What a strange week this seems to have been. It started out with my buying my first couple of pairs of shorts ever, with my wife’s help, and finding out that I can actually wear a waist size of 42; I haven’t worn a size 42 waist in 20 years! Working out seems to be doing at least part of the job; glucose isn’t down though.
Then a consulting gig I’m supposed to be working hasn’t started yet; I haven’t even heard from the client in about a week. That’s how it goes sometimes when you’re an independent consultant, which is why I was so key on my earlier post this week about getting some money upfront; it’s not always the fault of the people trying to do work for you.
And now this; I’ve been interviewed again, this time by Christian of Smart Boy Designs. I was kind of surprised because I actually did the interview back in April, then forgot about it until I was going through old emails yesterday and started to wonder about it. And then there it was this morning; nice timing, eh?
Of course, it was also fun being a part of Ileane’s Basic Blog Tips this week with my post on 5 Ways Your Blog Might Be Irritating People. I really put out for that post because I always believe that you give as much to others as you’d give to yourself, and if you can you should give more since you’re reaching out to a new audience that you’re hoping you can drive to your site.
All that and tonight I’ll be staying in a hotel about 5 minutes from my house in a room with a jacuzzi… all by myself. My wife is holding a large garage sale with her friends and asked if I not be present; I can take a hint. 🙂 So I’ll be pampered tonight on my own, then heading to the casino in the morning. Yes, I do live a strange life; but it’s pretty fun as well. Is it any wonder why I smile so much?
Ever since I wrote a guest post on another person’s blog, I’ve hoped to be able to return the favor in some fashion to someone else. Actually, I’m still hoping the author of the other blog one day writes a post for my blog, but business always comes first.
So, I’ve requested my friend, known as Sire (hey, it’s the internet, so he’s allowed a touch of anonymity), to write a guest post today, asking him to talk about his love of blogging. He has many blogs, some of which he mentioned below, and some he didn’t mention. If he mentioned them below there are links to them, including one that, well, in America has a questionable title (he’s Australian, so if you’re also Australian and questioning the spelling of some words, I Americanized them), but I’m going to link to it anyway, just not say the word. The two blogs I didn’t see him mentioning, which I will now, is his latest blog, called Wassup, and SBizzTech. And now, without further ado, the guest post:
If one were to wander around the World Wide Web these days, you wouldn’t get far without stumbling into the plethora of blogs that are in existence. Several of those belong to me, but the reason for me becoming a blogger has changed from one of blogging for SEO strategies to one of blogging for the sheer love of it.
It all began not so long ago when I started theelusivepotofgold.com and I was trying one of many Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques to get my first website noticed by the omnipotent Goggle. One thing I came across was the fact that search engines liked changing content and I found that the easiest way to do this was by having a blog linked to main site, and so WellBlogMe was born. To cut a long story short, it actually worked, and the site jumped to PR4 within a fairly short time.
Shortly after, I discovered that it was actually possible to blog for money through certain sites that acted as go betweens for advertisers and bloggers. I was actually making up to $600 per week at one stage until Google, who felt threatened by the many bloggers taking on paid assignments, decided to penalize bloggers by stripping them of their PR, which in turn reduced the blogs earning capabilities.
I decided to start up a few more blogs, build up their individual PR, and tackle the ‘paid to post’ route, but this time I was going to be smarter and not make it so obvious to the Google bots as to what I was doing.
The thing is that although I try to make my blogs profitable, it is not all about the money. I have actually come to love blogging as it has provided me with a way to express myself, something that I am not normally comfortable with when in a room full of people. Yet through my blogs I can virtually reach thousands and I have no qualms at all about the way I express myself.
When I now start up a new blog, I try to come up with a topic that will provide me more enjoyment, and possibly my readers as well. My BS blog will not make me any money via the normal means as those sites don’t like to be associated with anything pertaining to profanity, but I chose that route because it gave me the capacity to go out on a limb, so to speak.
My Scenic Adelaide photo blog allows me to show the world photos and stories of the City that raised me as well as surrounding areas that I find interesting. Photos2Blog allows me to display photos that do not fit in with the Scenic Adelaide blog. Just yesterday the editor of an Australian magazine called Discovering Stone, which is aimed at the natural stone industry, contacted me. They are publishing an article on stone monuments in Adelaide and they wanted to source a few photos of the Three Rivers Fountain in Victoria Square that were displayed on my blog. If it wasn’t for my blogs I doubt very much that this opportunity would have ever eventuated.
Blogging is no longer all about the money, it is more of a passion, a way to put myself out there, to discover new ways of expressing myself and to meet some of the myriad of other bloggers along the way, for I have discovered that bloggers are part of a community, one willing to share ideas and interact via their blogs and their comments as they visit their blogging neighbors.
Wonderful job, Sire. And I hope all of you check out his blogs; they’re all “do follow” blogs, so if you comment, you’ll benefit yourself also.