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The blogging thing

The whole bogging thing is fascinating me, lately. My mind is spinning with ideas of how to make it work for me. Yes, I’m talking about ways in which blogging can help me (and anyone) make money.

I tested the waters for some of my ideas on a WebDev business newsgroup to which I belong, with responses from less than a handful of the most progressive of the members. I am not sure why that is. They are all people who run their own WebDev businesses. Don’t they want to explore new ways of making money? I guess some of us are content to potter along, and others of us want to really succeed, even if it means going out on a limb for something new but potentially beneficial.

Blogging is definitely still an up-and-coming “thing” on the web, though I admit I’m rather late in the game to join the throng.

The number of sites around relating to blogging professionally are many. One Western Australian blogger made the Feedster Top 500: Duncan Riley of The Blog Herald, is from Bunbury. There were four bloggers, altogether, from Australia, which is fantastic — but we can do better than that. Over the next year, I am sure we will.

So right now I’m plotting and planning. My ideas will take time to mature and implement, but I am confident blogging will be a useful, and ultimately profitable, business tool — not just for web developers but for all business and government organisations. Stay tuned for more.

5 Responses to “The blogging thing”

  1. howard Says:

    Yea, I love the blogging thing too! I have my own blog. I am trying to be in America’s top 500, but I don’t seem to get the patronage that I once did!

    Have a nice day y’all!

  2. Ryan Says:

    I must say I quite like your blog and the non-typical way you look at things. I’m drawing particular attention to your comments about Google talk. Lots of otherpeoples blogs have just jumped on the hype band-wagon but not you, you’ve actually thought about it and I respect that.

    I’m interested by your comments about blogs and them helping you make money. Are you speaking along the lines of greater promotion and the benefits it may have for your business in raising your profile, locally, nationally, internationally?

    I’d love to hear your thoughts as I’m considerinig the whole blog thing but I’m wondering who would read it and why.


  3. Vicki Says:

    Howie: you mean you are not in the Top 500? (Whichever Top 500 that might be…?!) Want me to have a word with them? (Whoever “they” might be? 😉 )

    Ryan: Thanks for the kind words. 🙂 This blog is very new (at least, I’ve only given it any real attention very recently) and I’m still exploring the possibilities.

    I’ve looked at the 9rules network (and I know there are also others) and am convinced there is room for innovation and niches to be exploited (in a marketing sense, that is). It’s a matter of figuring out exactly what will work in my own, and perhaps also my colleagues’, circumstances. (It’s not something I need to do alone, in fact would prefer it to be a group effort for many reasons.)

    Yes, blogs are proven to work as marketing tools for businesses, including the fresher content making Google happier, but I’ve been reading ProBlogger and The Blog Herald which frequently link to other quality blogs, and believe there can be a lot more to it…

    Still exploring… 🙂

  4. Juanita Audit-Tcake Says:

    Do the idle ramblings and observations on the vageries of life in my Livejournal count as a blog? And if so how can I make money out of it?

    The only money I’ve been offered so far is to close it down. 🙂

  5. Vicki Says:

    Not quite what we’re talking about. 😛