Blogging has been listed as one of the most profitable online businesses anyone can engage in this year and beyond. That informs the reason why many people have rushed off to Search Engines to ask “What is blogging and how does it work?”
Indeed, you are not alone in this. I was once in the same state of quagmire until I decided to become serious about blogging. Now, I, Chukwukadibia Abah have two active blogs (https://chukwukadibiawrites.com) and (https://businessinsightsblog.com).
So, if you really want to learn about blogging for beginners, you need to stay glued to this article. I will be taking you on the introduction to blogging so you will have an idea of what blogging is all about, and how it works too!
What Do You Mean by Blogging?
That’s a nice question you have there? What do I mean by blogging? You see, blogging has come to be a term that many people are eager to pronounce but only a few can tell what it is and how it works.
Blogging is quite complex to some extent and I will try as much as possible to break it down the same way that blogging for beginners will be beneficial to you and other readers.
What Is a Blog? It is Called a Weblog
The first point to note here is that Blogging originated from the main term called “Weblog.” Yes, it was not originally called “blogging.”
A weblog is an online journal, a discussion, or an informational website. This means that a weblog defies the original formats of websites where only products and services are published. Instead, it focuses on the provision of valuable information for the readers.
Now, the weblog can be regarded as the parent term for blogging. That is because blogging is a truncation of weblog.
That said, the aim of a weblog or a “blog” is to make sure that readers are equipped with ideas on specific things. The information or content that is published on a blog or “weblog” is published in a diary format – meaning that the content or information will come in the form of a post.
Exploring the Other Angles to Blogging
Now, what are the major sides or perspectives to blogging? If blogging is all about publishing informational content, what makes it so?
Below, I have explained some of the potential angles and outlooks that a blog can take. Those perspectives are facilitated by the different ways bloggers have adopted a blog.
· A Blog Is a Personal Website
There have been many intense debates on the existentiality of blogs. The major bone of contention is whether a blog can be passed off as a website of not.
Indeed, a blog can be regarded as a website – but it should be kept as a “Personal Website” at most. This is because the aim of a blog is to provide information and not to primarily publicize a service or product as a website does.
Therefore, if you are looking at using a blog as a website, you have to do that having in mind that it will be a personal website. The content you publish there has to be credited to you (or any other publisher or blogger that was attached to it).
· You Can Share Different Forms of Content on a Blog
Another angle to blogging is that you can publish and share different forms of content. For example, you can comfortably blog about your ideas and attach pictures, videos, and any other form of graphics to make it attractive.
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Blogs versus Websites
The debates and discrepancies between a blog and a website are not unconnected to the structures they take, and the content in them.
In this section, I have taken time to explain the different structures and forms a blog can take to ensure that it beats the competition coming from the website.
So, what is really the difference between a blog and a website?
· Websites are for Business; Blogs are for Information
The major different between blogging and website is that a blog is meant to provide information on specific issues. It is the provision and publication of educative content/information that sets a blog apart from a website.
A website on the other hand, is mainly used for businesses. We have many of such in the form of a company website and websites belonging to personal brands.
· Websites are Based on Logical Sections While Blogs Depend on Timely Updates
With thousands of blog posts published every day, it is an indication that the competition in the blogging industry is high.
So, every blogger must make sure that the blog is updated. Otherwise, such a blog may be losing more traffic to the competitors.
Haven said that; the other difference between a blog and a website is that a blog depends on timely updates. It means that if the owner (a blogger) doesn’t publish new posts within a specific time (a day or two), such a blog tends to lose traffic (potential readers) who may have been waiting for new posts.
On the other hand, a website has logical sections comprising pages, which are also linked together through a home page.
Therefore, a website can always remain visible even when it doesn’t have new content unlike a blog that demands frequent and timely updates to “keep showing up.”
How Does a Blog Work?
Since you have gained some insight pertaining to the introduction to blogging, I want to take you deeper into the ways a blog works.
· A Blog Works in a Reverse Chronological Order
You may have known that anything that works in a chronological order usually starts from letter A and ends at letter Z. This means that the first content on a blog ought to have been the first to show up when you visit the blog.
On the contrary, the frequent and timely updates of a blog redefined that. In this instance, a blog is designed to work in a reverse chronological order. That way, the older posts will be the last and the latest posts will be the first.
Depending on the structure and the configuration of the blog, the blog owner (a blogger) may attach the dates of the blog posts for easier reference.
To that end, the first way a blog works is that the latest or recent posts will be at the top of the main/home page.
· Blogs Make Use of Categories
A blog also works in another unique way, which is the use of categories. Because the content or posts that are published on a blog are many, you may end up getting confused than educated when surfing through them.
That is the idea behind the introduction of “Categories” into a blog. With these categories, a blogger can easily classify the posts into their respective positions or categories.
Then you as the reader will have a hitch-free process when locating blog posts. All you need is to locate the category that is likely to contain the content/information you are looking for, scroll through the content there and read the ones that are related to what you are looking for.
How Do I Get Started with Blogging?
If you are already considering venturing into blogging but you don’t know the steps to take, I have some pieces of advice that will help you out.
First, you need to be sure why you want to venture into blogging. You see, blogging can turn out to be a full-time blogging business if you set your mind to it. It can also take off your focus from other things because it needs attention, especially at the early stages of commencement.
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Having that in mind, I want to show you the two primary ways that will set you on the path to becoming a blogger.
· Blog for Fun
I always advise that if you are ready to become a blogger, you need to do so because of your passion for blogging. When I started out as a Freelance Writer, I had no mentor.
I only had the passion to write. It later turned out to become a full-time business that generates seven figures on a monthly basis.
So, if you are ready to become a blogger, you need to be sure that you are passionate about creating valuable content for people. You don’t have to focus on it at all times, but you need to spare some time to make it work.
When you are blogging because of passion, you will discover that the idea flows freely. It is so because that is what you love doing. You are not forced to do it.
Just like me, I can’t stay a day without writing at least 5,000 words either for my clients or for my blogs.
So, be passionate about blogging and see it as fun. Every other thing becomes a bonus.
If you are confused on how to start blogging for fun or starting a blog at all, use the contact form below to send me a message and I will respond accordingly.
PS: I can also enroll you in one of my Freelance Writing Masterclasses so you will become a better writer and blogger too!
· Blog for Profit
In as much as you are blogging because you are passionate about it, you also need some financial rewards that come with it. That is the idea behind “Blogging for Profit.”
If you look closely, you will discover that I made sure that I placed the option of “Blogging for Passion/Fun” at the beginning. That is to tell you the financial emoluments should come second.
With that in mind, you can start looking at how to make money with your blog after you must have taken it up as a passion.
In terms of monetizing your blog, you should be looking at different options to doing that. Some of the ways to make money with a blog are promoting the products and services of a company, registering for Google Adsense, or selling your informational/digital products.
Kick-Off Your Blog
If blogging has always been on your mind but you needed to know what a blog is and how it works; I am sure that the tips I just shared have given you enough clarity.
So, what is your perspective of blogging? What is a blog from your perspective? Do you think blogging is worth your time?
Let me know your thoughts via the comment section!