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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 start a blog in 5 steps

Blogging is very popular now and I am sure it will continue to be popular. I can see blogging becoming even. bigger in the next few years. It is a fun way to grow a portfolio and make money too! I know many bloggers who blog full time and make a full time living wage from it. It is amazing to see these bloggers doing what was not possible many years ago. Working from anywhere you want as a blogger and earning an income is no longer a myth, but the reality for many. If you are thinking of starting a blog but not sure how to get started, this blog on how to start a blog in 5 steps will be useful for you. You should also get in touch with me if you are looking to grow your blog. I have a blog coaching service offer at the moment, so get in touch to hear more.

 

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First step – Pick a blog name and buy the domain

The first step is to pick a blog name and buy the domain. The name you pick should give readers an idea of what the blog would be about if possible. Picking a blog name relevant to your niche(s) also helps your blog’s search engine rank too so very important. Another important bit is to get your own domain immediately. Don’t settle for a piggyback domain that ends in .wordpress or blogspot. Get your own domain straightaway so you start off the right way from the get go.

 

Second Step – Get hosting sorted

The next step once you decide on a name and domain format is to get it hosted. I am self hosted on WordPress and I love it. I have had no issues with my hosting. In the early days, I started off with a vanity domain, but decided to go self hosted on WordPress. I recommend this if you can afford to. Being self hosted allows me more freedom on my blog. I can have private banner ads and install plugins. Being self hosted gives me more freedom to run my blog the way I want.

 

Third Step – Pick a theme

Once your blog is up and running, the next thing to do is to pick a theme. There are so many free themes available so there are loads of options. I like  clean themes. The very busy blog themes put me off but it depends on the look you are after for your blog. I currently use a premium theme – Elemin. I bought it some years ago and it works great for my blog. My advice is to shop around to see the options you have. My general advice is to go for a white background and a theme that allows you show off your social media platforms at the side.

 

Fourth Step – Publish your blog post

I see new bloggers saying they didn’t setup their blog until they had many blog posts waiting to be published. My approach was different but then again I didn’t start the blog thinking of how much money I would make from day 1. I had only one blog post of the first day and it increased on a daily basis. Having many blog posts ready before you step up your blog is good. Just make sure you don’t procrastinate and never start blogging.

 

Fifth Step – Promote your blog post

Now that your blog is stet up and you have blog posts published, you need to shout from the rooftops about it. Share your blog posts on social media platforms. Pinterest is really good for bringing traffic to your blog, so make sure you make the most of the amazing social media platform. Facebook is another great social media platform for bringing traffic to your blog, so set up a Facebook page too!

 

Are you thinking of starting a blog? What is holding you back?

 

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