The foundations of creating a successful blog via modern technology

Written on Sunday, 4 August 2013 by Chris Vo

Hey all,

Welcome to my first official blog post. As mentioned in my about me, this blogspace will be primarily used for all weekly topics as required by my university studies and hopefully will prolong into regular use afterwards. I will aim to have a blog posted at least once or twice a week with links to helpful articles based on the content from each weekly topic.  


Let's get started, but first..

WHY do we spend countless beginnings and endings punching into our keyboards our thoughts and feelings through blogs? Is it for bragging rights with  friends, a personal hobby of interest, or perhaps to reach out for connection through the medium of technology? To put it simply, 

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"Blogging is therefore to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud."
Andrew Sullivan

Now that's the why we blog in modern society but today I will go through some useful tips on how to build and improve a successful blogspace.

After reading Joshua Becker's 15 Reasons I think you should blog was an eye opener of the advantages I could have just by blogging regularly. He elaborates in 15 good reasons WHY you should create a blog. Not only does he go through the "Why" of blogging but his article also extends into the purpose of blogging as well.

Q: So what are some of the best approaches to creating a successful blog?
A: Well, from a large pool of recommendations for creating successful blogs, here's a taste of what I will include in my future blogs here in the coming weeks.  
  1. Define your target audience - Well this one is quite obvious. I need to know to whom I'll be writing my blogs for and who I'll be expecting to connect with.
  2. Keep it simple - Having a complex blog in terms of design and content can be a huge deterrent for readers to come back to my blog. So my intentions are to keep my blog layout design simple and remove all the unnecessary gadgets that you (as the reader) won't need to use or look at.
  3. Research - Not really a necessity if you have a high knowledge about your chosen blog topic but it helps if the reader would like to learn more.
  4. Find your voice - Find a writing style which you are most comfortable with. If you have just started blogging like myself, this will most likely develop as we continue to blog more over time.
  5. Social Media -  I highly recommend using Twitter and Facebook to help connect with readers and other bloggers, but it's important to focus on having high quality content first.
Well that's it for me this week. I hope you enjoyed this week's topic on what makes a you a successful blogger.
This is the first time I've posted a blog. Any constructive criticism or feedback is much appreciated about today's content or anything else that you can see on this page in the comment section below or via facebook, twitter or Google+ but most importantly don't forget to share/like if you found this post helpful!


Thanks for reading!
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To learn more on how to become a successful blogger, click here and here.
To learn more on the reasons people blog, click here.

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2 Comments

  1. ngaleano101 |

    Hey Chirs,
    Great blog, I really like your approach to how you can create a successful blog, you have 5 really good points! I had a read of Joshua blog and I agree it really is an eye opener on just how good blogging can be

     
  2. Chris Vo |

    Thank you for your comment! I look forward to reading your blog posts.

     

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