You are a professional writer. Why would you want to launch a blog where you write even more? Patricia Skinner, who writes for a living, found that blogging is a form of self-expression .. with the extra benefit of no client censorship. Patricia also believes that blogs are a superb resource for historians. Blogs provide a glimpse into our culture, our hopes and our dreams.
Blogger Story Teller: Patricia Skinner, Marketmou—the Blog!
How did I get into blogging? Hmm, interesting question. Like most bloggers nowadays, for some time before I actually started blogging I had been thinking about how it might be a good way of spreading the word about my business. Then I was offered a job blogging for someone else.
My journey into blogging wasn’t the catalytic event that it seems to have been for so many others. I’m a writer, and all my life I’ve been an avid communicator. I tend to talk a lot (if I have something to talk about), so when I discovered blogging it was a wonderful outlet for all these words that were in me anyway.
I blogged commercially for a while even though I knew they were ripping me off, mainly because I wanted to learn everything they had to teach me. It wasn’t much, in hindsight, but it was crucial stuff, like how important images are in your blog posts (I don’t always use this, but there’s a tip for readers), and how blogging regularly is essential to your overall blog rank with Technorati.
My knowledge of the blogging world together with my knowledge of SEO, enabled me to get Google pageranks of 4 for all my blogs--out-of-the-gate, even though I’m somewhat sporadic in my blogging due to time constraints (when I have ten projects going all at once, like I do right now, it’s difficult to fit in the time to blog). I still have a lot to learn, but it’s one of those things I enjoy. I spend so much of my life writing words for someone else that it’s refreshing to be able to say what I feel, whatever comes into my head, with no censorship.
Readers might be interested to know how useful my blog has been to my business, since that was the reason for blogging in the first place. I can’t say (to my knowledge) that I’ve got any projects as a direct result of my blog, but if someone has found their way on to one of my business websites (Freelance Writers Manifesto, Well Written Word) and they’re looking around to see what I’ve been doing, they often tell me later that reading my blog was the turning point in deciding to hire me.
I can’t say that I provide any riveting personal insights to my readers, by I do try to keep up a stream of business trivia that, when taken all together, could help build a powerful business.
Blogging is such a wonderful way of getting the truth out, I sometimes think about how blogging will be a superb resource for historians who will be able to learn things about us hundreds of years from now, and I wonder how long the blogging trend will last. Will it go on indefinitely, or will it fade like so many other trends do?