Thursday, 25 August 2011

Blogging for the hell of it

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I've had a number of emails recently (okay, three) from newbie or would-be bloggers asking me how to get started, how to improve their blog stats and also, how to get PRs interested in their blogs.

When I started blogging in 2008 the idea it being read by another living soul didn't even occur to me, and I didn't have the foggiest idea about PRs and why they would want to contact me.

Similarly, I didn't know anything about stats, google readers, SEO or analytics etc. In fact I still know very little about SEO and my eyes always start to glaze over when I try to read anything on the subject.

So, to answer some of the questions I've been asked. I blog because I enjoy it, it's a hobby, it's free and I didn't need any qualifications to start it off.

Yes, I do enjoy the PR offers (and I should point out that it was a good year to 18 months before they showed any interest) and we've been on trips, tried out some great products and met some wonderful people all as a result of blogging BUT, and this is a big but (with one t) I think it's a bit cynical to start writing a blog with the main intention of attracting PRs.

If you write a blog for fun or to help improve your writing skills, or whatever reason you have for blogging then that's great because you'll enjoy doing it. If blogging becomes a chore then it will show in your writing, and if you have an ulterior motive then that will be obvious too.

My tips for blogging? Write about whatever it is that interests you. Read other blogs, and leave comments. Get yourself seen on Twitter and Facebook. Twitter is particularly good for making contacts with other bloggers and finding out about news and blog posts you may never otherwise be aware of. And above all, enjoy it.

Blog for the hell of it. And because it's an established fact that bloggers are lovely, lovely people *cough*