Blogging Insights- Quantity over Quality?

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Analyse this :
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Blogging isn’t about publishing as much as you can. It’s about publishing as smart as you can.” — Jan Morrow

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Generally speaking, blogging is publishing whatever a blogger feels like. Because a blog is a site that is owned by the blogger and they have the freedom to post whatever and how much ever they want.

Now that is out of the way, I’ll discuss my blogging strategy. I post 3-5 times a day but on average, there are three posts a day, 2 hours apart. I follow many prompts, mostly weekly ones. And I like to challenge myself by writing something meaningful on them.

Previously I would write a fourth post, combining 4-5 daily Prompts. I stopped doing this because I realized that I was mostly writing to write and the posts written in response to so many diverse words usually were not of good quality.

The point I’m trying to make here is that I try to write smart. I try to write a post with a message behind it. I also write mostly shorter posts. And I have curtailed the number of daily posts from 5 to 3 because I want my readers to :

Not feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of posts

Be able to read and understand my writing in a short time.

In conclusion, I’d say that it is the choice of individual bloggers to write more or less, meaningful or frivolous posts. The reader chooses what they want to read.

It is about the choice of the writer and the reader both!

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Truthful Tuesday- Odd pleasures

Frank of PC guyIV asks a question on Tuesday, which we have to answer truthfully.

Truthful Tuesday

The Question

What’s something that you thoroughly enjoy doing that others might find a bit odd? What makes it so enjoyable?

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I thoroughly enjoy blogging which my family and real-life friends find odd. They are always asking why I’m always stuck to my phone, using the tiny touchpad to type out my blog posts. There are some people who even ask “what is a blog?”

Though there are over 600 million blogs in the world today, not everyone has heard of blogging, let alone read a single post!

At the same time, I am very grateful to my blogging family who not only read my posts but also like and comment on them.

Thanks you so much!

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Blogging Insights – New format # 2

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 2

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Analyse this:

Here is the secret of writing : there is no secret. — Ralph Fletcher

Image credit Google

What do you think?

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I do agree with this saying as far as just writing is concerned. However, good writing requires something more!

I think a good writer needs to have a vivid imagination, a talent for cohesive plot plan and an ability to write clearly.

These are neither simple nor common gifts. That’s why we all can write but few have that special spark that makes them a acclaimed writer.

We all can, however improve our writing by learning the proper art of writing, improving our grammar and writing as much as we can. The more we write, the better it gets. As they say, a genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration! So we all can get better with applying ourselves to writing.

These are my thoughts in writing. What are yours?

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Blogging Insights – New format

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Blogging Insights — New Format – 1

Blogging is not rocket science quote
Dear friends, it is time Blogging Insights got a makeover.
I am abandoning the Q & A format. In the new format I will post a quote about blogging or writing lol and ask you to express your opinion about it.
Analyse this:

” Blogging is not rocket science. 

It’s about being yourself and putting what you have into it.”

Image credit digitalhygge.com

What do you think?

A blog created and managed for personal pleasure is indeed simple. Nothing much to it but to write what you feel, experience, or have a desire to say to the world.

A personal blog is indeed a wonderful outlet for our emotions. It’s both cathartic and therapeutic. Mine is a personal blog and I have learned a lot since I started blogging.

A professional blog is however a different thing altogether. It requires a lot of hard work, research, and dedication. It may not be rocket science, ( whatever that is!) but it requires a lot of discipline. A professional blogger has to be totally spot on with everything thing they write.

So while a personal blogger can write whatever they like on their blog, a professional blogger has to follow the guidelines they have laid on for their blog.

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Blogging Insights – Editing

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TODAY’S QUESTIONS 

Do you edit your work before posting it?

I check for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and other typos when I proofread my post. Sometimes a few words are deleted or added to make the meaning of my writing clear.

Apart from correcting typos and spellings , how much (if any) of a post do you change before you send it out in the world?

No much is changed if I am going to publish the post immediately or pre-schedule it. But I do make sure that it reads well before I present it to my audience. Still, sometimes errors slip in the published post and some of my sincere friends point them out to me so that I can correct them.

If I am going to publish a post that has been lying in the draft folder for sometimes, ( there are posts that I started 2-3 years ago in my draft folder), I definitely edit them to be relevant in today’s environment.

Do you think that re-drafting a piece can “rob” it of its spontaneity?

I don’t think so. The first draft may not be that clear or eloquent. It may not be fitting the thoughts in my head exactly and edit or re-phrasing can improve the overall effect of the post, then I would do it. As for the spontaneity being spoiled, I think the post should convey a clear meaning than be spontaneous.

Thursday Inspiration # 116 – Follow

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Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word follow, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’,

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Please follow me!

You all must have come across these comments on your posts. These are new bloggers who want people to follow their blogs. In fact, this happens not only on WordPress but also on other social media sites. You find this cryptic message demanding you follow them.

Well what do you do in such situations?

I have around 3600 people ( I think) following my blog. And it not humanly possible for me to follow them all. For a while I did not follow any new bloggers because I felt that I wasn’t doing justice to those I already was following, but recently I have decided to follow a few new bloggers after checking out their blogs. After all, when we all first started blogging, some senior bloggers encouraged us and followed our blogs. So I should also return the favor.

Finding new blogs to follow is exciting and one often comes across wonderful gems this way. One thing I would NOT do is to follow those who flood my comments section with their urls and links!

What about you, do you try to find new blogs to follow?

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5 Things Tuesday — 5 Types of Posts You Love to Write

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Today she asks us to list our favorite types of posts;

5 Things Tuesday — 5 Types of Posts You Love to Write

I enjoy writing all types of posts. When asked for my top 5 favorites, here they are;

• Selecting my photo prompt for the Monday WDYS post.

Thinking question for my Sunday Poser

• Answering questions for SYW, from Melanie, FPQ from Fandango or any of the question posts from Rory and Blogging Insight questions from Tanya.

Responding to different photo prompts from various bloggers like Reena, Eugenia, Fandango, MLMM, and many others

Selecting quotes for One Liner Wednesday post.

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Blogging Insights- Level of commitment

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TODAY’S QUESTIONS 

How committed are you to your blog?

As my regular readers know that I started blogging on a whim. I didn’t do any planning and had no prior experience or knowledge of the technical side of blogging. I even hadn’t written anything much after my college days. So it was a new experience for me. At first, I posted sporadically, whenever a post was complete, I’d post it. Gradually I was introduced to the various prompts in WP and I became more regular. Now I post 3-4 posts daily and I feel as if I am missing something when I don’t have my posts written and scheduled for the day.

So, yes, I can say that I am very committed to blogging!

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What part,if any,do other bloggers play in your level of commitment?

The most vital part played by the other bloggers in my commitment to blogging is their encouraging comments. Many gracious people wait for my Monday prompt, WDYS, and respond to it. So I’m especially busy on Mondays to read and respond to their posts. I reblog the first couple of responses to the WDYS post. I feel it’s mandatory for me to read and comment on the posts written in response to my prompt. Similarly, on Sunday, I ask a question and many people respond in the comments section.

Basically, What I am trying to say that blogging is my outlet and hobby, but if I didn’t have such nice and responsive readers, my commitment and fervor for blogging may not have been that strong.

Many thanks to Tanya for these interesting questions about blogging. We all learn from them.

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Blogging Insights- Unusual Words/ Phrases

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Questions;

When you use a word/term that you think your readers might not know do you think you should add a link to it, or is it a better idea to let people find out on their own?

I post these questions to further my knowledge and technique of blogging. 

The answers are always a learning experience. 

What do you think of today’s question?

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I’ll start by answering your last question first;

I think in the context of Blogging, all questions are relevant and useful. If we ask questions, we learn from the answers.

As for the main question of today, I usually use very simple language while writing. If I use a technical term, it is usually self-explanatory. But sometimes I add a word or two to it by the way of explanation. I think this would be more applicable to people writing technical blogs, like about computer programs or other scientific fields.

Sometimes I come across a reference or name that is not familiar to me and I look it up. It is alright to let the reader search and find the meanings behind words and phrases by themselves. It how we learn. I have learned a lot since I’ve started this blog.

Another thing that some bloggers are conscious of and others aren’t, are cultural references. There are things which only the locals, the citizens of a country are familiar with. These references need more research for other people who don’t know anything about them. If I write about something which is special to my country or culture, I do explain it in detail. Like our Eid festival or the holy month of fasting, Ramadan.

Anyway, blogging is a journey of learning and discovery. Let the new words, phrases, and references be a challenge to us to learn more.

Thank you my friend for always coming up with great and interesting questions each week and for continuing this conversation.

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