The art of blogging

I’m not exactly sure when blogging became an art form, but it certainly does seem to be the case at the moment.  The problem is that so many people are doing it that the blog has to be as good as it can be in order to catch the eye.  Another issue for me is that I’m up against so many other writers that are very, very good at what they do.  I’m not aiming for an audience of millions (although it would be good to know that there are that many people out there who are interested in what I have to say), but to have a few readers and maybe get some discussion going is what I would like to achieve with this.

So what does blogging entail?  To be honest, I don’t think that there is a right or wrong answer to this one.  Take my blog for example.  You can see from the categories that there are many subjects that I like to write about.  I’ve noticed that many sites will stick to one particular subject, and there is nothing wrong with that if you have a specialism that you want to talk about.  At the moment I’m not really specialising in anything and write about any issues or subjects that come into my head.  A specialist blog is fine if you have a product or service to promote; customers need to know that you know what you’re talking about.  For an ordinary mortal like me, blogging is just the chance to let off a bit of steam.

In the early days of the internet, blogging was reserved for the technical few, but with sites such as WordPress and Blogger out there it is easier than ever to write your own blog.  You simply set it up and off you go; the site does all the hard work for you.  Some bloggers have been lucky enough to make a bit of cash from their blogs, but this takes dedication and a lot of patience.  Earning from my blog would be nice but I’m not sure I’m ready for that commitment level yet.

Anyone who has a few minutes to spare in the day should have a blog.  It doesn’t take long to update it and soon you could have a few followers who are interested in what is going on in your life.

Do people really want to know what goes on in my head?  I’m sure there are some people out there who are interested in the thoughts of others (psychiatrists, mainly).  However, there are probably a few who have stumbled across my blog and wondered what on earth I’m going on about.  My blog is just an outlet for me.  I’m currently not working, so something a little creative like this can stop my brain from clogging up and helps me to voice my opinion on anything and everything that comes into my head.  I’m sure, as time goes on, my blog will grow, and I hope that I can gather a few regular readers.

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