16.2.08

Why I'm A Part-Time Blogger, Not A Problogger

Whoa! Slow down cowboy. Well, as far as I'm concerned I've reach a point where I feel a need to be a little more laid-back in my blogging. In two years, I've experienced the rough rides and good times. I've come to realize that the blogosphere is evolving, it is constantly changing.

What kind of changes would that be in the next couple of years? For better or worse? I'm inclined to believe that the blogosphere is changing for the better. So why am I feeling laid-back and not planning to go with the new flow?

Yes, let me admit: On the surface I need to cut down on my blogging activities. I need time space to tackle other web projects that's trying to break out of my brain cells. Of course, I'll still be hanging around but not so active as before.

Two years ago it seemed like the so-called
A-list bloggers were calling all the shots in the areas of making money and attracting a horde of admirers. Roughly by the middle of last year you started to see the emergence of a new breed of bloggers who are not so easily drawn in by the aura of A-listers.

Since the great Google PageRank slapfest, people are responding to a new "wake-up" call. It is as if the majority are no longer blogging like drones.

There's a perception that the
new breed of bloggers are making their presence felt. They appeared to be better "educated" in the ways of the blogging world, not easily taken in by sweet talk, gimmicks, advisory rehash and "eye-candy" blog design.

And some of the more knowledgeable ones are not shy to help other less gifted bloggers to
learn the art of blogging and how to make some online income. If we continue to see signs of greater blogging awareness and savvy among bloggers, then it should augur well for the future of blogging.

Hopefully, we'll see the memes and mimics recede into the mist of blogosphere. And much, much less of clique bloggers.
I guess I'm now looking at blogging from a new perspective. Whatever I perceive right now may turn out to be true or false.

Well, it could be just my intuition about the development of things, but it isn't anything that I would lose sleep on.
Firstly, I still think of myself as a part-time blogger. Not a problogger. I like to blog but not like a crazed one.

Hey man
, I'm cool! If I do make some dough blogging, that's fine with me. If I don't, that's fine with me, too. And I don't see myself getting involved in the popularity stake.

If you find this blog a good read, thanks for the appreciation and you're always welcome. I understand we all can't be the same in mind, body and soul.
Sometimes you can do too much and yet achieve little for the efforts.

Maybe you have gone about it the wrong way. Sometimes you don't need to do that much and still your blog continues to get traffic but make sure you do post some good articles now and then.

That's to let people know you are still alive and kicking!
You don't have to take my word for it. Once you get around to reading other blogs you can make your own judgmental decision which are the good blogs to follow and skip the rest if they are just noise and fluff.

Over and above, you need to do your own research, acquire know-how and develop your own skills to face the challenge.
I would not advise the newbies to follow my laid-back approach to blogging.

Not yet. When you are starting out as a fresh blogger, you need to keep your blog engine running with regular posts especially with your personal blog until you have achieved a decent search engine pagerank and traffic.
If you go the niche blog way, you can maintain a more casual pace and even create a few more blogs to boot.

I won't go into details here because so much has been written elsewhere about the
pros and cons of niche blogs, social blogs and others. So are you prepared to work towards the next level of blogging?



46 comments:

Mark said...

Great post! Thanks for the helpful info. Will use for my own projects.

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pRozaC said...

Very usefull. Thanks!

Rich said...

Great article and I totally agree. New bloggers should probably not take the laid back approach until after they get their blog going. In my experience, sticking to a niche is the best way to go.

I would like to read more articles like this, but this is obviously a very "laid back" blog.

Rajesh - Accountant said...

I found that the way you addressed the different types of blogger very interesting, however it would be useful to know how much time all these different levels of blogging take!

Ray Loesch said...

I agree with the fact that new bloggers should not take the laid back approach. To gain a following you need to post on a regular basis with interesting and informative articles that the readers may not get elsewhere. Sticking to niche blogging is probably the easiest way to get your blog rolling as people tend to gravitate towards what interests them.

Stafford Loan said...

It's amazing what makes money and what doesn't. Many times I spend my wheels and end of with little income from my effort. Once in a while, income just drops in my lap.

Matthew Peters said...

I'm interested by you claim that there are a new breed of bloggers. I suppose I am interested mostly because that would make me this "new" breed.

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Yeah, there does seem to be a new trend of Bloggers (I myself am one of them), hopefully a change for the best.

Forex Trader said...

I don't know....it seems like alot of people are still abit enamored by the a-listers, even when the a-lister doesn't really give great information (**cough** JohnChow **cough).

And part-time blogging is great once you have a bit of posts behind you. Usually, I suggest people to go balls to the wall all out until they 50 or so posts...then they can relax...

Sarah said...

I think that the blogs that are emerging are producing better content as you say. People are getting sick of having to filter through all of the junk to get some help which is why sites like Technorati, Digger, StumbleUpon are getting so much hype because they tend to organize and let you decide.

Number Plates said...

But there's so many blogs around nowadays, it's becoming time consuming just sorting the good from the bad. I think you're right though, new bloggers need to work hard at it to build a following and get themselves known in their niche.

OX said...

Its not often I find a blog that I make a note to return to. great post. I just getting started blogging myself and I think I will be sticking to an as of yet unbdecided niche.

zyloprim said...

Very useful, great article. Thanks

Free Online Recipes said...

nice post man. I just started my blog and I have alot of work ahead of me. Fortunatly I have found some good blogs to get me started. Haha and thats funny about John Chow, totally agree.

Smiley said...

Great post it's very usefull informations i will use them later thanks

Javi said...

I agree. Unfortunately some bloggers who started out strongly when they got carried away by their popularity. When before they blogged just for themselves, now some of these guys would blog just to please their readers.

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I love niche blogging. NicheGeek.com has got great tips on it.

Number Plates said...

your right, it is important for new bloggers to keep at it... the period at the beginning when you're recieving the least traffic is when you have to work the hardest! it's also easier to keep to a specific niche rather than spread your net too wide.

MAC said...

it's kind of hard to maintain a blog if you are not into it so much. A laid back approach is one of the reason there's so many abandon blogs out there. If you blogging in a correct way, it can give you a lot of benefit to your life.

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I think the recent google slapdown was actually good for the blog world! At first it really stunk, but in the end I think it stopped encouraging junky blogs from being made and posted to. Now bloggers tend to put more into each post, and those that I run across are better in quality. It is actually easier when you are just blogging for the pure excitment of it, and not if you can get rich off of it.

Scott said...

I agree; younger generations are growing up and are not as affected by "fluff". Take a look at our current democratic candidates. Hillary probably would have won hands down 20 years ago, but us youths are not buying it anymore. We're looking for value and are resistant to being "talked at", so if we can't find value on your blog we're going somewhere else.

Dave - Exercise bike said...

Blogging far better than a standard site, its not just a one way conversation. This way you get feedback and it builds a community

Chris said...

I agree with you. You have to make your own decisions and create a blog the way you want to. There's no hard fast rule. But you also mention that beginning bloggers need to keep the blogging engine going and pump out great quality posts consistently to build up search engine ranking. All very true. Nice post.

Pet-a-holic said...

I have just recently started blogging again, and there have been all kinds of crazy new developments since the good ol' days when I wa blogging. You're right, some people have been awfully nice and helpful, and it has been refreshing and unexpected.

Designer Watches said...

With everything going on in the blogging world today, I don't feel the time is quite right for me to return to it yet. Niche blogs with static pages yes- conventional blogging, no!

Marc said...

Posting each day imperative is something that, in my opinion, made a lot off people to give up blogging. I simply don't think that there are many who can write good article on daily basis, and writing just to make post is sure way to disaster or quitting with feeling nauseous when word blog is mentioned. It is, of course, much better if you can keep good content coming in daily basis but if not just relax and make post when you really feel you have something to say... but then again I don't intend to get rich from blogging so might be I'm simply wrong.

Rich Butler said...

Thanks for the idea...helpful..very helpful.

Matt said...

I think blogging is changing for the better, as well. As a grad student and proud member of generation-Y, I write in a more colloquial tone to suit the tastes of my audience (and myself). And as bloggers become younger and younger, I'm sure you'll see an even bigger emphasis on blogging networks and groups. It's not easy launching a successful blog, as I'm beginning to learn. Cheers.

brad hart said...

When did blogging get to be laid back for people trying to make money. If I had know we were ever going to be laid back and taking it easy I don't think I would have ever flipped the old ones

Using your name to earn money said...

The Google PR slapfest was really hurting. Yes, it is. That's why we need to diversify, diversify. Even Google is diversifying. So do we. Yahoo failed in the race because it was so slow in diversifying its strategies.

Kat said...

I am having enough trouble keeping my own blog up to date let alone another blog, I don't know how anyone can have more than one...they are like kids a never ending job sometimes

kevin in Bellingham said...

I am the new generation of bloggers and I am going full steam but at the same I think you need to not go over board so you don't make anyone upset

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Thai said...

As a new blogger I'm getting my feet wet and I'm soaking up all I can. I don't think I'm goign to be in the "laid back" position with blogging for at least a year.

You havesome great information here so I'm going to make sure this is a daily read for me.

Markk said...

> Thai: Thanks for the appreciation but since I'm a "laid-back" blogger I won't be writing posts everyday. Anyways, you're always welcome.

Elliott Russell said...

Good Article!

I cant help be feel it is somewhat directed at me :) Im new to the blogging world and wonder how everyone keeps up to the pace of "a post a day"

Heh well, i do hope ill adapt, my only fear is always having something of interest to write.

Thanks again

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Chris said...

Good points - thanks.

job said...

for the beginners, they feel so excited to try new things, to make everybody else impresses with their blogs..and of course that is just for a few years..:)

rich | Finding Windows XP Registry Cleaners said...

Great post
Yes new bloggers can not take the laid back approach.There is to much to learn.Having said that if you are no intense you will not produce your best work.

Great blog btw

Sal said...

This is definitely a great article which has a lot of useful information!

Thanks,
Sal

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Maximillian Gunther said...

For people who learn all bout things by themselves, they aren't influenced by the sweet talks bout money making. For others, they already knew that online money making is just like their usual business; it doesn't come fast. Well, sometimes ignorance saves us.

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