternity thing. You can do it if you’ll learn it. Read, write, read and right. That’s how you learn. I’ll address this later.
But I’ll pay someone to write for me. That’s not a bad idea. In fact, it’s a good idea. But it’s not a great idea.
Except you are a blogger who only wants to make little money and no name, you should write more for yourself on your blog. There’s what we call personality infusion. It’s very important for bloggesr who are serious about blogging for authority and influence. When people visit your website, they should smell you, your personality. Most of those writers you pay have low originality, and even the good ones with plagiarism-free contents can only write their perspective to articles, not yours.
Again, if you’re serious about authority, write more.
This is for the aspiring bloggers out there. Don’t wait until you learn it all to start blogging, you’ll never start. Blogging is as expanse as the sea. Navigating it may take a lifetime. Why not carry your whaler ship and go on a seafaring adventure of blogging. You might catch some fun.
Don’t mind me, you can start right where you are with what you have.