Welcome to Routine Habit Blog. You want to know, What is a Blogs? In short, this site is a Blog. You are now reading a Blog Page.
By definition though, A Blog is a type of website, that is able to have any type of media added to it, without any knowledge of coding, or programing.
How do you Blog?
You Blog, by writing articles, adding media such as pictures, video’s and advertisements, to a Blog application. Similar, to using a word processor, only Blogging software has you assign a URL (web address) to your page, usually made up of the name of your blog, and the heading of your new Blog post. Once you hit publish, your Blog article, goes on-line, a few hours later, being added to search engine results. I am a Blog writer, or a Blogger, as they call it. If this is your first, knowing, visit to a Blog, I’m honored that mine is your first. Hope you’ve got some time to kick back now, and do some more reading. I want to show you, in the easiest to understand way, About Blogging.
[note]Why not go and grab a cuppa. I’ll wait. If your wanting to find out all the most important information About Blogging, this is the Blog Page you need to be on. Let me be your personal guide. I’ve spent years now studying About Blogging, writing Blog Pages and teaching, What is a Blogs, so I’m just the person you need, to show you the way. If you have any questions, or need any help, you only need to ask. I’ll show you exactly how to get in contact with me, as we go along. Grab a note book and pen, while your making your cuppa. I want to make certain, that you take note, of the most important points. I’ll let you know when. [/note]
What is a blogs? Blogs is two blogs and a blog is one blog.
When I first began writing Blog Pages, and then starting my own Blogs, the most common question I would get, when I told people about it was, “What is Blogs?”
I remember I used to sigh, because I then had to explain to them, What a Blog is, before I could get into, my purpose for Blogging, and of course, what my Blog was all about.
For some reason, explaining, What is a Blog, is a lot more difficult, than showing someone, What is a Blog.
Explaining About Blogging
For me the most difficult ones to explain, About Blogging, and especially, How you Blog too, were my parents. I’d chosen to try and tell them all About Blogging at a family dinner, at their home one night. They are in their seventies. On this particular evening, I had just spent the best part of five minutes, trying to explain, How and Why I Blog, to not much more than blank faced reactions.
I exclaimed, out loud, cutting my brother off mid sentence. The conversation at this stage had changed very quickly from, About Blogging, to something to do with floods and Dads Tractor, needing to be fixed.
“Mum, I’ll show you my Blog, and What is a blog on my IPhone”.
Mum looked at me like she’d forgotten what I was even talking about.
she answered me, getting back to the families conversation, which had progressed onto an episode of Seinfeld, Dad and my Sister Joanne, roaring with laughter about someone getting lost in a car park. (Should of had an IPhone, I had thought to myself.)
A blog home page will generally show, the most recently posted article. (posted, meaning published, and now available for viewing at the blogs, url, or address. The post will in a few hours also be picked up by the Search Engines, like Google and included in the search engine results pages or SERP as you may have seen written before.)
At last, I had my Blog, loaded up on my IPhone and was ready to show my family. This was quite a feet. Where they live in the QLD countryside, get’s very poor reception and I’d had to inch by inch, make my way all around the upstairs veranda, trying to find a sweet spot.
“OK, I’m ready,”
I called out, but no one answered. I sat my phone down, went looking for the family. Everyone was gone. Dishes were done and they had made their way downstairs and had even started watching a movie.
“Mum, I wanted to show you all About Blogging, and What’s a Blog Page and what a Blog Page looks like?” Back upstairs I raced, to grab my phone. “Here mum, here’s my Blog.”
I told, and showed her, excitedly.
“This is what a Blog looks like, this is a Blog Page, it’s part of my Blog, that’s made up of many pages, written about my niche topics. Mainly tutorials and interviews, help for people in general, who also want to have a blog. Organizing, time management and routines and habits, for making everyday life in the home, and for the family, consistently organized, are my other categories. I make friends and chat with my readers. I answer their comments and help them with their questions about my topics. My readers even interact, talk and help and offer each other inspiration, and act as a cheer leaders for each other, if someone needs one. I meet other bloggers, online, from all over the world and I read and comment at their Blogs as well. It’s so cool mum. Do you like my header?”
Mum handed the phone back and said,
“It’s nice dear.”
“Mum, what did you think ?”
Didn’t she realize I’d spent the last two years of my life studying Blogs. Learning everything there is to know about niches, seo, Google Panda updates, php, Html, cs5, Photo-shop, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Reddit, Stumble, Tumblr, Ebooks, plugins, WordPress, and not to mention all the articles I’d written, partly written and pages and pages of notes. (that was three years ago and I’m still learning new things all the time).
Now my son Josh was shooshing me, they were, after all, watching a movie.
“Sharon,” mum said.
“You’ll have to show me, and explain it to me later. I don’t have my glasses and it’s far too small for me to see anything without them.” Families…
So back to: What is a Blog and How do you Blog
Blog Page: this is a blog page that blog posts are added too.
(there are also blog pages, that are not updated by posts. eg: the about page, the subscribe page, more about pages, in the next article)
“Blog“, is a word we’ve see written everywhere since around 2004. Blogs, are mentioned in news papers, in conferences, trade shows, magazines, television, big and small business and at social gatherings. We also see them all over the Web. Blogger, is another term that’s used: Someone who writes a Blog, is a Blogger. As is: Blogging (the writing of a Blog) Bloggers, the plural for blogger and Blogosphere, being the part of the world wide web where Blogs are, and Weblog, which is a term that refers to a blog. but is far less often used.
Q. So what is a Blog?
A. This is a blog, right here.
A Blog is a particular type of Website. You’ve probably been reading Blogs for ages without even knowing it actually was a Blog. That’s fine. Public awareness of Blogs is growing all the time. Now that it’s been confirmed for you, that what you thought were Blogs, actually are. You probably understand that there is much, much more to Blogs, and Blogging, than just a run of the mill company or product website.
Blogs, actually started out as personal journals or lists of links. Today they have come ahead in a hurry. You will still find plenty of Diary Blogs and Link List Blogs, but the ones you’ll probably access most will be: Educational Blogs, Marketing Blogs, News/Television News Blogs, Article/Magazine Blogs, Product Review/Competition and Giveaway Blogs, Company Blogs, Cooking/Recipe Blogs, Niche Hobby Blogs, you name it, there is pretty much a Blog about it.
[note]How do you Blog? By writing a unique article, usually between 300 to 500 words, or a longer article 500 – 3000 words. Your Blog post/article, is then submitted by you, to your own Blog, or another s Blog, and then is listed by search engines, such as Google or Yahoo, for anyone who wants to read it.[/note]
How are Blogs Different to Web Sites?
There are three main things that separate Blogs from Websites.
- Content: Posts or Articles, that are written on a regular basis and added to the Blogs, Home Page. Websites are unable to be added to, or have the information updated, unless you are a programer.
- Conversation: Is what adds the community feel to a Blog. The readers of a Blog, are able to add comments. The comments, are replied to by the author of the Blog. Conversations are also able to be carried out through the comments being replied to, also by the Blog readers. So if I was to ask a question, in a Blog comment, eg: Do you leave comments on Blogs? Someone may reply: “only if it’s a great article.” Another commenter could add to that comment and say: “what if it’s a controversial article?” The commenter can then reply to that question: “Yes, I probably would comment if It was controversial”. So you see the conversation can taper off in many different ways, and this is unique to Blogs in-comparison to websites.
- Syndication: Or feeds, are a second way people can read Blogs. You subscribe to a news feeder, eg: Google www.google.com/reader. Once you’ve got your news feeder sorted, you can then go from Blog to Blog and subscribe to their RSS feed. Press on the RSS box, choose subscribe to blog through news syndication, and each time the Blog updates, (adds a new post/article) the new post is delivered straight into your reader.
The Benefits of Blogging
Blogging has lots of great benefits; whether it be for the simple process of enjoying writing, to making money, and achieving other goals. For business, Blogs are fantastic, because new information on products, specials, promotions, are able to added without hiring a computer program to do it for you.
So You Want to Start Your Own Blog
If you do, that’s really fantastic. Please let me know in the comments, if you are. If you have already, what is your address, so I can visit you.
Blogging is an awesome way to meet people, and to talk about the topics that you most enjoy in life. If your thinking about it and your not sure, I say do it. It’s a great experience.
Remember if you need any help just send me an email. My email address is at the top of the page, in the menu bar, just press the contact button and fill in the form. Alternatively you can email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A free Blog from Googles Blogger Network
The next article in this series, for beginner Bloggers will have tonnes more information About Blogging, but if you can’t wait and want to get going right now. You have two decisions to make.
- Whether you are going to use a free Blogging program like Googles www.blogger.com
- Whether you are going to self host your blog and use www.wordpress.org and get your own .com domain.
Self hosted or free blog?
My Blog is self hosted. I use wordpress, and my Blog is hosted through Hostpapa.com. (WordPress.org, give you the blogging software for free. You pay your hosting company $3.95 a month, usually in advance for a two year period, (with Hostpapa.com my hosts anyway) and they give you your .com, address for free.
Hostpapa.com has a special on at the moment. If you use the add in the side bar, they will give my readers, a very special deal, a free domain for life. That means they will pay for your .com address, to be registered for you, for life. You have to stay hosted with Hostpapa.com, of course, but they are awesome anyway. More on this later) Click on the link here to take you straight to their site, you’ll be glad you took my advice on that. Some people have had nightmares with their hosts. Again more on all that later. )
Self hosted blogs, have their own, dot com address
The main advantage of self hosting is that you own your Blog. That means, you can run any types of advertisements, and sell any types of products that you like. My advice to you is this.
If your serious about having a great blog, you will eventually want to have a WordPress.org, self hosted Blog. Any professional blog has it’s own .com address, and if you sign up with hostpapa.com, you’ll get a free domain for life. They also give you $500 in marketing tools, to get you started, like free Google adds and free Facebook adds. They have one click WordPress installation, which is the only way to go, when it comes to using WordPress. With 24/7 support and running 100% renewable energy, don’t waste another second of your time on trying to decide which web host to choose. When it gets important with self hosting, is when your blog becomes super famous. Anything over 1200 visitors everyday is getting pretty big, but believe me, that takes time and if and when it happens, is the best time to worry about larger hosting servers.
A lesson learned
When I first started my blog. I umed and ared about this part of learning about blogging for weeks. I didn’t know whose advice to take on hosting and in the end, was lucky enough to decide to go with hostpapa.com. If I had of been following one bloggers advice, that I knew I could trust, I would have saved myself a whole week. This is why in your first weeks of learning, how do you blog, I say over and over, to stick with the advice of a blogger you think you can trust. Go through the beginning steps with them, and you will be so much further ahead, than doing what I did, and jumping around from blog to blog, getting advice from all the top blogs, instead of focusing on the advice of one blogger, who I thought I could trust.
HostPapa.com vs HostGator.com
I’ve also found another special for my readers, if you just want to try out self hosting. Host Gator.com is offering my readers, 1month hosting for 1penny. HostGator.com don’t work on contracts, they are simply month to month. So you have nothing to loose at only 1penny or 1cent. At the end of the month if you want to change over to hostpapa.com, it won’t be a big deal. Host papa will tell you everything you’d need to know,so you have nothing to loose. If you press on the ad in the sidebar it will take you straight to the sigm up page. NOWGrab out your pen and paper here.
More About Blogging
This is just the first article I’ve written in a series about becoming a Blogger. There is so much to learn when it comes to self hosting your Blog and using WordPress. One of the biggest mistakes I made, when I began Blogging was jumping around from Blog to Blog, learning bits here and bits there. I am going to show you all you need to know to get started as a Blogger. My series will be in order of the most important steps, and each step of the way, will be the way that I, with my experience believe, you’ll get the further-est, the quickest.
Do you have an idea for your Blog?
One of the main goals being, getting onto page one of Google, so people will have the most chance of finding your Blog to read. A little bit further down the track, if your serious about writing an authority Blog, I’m going to advise you to open a few free Blogging accounts. This is going to be done in order to create extra links to your main Blog. With that in mind.
Why not open a free Google Blog now to get started. Be sure to make your blog about the main topic, (or Niche) as it’s called in the blogospehere.
Beginning Blogging with our Blog Challenge, Day 57
We are doing a blog challenge called blogging while angels sleep. The challenge consists of 90 posts, all of which will bring you closer to producing a blog which will make a profit and cause a buzz for your audience.
If you have not got your own, blog as yet, now is the time. This is our blog challenge, for any of you who are wanting to start a blog, but have yet, to have done so.
- Open a free blog at www.blogger.com
- Find a good cross sections of Blogs that relate to the niche topics that you are interested in.
- What do you like about certain blogs?
- What don’t you like about other blogs?
- What information are they providing for their readers?
- How many times a week are they adding new articles?
- Are they getting many comments and are they relevant to the subject being written about.
Some other posts about blogging
- What’s a blog, and how and why do you need a blog for your business
- What is a hub vs what is a blog?
Now you know About Blogging
There you have it. You now know, What is a Blog?, you know How do you Blog?, you know What a Blog Page looks like and all the general stuff that you need to know About Blogging.
A long winded article, I know. Most of my tutorials are much more direct to point, however the purpose of the stories in this article, was to hopefully give you a little bit more of an insight into your teacher. (I’m Sharon Thoms, from The Gold Coast, Australia. I work in Marketing and Public Relations, you get the idea. You can read more about me, the about tab is in the navigation bar at the top of the page.)
Who has the Authority at this Blog?
The back bone of blogging is to create a relationship with your readers, and that is what I was hoping to do here with you guys.
Give you a little bit more of an idea about who I am. Letting your readers get to know you, is one of the most important things you can do, in building a community around your blog. Don’t forget that.
My Twitter and Facebook Links
I’d love to get to know you guys, my readers as well, so please say hi in the comments. Again, any questions, leave a comment, or send an email.
You can follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/routinehabit
You can like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sharon.thoms
RSS Link and Continue Reading
I’ll always follow you back on Twitter, and make friends on Facebook. OK guys, again thanks for reading and make sure to bookmark our join or RSS feed so you don’t miss the second part on our “How do you Blog Series.” The next articles, focus is on the added bonus’s of Blogging and making money from your Blog. It also contains some more homework for you. It will be published Thursday Hope to see you then.
Thanks for Reading and Take Care,