I'm thinking about starting up a personal blog.
I have a blog already called SunStock Music on which I review albums, interview musicians and play unsigned music on a podcast. It's been a huge success.
But I want to start a personal blog because I like the idea of having a place just for me.
However, I love the community here and I would probably end up wanting to post things both on my blog and over here on HP. Is that allowed? Would you recommend it?
Any other advice on blogging would be greatly appreciated too.
My content would mostly be creative. Ie. Poetry, flash fiction etc.
Thanks in advance.
I have no tips on blogging. I did try a music blog in the past, but didn't stick with it. But I did want to let you know that I am checking out your website. I am actually listening to your EP that you posted while I type this, and I plan on checking the podcast that you have posted. I am impressed by your music and I am looking forward to use your blog as a means to discover new music.
I recommend WordPress. It is one the largest Blog/WebPage sources in the world.
It is cheap(you get to reserve your domain name) and there are literally hundreds of customized templates (most free an some can be purchased) including some especially good ones for Poets and Writers.
Also, Their customization instructions are designed for the "non-Techno-Geek".
Check it out.
I assume you mean Wordpress.com?
I agree, it's preferable to Blogger because your blog is part of a community instead of being isolated.
However, unless you use the paid version, you can't use any advertising whatsoever so it's not a place where you can earn anything from your blog.
Actually, I use Wordpress as a feeder to my HubPages.
I write a short "tickler" Blog that has a link to my actual Hub. I get some significant traffic fro a totally different audience via Wordpress this way.
It works for me.
You will find as many people recommending Blogger as Wordpress. It depends a lot on what your exact priorities are and which interface is more intuitive for you.
hi there, honestly I love having my own personal blog, if I get the chance to write on other platform such as on hubpage I would consider as a bonus or maybe just a stepping stone to enhance my writing skills.
But literally, to have your own personal blog is so much better, although it feels like you are doing it on your own but its alright, build one anyway, but also keep engaging on hubpage for more added exposure.
The advantage of having your own blog, you don't need for an approval of your article to be posted, you can post right instantly, it is only a matter of marketing it right.
Amy, what are your hopes for the personal blog? Do you hope to get readers or will it just be a place to vent?
Any internet guru will tell you that for a blog to get readers, it must be on a specialist subject (like your current blog).
If you create a blog that's just a mishmash of personal stuff on different topics, Google won't know how to classify it and therefore won't include it in search results. Only really big sites like HubPages and Wikipedia can get away with a mixture of subjects. So the only readers you'll get will be friends!
If you're not worried about monetizing, I'd suggest Tumblr for your personal blog because that way you'll get interaction from other members.
Thank you for the information.
It is a personal blog that I'm wanting to do since as I previously mentioned, I already have a niche blog on the go that is having much success.
I haven't yet gotten my head around tumblr, it's all very confusing to me but I'll spend a bit more time trying to figure it out and give it a go. Thanks a lot!
Cardisa did a great hub on the pro and cons of HP vs going on your own. I think it should answer your questions.
I would suggest establishing a social network presence aswell, It will certainly help with retaining visitors and getting them to come back. Plus there are great SEO benefits.
Well I started the blog.
I've decided to do it on blogger and I'm not worrying too much about audience. I'm basically treating it as a place to exercise my writing.
Thanks for your help everyone!
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Amy have you ever considered starting your own Youtube page? Adding Videos of you interviewing musicians, album reviews, and unsigned music? Build up your following enough on Youtube then you can share your personal stories/adventures on Youtube for your audience. In addition, I think there's much more up side in ad revenue focusing on a Youtube channel than your own website.
I've actually already earned more money on my blog since monetising a month ago than I have on YouTube since monetising a year ago. But that YouTube page is just me singing my own music so I might start a SunStock YouTube channel. It's just a matter of whether I've got the time really.
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