What is a Blog? Who is a Blogger and What is Blogging? They see me in a torn Levi’s, Ray-Ban working at the cafe on a Mac and ask me about what I do. I introduce myself and these are the questions I face. This is for all those who want to know the answers, here I explain.
A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).
The definition speaks more like my physics teacher. Let’s make it simple.
What is a Blog?
The word Blog is an abbreviated term for “Weblog“. A Blog or Weblog is a Website and Portal created by individuals/companies /you to share knowledge and information about their specific topic and other subtopics that is dynamically updated with new information regularly.
Example: I wanted to help educate people on the advantages of Internet as a tool and the financial opportunities available online. So I created BlogsnClicks.com where I can share my lessons with anyone who is searching for any information regarding creation of Successful Blogs or wants to earn money online.
If you are health and fitness person you can create your own blog where you can give tips on fitness, exercise regimes, your own experiences, diets, recipes etc….and many more. You may use simple text articles, infographics, Audio clips (Podcasts) or Videos about performing certain exercise or making a healthy shake. You can also post images how your gym is equipped or you can create a list of your favorite fitness icons, books etc. It’s kind of magazine which can never end or an encyclopedia of the topic.
As with magazines the success of your Blog reflects from the number of visitors/fans/subscribers your Blog. Some create a blog as a hobby, some do it part-time to vent creative energy and while some to do it as a full-time job and income source.
Who is a Blogger
The Author who writes/creates the content for a Blog is called the Blogger.
As above if you create your Blog about Fitness and post content on to it then you’re a Blogger.
To succeed as Blogger you have to be a continuous learner and researcher. Being a Blogger you have to serve the best and the latest to your visitors/fans in a way that will please them. And that’s no easy task, you have to learn, research and then package it for you visitors to understand or enjoy. Certain skills and understanding of technology underlying the Internet have to be learnt to deliver content up-to your audience. You can outsource this task, but it’s a costly affair.
What is Blogging?
All the hard-work of for creating the content and taking the pain to deliver it in a presentable way, so that it reaches the target audience/fans/subscribers is called Blogging. Each and every skill you need to run and manage a Blog is called blogging. Just creating the content doesn’t finish the job. Blogging also involves reaching the audience, telling everybody “Hey !I’m here and I have this for you”. This is where the technical aspect Search Engine Optimization (SEO in net parlance), Blog Promotion, Social Media Marketing etc. come in picture. It seems really tough but isn’t that hard once you get a hang of it. As said earlier you can surely outsource the technical part.
Why do all the hard-work?
Blog are maintained as a passion. Some people like making a dish and serve it , it’s a passion they feel good doing it, while some may open a restaurant and earn serving the dishes. Blogs are the best way to discuss about a certain topic/view or share knowledge/know-how/views with the entire world becoming your forum/audience. Also Blogging is one of the best way to make money online. If you create your own blog you can gain from various other networks on the internet. So its up-to you why to Blog. You can also check out Top 10 ways to make money online for all other thing that can complement your blog to earn online. Check out how Kat Loterzo makes $80000 a month with her Blog.
If you have a health and fitness blog you can sell your own book of recipes, or a DVD of Exercise tips or you can market for your gym equipment maker etc. You can make money with Google Adsense by placing Advertising campaigns on your Blog. You can earn through Affiliate marketing with sites like Amazon and recommending brands like Nike for sportswear and gadgets like Iphone6. You can also use tools like Viglink which can automate the task of Affiliate marketing. The opportunities here have no limits. To know how to monetize your Blog read How to Make Money with your Blog
Some of the Top 10 Bloggers like Michael Arrington founder Techcrunch or Pete Cashmore the maker of Mashable make Million Dollars a Month through their Blogs, associated marketing and sales.
With Blogging even Sky won’t be a limit.
If you’e a writer having great writing skills, you can try posting a Guest Post on Blogs n Clicks
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