A couple questions have been asked recently about how to get started with a blog. I thought I would add some information about my experience and how I view this in terms of the larger economy.
Making Your Own Content
I believe it is important to make your own content constantly as often as feels good for you. Obviously if your not having fun your content will reflect that and not be as nice, so you can’t push yourself to do more than you should. If you like what your doing and your involved in something you enjoy, then the content should flow nicely.
If your really having trouble finding ideas or writing consistently you might try doing free flowing writing such as “morning pages” as described in “The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron. This helped me get started with all kinds of projects.
Taking other peoples content and putting it on your blog can get you in trouble and really its not as fun, who wants to spend all their time cutting and pasting text? 🙂 If you really can’t come up with something original or have troubles writing then maybe you could try mining cryptocoins? 😉
Types of Content
- Short Term Gratification – The kind of stuff you read for 10 minutes in the bathroom. Quick easy problem solving solutions to technical issues. Pointers to other more in depth works and places with more detailed information. This type of thing doesn’t tend to stay relevant for too long and as technology and tastes changes it might get buried in the back of the blog and ignored. (Unless of course you create something viral that everyone want to get a piece of) 😉
- Social Gossip – Cat pictures, dog pictures, people pictures, who did what to whom, that sort of stuff. Reviews of cryptocoins… Stays relevant longer but is also harder to produce well.
- Sole Musings – Stuff that wakes you up late at night and says write me. It doesn’t have to be some great literary epoch but it has to speak to you at least in some deeper way. This stuff might never drive much traffic to your site but if it is discovered in some dark archive on the Internet long after your dead it could be worth a fortune. 😀
I’m sure there are many other types of content that people can come up with, this is just a short list for things to target while blogging. I think mixing up a few of these things would be good if your goal is to build something you don’t need to constantly maintain and that produces a more steady supply of revenue.
Paying for Popularity
I wouldn’t do this in general but maybe thats just me (perhaps this could be partially why I was never very interested in running for public office). I keep holding on to the idea that if you write good content it will organically grow in popularity. The merits of a blog or anything else, should stand on its own rather than be valued only if promoted heavily in my opinion.
If you do do this I would be very careful you understand how people are going to promote your site. If they are going to send out a bunch of Spam email or comments, I would pass on it.
Free hosting usually comes with a price of some sort. Sometimes there are advertisements placed on your blog that the host takes the revenue from. If all you want is to get started with seeing if you like things or just want to start a blog for the fun of it this could be a good deal.
You could also start a blog, pay for the hosting but never monetize it directly in any way. This can get tricky if people can’t figure out what the business model is. Somehow a few well placed advertisements gives a blog a certain sense of legitimacy to me. (At least it lets people know where your coming from – free piles of cash on the street with a sign that says “Take Me” are kind of scary for some people) 😀
For example recently a person starting a Faucet for providing free cryptocoins was accused of all kinds of unscrupulous behaviors because people couldn’t understand why the site had no advertisements or any up front way of recovering costs.
How Creating Value Helps Economically
We live in a time where all kinds of traditional types of employment are drying up and going away. It is very hard to sit down write a novel with no guaranty of finding anyone to promote it and publish it. Blogging is easier to get started in at least.
Anytime something new is created it can potentially add value. This value can be translated (so to speak) through monetization of some sort into cash us main street guys can spend. If you create something new with almost zero distribution costs that seems to me like new dollars flowing into the economy.
This seems much better to me than creating a new physical product that requires resources we are running out of. Especially if that product just quickly ends up in the waste stream without being used. This is kind of like creating a new cryptocoin – no physical resources besides energy had to be used in the creation. (Additionally, there are ways to make cheap clean energy, I hope we get there soon)
With automation, robotics and artificial intelligence looming on the horizon to be displacing even more jobs, I think we need to start transitioning into other areas for our work.
Here’s an idea for everyone, suppose instead of banks creating new cash out of thin air by writing it onto the books when they make a loan, we could just create new dollars when new original blog postings or other creative content are made. We could use colored cyptocoins to keep track of the creator of the new blog posting and reward that person based on new value created. Your use of the cryptocoin could give you access to the blog posting and allow you to easily make a micro-payment if you like it. Just a thought.
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