Why Start Blogging

Recently I have noticed something. Everyday I spent at least an hour reading some blogs and forums. The interesting thing about this is that I don’t feel this as a waste of time. On the contrary, it is usually educational and provides me energy and excitement for the stuff I am doing. I am mostly reading content about web development and software business. It is pretty cool to be able to find people with similar interests, people who are writing like talking, people who think about stuff. So I decided I should do it too. I have a lot of ideas. They sometimes burn me, because I cannot find someone to share most of the time. I have created successful software tools and bootstrapped my own company so I must have something to share. But, if I am doing it, I would like to do it right.

What makes a good blog?

- Have a topic
The best blogs I follow usually have a focus. The author thinks about a single topic or interest. A good blog has a targetted audience. You can’t be everything to all people.

- Thought provoking
Good blogger does not stop with the idea. He pursues it to the end. Comes up with examples, makes it fun to read. He comes up with new ideas, pokes holes on the status quo. He is not afraid to share his ideas.

- Have confidence
You hate him, you love him. Sometimes at the same time. A confident blogger makes you want to read him. It is kind of like the debates. They can be fun even when they are about boring stuff.

- Keep it Honest
A good blogger talks from experience, doesn’t fake it. Sometimes I read all those mumbo jumbo bloggers and it is so obvious that they have spent last night reading webmasterworld. They have read how this guy makes $500 a day from AdSense, so they decided to make a keyword stuffed useless spamblogs.

- Cutting Edge
Gives you good outbound links. Interesting, useful stuff. What’s going on? Where are the other good articles? Some bloggers don’t have much to talk about, but they find out when someone somewhere posted a really cool entry on their blog. I love them when they do that. Keep up the good work Slashdot and microISV.com.

- Be Unique
Another interesting observation about great bloggers is that they are all unique. They have their own style. Paul Graham takes his time and develops his ideas. His blog does not look like a blog at all. They are very high quality, book-alike articles. Joel Spolsky is Fun and Exciting. When you read him you laugh, you learn and respect him. Eric Sink is down to earth. When he speaks you know that he is not BSing. He is talking from experience and he is never afraid to admit mistakes. Steve Pavlino, I hate him, he is so full of it, but why I still keep on reading him.

I won’t be a Great Blogger
OK, I said I wanted to do it right and listed all of the qualities of a great blogger. Now, please don’t expect me to be one. ☺ Why? I like to keep it simple. I really like listening others. I am not crazy about running a show for others. The plan is to be myself. If some people think my blog is great, that’s very cool. But that’s not my main goal.

But That’s OK
The nice thing about blogging is that it is a social activity. A group activity. Like any team sport, sum is usually much greater than its parts. Many not-so-great bloggers can create a great community.

What I will do
- Write what I believe in.
- Share my experience.
- Have good outbound links.
- Keep it simple and to the point.

What I will not do
- Show ads. Never.
- Depress readers.
- Be negative.

Are you already excited? Read on. My next blog entry will be about a new exciting product.

9 Responses to “Why Start Blogging”

  1. Blogging for all

    Well I was searching the web and I saw a lot of blogs with one or two posts with old dates. I was thinking why do they stop what stops them, and I thought of writing this post to encourage…

  2. That’s the way blogging should be, I couldn’t agree more.

  3. Administrator says:

    Thanks Abdelrahman for your nice words. This was my first posts, so it is no measure yet. We will see how it goes.

  4. Bob Balfe says:

    This is a great summary. I started blogging around 4 months ago and I do a lot of the things you mention here. I also find that I get a lot of emails about the core site topic (computers) which tells me that is probably my largest focus. But the more specific focus is programming and tools yet I don’t explicitly advertise that anywhere on the site.

    I started the blog to better my writing skills and also because I found myself commenting on all of these other blogs and never had a blog URL. So now my site actually gets a lot of hits just because of comments like this.

    The entire “blogosphere” network is very large and I am seeing more and more that people’s network grows with people they would normally never have a dialog with.

  5. Jeff Magee says:

    Youre a cool dude. I like your philosophy. Ever since i got to college i have dedicated myself to certain ideologies that most people nowadays will not even hear about (political and economic, in case youre wondering). This has shown me the value of a nonjudgemental attitude, and being committed to open-mindedness. You might be interested in some of the philosophy behind my website, as these personal goals have really driven the project you have been helping me with. I am all about people’s quest for finding the truth, and I dislike when it is interfered with. That is one of the great things about the internet: so much information is so available for people who want to find it.

    Out of curiosity, what did you study besides programming? Have you ever written academic articles? I ask because of your appreciation for good writing. I would be very interested to hear about your “beliefs” as mentioned above, and i hope that you spare nothing in this blog. I have a lot of respect for people who have a well thought out philosophy for how they act, and am very willing to hear what they have to say.

  6. Tom says:

    This is a test to see how this works.

  7. Brandy McNamara says:

    Is the Jotform site down? I keep getting this error

    Warning: mysql_connect(): Too many connections in /www/jotform.com/lib/db.php on line 3
    Could not connect: Too many connections

    I wouldn’t be posting this, but it is an emergency! I have begun to rely on Jotform for business and I have a presentation tomorrow which includes a Jotform portion.


  8. David says:

    Can’t find/get e-mail to you so tried this:



    can’t get mail notification to work. Please advise.

  9. LV BND JM says:

    Thanks for the help. Your ideas on life, spirituality and death will hopefully continue to open the minds of todays society obsessed people.

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