“Shannon, I would like your opinion on something,” Ashley said.
“Sure, Ashley. What it is exactly that you would like my opinion on?” Shannon asked.
“Well, I know that you are a blogger and I have been thinking about getting into blogging myself. I would like to know which blogging platform to use?” Ashley asked.
“Oh, it doesn’t really matter,” Shannon said.
“Huh?” Ashley blurted out loudly; she donned the facial expression of a woman who was confused.
“It doesn’t really matter, because it is all about publishing quality content,” Shannon said in a very confident tone of voice.
“But, if my memory serves me correctly, I believe that you have a blog on WordPress, right?” Ashley uttered.
“Yes, Ashley. You are right. I do have a WordPress blog,” Shannon said.
“Well, in that case, I am going to go with WordPress,” Ashley said.
“Good choice, Ashley,” Shannon said. “So, have you made up your mind as to what your blog is going to be about?”
“Yes, Shannon,” Ashley said with a wide grin on her face. “It is going to be based on book reviews!”
Both women laughed.
Shannon got up from the chair that she was sitting on and said, “Please follow me, Ashley. I am taking you to my computer room right down the hall.”
Ashley looked at a few of the beautiful paintings that hung majestically on Shannon’s white-coloured wall while she followed her friend, Shannon to the computer room.
Shannon opened the door for her friend, Ashley and said, “After you,” stating politely that she would like Ashley to be the first one to enter the computer room.
Ashley nodded and entered Shannon’s computer room. “Wow! This is amazing!” Ashley said looking at the three high-end computers in their respective workstations.
“Pick anyone,” Shannon said. “The computer to the right-hand side of the room is an Apple iMac with the latest macOS, the computer in the middle of the room is a Dell desktop computer with the latest version of Windows on it and to the left-hand side of the room, there is a HP desktop computer with Linux; it has the latest version of Linux Mint installed on it.”
“I will go with the HP desktop with the latest version of Linux Mint on it,” Ashley said.
“What?” Shannon said; she was pleasantly surprised by Ashley’s choice of computer and operating system. “We have been friends since kindergarten times and you never once mentioned to me that you use Linux.”
Ashley laughed and said, “Well, that is because you never asked. I started using Linux about three years ago. I have Linux installed on my computer at home — Ubuntu to be precise, and I chose to use Linux Mint, because it is based on Ubuntu.”
Shannon showed her friend, Ashley, how to set up a free blog on WordPress and she even went as far as helping her choose a lovely-looking theme for her blog.
“Thank you, Shannon,” Ashley said. “I will add a blog post to my new blog as soon as I find a new book to review.”
“You are welcome, Ashley,” Shannon said with a happy-looking facial expression on her face. “I have a strong feeling that you are going to be a very good book blogger and you are going to see for yourself how wonderful blogging really is!”
Ashley got up from the workstation and said, “Thanks for everything, Shannon. I will send you a text message as soon as I publish my first book review on my blog.”
“Good! I will be looking out for that text message, Ashley!” Shannon said.
You Are Free To Do Your Own Thing
Yes, my friend. You are free to do your own thing. If you want, you can even do like Ashley and create a blog that is based on book reviews.
Here are some of the things that people have been posting on their blogs:
- Blogging advice
Okay, you do get the general idea of the things that you can post on your blog.
However, I would like to inform you, that if the content of your blog is in violation of your blogging platform’s Terms of Service, your blog will be deleted — you will no longer have access to your blog (You can avoid that nightmare by going self-hosted).
You Are Free To Choose Any Blogging Platform
Shannon was correct when she told her friend, Ashley that it did not matter where she blogged and that the most important thing is to publish quality content.
The God’s/Goddess’ truth is, that your blog is going to do well once there is high-quality content on it. It does not matter if you are blogging on Weebly, Blogger or WordPress.
But, I would like to state for the record, that nothing really beats WordPress in the area of SEO — WordPress themes were created with SEO in mind.
However, having a blog on Blogger provides the person with the advantage of having their blog posts being indexed quickly by Google (After all, Blogger is owned by Google).
I had to wait a little under three weeks for Google to index the blog posts on my WordPress blog (I should consider myself lucky, because the folks at Automattic said that it takes approximately four to six weeks before Google starts indexing new WordPress blogs).
Anyway, one of my favourite features is, the WordPress.com Reader; it allows the bloggers on their platform to easily locate the topics that they are interested in by typing in the topic of their choice in the “Tags” section.
Unfortunately, the “Next Blog” button does not always direct the users of Blogger to the types of blogs that the are interested in (When I was a Blogger, it took me over an hour to come across a blog that I was interested in via the “Next Blog” button and it directed me to a large percentage of abandoned blogs).
One of the best ways of finding like-minded bloggers is, to join a handful of blogging groups on social media (And, blogging groups usually do not care if your blog is on Weebly, Blogger or WordPress; all they care about is, that you follow the rules and that you share content that is of a high quality).
Interacting With Other Bloggers Is A Lot Of Fun
I do get a huge thrill out of interacting with my fellow bloggers.
Now, in addition to interacting with my fellow bloggers on WordPress, I do interact with other bloggers on Weebly, Blogger and TypePad.
I know for a fact, that a lot of bloggers on WordPress would not even dream of visiting blogs on other blogging platforms.
However, some of them would check out the blogs from their friends on Blogger (Mainly because, they themselves were once bloggers on Blogger).
Also, it is nice to see people from Blogger commenting on WordPress blogs.
To me, blogging is way more fun when I interact with other bloggers in the blogosphere.
Do you ever make it a priority of yours to interact with other bloggers in the blogosphere?
The Learning Never Stops
If you have been blogging for quite a while, you would know without a doubt, that the learning never stops.
Bloggers have learned the following things:
- How to go about writing a blog post.
- How to implement On-Page and Off-Page SEO in regards to their blogs.
- How to implement HTML and CSS codes to their blogs.
- What are the types of blog posts that their audience prefers.
- How to go about promoting their blogs on social media.
Blogging really involves more than publishing a blog post.
Thankfully, there are blogging experts who share this type of information freely online (So, you can learn them at your own pace).
Blogging Is Simpler Than Vlogging
Now, this might appear somewhat controversial since vlogging requires talking to one’s audience by being in front of a camera.
Some people will think, “Well, vlogging is easy. All I have to do is to talk in front of a camera and upload my content on YouTube.”
Vlogging requires way more work because of the following reasons:
- You will need to invest your money in a very good camera if you want to produce 4K (Ultra-HD) videos.
- You will need to invest your money in getting yourself a very good microphone.
- You will need to invest your money in getting yourself a very good video editing software.
- You will need to invest your money in getting a powerful computer — a high-end computer with lots of RAM and computing power to finish the editing process in record-breaking time.
Vlogging is actually more difficult than it looks.
Thankfully, blogging can be easily accomplished on the worst of computers and on the best of computers.
And, a person can also use their smartphone or their tablet computer to blog.
In my case, I am a bit camera-shy; so blogging is the ideal medium for me (Which is probably the reason why I made blogging easy for myself).
What about you? Do you think that blogging is easier than vlogging? Or is it the other way around for you?
There Are Countless Blogging Themes To Choose From
Another nice thing about blogging is, that you get to choose a beautiful-looking blogging theme for your blog; it can range from clean-looking to extravagant-looking (It is up to the blogger to choose which one they want).
When I was on Blogger, I used to upload a new theme to my blog approximately every six months (One of the perks of being on Blogger is, that you can upload your own theme if you do not like the ones that are readily available on Blogger).
Unfortunately, some of the blogging themes that I used back then were not all that SEO-friendly.
I have noticed that there are less free blogging themes to choose from on WordPress (especially for those people who are on the free plan); you will have to upgrade to the “Premium” plan or the “Business” plan in order to gain access to an unlimited amount of WordPress’ premium themes.
Back in 2012, there were more blogging themes to choose from on the free plan of WordPress. I remembered spending an entire hour looking at blogging themes; I wanted to choose the right one for my blog at the time (Oh well, those were the good old days of my first WordPress blog).
Over the years, I have learned that the most important thing is, having high-quality content on my blog.
Now, I am in no way insinuating that a beautiful-looking blogging theme is not important.
If you have high-quality content on your blog in addition to having a beautiful-looking blogging theme, then all is well with you.
But, it makes no sense at all to have mediocre content on your blog and have it all decorated with a beautiful looking blogging theme.
But, the most important thing is, that you are happy with your chosen blogging theme.
WordPress bloggers are lucky in the sense that the new themes that are available to them are both mobile-friendly and SEO-friendly.
There Is Money To Be Made In Blogging
Bloggers have been making money with their blogs for years (It is not a new concept).
You can make money blogging by doing the following things:
- By monetising your blog.
- By getting paid to write reviews.
- By selling eBooks on your WordPress blog.
- By becoming a blogging coach.
- By creating an Amazon shop on WordPress.
- By starting your very own consulting business on WordPress.
- By selling online courses.
Those are merely some of the ways that WordPress bloggers can bring in the additional income.
Please keep in mind, that some bloggers make way more money than others and that there are bloggers who actually struggle to make a decent living off of blogging.
Getting rich via blogging is not a guarantee (And, if anyone tries to tell you otherwise, they are trying to mislead you).
So, my friend, you have learned some of the reasons why I think that blogging is beautiful.
Do you think that blogging is beautiful?
If your answer is, “Yes,” I would love to read all about it in the comments thread of my blog.
And, if your answer is, “No,” I would still love to read about it in the comments thread of my blog.
Thank you for checking out, Renard’s World and I do look forward to seeing you once again around my personal space in the blogosphere.