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What is a blog and why is blogging so popular?

What is a blog and why is blogging so popular? This is one question I know for a fact many people search for on search engines. It comes up regularly when I am researching keywords for my blog posts. So I decided to write this post to help answer some question surrounding the blogging industry.

 

What is a blog?

A blog like Fashion and Style Police is a regularly updated website/web page usually owned by an individual (blogger) and written in a conversational or informal style. Blog posts are articles that appear on the blog and they usually include pictures, texts, videos and animated GIFs. A blog can set to private or public. If set to public, your blog posts can be accessed on the big wild web by anyone except you set up specific blog posts to private access only.

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The difference between blogs and websites

A blog can appear as posts on one page or individual pages. Posts are usually displayed to readers in reverse chronological order with the most recent content appearing first, unlike a regular website. Many confuse blogs for websites, and websites for blogs.

A website is updated with fresh content less frequently than a blog. Blogs usually have weekly, daily or even less than hourly updates. Also, blogs have comment sections to encourage online conversations about the blog content. This is not the case with a regular website.

 

Why are blogs so popular

Blogs are popular because people enjoy reading and writing them. Good blogs entertain, educate and inform their readers, which is why their readers keep coming back. Great blogs attract hundreds/thousands of views on a daily basis and this is because they play a role. Blogs provide a social outlet separate from social media platforms. Reading and commenting on blogs is a way to socialise online and at the end of the day, we are humans like to socialise one way or the other, and blogs provide that platform to interact with people all over the world. These are some of the reasons why blogs are so popular today.

 

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If you are thinking of starting a blog, I would advise you to go ahead and do it. Many people believe the blogging industry is saturated and yes it is saturated but there is always room for a great blog. If your blog stands out from the rest and you have something to offer, then you will have no problem attracting blog views and followers, which will eventually lead to you making money from your blog. I offer a blog coach service that will help you grow your blog if you are struggling to get it going. Do get in touch if you want to hear more about the service.

Do you have a blog? What make you set one up? Are you thinking of setting up a blog? What is holding you back? Let’s carry on the conversation in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you so do share your thoughts.

Thanks for reading, sharing and commenting on my what is a blog and why is blogging so popular post. Have an amazing week ahead and be safe.

 

 

 

 

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How to Get People to Read Your Blog

Growing my readership was perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of blogging. You create content to have it read by many people but when the readers are not forthcoming, it’s almost natural to be tempted to think that starting a blog was a waste of time. So how do you get people to read your blog?

Believe me, I’ve been there too. It took a lot of willpower to keep going especially when my analytics showed zero views. But over the years I got better and refined my process. Now I have thousands of readers stopping by every week.

 

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If your blog is at the early stages and you need some help to get the number of visitors up, here are some tips you can start with.

 

Share your blog posts on social media

I know that you’ve heard this before and even tried it. But the reason why this does not work for most people is that they passively share their posts on social media.

Whenever you want to share your blog post on social media leave a little description of what your ideal readers will take away from reading your blog post. Simply just sharing your blog post on social media is not enough to ignite curiosity in your ideal readers and motivate them to check the link. You need to leave a caption that would get them clicking. Also, remember to use the right hashtags. You can get more tips from my blogging book – How to Cash In as a Blogger, available exclusively on Amazon.

 

Join Facebook groups that help promote blog posts

Just like you there are thousands of bloggers looking for readers. These bloggers joined together to form a community with the aim of helping each other grow.

Run a quick search on Facebook for blogging groups that help promote blogs. Once you find some, join in and share your blog posts. But don’t be selfish. Make sure you also participate in promoting other members’ blog posts as well and stick to the group rules as you do so.

 

Collaborate with other bloggers to get people to read your blog

You’ve probably guessed by now that you can’t grow your readership on your own. You need the help of other people to help you get more readers. Look for bloggers who have better numbers than you in terms of views and engagement and ask if you could cross-promote each other.

Another alternative is to work on a joint blog post or interview the blogger who is doing better than you and ask them to share that post with their readers. This will help direct their readers to your blog.

 

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Ask people to read your blog post

Most times it can be really nerve-racking to ask your friends and family to read your blog post. Or to have them share it with their friends. But all that is coming from a wrong mindset. The truth is that once you ask someone to read your blog post it creates momentum to ask another.

Reach out to your friends: send them an email or message and ask them to read your blog post and encourage them to share their thoughts in the comments. Don’t forget to ask them to share your blog post with their friends. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

 

I am currently offering social media promotion packages to bloggers and small businesses, so do send me an email for more information – fashionandstylepolice@gmail.com

 

How do you get people to read your blog? Please share your tried and tested tips.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely week ahead.

10 Reasons Why You Should Blog

Over the years, blogging has developed into greater heights than I ever thought were possible. Blogging has opened up so many opportunities for me. It has completely changed my live. I can’t imagine not blogging.

 

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I know a lot of people who have also embraced blogging and their lives changed. People go into blogging for so many different reasons. If you’re considering to go into blogging but you’re not so sure whether you should then here are some reasons that may push you to just go ahead and do it.

 

Helps you find your voice and share your opinions

Have you ever been bottled up with thoughts that you wanted to let out? Blogging is a great way to articulate your thoughts and voice your views. Blogging acts as an outlet where you can freely express yourself. As you blog more consistently you start to discover your voice and develop the boldness to be open with your own opinions.

 

You’ll become a better communicator

As I became more consistent in my blogging, I noticed how much my communication skills improved. Blogging gives you a platform to talk with a large audience. As you share your opinions, thoughts, or tips, you start developing your ability to articulate your content in a way that will attract people’s attention.

 

You can earn money from your blog

There are thousands of bloggers who have been able to successfully monetize their blogs. There are so many opportunities to earn money through your blog. Sponsored posts, ads and selling online courses are just some of the numerous ways to turn your blog into a money-making venture.

 

Makes you known as an expert

When you blog about a particular niche, you grow to be very knowledgeable in that niche. As more people follow your blog, you become the go-to person in that niche. People start to recognize you as an expert.

 

You build an brand

Blogging is one of the ways to create brand awareness. It gives you an opportunity to let people know about who you are, what you do and what you believe in. If you’re running a business, a blog will raise more brand awareness for your business.

 

 

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Stay connected with people

Blogging helped me connect with people from all over the world. I would get emails from people who read my blog and wanted to get to know me. In the same way, blogging can connect you with people who are interested in what you do and what you write about.

 

You get to help people with their problems

Do you go through blogs to find a solution to your problem or a nifty trick to help you with something? There are many people looking for solutions in blogs. Blogging will give you the opportunity to help people by sharing the tips and tricks that you know.

 

You begin to develop positive habits

Blogging is not just about writing about topics that interest you. Blogging takes time and in the process you learn how to be disciplined, committed, responsible and devoted to what you set your mind on doing. There will be times when you won’t feel like blogging but if you stick to it, the positive habits you cultivate from blogging will change your life forever.

 

It allows you to make an impact

Blogging can act as a tool to impact millions of people. It can act a great medium to reach out to people and motivate them in life. You can inspire people with the stories you share and your views to life. You can make people’s lives more meaningful.

 

Blogging helps you know more about yourself and keep memories

Most people go through life not knowing who they are or what their purpose is. Blogging helps you get your life in perspective. When you blog, you find yourself unleashing what you have kept within you. You start to discover what means the most to you. You find your true self. Blogging also helps you keep memories.

 

Do you blog? How are you finding it? Are you thinking of setting up a blog? What is stopping you?

 

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