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Why I Love Blogging – Guest Post

Posted by on Sep 10, 2008

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 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.

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This is great Mitch. I was just thinking this morning to have seperate blogs for different area’s of personal growth. This way, the reader would have a choice as to what they would like to see … and go to that particular blog for it.

September 11th, 2008 | 5:36 AM

You’re right, Sue, it is a brilliant strategy. I actually do have a third blog where I can spout personal stuff as I please, but I keep that one private and no one knows who I am there. And that’s just how I want it. 🙂

September 11th, 2008 | 9:35 AM

Great post. It’s often better to begin blogging as a form of self-expression in addition to understanding its potential for profit depending on the topic. As Sire and Mitch have indicated, passion can lead to profit and the two are not mutually exclusive.

September 11th, 2008 | 9:56 AM

Absolutely, Iceman. Everyone needs to have their way of getting their thoughts out, and this is easily much safer than going to a bar, getting drunk, and spouting off. lol

September 11th, 2008 | 11:09 AM

I must admit you gave a great intro for the post Mitch and that in itself requires a huge amount of talent. 😉
@Sue, that’s right and it also allows you to extend your creativity.

September 11th, 2008 | 11:19 PM

You did a great job, Sire, and I hope more and more people get to see it and learn from it.

September 13th, 2008 | 1:45 AM
Matt Hayden:

Interesting to see that you have developed several blogs. I have been through the same process.

Blogging is so much fun, and a brilliant creative outlet. However, you can end up overdoing it and spreading yourself thin.

Readers appreciate content that’s regularly updated, so I think that it’s best for bloggers to focus on just a few blogs that they really enjoy writing.

That way the blogger is in control – rather than the other way round!

September 14th, 2008 | 4:15 AM

You are so right Matt which is why I intend to stop at seven. Of the seven I tend to put more energy into my favorites and the others just get on or two posts per week.

Sires last blog post..Andy Bailey Takes CommentLuv Up Another Notch

September 14th, 2008 | 10:15 PM