Blogging About Yourself

Blogs are often referred to as online journals, and so many people tend to blog a lot about themselves. Is it a good or a bad thing? Before you start blogging, I think it is important to decide what your target audience will be. Do you plan to blog for your family and friends? If that is the case they will probably appreciate the fact that you write a lot about yourself, and might even expect you to do so. But what if you plan that your blog will be interesting to visitors from all over the world? First of all, since they do not know you really well they might not be interested that much in your personal life. Many bloggers make a mistake blogging about themselves too much, because they assume that everyone is interested in them. Very often that is not the case. Visitors are often more interested in the content of the site, rather then the author. I suggest deciding what your target audience is and blogging accordingly. Generally, if you want to blog to a larger audience, you may wish to write less about yourself, but more about the topic of your blog. Naturally, celebrities are in a different situation.

Limiting Choices

An interesting way to make visitors click more on your ads is to limit their choices. While it may not sound very well if you hear about this idea for the first time, it isn’t actually that bad after all. The principle behind this it is that you should try to create the most logical exit points aside from the back button. A visitor has to exit the website at some point, so you should try to make him click on ads to exit the site. Some people recommend removing links to other sites from your webpage and this also includes widgets or any other banners that are not ads. You can also go to the extreme and remove your categories, RSS feed link, recent posts and date archive to even further reduce the users choices. This strategy has a lot of potential, but your blog might suffer from it, as you will be getting rid of some essential parts of your website. On the other hand, you should not be worried that your blog is going to look empty once you remove almost all the widgets and links from it. I wouldn’t be worried about that. Your blog will load faster that way and your readers will be able to concentrate more on the content and on the ads.

Reasons Why Readers Unsubscribe

RSS feeds are a very convenient way to subscribe to a blog. Many bloggers believe that having many RSS subscribers is a sign that people actually appreciate your blog. Of course, that can be a source of personal satisfaction. That is why in addition to working on obtaining new subscribers it is crucial not to lose the current ones. You are going to lose subscribers if they feel like they have sufficient reasons not to visit your blog anymore. Knowing such reasons should help you avoid any mistakes which you could otherwise commit. Here are some reasons why readers unsubscribe:
• Not interesting content. Of course, it is a matter of opinion if the content is interesting or not, but this is one of the main reasons people unsubscribe. This is also one of the hardest problems to fix, as you cannot please everyone at the same time. Usually putting a lot of work into writing your posts will result in interesting content.
• Not posting for long periods of time. If a subscriber suspects that you abandoned your blog, then no wonder that he will be tempted to unsubscribe. Try posting at least once or twice every week. This also depends on the niche, but not posting for a few weeks is a bad sign.
• Often making personal attacks in posts. Many readers would probably feel like in a middle of a fight.
• Lack of sense of community. Make sure that you communicate with your readers and listen to their feedback. This will ensure that they will feel appreciated.

High Quality Content

Have you ever been unhappy with the quality of your posts? It happens to every blogger from time to time. Posting quality content might not be an easy task. Delivering high quality content can become more and more difficult. This is because when you start a blog, you usually write about the most interesting topics in the beginning. The more time passes, the fewer ideas for interesting posts you might have. If you try to post quality content, it will keep your readers engaged enough to keep them coming for more. Once your readers get used to reading high quality posts, you need to do everything you can to be able to keep them engaged. You will need to remember to come up with new post ideas on a regular basis.

Advantages of Blogging

Maintaining a blog on the Internet is a very easy thing to do. If you are looking for a new hobby or a way to spend your time, blogging might be what you have been looking for. Blogging is good for you. Blogging is easy. Blogging is a great hobby. I am going to prove in this article why blogging is a great way to spend your free time and why it is worth your effort.

1. Setting up a blog will not cost you a dime. Not many hobbies are free. Almost everything you want to do for fun will cost you something, like watching a movie in your local theater or meeting with friends in a bar. Thanks to many free blog platforms, you can have a blog for free.

2. Blogging gives you a chance to meet new friends. Blogging is a social activity. Bloggers communicate with each other, visit each others’ blogs, comment on them, exchange links with each other, etc. Friends you will meet while blogging can become your friends for life.

3. Blogging broadens your horizons. Have you ever thought about starting a blog on a subject that you do not know anything about? This might sound crazy, but it is a great way to do something exciting and challenging.

Being a Happy Blogger

An interesting study was done to determine which is the happiest nation in the world. It was a surprise that the happiest nation was not the one that was the richest. It did not have the most beautiful landscapes, or even some kind of abundant natural resources, but something completely different. You are probably wondering which nation it is, so I will not keep you waiting. The nation that I am talking about is Denmark, and it is considered to be a nation where people are very content with their lives. The secret for their happiness appears to be having low expectations.

When it comes to blogging, I am not saying to settle on being an insignificant blogger. However, if you want to be a successful blogger, I think you need to be happy. In order to achieve this, you should not have too high expectations, but rather reasonable ones. Anyway, I find the results of this survey to be quite surprising, and I wonder how somebody can actually measure the happiness of a nation. We need to remember that such studies can be quite subjective, and it is not that easy to measure things like happiness. In any case, I think that most people will agree that this study is quite interesting.

More Advantages of Blogging

Here are some more advantages of blogging:

1. Blogging will help you establish your online presence. If you are new to the Internet, blogging can help you become known in your niche. If you are an expert in your niche, people might want to get to know you because you are an expert. This in turn can be beneficial to your career.

2. Blogging can bring you money. It is totally up to you to decide whether you want to make money blogging or want to devote to blogging just for fun. The fact remains that blogging can make you money if you want it. If you would like to know how to make money with your blog, I encourage you to look for ways to do it. Google Adsense is probably one of the easiest ways to monetize your blog. It is easy to get started with Google Adsense. You will only need to install a free template that will allow you to display Google ads on your blog. The rest is very easy.

3. It is easy to promote a blog. If you are a blogger, you probably noticed that readers come to read your posts. The number of visitors usually depends on the amount of work you put in your blog. Usually the more work you put in the promotion of your blog, the more visitors will come to read your posts. People like visiting other blogs and they will always keep doing this. You can submit your blog to directories that guarantee you free advertising. RSS feeds are also a perfect way to let your readers know about your newest posts.

Check Spelling in Microsoft Word

The spelling feature in Microsoft Word is very useful to many bloggers. Since we are required to post our posts without grammatical and spelling errors, it is good to do some spell checking before you submit your post. In my version of Word I usually do not have to check spelling manually. Word does it for me and corrects me immediately if I write something in a wrong way, or if I write a word that is not recognized. If you have an older version of Microsoft Word, you might need to activate an option to check your grammar and spelling. You can do it by either going to Tools in the upper menu and then selecting Spelling and Grammar, or simply by pressing F7 on your keyboard. Of course, spell checking is not perfect and you have to spot some mistakes by yourself; however, it should not be a problem if you are a careful reader of your posts. Recently, I noticed that the WordPress platform allows bloggers for spell checking while they are writing their posts. From what I remember, this useful feature was not available in the past. Before this feature became available, many bloggers had to write their posts in Word document and then copy it to WordPress, and then publish it. I am very happy that a feature like this exists.

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Creating Icons From Images

Windows icons are icons that are displayed on your desktop to represent different file types. You can use the default icons without any problems, but you can also create an icon from your favorite pictures. As a matter of fact, you can do it in many formats including 16×16, 32×32, 48×48, and 64×64. It can be quite fun and here is all you have to do:

  • Visit the website of ImagIcon (deviouscodeworks.co.uk/imagicon) to download and install the software.
  • Configure the settings of ImagIcon to your likings. By default it is an icon of 32×32.
  • Open the program and drag the picture into the colored area. The icon will automatically be created.

Additionally, you can also use custom icons for your website to display the icon of your website in browsers. The software that I mentioned is free, but it does a great job. I do not believe that just because it is free it is in some way worse than paid software. The icons you create can be used for many purposes, but since the Internet is so popular, perhaps the most useful way you can utilize them is to set them as a default icon for your website. This software also features alpha transparency of icons, so as you see, it allows for a lot of customization.

Blogging Platforms

There is a lot of discussion what blogging platforms should a new blogger choose. I think that starting a blog on a free domain is a good idea for those new to blogging. There are a lot of free platforms available, the most widely known is probably Blogger and WordPress. Blogger has been around from the late nineties, and at some point has been purchased by Google. Having a blog on Blogger is very easy and does not require knowledge of programming such as html. You simply create your account, choose a template, and basically you are ready to go. No fees, no contracts, no wondering which web hosting provider to choose. Everything is very easy, which is a good thing for someone who is just considering to start blogging. You can start blogging as soon as you want, modify your template, and do many other things. The only downside is the fact that once your blog becomes quite popular you may want to move your blog to a paid domain. That is because once you will be regarded as an experienced blogger, you will probably will appreciate the freedom your own domain would provide. However, most blogs get abandoned within the first few months. That is why you do not have to pay for something that you may abandon at some point anyway.