How to blog successfully

31 07 2010

You’ve probably blogged a couple of times before; maybe because your life or job depends on it, maybe you’re forced as it is a school requirement, or maybe you’re just blogging because it’s cool and everyone’s doing it. Well, whatever the reasons may possibly be, I hope this post will give you some useful insights about blogging and not just plain malarkey.
 
So sit down, relax, grab a cold beverage and share your thoughts with me.
 
Insights
Almost anyone can create their own blogs with various free blog publishing tools on the internet. Blogger for example, makes it simple to post text, photos, and videos without the need of any particular technical skill. Although creating it may seem simple, making it standout from the rest of the crowd is a battle. A successful blog is when it has loyal followers who read, interact and share the post that you have created on a regular basis (Langdon, 2010). The reason for their success is based on several ingenious practices that the bloggers themselves have implemented.
 
For example, the header of a blog is critical because it’s most likely the first thing a visitor would see. Another words, it’s the first impression of your blog. So it’s worth spending sometime to create something that will attract your audience (Knight, 2009).
 
According to Technorati.com in 2008, there were up to 133 million total blogs indexed since the company started (Kirkpatrick, 2008). That’s excluding other blog sites that are not recorded! So just imagine the competition involve in order to be discovered on a search engine. This all boils down to the importance of keeping a highly searched keyword as your blog title which is essential for attracting visitors.
 
Make use of other web 2.0 applications like Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Flickr and more. Linking your blogs to some of these social networking sites of your choice could potentially improve your blogs branding and therefore increase the number of visitors. Additionally, this has influenced a lot of businesses who are rapidly leveraging the technology which is also known as enterprise 2.0.
 
Here’s a short clip of how enterprise 2.0 could enhance your business:

Here are some excellent blogs that I’ve found interesting:
 
1. Sacha Chua
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It’s a very simple blog with clear icons which links to different categories of the blogs. The posts are mostly short, concise and very easy to read. It’s obvious that the writer is a passionate blogger who writes purely about her interests.
 
2. Tutorial9
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Tutorial9 is a very appealing and high detailed website that conveys its purpose clearly. All of the navigations are obvious tabs with icons included to catch the attention of the readers. It encourages the readers to explore more because it’s easy to navigate.
 
3. Home Design Find
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The blog’s title clearly describes the whole idea to its readers and its eye-catching design makes it unique form other blogs. The images on the right provide a positive mood to targeted audiences and encourage them to explore if they are interested in the blog’s topic.
 
For more fascinating blog examples, visit Technorati.com that rates the top 100 blogs.
 
Personal blogging experience
Honestly, I don’t blog that often, but from my experience blogging has a lot of benefits. For instance, it provides the extra exposure to the public, wherein readers from all over the internet are able to interact with your blogs (e.g. comments). This would allow you to get different opinions that might improve your knowledge about a particular subject. In my opinion, blogging is a way of sharing my thoughts that may help others, it also allows me to express myself more confidently, and it allows me to record relevant moments of what I’ve been through.
 
Checkout the links below for more successful blogging tips:

  • 5 Elements to Start a Blog Successfully
  • How to Blog Successfully
  • Top Ten Blog Tips
  • Daily Blog Tips
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    References

  • Knight, K. 2009. Blog Headers: 20 Great examples and best practices
  • Kirkpatrick, M. 2008. State of the Blogosphere 2008
  • Langdon, L. 2010. 50 Examples of Great Blog Engagement
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    12 responses

    5 08 2010
    Shri Ram

    Amiel,
    Brilliant blog. You blog with a finesse that most only aspire to achieve, myself included. I wold recommend your blog to ANYONE looking to foray into the blogosphere..
    My only critique – if any – would be to avoid the large images for the examples, you’ve included at the end. Links would have been sufficient; plus – wordpress bundles a preview with every link, and is rendered redundant along with your image. Just a thought..
    Otherwise, do keep the blogs flowing, they’re great!
    Shri Ram.

    6 08 2010
    amielazim

    @Shri – Thanks for your feedback! You’re definitely right and I will take that into consideration for future blog posts. I was trying to emphasize the importance of blog headers without the need to redirect the readers.

    5 08 2010
    Wan

    A very comprehensive explaination Amiel. Very intriguing on the Enterprise 2.0 video, but why is that promoting all the “Google” services when they are other social tools available out there as well? Perhaps, he is working with Google as an affiliate. 😀

    6 08 2010
    amielazim

    @Wan – Perhaps that’s the only service they utilize, thus the bias point of view haha.

    If i’m not mistaken it should be “amiel”.

    5 08 2010
    Wan

    By the way, what nick did you use in the Enterprise 2.0 Forum? I can’t find your username coz’ most members do not insert their real name and some use nicknames.

    6 08 2010
    Sirous- Tutor

    Hi Amiel
    Very good article. I suggest in the next artcicle try to link blogs with companies and organizations, i.e business blogging, how they can run a good blog? what things can make their blogs successfull? and so on.
    Keep going
    Sirous

    8 08 2010
    James

    Very good article on blogging Amiel.
    Keep up the good work.

    8 08 2010
    NewbieBloggie

    Thank you very much for this Blog 🙂 I’m not really one who blogs everyday, but I love to go through other peoples’ blogs. I think people make blogs according to their interest. So as the readers, they may read a lot of blogs, but only follow a few. The appearance of the blog is also definitely a factor for me as its more attractive to the eye and it catches my attention.

    12 08 2010
    Chen

    Hey Miel

    this is a really good blog, after reading your stuff I would definitely have to change my blog appearance to try and attract more viewers.
    keep it up!

    12 08 2010
    amielazim

    Thanks for your feedback James, NewbieBloggie, and Chen. Will update you guys with more enterprise 2.0 articles.

    15 08 2010
    Teale Shapcott

    Hey Amiel,

    Well done on a well written blog post. May I suggest also providing some links to blogs that provide more great tips on writing blogs? I have provided a few links on my blog post -> http://www.tigera.com.au/musings/what-is-a-blog-how-is-it-useful-to-me/ Maybe you can find some more and add to your blog?

    Cheers,
    Teale

    16 08 2010
    Amiel

    That’s a good idea Teale, I’ve actually added a few links at the bottom. Thanks 😉

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