Where are you in your Blogging journey?

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We’re going down a different road on this post.  With most posts, and I think this goes for most that blog, we try to provide a solution to a Blogging Journeyproblem or present a more efficient way to get results.  In this post, together with the ensuing comments I want hone in on your blogging journey and experience.  The latest research of number of blogs in existence was compiled in March of 2012 by NM Incite where 181 million blogs were tracked.  I think we can safely say the number of blogs has eclipsed 200 million as of today.

Blogging is extremely challenging, contrary to what you might see out there about getting your blog up in five minutes, giving the impression that it’s a breeze.  The reasons vary, but time, lack of traffic, short on passion, and lacking self-confidence are some of the leaders.  Hopefully each of you can share a little bit about your blogging journey.  Let’s learn from each other and improve.

Justin Hall is highly regarded as one of the pioneers of blogging.  He started a web-based diary in 1994 while at Swarthmore College.  If we use that as the starting line, blogging starts its 19th year.

WordPress.com one of most popular CMS (Content Management System) crossed 60 million sites today. This only includes WordPress.com sites and not self-hosted.  This gives you an idea of the sheer mass.

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When did you start Blogging? 

Are you a new to the world of blogging or are you a veteran?  So many blogs start out with good intentions and high hopes only to be vacated unceremoniously.  Let’s hear about how you started, and what your blog is about.

Have you been a consistent blogger?

Blogging is not for the faint of heart.  It takes a lot of dedication to do it well and consistently.  Did you publish 100+posts last year?  Was the frequency balanced over the 12 months?  How many posts have you published in your lifetime?

How much time do you spend on blogging per week?

Blogging entails writing, research, SEO, and promotion through social networks.  That’s just part of the process, but you and I know it takes a great deal of time.  It’s a lot of work, but it doesn’t feel like work if you love doing it every day.

What are your challenges with blogging?

What are your challenges: Lack of time, trouble creating content, building a subscriber list, spending time on social, SEO, working on the back end, or getting traffic to your site?  Yes, there are more, but at least one of those is probably a challenge for most.

Are you making a living online?

Is blogging directly or indirectly paying your bills?  I’m really interested to see how many of you have been able to build a business where blogging is in an integral part of your plan.

Where do you see the world of Blogging five years from now?

Can this growth be sustained?  Will there be over 400 million blogs in 2018?  What does the future hold for bloggers?  Is blogging a High School kid or a Senior Citizen?

 

I’ll start with my blogging and online history to get the comments started.  I guess I’ve done things backwards.  I started on LinkedIn in April 2007, now approaching 6 years.  In April of 2009 I joined Twitter.  I guess there is something about April.  The last two years, I don’t think I’ve missed a day on Social Media.  Most of you probably started your online business with a blog and spent most of your time building that while social media was in the background.

This blog was started in October 2011 as an extension to my social media presence.  It started as a casual thing where I would post occasionally, but very far from consistent.  With my blogs and contributing to other sites, I’ve published about 70 posts.  Certainly not enough.  In November, just three months ago, I got focused on the blog.  I realize traffic is only a portion of the equation, but the increase has been promising.  This month’s traffic will exceed 16K unique visitors.  I’m not making a living, yet.  I have zero doubt that I will by continuing to help others, through using smarts and being innovated, working hard, and a passion that allows me to work on it 14 hours straight with a smile on my face.

I would love to hear about your experience with blogging.  A few sentences would be valuable to all readers, and very much appreciated.

46 comments
jonesima
jonesima

I've been blogging consistently about 2-3 times per week for about 18 months.  I've found it very rewarding, and also profitable.  I've even started doing coaching for those that are trying to profit from a blog they already have so it's been a great experience for me.  It's was a little more challenging to get going that I originally thought, but now I do it for fun and profit!  Great post.

Angi Shields
Angi Shields

Good read! I made me realize how far I have to go to get the my company blog going. I had a personal blog a few years ago, but just started up the company one less than a year ago. I have, or have had, to deal with each of the challenges you listed.

makemyblogmoney
makemyblogmoney

One of the biggest problems in blogging is that they don't tell you that you can't make any money right away.  I stupidly thought that I could start a blog and then as soon as a week later, I could make a living!!!  I laugh at that now, but it's true.  That's pretty sad coming from someone who thought Internet Explorer was the "bomb".

 

I used to be a coal miner in VA until a underground mining accident ended my career, not to mention my left knee!  I always knew that people were making money on the internet but I didn't know how.  All I knew to do was get a blog, and that was it for me!  I started with the free platforms then graduated to Wordpress about 4 months into the experience.  

 

I now boast a nomination in one of the Top Ten Social Media Blogs of 2013.  My blog is http://www.bloggersmakemoney.com and I started a blog that I had no idea how to manage.  I actually started a blog that was supposed to show people how to make money...and I didn't know myself!  So I came up with the idea that every time I figured out some new trick online, I would post it.  At first, I only posted about 1 blog per week.  Now I post around 3 times per week with guest posters in between.  

 

The blog has really came around to where I can be proud of it.  I still am not at the full potential of the blog itself, however, I am still learning every day, building relationships, and remembering that valid point....

 

Money is not the most important thing.  The reader is what's important to my blog.  Everything else comes second.  When you realize that, you will strive to create content worth reading and people will come, interact, and share!

raenalynntweet1
raenalynntweet1

Hi Stephen,

 

Here are the answers to your questions about blogging. I totally agree it is a journey!

 

When did you start Blogging?

I started my blog in January 2010. I was clueless. I didn't know what a blog was at that time. I didn't know how to set one up. I didn't have any technical knowledge. My skill sets were limited. I was a newbie in every way. However, I was very enthusiastic and excited about having one, so I jumped in a learned how how to set one up, how to use WordPress, how to syndicate, how to write a blog etc. The hype of the 5 minute set up is sad indeed. It takes learning and effort to properly set up a high quality blog. There is always something new to learn about blogging.  

 

During the first year, I focused on personal branding and my blog became a way for me to connect with tribe members and visitors. I passed newbie status a long time ago, however it wasn't until last year when I became very clear of the big picture of the purpose of a blog and recognizing it as a viable business.

 

Have you been a consistent blogger?

In the beginning of my blogging journey, my goal was to post once a week, which I have accomplished for the most part. Last year, due to some drastic changes, I was not as consistent. My goal this year is to get back on track and post at least once per week with a schedule, and that will suit my needs and my audience.

 

How much time do you spend on blogging per week?

I need to spend more time blogging per week. I can't provide a specific amount of hours/per week because it depends upon the post. Some posts take longer than others when it is a post requiring research. I optimize my posts and I have stayed current on the many changes which have taken place.  My goal is to create posts that my readers enjoy, and those are usually posts created by inspiration. There is no purpose of having a blog if you cannot generate an audience. I also share tips, articles, and experiences about internet marketing. 

 

What are your challenges with blogging?

Consistency. I'm on track so far, and I've set up a timing system to keep me focused. My biggest challenge is I wait too long for inspiration. I need to create a post weekly so my readers have fresh content, so it isn't about me being inspired. I enjoy writing "inspired" posts. I don't enjoy when I have to "create content." It's ridiculous not to be able to find a topic to write about. I was amazed there are 60 million WordPress blogs.

 

Are you making a living online?

I am not monetizing my blog. It is used more for social connection and providing value to strengthen my personal branding. However I occasionally use my blog for promotion of my primary business. My blog is a tool to share my latest endeavors!

 

Where do you see the world of Blogging five years from now?

I think you are accurate with the growth. I think blogging will at least double in 5 years. Hundreds of thousands of people are jumping online and blog growth will continue.

 

Thanks for asking!

 

Raena Lynn 

CherySchmidt
CherySchmidt

Hey Steven I sure do like what you have done here. I cannot believe the attention you are getting here Great JOB!

I give this an A+ and I will share for you.

 

I actually started my blog up late spring last year CherysOnlineGamePlan but had no idea what I was doing :) Prior to this I joined the Empower Network and blogged for about 3 months almost daily Well Of course since I had no idea as to what  was doing I didnt make any money  with them .. It was at this time I thought "Why am I branding these guys" So it was at that time I decided to brand me and my blog was born.

 

It wasn't until late summer when I purchased Ray Higdons course when I finally started to figure things out> Yes I Love my blog, it is based on my motto Love What You Do & Do What You Love. I haven't really made a whole lot of money with it But I know if I continue to take action each day that it has possibilities to attract people who need my help. & this is what it is all about Right!  It is always good to visit others who are more successful at blogging to get some idea's on what to do. YOUR BLOG ROCKS! Keep up the good work Chery :)

ArleeBird
ArleeBird

I've been blogging consistently for 3 1/2 years.  Started from not knowing what was going on to now where I'm at the pretty good at social networking part.  I now blog on 5 different sites.

 

 My big breakthrough was starting the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge which will be in it's 4th year in 2013 and have up to 2000 or more participants.   I'm still looking to make money from blogging, but I'm not sure pro-blogging is the way I want to go.

 

For more info on the #atozchallenge you can find us at Twitter @AprilA2Z or a-to-zchallenge.com

stattshimself
stattshimself

My blog is very young, but important to me. I was shot and paralyzed 4 years ago. It basically is my journey as someone living with a spinal cord injury. Visit me at www.aspirento.com.

lynnjonesie
lynnjonesie

Hi Steve, I believe I am entering my third year at blogging.  Blogging is not my life, although I enjoy sharing information that is meaningful to me. Time is a factor, so I don't spend a lot of time on it, or socializing.  Even though I know how important being social is, sometimes you can only fit so many things in your day.  I have so much more to learn about blogging, like SEO and the "backend" as you mentioned.  I realized just recently that I want to make a shift in the information I want to share so that it depicts more of what my passion is.

Enjoyed your post!

Have a blast blogging,

Lynn

jamiebillingham
jamiebillingham

What great questions!

 

I began blogging in 2005ish as part of a school requirement and haven't stopped since. I began with Blogger, moved to Edublogs and eventually fell in love with WordPress. For the past few years my own blog has taken a backseat to the Thoughtstream blog which has just passed it's one year mark. Yea!

 

I feel really privileged to be involved with a company that values blogging enough to employ someone to do it. I post once a week without fail and tend to focus on in-depth content so they take anywhere from 4 - 10 hours depending on the amount research involved. I often wonder if I'm just a really s l o w blogger or if others spend a lot of time also.

 

As for the future, I would like to think that we will see more video and podcasts in blogs. I'm a big fan of multi and transmedia so am hoping for more of that kind blog experience. But really, who knows. Five years has become a very long time :-)

SarahArrow
SarahArrow

A thought provoking post Steve, I've never really thought about my blogging journey.

I started writing online in 1996, never thought of it as blogging, more journaling. I had a few free sites until 2007 when I moved to WordPress (self-hosted). 

Last night I was planning a book about WordPress, and I was so excited I couldn't sleep. I never thought that would happen when I first started online...

AnnettaPowell
AnnettaPowell

Hi Steve, Interesting blog post! Usually I come to your blog, find interesting and informative posts and elaborate certain things and create a new post in my blog. For a change, I would make a long comment instead of creating a blog post :)

 

I have no clue where to start. I will try to make this comment short, but no guarantee.

 

I am from the real estate industry and  when the industry was at the peak, I used all the available tools to promote my offline business. My introduction to online promotion and sales were related to real estate industry. I am not sure, if you can call those blogs, but I had my online presence. I was using content , social media for getting leads to my offline business. 

 

Keeping up with the trend, I had hundreds of micro sites to generate leads. Again, I am not a geek, so I had to get everything done by geeks :)

 

And then, here comes the real estate crash. Boom.. All my micro sites like a Zombie town. No leads... no sales. But I was not ready to give up. I didn't abandon them and I still keep keep them. 

 

That is when I jumped into the network marketing and some MLM kind of stuff. I didn't want to go back to the world of day job just because the real estate is not profitable. I am not really proud of the stuff I promoted and sold. I do still promote some of the stuff I am not really proud of. 

 

I started my personal blog back in 2008. The intention was to promote myself as a brand instead of promoting someone else. I think, so far I have been doing pretty ok. 

 

I've been pretty consistent with my personal blog. It used to be like 10 posts a month and from mid last year I increased the volume. 

 

I was not really keen on SEO and in 2011 you cold call my blog a SEO disaster, especially with on page SEO. Over 1600 posts which include daily short tips, quotes and stuff which I should have been posting in Facebook. 

 

I had to get help with cleaning up all unnecessary posts and optimize the good content with bit of on page SEO. It did work really well and my ranking went up. 

 

Are you making a living online? Yes and No. I really do not want to put all my eggs in one basket. I do other offline business and still do real estate investing. For example, right now I am focusing on the tax business. And after the end of tax season, my focus will be on real estate investment and training. 

 

At the same time I keep my blog, micro sites, social media as a front end promotion for my offline business. 

 

Why am I consistent with my blog?  I realized that if you are consistent and regular with your blog posts, your content is indexed within hours, in some-cases, within minutes indexed and ranked. When I was inconsistent with blog posts,  the syndicated content from my blogs used to index within few hours and rank well and my content after a week. 

 

And for SEO, I used to get help for link building. I didn't do it too much with my personal blog and I am lucky that I was not affected by those two Google animals :)

 

I have to admit that, I can't handle all these work by myself. For every business, my policy is delegation, finding the right people for the right job and execution. I spend money with a loner vision and building my brand. It may not sound right for many bloggers, but that's the way I do. 

 

Last year one of the business I used to promote had issue with the content I posted in my personal blog. My team did extensive research and came up with a good article. My intention was not to offend the company. However, they suspended me because they felt that the article was misleading and they wanted me to shut down my personal blog to get back my dealership. Guess what, somehow, that article is still high in SERP for the company keyword.

 

Alright, I think I wrote too much. In short, this is what I wanted to tell other bloggers:

 

Before you get into blogging, find out what you wanted to achieve. Is your intention for blogging for making money online? What can you sell? Are you ready to invest some money? Do you have the time and resources to  dedicate for your blog? Don't get into blogging with the assumption that you will be successful overnight. It takes time. Prepare yourself for the worst nightmare :) 

Celestes
Celestes

I've had a number of different blogs over the years.  I started my current one just a few months ago and am enjoying it...I think I'll keep this one.  I also have an Empower Network blog.  Consistency has been a bit of a challenge, and I have a lot to learn when it comes to getting the word out.  Thanks for your post...it was very interesting...I knew there were a lot of blogs out there but there really are a lot of blogs out there:)

catricala
catricala

 @nickcatricala  Steven, this is a nice blog... it show that you know what you are doing with blogging... and that is great, thanks for sharing. I am new at blogging, and when I read "Blogging is extremely challenging, contrary to what you might see out there about getting your blog up in five minutes, giving the impression that it’s a breeze.  The reasons vary, but time, lack of traffic, short on passion, and lacking self-confidence are some of the leaders.  Hopefully each of you can share a little bit about your blogging journey.  Let’s learn from each other and improve." it truly hit home in many ways.. This is true.. yes, it seem easy just to post.. but unless you have passion of what you like to write or self confidence for what you write or what you believe in.. well, the blog post will show it very clear and if you have a great group to support you.. they will share it in the comments (if they are truthfully supporting you) and at that time you have tow choices... learn or give up, I chose to learn and will keep learning every day... and I know that by reading your blogs I will learn a lot soon. haha :-) 

 

Thanks so much again.

nickc

marquita.herald
marquita.herald

Great topic Steve! I began blogging in earnest about two and a half years ago and, like so many others here, I've learned a lot through the journey. Even though I've always been a writer, for most of my life I wrote behind the scenes for others - ghosted a couple of books, wrote for various businesses - everything from PR materials to scripts for promotional videos, etc. Blogging gave me the experience and confidence to finally start publishing my own books.

 

I still love blogging, but for me it's a tool to build my author brand identity and drive readers to my books. I'm at a point where it's time to expand and ironically that seems to be taking me full circle back to working with entrepreneurs once again and that's what's keeping me very busy these days. I love the challenge and pressure of fitting all the pieces together of this amazing new puzzle!

Clint Butler
Clint Butler

I have been blogging regularly for over a year now and I have learned so much in that short time.  Coming from an affiliate marketing background where I was using SEO to rank landing pages.  To moving to blogging where I have to create the content, build the site, and syndicate it.  There is no doubt that blogging is hard work.  But its probably one of the most rewarding things in my life.

mqtodd
mqtodd

I am into it every day from 3 platforms. Content is my primary way of giving value so it is my focus. Have learned a lot from you Steven!

DavidMerrill101
DavidMerrill101

Been blogging just about 2 years, Steve.  I'm not in league with serious bloggers, though.  I try to post once a week, but it doesn't always happen. 

 

For me, blogging is just a way to share some trainings with my team of students and followers.  It's not really an end in itself, but an adjunct to my internet marketing mentoring.

 

I think blogging will continue to grow, but I think there's always a very small group of really good blogs that people really look forward to readings and learning from, as opposed to the vast majority that border on being little more than product review and commercial sites.

LeslieDenning
LeslieDenning

Hi Stephen.  I've loved to write since I was in elementary school, so blogging has been right down my alley.  I've blogging for almost 3 years, but I changed direction this past summer, which caused me to lose ground.  It's not always easy to keep up with blogging.  I've trying to blog at least 3 times a week, but sometimes the best of intentions ... well, you know.  However, I love learning how to do it better, and your blog looks like a great place to get information.  Thanks for all your hard work.

 

All the best,

Leslie

SteveBorgman
SteveBorgman

Hi, @GeeklessTech : my journey began, I think, in 2007, on a free Blogger platform.  It's evolved slowly from there.  I average about one post per week on two different blogs, with some guest posting as a bonus from time to time.  That's the most I can reasonably give, since I work 1.5 jobs.  But I do love the research, SEO, and social networking.  I imagine the future of blogging will be dominated by those who master the other mediums of podcasting, video, and audio.  But alas, that takes more time, which I do not have :(

shaanhaider
shaanhaider

I have started blogging five years back. Earlier, it was just to promote my underground musician friends. Later, I started liking it more and more. My friends also inspired me to start a tech blog which is my most popular blog so far.

 

What I love most about blogging is that you learn new things everyday, meet new people  and sharing experience (exactly like this post)

 

I  spend around 2 hours everyday for blogging related activities. The biggest challenge for me is to be motivated as I am a person of many interest and easily get distracted.  Though I am not making a living out of it, it brings some money for sure.

 

Blogging scene is exploding and saturating at the very same time. One of the main reason behind is that lots of similar kind of new blogs are coming out everyday. So, it is getting tougher to establish yourself as the competition is high. Few years back, even crappy websites were getting popularity but it is not the case now. In the next few years, blogsphere gonna be more crowded if the current trend continues... So, the best way to get success is to come out with some amazing ideas or provide the best quality in your niche.

journeytobefree
journeytobefree

I just began blogging late this past August, so I've been at it just under 5 months. I took a position at my fathers tech company with a focus in social media and marketing. Prior to this position, my career was focused around sales and customer service for a variety of different industries (mainly hospitality). People have always told me that I'm a people person; however, it's been quite the struggle transitioning my extroverted personality to communicating with people online. This stuff is harder than it looks! My goal is to write everyday, even though I've only been publishing blogs for the company monthly. Another challenge is that I have to learn about the content that I'm writing, considering I'm brand new to the tech world.  Focus and organization are my priorities, as I have a tendency to be a scatter brain and do not want to reflect that in my writing. Any tips, words of wisdom, or resources that can be provided would be so helpful. I want to succeed in blogging, I feel it in my gut, but it's quite the struggle. Especially for those of us that are submersed in a generation of instant gratification. 

HotBlogTips
HotBlogTips

I started my first blogs on Blogger in 2004. Before that I had a static site, a forum and several safelists ;( I moved to self hosted WordPress blogs in 2005 or 2006. I've had many blogs in the past and even stepped away from blogging for a bit to concentrate on internet marketing without the distractions. I guess it's in my blood now because blogging was all I wanted to do when I was away from it. Even after I sold my last two blogs I found myself reading and commenting on everyone else’s blog.

 

HotBlogTips is a little over a year old and we have 155 posts and 7,171 Comments (including replies) right now. So I don't blog every day, I let content that should be shared take care of the frequency. I'm finding it easier to share some things on our newsletter, Google Plus or Hangout videos without writing an entire post for it.

 

I spend far too much time blogging. I've always had websites other than blogs and I've made a consistent income/profit for at least 5 years, up until last month; that’s when I shut down my last membership site. 

 

Time is my biggest obstacle, I drive a truck locally up to 12/hrs every weekday. My ultimate goal is to replace those eighteen wheels with a couple of online income streams.

 

s13_eisbaer
s13_eisbaer

When did you start Blogging?

I started blogging and running my own websites about 10 years ago, just as a hobby and to share my passion and knowledge for certain things (initially it was cars, now it's more about photography, travel and online marketing).

 

Have you been a consistent blogger?

I've blogged on and off in the past. It has really just been something I've done for enjoyment when I wanted to share something with others. I now realise that there's the potential for it to be so much more, and have been blogging much more consistently recently.

 

What are your challenges with blogging?

Finding the time to blog is always hard, given that I also work full time, then have all the other things to do like spending time with the family/friends etc.

 

Are you making a living online?

Not yet, though that's my intention. After reading Darren Rowse's book "ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income" I've realised that it has the potential to be turned into an almost-passive income, and I've found a niche that I'm about to launch a new site for.

 

Where do you see the world of Blogging five years from now?

I can see video and multimedia entering into it a lot more. For a great example of short but interesting video blogs, search for Gary Vaynerchuk.

GeeklessTech
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 @makemyblogmoney Wow Wade, never knew you were a coal miner.  Congrats on your nomination in Top Ten Social Media Blogs of 2013.  Sharing what you learn is important.  If you can make your readers more efficient with something you've picked up, then you've done your job. Thanks for sharing your story and how you run your blog Wade. 

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 @CherySchmidt Thanks for the kind words Chery, very much appreciated. 

 

Smart move on recognizing that you should be "branding" yourself.  You didn't make any money on the Empower Network?  I thought everyone was a millionaire over there ;)If you really enjoy it Chery, and you have the time to put in the work, stick with it...If you ever need anything send me a tweet or e-mail...

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 @lynnjonesie Hi Lynn - Three years is a long time in the blogging world.   Yes, it's very time consuming and there are certainly a lot of other things in life.  I think writing and sharing experiences of what you're passionate about make the whole experience more gratifying to both you and your readers.

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 @jamiebillingham Hi Jamie - Thanks for sharing your experience, and congrats for one year on Thoughtstream.  Even one year in blogging is a feather in the cap.  I don't thing you're slow at all.  Research can take a lot of time, and on many of my posts I'm looking at 3-6 hours. 

 

I agree that will start to see those mediums become more common, but they've been around for a while and haven't had that presence in blogging that most might think.   It will be interesting to see.

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 @SarahArrow You are a true veteran Sarah.  17 years is hugely impressive, and still have the fire based on your enthusiasm about writing a book on WordPress.  Congrats, and thank you for sharing your story.  

Latest blog post: Going Viral

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 @AnnettaPowell Thanks for sharing a very detailed comment of your journey Annetta.  A lot of ups and downs, but you've persevered and are still going strong today.  It seems like you were very well positioned at the height of the real estate boom, and then the bottom fell out.  That had to be tough to digest.  You make a lot of good points about delegation and outsourcing.  I totally agree.  If one intends to everything around their site/blog by themselves they will endure a ton of frustration.  There are tasks that are just to time consuming or difficult.  Outsourcing should definitely be part of the puzzle.  Overnight success doesn't happen, it takes a lot of time to get it going.  A lot of time and effort.  Thanks again Annetta. 

Latest blog post: Going Viral

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 @catricala Hi Nick - Passion and self confidence are two must have traits to have in order to making a positive and successful venture.  I'd add patience.  A blog is certainly not built overnight.  Let's keep learning. 

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 @marquita.herald Fantastic.  So blogging was the vehicle to put your name on your work, and start publishing your own books.  That's powerful.  It opened a whole new world for you.  Thanks for sharing Marquita, much appreciated. 

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 @Clint Butler I agree with you 100% Clint that blogging is extremely rewarding, and definitely never ending hard work. 

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 @mqtodd I think you're back up to full speed Michael.  I've learned a lot from you as well Michael, thanks for adding to the conversation.

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 @DavidMerrill101 Hi David - Very well explained.  "It's not really an end in itself" is probably how 95% of the bloggers view blogging.  It's a tool in their box that is connected to there core offering.  I enjoy your blog David, and found myself watching a couple of your videos over the weekend.

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 @LeslieDenning Hi Leslie - I think blogging three times a week is a good obtainable goal for many.  I'm not sure many of us share the love of writing since elementary school, but blogging and disliking the writing experience would be very challenging.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your history Leslie. 

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 @SteveBorgman I can't begin to tell you how impressed I am that you are able to keep your blogs current with your outside responsibilities.  I agree that to be a presence in blogging future you'll need to add one or more of the "other" mediums and do it well.  Thanks Steve.

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 @shaanhaider Hey Shaan - Five years seems like a lifetime in the blogging world.  Two hours a day is very steady.  I feel like you haven't missed a day.  While I think it's somewhat crowded, many are inconsistent.  Thanks giving the readers some insight of your journey.  

GeeklessTech
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 @journeytobefree What an ironic twitter handle for this post Maggie, and thanks for sharing your story and experience.  If you want to share your blog (site) link I would be happy to take a look.  You could e-mail me as well.  Some basics, keep it 400-1000 words, make sure the social share buttons are prominent, and that you have a comment system in place.  For a company site I would keep the frequency consistent.  Mon-Wed-Fri or Tues-Thurs.  Whatever it is, just try to keep it consistent.  That's more important with company site.  When you're writing make sure there are no distractions, either around you or on you computer screen.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @HotBlogTips Thanks for sharing Brian, much appreciated... Wow, 2004 is very impressive.  That's a good number of posts in a year, and your newsletters provide a ton of valuable content.  Great to hear the insights of an experienced blogger.  Bring on the online income streams.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @s13_eisbaer Hi Luke - Thanks for stopping by and sharing your blogging experience.  You've peaked my interest with the niche you've uncovered.  I'll have my eyes open.  Funny you mention Gary V., I just listened to three keynotes of his this evening.  Incredible speaker and motivator.  Best to you Luke.

stattshimself
stattshimself

@GeeklessTech Thanks so much, Steven. I'm glad I found your site. Hope you enjoy my blog. Pass it on if you would. My goal is to help others in my situation.

s13_eisbaer
s13_eisbaer

 @GeeklessTech Thanks :) It's not a new niche, but it's one I'm passionate about and will provide content that's not widely spread (and has plenty of good affiliate options). I just read Gary's books - "The Thank You Economy" and "Crush It" - both very motivating!

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @s13_eisbaer Passion is definitely key.  Sounds like you're onto something.  Have watched Gary about 10-15 times on videos.  Need to get his books read.