Introduction to Blogging

Just in case you are new to blogging or are just considering starting your own blog, or you have a blog and are just now considering monetizing your blog, I think a short introduction to what a blog is will be appropriate.

As the internet developed to become what it is today, many webmasters discovered that netizens wanted to know which websites had recently been updated and which had new information on them Web surfers were searching new and exciting information and did not want to have to go check sites themselves to see if they had been updated recently. They wanted someplace they could go and see just what was new.

There were some pretty sharp programmers started posting logs on their own websites which told their site visitors which websites had recent updates or new information on them.

These weblogs, as they were called at that time, were like an informal directory of “what’s new” online. These weblogs, and the technology which powered them, eventually grew and changed to become the blogs of today.

A blog is simply a website which is written in a friendly news format which is frequently updated. Rather than be a listing of new or updated websites, blogs came to be new news, and always changing websites in themselves.

A blog takes the same role online as your local television daily news program or newspaper do in their respective media types. Blogs are somewhere you go when you want new and interesting information on any given topic.

A blog is a website which is always being updated with up to date information. A blog serves the sole purpose of educating and entertaining people. Just like a good daily news program, or local newspaper, good blogs provide you with a nice balance of education and entertainment.

A good blog is one which has a lot of content, teaches you something new and entertains you a bit in the process. For your blog to be successful you will want to make sure you incorporate each of these three things into your own blog as well. The most successful blogs on the internet do this and do it quite well.

Where a weblog used to be a list of new or changed websites, they changed over time and exploded in popularity into today’s blogs. Where a blog used to be something only a programmer had, blogging now allows anyone, without any programming or HTML (hypertext mark-up language) skills, to set up their own blog. The weblogs of yesteryear paved the way to the blogs of today.

With the proliferation of free blog sites such as Google’s Blogger, it is simple for anyone in the world to have their own blog. Blogger uses templates and signing up for an account and starting your blog takes all of about five minutes and you are up and on your way! If you can e-mail and surf the web, then you can have your own blog. It really is that easy. And, best of all – it is free!

Today’s blogs are maintained by both companies (large and small) as well as individuals all over the world. In this day and age even your grandmother could have her own blog if she wanted to. All she would have to do is sign-up for a Blogger account and start typing about her family, her hobbies, her pets, or whatever else she might want to talk about. A family blog can be a great way for families who want to stay in touch with each other.

A blog can simply be an online diary or notebook you use to publish your thoughts. A blog can also be a more formal website used to educate people about just about any topic you can think of. Your blog can be as personal or professional as you want it to be.

Through the use of Blogger’s great templates you can adjust the look and feel of your own blog to match the type of blog you wish to have. You are also free to have more than one blog and can have the look and feel of each separate blog vary depending on their individual topics. And the best thing is that both a personal or professional blog can have AdSense on it and make you some money!

Online there are currently blogs on topics ranging from workplace politics, world politics, relationships, frugal living, sports, religion, family life, children, family pets, and just about anything else in between. Chances are if you have an interest in something then there is a blog out there on the topic.

Blogging can be an incredibly rewarding activity. Some people start a blog to promote a business. Other people start a blog because they simply like the idea of having their own website and a blog is the easiest kind of website to start. Others blog because they have an agenda that they want to promote. Still others start blogs because they want to educate people about certain issues. Whatever your reason for blogging, there is one thing that all bloggers can agree on: finding content can be a big pain in the…you-know-where.

When you start blogging thinking of blog post topics will be easy. This is largely due to your level of enthusiasm over your new site. Most bloggers will write a few posts a day when they start out. As time goes on, however, finding things to blog about becomes more difficult. It is not unlike looking across the table at your husband and realizing that the funny story you were about to tell him is the same funny story you’ve told him fifty times and is probably bored with it.

So what do you do?

The first place we go when we need to find blogging content is the news. We look at headlines in our local area first to see if anything piques our interest. Sometimes an article or a topic will jump out at us and give us enough ideas that we’ll have a few days worth of content for our blogs. Sometimes it is just a passing fancy that we mention only once. If no local news seems fitting for our blog (this will depend largely on your blog’s niche), then we move on to national news and then world news.

If we don’t find any current events to write about, the next place we look when we need help with blogging is our own entertainment cache. What have we been playing with lately? What books are we reading? Did we just see a movie that we can write about? Remember, blogging is about sharing opinions. Your readers want to know what you think about something even if it is just about a television show that was on last night.

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