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Building My Blog


I have wanted to have a lively blog for a long time but never really found a way of writing it that I felt would interest people and provide a possible means of earning money from it, as well as one that I could keep up writing, because it can be hard to write a technical "how to" article every few days.


I have probably always been much of a loner but as I have grown older, I have come to realise that what people want is "people". From reading the blogs that other people write in a number of totally different areas (IT, craft, parenting, including CoralLevang 's blog Beyond The Challenges Of Life etc) I realise that the blogs and newsletters that I read and continue to allow into my inbox, even if I am not using the information, are those that are authentic and give an idea of the person who is writing it. For instance, one newsletter is about IT software. It is an affiliate newsletter, in that the writers earn money if I buy the products they promote but they write about their families, new babies, shopping trips, ancient relatives, camping trips and even include a funny story every week (sometimes (well quite often) naughty) and that is why I read their newsletter and sometimes buy stuff through it. I KNOW from their writing that they don't expect me to buy something all the time and that they are sharing part of their lives, for interest. This also applies to personaPaper: I enjoy reading about different people's lives and thoughts.


The biggest interest in my life has always been motivation - as in lack of it - and I have thus looked for ways in which to motivate myself to do things. While thinking about getting a new blog and web site going last night (because I was listening to an IT related webinar about building sites) I suddenly realised that I need to provide the same kinds of things to my possible audience that I enjoy in the blogs and newsletters I read and that is the authentic person. And then I realised that (a) I had a lot to write about and it wasn't going to be technical and (b) writing about my struggles with motivation would give an authentic picture of me, that would hopefully resonate with those who also struggle with motivation. It also meant that i could write some "technical" articles about motivation, time management, etc, similar to ones I already have on here and just link to them from my personal type blogging.


I envisage a website with articles on motivation and a linked blog talking about various aspects of my personal journey with motivation that would point to the articles, so the articles get written once and the blog might mention each article every couple of weeks or so.


Are you wanting to write a blog or build a website? How are you going to go about it?

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markgraham wrote on January 17, 2016, 1:49 PM

At one time I was thinking of doing this, but then I found a website that I can write what I wanted on my blog.
My blog idea was to write full blown lesson plans for teachers at all the levels of education. The site I found allows me to write tutorials for various courses. I am kind of working on a Ethics tutorial before my school kicked up and it is now on hold for awhile.

VinceSummers wrote on January 17, 2016, 2:26 PM

I don't write about what is popular. That is, about what is popular in general. Frankly, it doesn't interest me. I write about science, math, and other more technical topics. What I am willing to do is write about it from a popular perspective. The chemistry of coffee. The teaching of biology to a child. And so forth.

Rufuszen wrote on January 17, 2016, 2:45 PM

I think about the odd blog, butit is writing about something that interests me, most of the time. I have a butterfly forever flitting from interest to interest

melody23 wrote on January 17, 2016, 2:49 PM

i have a blog i have been writing for a while and one i have just started recently. I struggle with motivation too and its been ages since i updated them. I just use blogger because it made getting an adsense account easier but i have concerns about view counting, my views in blogger are into thousands when my adsense views show 5! i have tried everything i can think of and cant fix the problem so i was considering moving it elsewhere but that would mean going through the adsense process again and i simply cant be bothered.

oneoveralpha wrote on January 17, 2016, 2:56 PM

I have two blogs, PP, and another site I'm writing on. I want to write more on all of them, it's just that time and other stuff get in the way. But I'm slowly and steadily trying to write more, and all the time just building up content.

MegL wrote on January 17, 2016, 3:09 PM

As far as I know, once you have been approved for adsense, you can put it on any site.

melody23 wrote on January 17, 2016, 3:44 PM

Not if you have a hosted account i.e one that you got through blogger or youtube. I cant even use the adsense account i have on my new blogger blog until google thinks it deserves to have adverts on it. Strangely enough though i was able to use it to activate the hubpages earnings programme, but i cant see any of my hubpages statistics in adsense its all a bit odd. if i were to move to a non google site i would need to apply for a full adsense account rather than a hosted one

MegL wrote on January 17, 2016, 4:00 PM

Ah, I didn't know that. I have only had own-host blogs and sites.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 17, 2016, 4:50 PM

I have thought abut it but like you lack the motivation it seems to carry through with it

AdGoggleKo wrote on January 17, 2016, 7:24 PM

I built my own website just for fun, I bought a domain from yahoo sometime ago without knowing I can monetize it. Then I failed to pay my visa credit cards, my site closed. LOL! Wether I earn or not, I want to buy my own domain again so I could keep all my pictures, videos and articles but no enough budget yet. :)

cheri wrote on January 17, 2016, 10:26 PM

I want that too but I don't think I can manage it since I am a full time working mom.

AliCanary wrote on January 18, 2016, 7:50 AM

It's also hard for me to write blog articles consistently, but when I do, my voice is always recognizable. I love to read things that are written in a conversational style, and I think that's what people who read my writing like, as well.