What does it mean to be a good blogger?
Writing an art and a commitment
Before I give you my opinion on what makes a blogger a great one, here are some things that we all may think of first.
Many would say that creativity, artistic talent, imagination, persuasiveness, and a powerful vocabulary are vital to great writing. Some writers are well read, well versed, entertaining, compelling, while others just tell great tales. Some authors (which bloggers are) are good at gathering information and complilng it well.
Then you have those who say a good blogger is one who is controversial, someone who can drive traffic and revenue to and from their blog or pieces.
What do I say?
I am always glad to answer that one! I say that a successful blogger gets traffic and maybe some income because they make you want to keep reading. They are compelling, yes but why?
The bottom line-
Here is what being a successful blogger is all about. I wrote a piece about natural ammunition against Migraines. I got a lot of hits because I did my research, shared some captivating stories and invited others to comment. One young lady who did, offered a different solution than I did. I could have deleted her comment and ignored it. Instead Something told me not too, but to rather praise her suggestion and thank her. Her idea had merrit, so why wouldn't I?
Also, on the same subject, 2 other people who seemed to know nothing about migraines posted their crazy ideas . They talked about having a banana and a glass of milk and an aspirin! Trust me, you won't win anyone over by making nonsense up to sound smart! If you don't care about the subject matter enough to be informed about it, then why should any potential readers care about your work?
As corny as it sounds that is my opinion... blogging is about caring about and taking an interest in your readers' welfare! Solid grammar, an impressive vocab, are important, but, a good blogger is a helpful one! If you care about your readers and whether they learn something useful from you, then you will have a leg up, in my eyes.Because you care, you will do your research, you will make a compelling point and sell it, and you will tell stories with passion. Money and traffic will then be a bi-product, not a singular purpose.
I promise that I will want to read your work when I need an answer!
Get writing, and remember to think of your readers and their needs and wishes!
God bless, as always!
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