I observed that many bloggers who used to monetize their blogs writing paid posts have sort of lost momentum. Then, there are some who get a few domains just because their friends, their nemesis or their neighbour’s dog has it. (Hey, there are doggie bloggers, you know. I am not making fun of dogs, ok?)
Usually, these people probably did not envision the hardwork one needs to build a good blog. So, after getting shit loads of blogs, they neglect it and didn’t make postings for several weeks.
So, let me tell you the hard truth about taking care of blogs:
1) One blog at a time
Unless you have been blogging for months and have the urgent need to split your thoughts into different compartments (niche), do not attempt to get more than one blog.
2) Every good blogger start from a zero
You may have bloggers that you look up to. You may want to follow the footsteps of those bloggers whom had made it big, either in income or influence. (I have both, so sue me hehehe.) Remember that they (or dare I say we?) start from nothing. We were nobodies. No traffic. No fans.
3) Start with a free platform and try out at least three months before getting vain.
Unless you have a mom as a blogger who buys domains for her kids and give a blog as your 14th birthday’s gift (poor neglected skateboarding blog), don’t bother to buy a domain. Play with Blogger first.
4) Decide what you want to be.
A person? Or a guru of certain topic? A person is when you run a personal blog and you have people actually craving for your posts. A guru is when you have people who look up to you and thank you for your tips. Usually, it is best to segment these out. You know why? Because if you write a personal blog, you can be a total asshole and people may still love you. But if you are already a famous guru and one day, some moron ticks you off and you showed your nasty side, people will be disappointed with you and lost respect.
5) Zero to hero is a long, long road
Remember that blogs need a lot of attention, nurturing, public relations, ass licking, controversies etc to be noticed. It is not easy. Halfway, we may even get clobbered and left to die by MonsterGoogle. Hahaha.
6) It is alright to be regular Joe.
Recently, there are so much competition in the blogsphere. All sort of rankings and positions. Top 100 in the world, Top 50 in Technorati in your country, etc etc. Feedburner subscribers. RealRank etc. There are 106 millions blogs out there (according to some old Technorati figure). So, don’t feel sad if you are not at the top yet.
7) You only need one blog to make waves
So, go and work on one of your chosen blog and keep writing good posts. However, contents are craps nowadays. (This is coined by Samm.) True enough. You can write a good post and there are hundreds of sites out there scrapping your words the moment you hit Publish. I personally don’t see a purpose to kill ourselves to come up with kickass post anymore. What is said has been said and it will be repeated a thousand times over.
But you still need to make an impression that will make people come back to you. So, stay focus on one blog.
So remember, one blog at a time. Don’t spread yourself thin by trying to update too many blogs.