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The origins of blogging

According to wiki.answers.com, blog is a colloquial term used when describing a web-log. A web-log is “an online journal or newsletter that is updated frequently and is posted on a website..”

Social networking and blogs baffle the average person. Even cluey high ranking business people have no idea what they are really about. Or more importantly the power of the blog; this is networking on steroids baby!

For most in the blogosphere, their blog is a space for them to share their thoughts, feelings, art and opinions on whatever is on their mind. Blogs get interesting, however, when you realise that for many people, this is their career.

Now, I know this shouldn’t be difficult to understand but how exactly do people make a living out of an online journal? First, they have something to say. Second, they know a little about SEOs (Search Engine Optimization). You have to learn how to get people to look at your page and you do this through strategic words! This is where it gets a little fuzzy for me as a trainee blogger.

It is all about the search engine. What are people searching for, what do they want to know? Find a place in the world wide market and slot yourself in and there is your career.

It is all about retaining readers as well. That means having interesting content, for example, photos, tips, stories and video clips. There is a blog (http://brokensecrets.com/) that is all about trivia for example, his latest entry is “Some Palm Trees Can Survive Freezing Winters”. Why, you ask? That’s why you read on. He has loads of answers to everyday questions that may or may not pop into your head. The best thing for this writer is that he has an endless supply of material.

The hardest part of this is finding a focus, having enough stuff to talk about and getting the time and the resources to do it well.

Blogging of yore

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So, today I am experiencing the modern phenomenon of blog block. I know it is important to write everyday, so here I am. Blog block starts with the daunting ‘New Post’ screen. It stares at you with its dark, cynical glare saying “oh yeah! Got something good for me today, do ya?” You sheepishly squeak back “Uh huh! I think so”.

The mind goes blank. Think of the blog theme, something that people will find amusing or informative. Think of a heading that will capture attention of facebookers, twitterers, googlers, yahooists and the like. And then tags! What are they? Random words to get you more views? I feel lost in the blogosphere sometimes which inevitably leads to blog block.

I can think of funny stories from my past. For example, do you know I once smiled at my own reflection, that I fell down the stairs in Rome (very exotic) or that I accidentally punched a teammate in the face while playing volleyball (I’m not violent I swear).

Perhaps I’ll go deep and look at the world. I’ll talk about motherhood issues (permissive vs controlling – where is the middle ground?), or I’ll lament about past failures and the hope for dreams to come true.

I could be funny, silly or quirky. Sometimes it works you know! I could be the clown blog, you know, the writer mum who says the unspeakable. She talks about vomits, farts, hairy noses or bottom cracks (well some one has to!).

I could mix it up. People get bored you know, especially on the internet. So many options, so little time (or so they say). So I sit on my bed, laptop on pillow or in my office at an official desk, thinking up new themes, ideas, observations and such to show off my obvious writing talent (ha ha!) and one day make a pretty penny from the virtual ‘pen’.

So, please pardon my blog block for today. Normal service will resume tomorrow. I just have to blog, even if it means unblocking a blog block by blogging about blocks!

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