Blogging | It ain’t that easy!
I write on a variety of subjects and people often compare my blog to other websites that have a large staff of writers and technical staff. They also have a budget that allows them to buy photographs to use with their articles, often stock photos that are commonly used. I take my own photographs and find inspiration by getting out there and experiencing life!
One frugal feature I read is obviously done using the internet and checking prices online. I’m off to Lidl this afternoon to check that they actually stock what I see online. I hope to pop in Poundland too; I want another A4 picture frame. The sweetshop around the corner is a Victorian sweet shop that sells yummy sweets from the old fashioned jars. I must pop in there and do a little research. I think I’ll research fruit sherbets!
A lot of research goes into a blog, I don’t just ramble on about something while I’m waiting to cook my Sunday lunch. I’m having pork with potatoes and veggies today; people like to know what I eat. I’ll get some salad from Lidl and have a prawn and salmon salad for dinner tonight. That’s not very frugal but after last night’s egg ‘n’ chips, I can afford to splash out a bit on a Sunday. I even photograph my meals!
This blog can be quite technical too and I don’t have a technical staff to support me. There are pingbacks to other blogs for example; they haven’t been working this week and WordPress usually suggests links; it isn’t doing that either. Then there are the statistics, where are my readers coming from? Most of my readers so far today want to know about Farmville. There are the usual visits by people who are searching for information about silkie chickens; that’s always popular. One person will be disappointed because they searched for something to do with porno; sorry no pornography on this blog. I would get more readers but I’m not that desperate.
A lot of people find my blog by searching for pictures! Search engine optimisation (SEO) is big business; but the trick is to produce lots of content and make it varied so you have loads and loads of keywords. Brand names are good because people search for those. For example I searched for Subway the restaurant chain earlier. They keep putting this advert on TV for a £3.00 ‘sub’. A sub is a sort of chicken sandwich on crusty bread with lettuce and stuff. The deal is one of those and a medium sized drink for £3.00. I did egg and chips and a cup of tea last night for less than 60p and I didn’t need a mouth like a post box to eat it. It’s only £3.00 they say! Only!
I got a few keywords into the last paragraph and that’s the way you get your blog found on the search engines.
One suggestion for a blog that I got from WordPress was to write about what I was planning to do before the end of the year. I’m not sure. Tomorrow, I will be studying the stock market, for two hours I can buy at a reduced dealers fee so I might take advantage of that and if I buy shares I can write a blog about it! I just don’t write about finance, I also live it. I write about Zopa because I put money into it. I wrote about investments and told readers what shares I had actually bought. The blog has to be personal and so you have to live the blog!
I also write blogs of a reasonable length, I dislike very short blogs or very long ones. I think 500 to 1,000 words is ideal; this blog is over 600 words so far. I’m planning on cooking lunch soon and then shopping to check things out for my thrifty and frugal blogs; then photography!
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