How Blogging on the Mac Can Bring You Success on the Internet
By Timothy Arends
Blogging has experienced an explosion of popularity in recent years. Whether you use Blogger.com, WordPress, or one of the Mac’s own blogging tools such as iWeb or RapidWeaver, you can find blogging to be an enjoyable way to write about anything and everything you want to discuss. It can even bring a measure of fame.
A blog is not just an online journal. It is an entire industry. Bloggers have challenged the traditional mainstream media by offering fresh points of view that are not controlled by any outside interests.
Can you make money by blogging? You have to remember that the Internet is one big marketplace in which people buy and sell almost everything conceivable, and blogs are an important part of the advertising environment. Some blogs inspire legions of loyal fans who enjoy the blog so much they are even willing to support them with monetary donations. Some of the most successful bloggers may even earn $1000 a month this way.
The key to success in blogging is to get as many readers as you can. To do this, it is important that you write about what people want to read. Putting your heart into your writing as well as what you write about, are equally important.
Whatever topic you cover, you can get followers if your writing style and subject matter are good. Mix in some humor, relate your experiences, and even share a little something about your life. Your content should be interesting enough that people will want to read as well as recommend it to others.
Some people are natural-born writers and are able to write about things that interest people, while others may need to put a little effort into it; it really just takes a little practice. You should experiment with your writing style and learn about what interests people and leaves them wanting more.
Being a good writer means being able to catch the reader’s attention with the opening sentence. Once that has been done, you will want to keep them interested in reading the post (or the entire blog) until the end. A good writer will be able to satisfy the reader’s interest, but a great one will both satisfy the reader and leave him or her wanting more!
A skill at blogging can be acquired. Try looking at some of most successful blogs and using them as your model. By doing so you will learn what writing techniques are most effective in order in drawing hungry and eager readers. By studying their writing techniques you will be able to come up with ways to improve yours.
Remember these steps and you’ll be well on your way to blogging success, and perhaps even a little fame.
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