It is amazing how quickly the world can change. Just a decade ago, no one had ever heard of blogs or blogging.
Now there are more than 31 million bloggers in the United States alone.
Worldwide, that number exceeds 100 million.
It seems like everybody is suddenly blogging!
And why wouldn’t they be? Blogging is fun and exciting.
You get to share your thoughts with people all over the globe, interact with many other people who share your passion for the subjects that interest you, and you can even make money by blogging.
As you shall shortly see, getting started blogging is super easy and 100% free if you use a blog hosting site such as WordPress.
Even if you choose to buy your own domain name and lease space on a server to support your own personal website, it can cost just pennies per day and can result in a steady reliable revenue stream through advertising, affiliate marketing and other business models.
There are no limitations on what your blog can be about.
Any topic that interests you is fair game. And odds are, there already is an entire community of people who share your interests and will look forward to your next posting.
Once you begin writing your blog regularly, it’s easy to get dozens, or even hundreds, of regular readers who will frequently leave comments and engage in an exchange of information and knowledge with you.
What Is Blogging?
The word “blog” is an abbreviation of the term “weblog”.
Back in the early 1990s, when the internet as we know it today was still in its infancy, weblogs were a form of online diary keeping.
The earliest bloggers would share details of their everyday lives on first-generation blog sites such as Open Pages and Open Diary.
By the end of that decade, blog technology improved to the point where readers could leave comments on other people’s blogs, and even include links to other web pages.
Very quickly, improvement in search engine technology made it simple for anybody to find blogs written about whatever specific topics were of interest to them.
By the mid-2000s, open source blog hosting sites such as Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress began to offer free software that any user could use to create and publish professional-looking blogs quickly and easily.
These sites, which remain popular today, also hosted and distributed the blogs for free so that bloggers could write as many blogs as they wanted and there was sure to be a steady supply of regular, loyal readers.
Today, there are literally millions of blogs being written every day and on every subject imaginable.
Whether you are interested in anthropology, cooking, sewing, movies, sex or sports, with just the click of a few buttons you can be connected with thousands of freshly-written blogs on the topics you like best.
Plus, you can interact with the writers, meet other people who share your interest, and engage in a lively interchange with an entire community devoted to whatever subject you are into.
Benefits of Blogging
The blogging community, sometimes referred to as the blogosphere, promotes the open and free interchange of thoughts and ideas.
There are no editors or censorship.
You are free to discuss any subject you like and offer even the most radical opinion without fear of being quashed or silenced.
There also is no set schedule, so you can write as often or as infrequently as you choose.
Some people like to write every day or even post multiple blog postings throughout the day, while other bloggers post only once a week, once or month or even less. It’s entirely up to you.
When you produce a blog on a subject that interests you, it is easy to quickly establish yourself as an expert in your field.
As your readership grows, people will begin to respect your opinions and perhaps even invite you to write a “guest blog” on their own blog.
Many bloggers are now regularly used as panelists at conferences, interviewed on television news programs and even viewed as celebrities themselves.
The blogging community is also a great place to learn new facts, encounter cutting-edge ideas and technologies, exchange gossip or rumor, and participate in a rewarding online social community where you can make new friends with people all over the globe, interact directly with experts, and make exciting new discoveries about topics that interest you.
For some people, blogging also provides a revenue stream.
There are plenty of ways to make money through blogging.
Till next time.
ONWARD & UPWARD!