Blogging can be rewarding for the average person; especially when they have found out that it comes with perks (By the way, people who are above average do enjoy these perks too).
What are some of those perks that I am referring to?
Well, to be honest, those perks will vary from blogger to blogger; they can range from:
- Getting paid to review products.
- Getting free samples of products in exchange for writing a review based on those products.
- Being viewed as an authority figure in one’s niche.
- Being in a position to rid oneself their corporate nine to five job.
- Being in a position to work from home or in any geographical location of your choice.
My blogging-related perks are different and I am going to share them with you.
1.) Those People Who Chose To Follow “Renard’s World”
Yes, my friend, acquiring followers is one of the perks that bloggers get.
And, I am proud to admit, that I am grateful for having followers.
Under normal circumstances, the more followers you have is the more eyeballs that you will have focused on your blog.
But, that is not always the case. A person with a huge following can find their blog getting very little interaction (My blog post, Are We Being Too Hard On Our Followers?, explores various reasons why some of our followers are not engaging with our blog).
I will admit, that the number of followers that we see on our follow widget looks enticing, but it does not mean diddly-squat if our followers are not active participants.
I adhere to the notion, that it is better to have fifty followers interacting with your blog than having three hundred followers who never make the time to interact with your blog.
In my case, I am wise enough to not let the number of followers go to my head.
To those of you who followed my blog, I would like to take this opportunity to say to you, “Thank you for following Renard’s World.”
2.) Being Able To Interact With My Fellow WordPress Bloggers
Many of my fellow WordPress bloggers will agree with me if I said to them, “Interacting with our fellow WordPress bloggers is a whole lot of fun!”
The blogging process involves more than publishing content on your blog; it involves interacting with your blogging community; here are some examples of this:
- Visiting the blogs of your fellow bloggers whenever they have updated their blog with new content.
- Leaving a thoughtful comment in the comments thread of your fellow bloggers after you have perused their content.
- Sharing the links to the post of your fellow WordPress bloggers via your favourite social media networks.
One should always remember the old adage that states, “What goes around, comes around.”
So, never make the mistake of neglecting your fellow WordPress bloggers.
Do you ever interact with your fellow WordPress bloggers?
3.) Receiving Comments From My Fellow Bloggers
If you have left your comments feature enabled, there is a high probability that you also enjoy receiving comments from your fellow bloggers.
Those of us who view receiving comments as an additional perk, love them because:
- They open up an opportunity to discuss the topic that was posted in further detail.
- They let us know exactly what commenters thought about the topic that they read.
- They help us to learn more about the commenter’s personality.
- They help us to build relationships with commenters.
Unfortunately, there are blogs that receive little or no comments.
So, be grateful whenever your blog receives meaningful comments.
By the way, if you love comments and your blog is not receiving any, you can:
- Ask your beloved readers a question.
- Publish content that is worthy of being commented on.
- Create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere on your blog.
- Publish controversial content (This step is risky because it has the potential of attracting trolls, but it works).
- Respond to comments (This is an important factor because if you respond to a person’s comment, there is a high probability of that person developing into a regular commenter).
- Find the time to comment on other blogs (It is normal for most bloggers to reciprocate).
- Simply ask people to comment.
You will certainly see a difference with your blog by implementing those things that I mentioned.
The art of receiving comments is not rocket science.
Anyone can do it!
4.) The Ability To Educate And Entertain My Viewing Audience
Yes, my friend, having the ability to educate and entertain my viewing audience is one of my favourite perks.
My blog posts are created with the intentions of simultaneously educating and entertaining my viewing audiences from around the world.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of boring educational material on the world wide web.
If people infused their writing with their personality, readers would find their articles entertaining.
Educational material does not need to be stiff or robotic.
5.) The Ability To Watch WordPress.com Evolve
The ability to watch WordPress.com evolve might appear as a strange perk to many people reading this.
Now, this means a lot to me because I created a WordPress.com account back in April 2012.
In spite of deleting my first WordPress.com blog, I kept the account.
In June 2018, I created a new WordPress.com blog — Renard’s World.
During my time with WordPress.com, I witnessed:
- Changes in the user interface.
- Blogging themes that changed from beautiful to bland.
- The introduction of the Gutenberg editor (Which is now WordPress’s default editor).
I have seen WordPress.com in both its past and present state.
I am most eager to find out what WordPress.com is going to evolve into in the future (I pray that it is a WordPress.com that you and I could both enjoy).
In my article, WordPress Made Me Dwell On Blogger, I talked about WordPress.com taking away the user’s (the one on the free plan) ability to choose or adjust the size of fonts with the newer themes and in order for the user to make those changes via CSS, they will have to upgrade their plan from a free to a paid one.
WordPress.com is already making money by displaying advertisements on my blog. So, there is really no need for WordPress.com to force me to upgrade my account in order for me to change the fonts on the newer themes to my liking.
Are you curious to find out what WordPress.com is going to evolve into?
Where I am concerned, those perks are not monetary in nature.
If I wanted to make lots of money via the monetization process of my blog, I would have jumped on the WordPress.org bandwagon (The self-hosted version of WordPress).
My perks are related to having fun combined with the contribution to the betterment of the WordPress.com community.
Are there any blogging-related perks of your own that you are grateful for?
If you answer happens to be, “Yes,” please tell me all about it via the comments section of my blog.
And, thank you for reading!