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Blogging Tips – Three Things that Have Worked for Me
You do not grow a readership overnight. It takes time … months … years
By: Udayan Banerjee
Jan. 1, 2013 01:30 AM
Synergize … Differentiate … Aggregate
That is what has worked for me in my four and a half years of blogging endeavor.
These are in addition to several mandatory practices that you should follow to give you a chance to have a large readership. So, I have included links to posts which very clearly explains what you need to do.
Before I explain what I really mean let me add a word of caution.
Why do I blog?
So, if you are looking for advice on how to monetize your writing or write to promote your business, then this is not for you.
1. How did I sustain my writing?
You can sustain such effort only if you are passionate about what you write and better still if it is related to what you do.
That is how I have managed to find time to write. The background work that I need to do to write a post is something I like doing and it also helps me in my work.
[Here is a typical example - Gartner Hype Cycle 2012 – Emerging Technologies]
2. Where do I find topics to write about?
However, what I have in mind – what I want to say may be trivial. It might have been repeated many time in the blogosphere. There is no fun in repeating what others have already said. At least you need to add a twist in the tale.
So, researching the topic is extremely important. You need to find what other people have already said. Then pause and ponder how your view is different from what is already been written.
One interesting way to add a twist is to correlate what you want to say with something in an entirely unrelated field.
[Here is a typical example - Has Apple Done Samsung A Favor?]
If you are unable to differentiate then what do you do? Well … you consider dropping that idea. But wait – there is an alternative.
3. How to get over the challenge of not having different viewpoint?
You can now collate and present a holistic picture for your readers. You can clearly identify the pros and cons. Do include reference to all the posts that you have liked. Also, you will have the opportunity to post a comment on those posts.
[Here is a typical example - Agile Maturity Model – 3 Different Approaches]
BTW: Towards the fag end of last year, cumulative hits to my blogs have crossed one million.
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