Category Archives: Blogging

Becoming a blogger

6 months ago I wouldn’t have considered even trying to become a blogger. I’ve been in the business of providing Internet services off and on with different companies since 1995, but I’ve always been skeptical about the “latest big thing”. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, blogging – these all seemed like things that would fade quickly like most fads do.

I’m also a generally private person in my normal life. I keep to myself and appreciate neighbors who do the same. A nod or a wave back and forth across the property line has always been sufficient for me.

But here I am. I made the conscious decision that I would drag myself into the heart of the beast, so to speak. I’ve got a fledgling Facebook page, several web sites with blogs to maintain, and a Twitter account. The question now is, what to do with it all? Ultimately, there are 2 reasons to get into these types of things – you either like to socialize or you want to make money. I’m hoping for money, obviously, since you know I don’t like to socialize.

It’s been surprising to find how difficult it is to come up with articles that people want to read. I never seem to have a lack of things to talk about when I’m with a group of like-minded people, and yet when I have to put it on the screen I struggle. I’m very critical of my own writing, so I end up re-writing a lot of things, deleting whole articles that didn’t work out as well as I hoped – you get the idea.

So, I’m always looking for ideas on how to improve. I like to check out other bloggers to see what they are doing that attract my attention. Today I came across a blog I hadn’t visited before – I try to visit at least 2-3 new blogs per day – called Right Wing News. I found a good article by John Hawkins, the site owner, about becoming – or rather how to become – a Conservative Blogger.  From what I understand, Right Wing News gets some pretty good traffic, so Hawkins must be doing something right.  I suspect it’s the same thing that everyone else says – generate interesting content, be generous with linking to others, and the traffic will come – eventually.