So it been some time since I have wrote a blog post, basically I’ve been a lazy bastard….. Ok that’s not the only reason, I’ve had a major shift in my work life, my wife and I have added a new member to our family and the rest of the time I’ve just been being my usual selfish self.
What better way to start getting back into the blogging way of things than to have a look online to find out “what should I blog about”
My first destination was weblogs.about.com. The first thing that I noticed was the quote “Should you join the blogosphere?”
“Blogosphere” it’s one of the words that has always pissed me off. It always draws a picture of some toffee nose upper class fellow who sits in coffee shops writing his philosophy on how to change the world…..”I write views for the blogosphere, didn’t you know?” I don’t have an issue with changing the world but call it a blog or post just please don’t use that phrase…. Moving on.
The site had a list of advise about blogging so I thought I would give it a look over.
1. To Express Your Thoughts and Opinions
You have something to say, and blogs provide a place to say it and be heard.
I do have something to say everyday the only issue is that it’s normally on the spot verbal dihareia that I never get down in words quickly enough and by the time I’ve got it off my chest I’ve moved on the something else and don’t care anymore. I’m sure my wife is sick of being subjected to this, normally my opinion on tv advertising or a news storey. Next!
2. To Market or Promote Something
Blogging is a great way to help market or promote yourself or your business, product or service.
Good idea, the reason 6 years ago I made the decision to “brand” everything I post online as SMLP.
3. To Help People
Many blogs are written to help people who may be going through similar situations that the blogger has experienced. Many parenting and health-related blogs are written for this purpose.
Not really something I want to do… My job has a large element of helping people and I not sure how I feel about doing that after work is done for the day. it is something I could do I think this one is for another time.
4. To Establish Yourself as an Expert
Blogs are wonderful tools to help bloggers establish themselves as experts in a field or topic. For example, if you’re trying to get a job in a specific field or hoping to publish a book on a specific topic, blogging can help legitimize your expertise and expand your online presence and platform.
I’m sure I’m a expert at something’s like growing long toenails, having a hairy nose, making fun of people less fortunate than me and not writing blog posts. Next!
5. To Connect with People Like You
Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting a blog can help you find those people and share your opinions and thoughts.
I would hate to find somebody that was exactly as like minded at me…. I would want to smack them in the face. I do like people that as similar.
6. To Make a Difference
Many blogs are issue-based meaning the blogger is trying to provide information to sway people’s thinking in a certain direction. Many political blogs and social issues blogs are written by bloggers who are trying to make a difference in their own ways.
Maybe I could help people come around to my views on the correct use of a toilet brush. Another time maybe.
7. To Stay Active or Knowledgeable in a Field or Topic
Since successful blogging is partially dependent on posting frequency and providing updated, fresh information, it’s a perfect way to help a blogger stay abreast of the events in a specific field or topic.
Aka “pull your finger out you lazy git!”
8. To Stay Connected with Friends and Family
The world has shrunk since the Internet has become more accessible. Blogs provide a simple way for family and friends to stay connected from different parts of the world by sharing stories, photos, videos and more.
This could be good. But I would like to think that more than my mum and dad would read my blog. Maybe some people would be interested I the going on with my family and friends but the only problem would be the risk of psychiatric intervention.
9. To Make Money
It’s important to point out that most bloggers don’t make a lot of money blogging, but the potential does exist to generate revenue from your blog with hard work and commitment. There are many bloggers who bring in big bucks. With patience and practice, you can make money through advertising and other income-generating activities on your blog.
Not a chance would I ever make money from a blog unless I started selling used underwear to the sick individuals that are out there in the big bad world.
10. To Have Fun and Be Creative
Why not! Getting and blow job while painting a picture. Not sure I could post much about that other than storeys about dripping paint on the back of my wife’s neck mid session and the like.
As good as that list of hints and tips on what I should blog about was I’m still out in the dark about what to write. So another google search and I landed at yahoo answers.
Julia Serafina had answered my question with five bullet points.
1. Why do I want to blog (e.g. personal, creative, career, business)?
Basically I like the idea of posting my personal views, opinions and rants on what’s going on around me. Show off pictures I have taken and generally have some form of creative output.
2. Who am I writing for?
Anyone that is willing the spend the time to read or look at what I do. I don’t think I have a group of people I want to post for I just feel its important to share. After all I spend a lot of time reading other peoples views on the world around them.
3. What topics would my ideal reader be interested in?
I don’t thing that the people that would read have a set agenda. My hope would be that readers of what I post are as open minded as me to want to know other people views on the world and are willing to appreciate other people creative output.
4. How often do I want to blog (e.g. weekly, as it happens)?
If a idea world everyday however life will always get in the way. If I can post once every 10 days I would be a happy man.
5. Am I really interested in what I am writing about?
Yes, even if it is just for the short time I hold my opinion.
Questions: who do you decide on what you post online?