As I stared aimlessly at the computer screen this weekend trying to conger up an image of a post, I covered the whole spectrum. Child Bloggers, New Software, Bloggers Making Trouble, New Plug-Ins, Charlie Sheen’s Torpedo Of Truth Tour. Nothing came into focus. I just could not come up with a subject. I call it “Bloggers Block”. Anywho …… writing for a once a week post which has really turned the tables for me from the standpoint of not only traffic, but actual readership, is a completely different animal ( Sorry Bob Parsons ) then say writing a daily post which was a disaster for me.
I’ve also become more personal instead of technical, I’ve moved most of that material over to Blogging Extreme and it can be a tough read, to be sure. Oddly enough I have gotten away from writing about “Learn How To Make Money Blogging” here at Bloggers Market and started to Blog about whatever hits me at the moment. However, the quality of writing has been improved as I have more time to compile, write, and edit, instead of writing a technical post on the fly everyday.
I’ve leaned that if you have a clear voice that you can compete with the millions out there. However, it takes your readers a little longer to get back to you with all the great Blogs to read these days. Honestly you would have to provide some pretty unique insight and information to get a reader to return to you “EVERY SINGLE DAY”.
Writing for your Blog is only half the effort though. You have the other side of the tracks ……… writing the code to manage the Blog. I can only image that “The Huffington Post” has one group of folks to write content and other group to code the site. However, if you are a small independent you have to go it alone. I see so many these days ( especially the “Mommy Bloggers” ) who are stay at home types who just want to share the special moments in their lives only to run head long into the harsh reality of “CODE”. I’ve seen Bloggers quit over it.
I look at a lot of Blogs and the code behind them and it never ceases to amaze me the amount of poorly written code that exists in Blogs today. I’m afraid at this stage of Internet development it’s not enough to just be a good writer and social media darling, you also have to be able to speak like a geek.
There are dozens of aids that will help you along with the task …….. none of them is any good. I made the comment the other day in one of my posts that the “WYSIWYG” editors of the day were not very good, I couldn’t really get any of them to work for me. And as far as “Plug-in” magic goes, it really is more trouble than it’s worth.
The moral of the story or post as the case my be, is to take the task at hand and jump in there and learn how to “hard code” the thing. Leaning code is best done a little at a time. Over the period of a year, you should be able to do some amazing things with your own Blog.
I Googled “simple code for Bloggers” and came up with usual “1,098,844,573,572,582,352,295″ results that is the norm for a Google search ( I guess they don’t get that most of us only look at a page or two for our results ). So to streamline things a bit I’m going to be giving you some ideas for code ………. next week!
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