Understanding Blogging

Blogging, what is it?

There are still people who do not know what blogs are. Because of the unusual name, people tend to think unpleasant things when they hear the word “blog”. Is it a murky mixture of sand, water and dirt?

Blogs are like bulletin boards in the internet that are updated regularly, often in a daily basis. The contents of blogs are information about a specific topic, or in some types of blogs, people sometimes use them as a journal or diaries where they put in the details of their personal lives, their opinions about certain topics and even social commentaries. To put this in simple terms, blogs are used by the person who created the blog anyway he or she wants them to be. The creator of a certain blog is the author and its his or her responsibility to provide the contents.

To start or create a blog, here’s a few guidelines to get readers to actually read your blogs.

Blogging is simple and easy to do. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Pick a topic and stay on it

To create a successful blog, you first have to pick a topic that you are interested or knowledgeable in then write an article about it. Although your opinion about a certain topic is acceptable, it is wise that you should stick to facts as much as possible. You can also mix in some humor if you want it to be more fun to read and also include your personal experiences about the topic. This would make the readers think that you actually experienced what is being discussed.

For example; your topic is about tennis, people who’ll be reading this is interested in tennis, therefore you shouldn’t write about what you watched on TV last night, include some tips that may interest readers, like how to improve your forehand or backhand and even how to prolong their tennis ball’s life. Stick to the topic, although you can also include some humor you experienced in the tennis court. Everyone did something stupid or embarrassing in a tennis court, its good to share them with people; it creates a more personal view of your blog and may seem friendly to read.

If you’re going to include humor or opinion in your blog, it is important that you balance it with factual information. Talking about your personal experience, whether good or bad, can affect your reputation in the web. Include some updated news about whatever product or service you’re discussing. It is good that you base your opinions on facts and include some advantages and disadvantages and remember to balance it.

Remember that no one will read old news; always keep your blog updated. Present it with factual news that is accurate and informative. If you write about something that happened a few months ago, it will not grab the reader’s interest. Writing about someone who won the Wimbledon Tournament that happened a few months ago will make people think that you are not updating your blogs and won’t read your blogs again, ever.

However, updating blogs is a very strenuous task; plan a schedule on when to update your blog and stick to it. Twice or thrice a week would be good enough to keep your readers loyal. Also, tell your readers on when you will update your blogs by posting it in the website. Remember that communication is the key to success to attract readers to your blog. No communication, no readers.

Keep you blog simple to understand. For example; your blog is about your gun hobby, do not put in technical terms and so many numbers. such as: “This .50-70 M-1874 Belcher, 12 pounds, .50 cal. 2 1/2-in. 70 grn or FFG & 370 gr. PP” and so on, this will get readers to close your blog page on the first second they see it. Put it in simple terms as much as possible. Remember that many people are interested about a certain topic but do not actually know the technical terms, in this case, about guns.

Your headline should be large, bold letters that can easily catch a reader’s attention. Naming your headline is also important. Do not just put in “Guns” or “Tennis”, but think of a catchy phrase to get your readers to actually read your content.

Put your old, similarly themed blogs in an archive. This is great for someone who is interested to read your old blogs. The keywords in your archived blog are also important to generate targeted traffic in your blog.

If you have written an article before, you probably know that it is important to spell check and proof-read what you wrote. Remember that what you write reflects your reputation. If you stumble upon a sentence, redo it.

These are some of the things to consider if you’re planning to blog. By following these few simple guides, you can be sure you’ll get a lot of readers and also keep them reading.

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LONDON, ENGLAND, (PRWEB) September 25, 2003

Dow Jones look out! Only on one of the fastest growing new Web sites today will you find the rising trend of blogging being actively traded by savvy Internet investors worldwide.

The Web site is BlogShares.com and it is a fantasy stock market where sites ranging from Presidential Candidate Howard Dean’s blog for America, the Bare Naked Ladies blog (a popular Rock Star Band), and former Star Trek TV star, Wil Wheaton’s blog, can be publicly traded for fantasy dollars making virtual millionaires overnight in some cases.

There is no charge to join BlogShares.com and start investing in these and other blogs. Ownership of a blog is not necessary in order to participate.

Each player starts with five hundred dollars in fantasy money and grows their portfolio and wealth by investing in blogs.

Blogging is the ability for anyone with Internet access to publish thoughts, ideas, and share information online without having to know how to program or design a Web page. This self-published work is known on the Internet as a blog, which is short for weblog.

Similar to keeping a journal or diary, blogging is taking such self-expression to the digital age by simplifying the process. Entries are blogged online as easy as typing an email and clicking send. All entries are automatically formatted and chronologically archived for both author and reader. These entries commonly contain links to other blogs.

BlogShares.com provides real-time data as to which blogs are the most linked to blogs by people on the Internet today. This linking phenomenon determines the fantasy stock price of a particular blog at any given time and also represents some of the most read and popular blogs.

One such example is politician Gary Hart’s blog being publicly traded around $ 1800 (Blog Dollars) per share on any given day and valued almost at forty thousand dollars with over one hundred incoming links.

There are over one hundred thirty thousand publicly traded blog sites listed on BlogShares.com with more being indexed daily. The BlogShares community has approximately five thousand active players with close to one thousand of these players trading blog stocks on a daily basis and often several times a day.

One of the regular players, Irma Vermaat of Belgium admits, “When I signed up for BlogShares I never thought the game would be that addictive. It’s not only the trading that’s fun, but what interests me most is the community.”

Ms. Vermaat and other players actively use the BlogShares online forum and chat rooms to meet and help one another by sharing their personal experiences and game strategy advice.

The game’s creator and founder of BlogShares.com, Seyed Razavi, consistently contributes enhancements and new elements to the game each month from his home in London, England.

“Hostile takeovers and other cut-throat game play have debuted making the game even more entertaining for the BlogShares community,” says Razavi.

Another event occurring now for BlogShares.com is an element of sport and competition in order for players to compete and have an opportunity to win real money by way of a tournament.

BlogShares.com has enlisted the help of US based BlogTV.com, a fantasy television network where anyone can start their own channel by creating a personalized blog, as the sponsor for the new BlogShares Tournament. This event will allow players to compete against one another and have an opportunity to win real cash and other prizes all summer long.

July’s first prize winner of fifty US Dollars, Louis Martin of Springfield Missouri says, “I just wanted to see if I had what it takes to win. It looks like I did.”

The top three players with the largest percentage growth in their BlogShares portfolio for each summer month from July through September will compete head to head in October for a grand prize of five hundred US dollars.

There is no purchase necessary to participate in the contest and it is void where prohibited by law. BlogTV.com, the official sponsor of the tournament, is offering free blogging software pre-installed on all BlogTV.com hosting accounts. The BlogTV service offers a money back guarantee for subscriptions which begin at approximately ten dollars per month for a single user.

Additional information can be found online at http://www.blogshares.com and also at http://www.blogtv.com.

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CONTACT:

Seyed Razavi

BlogShares.com

London, England

+44 20 8 749 0366

seyed@monkeyx.com

http://www.blogshares.com

Austin Chase

BlogTV.com

Nashville, TN

(877)276-0761

media@blogtv.com

http://www.blogtv.com



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What you should know about Blogging

Are you aware of the new way to keep your friends updated of the things happening in your life? This is a revolutionary way in the internet that can let you keep a personal diary that can be viewed by many people. This is called the weblog or more popularly known as the blog or blogging.

A blog is like a journal where you can write or post your daily activities on a regular basis. The term blog is the short term for web log. Blogging is the act of adding, writing and maintaining a blog.

There are several types of blogs. These are the following:

* Personal blog – this is the most famous type of blog used in some of the friendly hub in the net. This is defined as the online diary or journal, where you can post your poem and other literature piece.

* Cultural blog – it discusses all about music, arts, theater and other popular culture.

* Topic blog – it focuses on the function like some of the search engines present now. Some writers who want to write about something unknown can use it.

* Business blog – this talk about the stock market and other business related topics. It is also use to promote businesses, to talk about economics in forum type and manage information.

* Science blog – it is the mode used to disseminate information and data. However, scientists only use this mode for simple scientific data and information because they believe that it could damage the credibility of their science as many people can read it.

* Moblog – it contains all the information from a mobile phone.

* Collaborative blog – this kind of blog is written by two or more writers. Particular site is open for all the writers to write together with others.

* Eclectic blog – it focuses on niches individually or collaboratively made.

* Educational blog – this is used by students to record the things they learned from their teacher including the activities done in a day.

* Directory blog – this blog gives a regular update of all the visited links. It focuses on particular news and happenings.

* Forum blog – it functions as an internet forum. It allows two or more bloggers to post discussion on the net.

* Spam blog – this is a form of persuasive advertising. Commonly known for the name splogs. It is characterized by the use of bold letters and self-claim advertisements.

There are many web-based blog journals available online. You can post your own blog, too. Anyone can start writing a blog. In many cases, it is free. How do you start making a blog?

Here is how, follow the following steps in writing a blog.

1. There are many blog sites available online that offers free blog posting. They also offer free accounts with many features.

2. You can blog in private and in public. Many blog site offer a blog that contains a password, only a few can read your blog. You can also post a blog that can be read by anyone.

3. You will be given an option to choose the scheme of your blog site. You can edit your own color, layouts and schemes according to your taste and personality.

4. You can write your own blog and post it afterwards.

5. Many offer more schemes for you to personalize your own blog site. You can even post a picture and testimonials from friends like most of the friendly hub do today.

6. By sending the URL to your friends, you can now publish your own blog.

You should keep your writings interesting as it can be. Do not focus on topics that readers do not find interesting. Remember to post only writings that are not offensive so readers will become more interested in your writings. You should also check your spellings and other relevant mistakes that can ruin your credibility as a writer.

Use words that can be easily understood by readers. Proofread your writings before posting. Never copy others blog, you can be issued a case called plagiarism.

With this, you are able to let the people know about what you want to speak. Information will be easier to deliver this time. Visit some blog sites and start writing your emotions.

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How can I create a blog on homestead?

I have a website using homestead… Does anyone know how I can create a blog using the homestead editor?

Homestead editor is fun. I had a cool website with them but I was gone a while and they deleted it ~_~. waaah

You really don’t need help using it….

Where can I host my blog, preferably for free and easy to use, where if it becomes popular I can get paid by advertisers? If I use a free web host can I get paid advertising? Specific websites would be helpful.

The trouble with the "free" blogging sites is that they’re ads will always interfere or conflict with yours.

It gets worse if the ads they’re serving are from the same provider. For example, if you’ve got a Google AdSense account, you cannot have ads associated with two different publisher accounts on the same page. Doing so could get your account banned.

Bottom line… the least expensive hosting (in terms of monthly cost) will come when you’re willing to pay for a full year in advance (typically, those that are less than $10). At the $10 a month level, you can pay one month at a time. Okay, here’s a step-by step. (But for an alternate idea, skip down to after step 7.

(1) Sign up for a web hosting plan that offers cPanel (a web based control panel) and Fantastico (an automated application installer). The one most popular with my clients is HostGator…
http://secure.hostgator.com/cgi-bin/affiliates/clickthru.cgi?id=kbrune

(2) Log into your account’s cPanel, click on Fantastico, select and install the Drupal content management system with a few mouse clicks — Yeah, I know, it’s not the best-known in terms of bloggers — but it’s the best when it comes to automating your add revenue, and it has some very powerful blogging features.

(3) Spend some time configuring the site, picking a theme, add a several blog entries so there’s some content. Encourage friends to sign up as registered users and add some comments. Make sure there is some CONTENT, in other words… then apply for Google AdSense, here…
http://www.google.com/adsense

(4) While you’re waiting for your AdSense account to get approved, install Drupal’s AdSense module onto your site. It’s available here…
http://drupal.org/project/adsense

(5) Configure the AdSense module to show the ads in strategic places, and configure the ad colors to be aesthetically pleasing to match the theme colors you chose previously (you’ll get the best click ratios if the ads seem to blend into the background of the page).

(6) Go to the Clean URLs page under the Site Configuration section of the Admin menu, and enable this feature (it’s off by default).

(7) Go to the Modules section of your site, under the Admin menu, and make sure that the Paths module is enabled (it isn’t, by default). This will allow you to specify the exact URL path that will be associated with a specific blog entry… and key words for your topic in the URL is the most important place that Google will look, when trying to decide which ads are most appropriate for any given page… and more on-target ads means more clicks, which means more money. There is also a module that will automatically construct the URL for you, from your blog entry’s title…
http://drupal.org/project/pathauto

A final thought… if you don’t want to dive into the deep end of the pool of website ownership just yet, you’re welcome to give all this a try on a site I’m developing right NOW using the steps I’ve just outlined.

Every registered user gets their own blog, and I’m making use of another feature of Drupal’s AdSense module… revenue sharing. In other words, every time a page (blog entry or otherwise) is displayed, 80% of the time, the AdSense ID that is used for the ad will be that of the author of the page. The other 20% of the time it’s my ID, for being the site owner. Here’s the link…

http://www.HesitantRhino.com

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