If you ask me to define a blog, I would probably look at you the same way as Neil Nitin Mukesh looks at the media when asked about his next movie. But I guess that’s fine, telephone operators don’t know the definition of a phone and the same goes with people who preach religion; that’s inconsequential as long as you know how to make the most out of it. But in my case I seriously have no clue what I am supposed to do with a blog. Just saw people writing blogs (of course of far superior quality) on various sites, and being an intrinsic copycat, I decided to have my own blog and soon realized that I am the only person reading them. But isn’t it wise to try something new to see if you can derive a few moments of happiness out of it? (I am definitely not promoting any substance here)
The advantage of writing a blog post is that you can sloppily type anything anywhere and you don’t need any approval for that, or any credential. Hence the obvious question that will come to your mind would be why these immature thoughts are not expressed on a social networking site then? Well it will not materialize because of the following reasons:
a) Word count restriction (when you have decided to torture people then why not do it in a bigger way).
b) Exposure to a limited number of people. My goal is to reach out to a larger audience .
c) Finally, risk of losing people from the friend list.
If your blog has no commercial value (unless you find someone, mentally challenged, to pay for it) or not intended for any target audience then you are free from all false pretense, horrifying guidelines and competition. Go ahead and transfer whatever you have typed from MS word (not recommended but who cares, at least you have your back up) to your blog, although it might not attract any additional visitors than the ones you had when it was in word document format. The contents of your blog could be completely irrelevant to the subjects you choose, but don’t bother, keep writing, who is going to question you anyway (especially when you have no intention of revolutionizing the world with your views). It might make as much sense as the technical analysis of the market.
As a newbie, you start writing your blog and eventually turn into an HTML expert unless you are someone like me who would opt for a platform where HTML experimentation is restricted, but not before inflicting an absolute carnage on the first user-friendly layout. Don’t bother checking those technical forums to rectify the problem, you will only find more queries with some, sporadic, misleading answers. The next part is pretty simple and doesn’t require any effort from your end; an eternal wait for visitors. If you thought that the moment you write something there will be traffic flocking to your blog, then you really cannot blame Ravindra Jadeja for expecting a standing ovation every time he goes out to bat.
Why traffic? Well apart from a bit of ego satisfaction it’s a confirmation of the fact that people are wasting as much time reading your posts as you did writing them. While you wait for your first visitor, you will be perplexed to see some blog, written by a certain prominent writer about a famous cricketer’s relative (with incorrect details) getting a staggering number of visitors with countless admirers posting their comments. I wish I could describe that blog a little bit but unfortunately it would be virtually impossible for me to do that without using a bit of profanity (but kudos to her for maintaining the consistency).
Moving on, by the time you understand the meta tags and RSS feeds you would have decided to focus on your primary job. Also understanding of the fact that your writing abilities were only a illusory notion plays a key role here. There will always be things that you would want to say; things that you do not approve or things that you appreciate, and you will get ample opportunities to express your views in public depending on how frequently you socialize and the kind of beverages they serve there. Anyway, I am going to stop now; yes abruptly. Will come back with another post soon .