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When we start blogging, chances are we’ll find other bloggers who are sharing the same information we want to write about.

Some may see these fellow bloggers as competition, whereas others see the similarity as motivation to be better. To be different.

Sadly, some will be discouraged and not start blogging because they think they don’t have a chance.

Today’s Lesson

Blogs are like books.

We find dozens, if not hundreds of books on the same topic.

Each one appeals to a different audience.

In a lot of cases, the popular books are written by well-known authors or someone who’s well-positioned, such as the daughter of a prominent business man or maybe a politician.

Sometimes….a new author is discovered and becomes an overnight sensation based on their skills alone.

Starting a blog isn’t much different than writing a book.

We can find hundreds of blogs on the same topic. Some more popular than others and like books, some are authored by well known individuals, too.

For the blogger, this can be intimidating. It takes confidence to compete.

But, like books, each blog will appeal to a different audience.

Think about the books and blogs you currently read. A book and/or blog can resonate with one person, but doesn’t for the next, even though the information is basically the same.

It’s not necessarily one author writes better than the next; it’s how it’s presented. How it’s worded. And how the reader and author identify with each other.

Due to the massive amount of blogs online, some hesitate to start and may be thinking, “Do we REALLY need another blog about blogging? Writing? Poetry? Photography? Parenting?”

Truth be told, yes we do.

Considering how many blogs won’t appeal to everyone, a new blogger has as good a chance as any to succeed.

It’s all up to you.

Today’s Assignment

Even though there are many blogs similar to yours, written on the same topic as yours, why did you decide to jump into the blogging pool?

Care to share?

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Since blogging basically has no rules,

it’s time we stop believing it does.

~Barbara Swafford

Before our first post is published, we’ve usually done enough homework to educate ourselves on blogging; from choosing our blogging platform (WordPress, Blogger, or other) to what we’re going to write about.

The rules of blogging or the lack thereofIn the process, we’ve probably learned a little about what blogging is, what to expect and what not to do.

Today’s Lesson

Depending on from where or whom we learn about blogging, often determines how often we blog, the theme we use, how we build our blog, plus much more.

Some bloggers believe the magic bullet is to follow the rules of “abc”, whereas others proclaim it’s “XYZ”.

So, who’s right?

Neither.

What’s happening is bloggers are sharing what works for THEM. Since we’re not THEM, there’s no guarantee what they do will work for us, no matter how hard we try.

Granted, we can learn the basics of blogging and tips from others, however to stand out from the crowd and to feel authentic, we need to be creative, step out of the blogging box and ask ourselves questions such as:

  1. Do I really need to publish a post every day? Week? Month?
  2. Does my theme reflect who I am, or am I copying someone else?
  3. Is guest posting all it’s cracked up to be? Or am I better off showing my writing talents or knowledge in a different venue?
  4. Is it really necessary to market myself and my blog on Facebook and/or Twitter, or is there a better way to promote my work? Or, do I want to (self-promote)?
  5. Is commenting on other blogs helping to drive traffic to my blog? If not, does commenting have any benefit?
  6. Does it matter if what I post might go against what others believe? Do I care?
  7. Instead of just looking at my blog as a place to share, can I use it as a vehicle to propel me further? If so, how?
  8. Is the time I spend socializing with my online friends helping me to advance? Or is it just a distraction which keeps me from my fulfilling my dreams?
  9. Are affiliate links the best way to monetize my blog? What about Google AdSense? Or do I even want to monetize my blog?

How we blog and why we blog is up to us. Let’s remember that and learn to enjoy the journey.

Happy Blogging! 8)

Today’s Assignment

What “rule(s)” of blogging have you found to be false?

Have any “rules” you’ve followed proved to be true or beneficial?

Care to share?

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“What will I blog about?” is a question we ask ourselves when we think about setting up a blog.

Some of us have a topic picked out, whereas others know they want a blog but have no topic in mind.

Today’s Lesson

Like magazines, some blogs contain a variety of information about a broad subject.

Other blogs are very succinct and only include articles about one specific topic.

When setting us a blog, some experts say a blog should be topic specific and named appropriately by including the “topic” in the name of the blog.

That sounds all well and good, however if the name of our blog is overly descriptive, we could limit ourselves with regard to what we feel we can blog about.

So, what’s a blogger to do?

  1. Use one blog, regardless of the name and share whatever we want?
  2. Set up a new blog for each topic we want to discuss?
  3. Create a blog with a name that could encompass any topic?

What do you think?

Today’s Assignment

Should a blogger post whatever they want on one blog, create a new blog to encompass new topics, or chose a name for their blog which allows them to be more versatile?

Care to share?

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