How My Blog Is Different Than Others?

How your blog is different than others?

My blog is different from other blogs because……none of them are posted by me. Ok dad jokes aside, let me try and tell you.

My blog is different because I blog about anything and everything that I like, love, hate or interests me. You will find the most varied of subjects in my blog that you may not find in other blogs. Ok – you will never find them. I have so many categories, much, much more than any that I have ever seen in any other blog. And that is because I don’t limit my blog to particular things or niches. I dunno how it happened, but it happened. When I started blogging, way back in 2002, it was supposed to be a journal of things that has happened and things that I did, especially since I was staying in a new city.

I moved back in less than a year and my blogging still became like a journal of what I did, some of my thoughts of events, what I saw on tv or listened to. Eventually I started writing more and more about my feelings, my dad out, so many more things. I kept adding category after category once I started this blog back in 2007 and it just kept going. In fact, in the past year I have added two new categories. Isn’t that weird? But I realize that it’s  because my interests are varied and I write mainly about what interests me. Therefore the various categories since I am interested in a lot of things.

I also try to be as honest as I can on my blog. I don’t hold back – well maybe I might tone down the language a bit, even though I have thrown in a few choice words many times. Yet it is still very tame when I compare it with what I say when I get angry or think. I also try to post as much positive things as I can and keep it varied.


Why do you need a blog planner?

I do not really keep a planner and I honestly do not recommend keeping one yourself. Unless you are planning to write about certain topics that you get paid to do – in that case by all means, do keep a planner with notes or bulletpoints jotted down on a small notepad/scribblepad or even on Word/Notepad on your own pc/laptop. What I usually do is, if I get a few ideas about the topics that I want to blog about, I create them on WordPress and save them as drafts because I know that I will come back to them later. This way I don’t forget said topics and also I have my set of blog posts all mapped out for the next couple of days.

The main reason why I say that a planner isn’t something I recommend is because it looses spontaneity. When I do plan these things it seems a bit forced for me and I kinda lose a bit of the excitement as I already knew a couple of days ahead what I was going to write about. Now the exception is for paid/sponsored posts which either I have the list of topics (depending on what the client wants, it can be a set of 5 to 10 per month) already emailed to me, so I do know in advance what it is I will be blogging about.

However the stuff that I write just for me because it is what I enjoy writing about, am passionate about or what interests and intrigues me is always more spontaneous. The best thing is to get the idea or think about ideas or search for ideas and the moment one clicks, I go to my blog’s tab and open up a new post blog – the button that says “Add New” – and I start typing. Depending on how easy it is to write about it, I may spend from 20 minutes to a whole day on it.

My Blog Writing Process & Preferences – Music, Videos Or Quiet?

Tell us about your writing process – do you like music or quiet, is there a special place

I wish I had more space to do things but for the moment I usually only use my bedroom as the place that I blog/write from. And although I have a desk (not much larger than a laptop plus mouse and a couple of speakers size, think minimum surface space) which I bought for keeping my pc and then, from 2010 onwards, my laptop on I currently have my work desktop on it. Since it is very large (21 inch screen) and clunky (separate CPU) I do not have much space for anything else other than a coffee mug or maybe a pint glass.

So I have this laptop table that I got as a gift from the office a couple of years ago and I keep it on my bed and I use it for my laptop. So I can type and browse and play music off. But I wish I didn’t have to use it this. If I had more space then I would have a bigger desk or another desk which I can use for this laptop as it isn’t the best thing for my back when I sit like this I tend to have to lean forward and that cause my back to be stiff after a while.

I don’t mind music or even a podcast playing on Youtube. Like perhaps an interview or something like one of the channels that read Reddit stories of Entitled People, Entitled Parents, Choosing Beggers or I Don’t Work Here Lady stories. Those don’t need me to watch the video so I just play them in the background and blog about things. Or I have atheist discussions on Youtube. I don’t like too much noise other than something like this or music so I can’t still easily concentrate on writing.

Prompt from 30 Days Of September Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

What Blogging All These Years Has Taught Me

What is something blogging has taught you about yourself?

What blogging a lot – I’ve averaged 2 posts a day for over 14 years with the only exceptions being the days I am really sick – is that is I really love blogging. It’s more than just a hobby or a creative outlet for me. It’s like a release from the day to day life and a way that I also let my frustration out. If I didn’t blog and use it as a therapy for myself, I might actually go a bit angry and nuts at things that happen to and around me along the week. Even sometimes at home, when I get pissed off because of family, even if I may not blog about that exact incident, I do find that blogging keeps me from acting out.

Sometimes that is more than enough and sometimes it’s not but it is akin to therapy. Another thing I learned is that this hobby of mine can and has made me a lot of money. When what you do during the downtime and as a hobby makes you a bunch of extra cash on the side which you can use to buy some things that you have been eyeing but maybe couldn’t buy at the time until you save some money, it is an awesome feeling. It’s a feeling that is so sweet that you cannot but be proud of yourself a little bit. Ok, I lie! It’s more like you cannot but be proud of yourself a lot.

Other than that, I have also found that I can write about a few things over here that I may not want to talk about to others face to face or otherwise. It also helps to write it down or type it down in this case.

Prompt from 31 Days Of Writing Prompts For August at The SitsGirls

On This Day : August 6th

On this day, August 6:

What Is Your Dream Job?

My dream job is an extension of what I am currently doing and have gotten paid for. I get paid for blogging and sponsored posts in which I add links to various business. I would love to be able to quit my job and make money just by blogging about the things that interest me. I would also like to have a Youtube channel that takes off and gets a million plus subscribers who view the videos I make but blogging is my main thing.

I have made a nice chunk of money online but it’s nothing that I can chase as a full time career. But I wish I could do that and nothing else. Just get paid a lot of money each month to write about things that I like, love, observe and ponder. Even things I hate and do not agree with. But that’s the dream. That I can stop worrying about the rat race and earning a salary and instead play some music and tap on the keys about the things that I want to blog about and make money that way.

Sometimes I do wonder if I could write a book, a novel – a work of fiction – and make money that way. If only I could bring in the images in my brain about this futuristic world onto black and white or better yet make that into a movie series or tv series – man that would be so awesome!

Prompt from 31 Days Of Writing Prompts For August at The SitsGirls

Launching A New Blog? What Should Your First Post Be

Personally I think your first blog post should be an introduction about yourself or what you led you to start a blog and about the theme you want to focus about in your blog. If your blog is a personal blog, like mine, you could make the introductory post about what your blog is about, who you are, what you plan to write about in your blog, what led you to start a blog and why your readers should keep coming back for more and read through. This will let people decide if they want to continue reading and add your blog to their lists of must reads. Oh and also include links to your various social media posts and email.

Instead if you plan for your blog to be about a particular niche or topic, then you could go the route of telling your readers about your expertise in that subject. And you could probably include a photo of something related to your blog’s niche, for example food, computers or coding or a travel destination. You could “announce” your topic, introduction, style and theme in one post by carefully using keywords that you have searched on other similar blogs and creating an appeal for your readers as to what your blog is going to focus on.

No matter what your first post should be about you and your writing style so people can get to know you and get an idea of both the content that is to come as well as the blogger. Do not rush; take your time as you will only do a first blog post once. Your identity and personality should shine through in your writing. It’s what makes your blog unique.

3 Biggest Challenges As A Blogger

3 biggest challenges you struggle with as a blogger and how to overcome it?
1. The challenge of whether to create a blog with a niche (or I have heard genre being used for it as well) or not. So for example if I like hockey or football then my blog is mainly about hockey or football or maybe even just about the team or even teams that I support. If I am into hard rock & heavy metal music then writing only about band news, events, upcoming albums or sharing musical clips.

If I am into movies and tv or only a genre of movies or tv (like horror or scifi) then my blog is only about those topics. Or only about Scifi or only about Star Trek or Stargate or Battlestar Galactica topics. I have thought about that and I still feel the pull to do that but then I would have to give up on all the other topics that I love and am interested it. I couldn’t only pick movies or just tv or only a sport or books! I have way more interests than just that. How to overcome it is to create a personal blog and then you can blog about anything and everything in the cosmos that interests you.

2. Writer’s block – This is something which I know affects all of us. The best writers go through it and they have studied communication and writing. So who are we? The best thing is the blogging community. Like this very prompt, there are lots of sites out there that give you topics and prompts for your blog. If you are like me then you are already aware and use a bunch of prompts any given day. My shtick is to write atleast one blog post every day and there are days when I cheat and just post some jokes or something. But since 2007 I have made it a rule of mine that I will blog every day unless I am too sick to do so or something really wonderful or really tragic has happened.

3. Motivation to keep writing or the lack of it. Most of the bloggers I used to like have long stopped blogging. There’s a few that remain and even they are sporadic these days. I miss that feeling of community that I used to enjoy. I loved getting the comments and replying and then going to their blogs to see what topics they have and sharing my inputs on their posts. I have made some good friends due to blogging and they have all moved to Facebook. Luckily I am still friends with them there. But I think I have to find more blogs and bloggers so I can get that sense of blogging community back once again.


New WordPress Theme & Blog Look

Well, well, well. After a very, very long time as you can see my blog has had a face lift. I have been using the same theme for quite a few years now and I have been thinking that perhaps it is now time for a change.

I started checking on the free themes that you can search for using the theme search option on your wordpress application but the ones I liked just didn’t mesh well with the type of blog that I maintain. I kept checking and checking, installing a few over the past few days that I thought was colourful and which had a design layout that I liked but when I activated them, I just didn’t like the way that it looked. This happens to me. I remember when I first started this blog – after installing it with the help of my cousin I worked all night on getting this website up and running and setting up WordPress. Yes, all night! I slept only 5 hours and then the excitement & satisfaction of finally having my own website space, that I paid for, under my own domain name gaveme a big boost of energy.

I couldn’t wait to start searching for WP themes. I wanted a different look, although I didn’t know exactly what I wanted. I tried out a lot of different looks and I might try to keep changing it from time to time, while keeping this current theme as the main one. There are some really good options that is out there and I really think anyone wanting to setup their own site should get WordPress as their tool of choice. So after trying out around 30 of them in the test runs that they give you, I decided on one that I used for a few months. It was the first of atleast 20 that I have used for more than just the install & try phase.

So having wanted a blog facelift I have been searching on & off for the past 2 weeks, mostly during the weekends and a few hours here & there during the work week and tried out atleast 30 themes before finding this one about 2 hours ago. And I like it. It’s called Biscuit Lite and it is the free version of one of PanKogut’s best selling themes – Biscuit. There is a Pro paid version but they decided to offer a free version with fewer options, but with everything you need to start your food blog.  Biscuit is minimal, simple to install.

What Happened To Them Blogs?

What blogs do you keep up with? Create a list.

To be honest it has been years since I have followed other bloggers. When I first started getting into blogging (2001) I used to read a whole lot of blogs and bookmarked most of them so I can read them on a regular basis. In 2002 I started my own blog and blogrolled them (that is a word from the past) so I could follow them easily. When I started becoming really serious about blogging and started this current blog, I started following and commenting on fellow bloggers posts which I considered to be good and interesting.

So what happened? Well Facebook happened and most people gradually moved over to Facebook and to an extent Twitter to get their points across. They can also ensure that a set of people do see it. But then your viewership is limited, unless it’s a Facebook page and you happen to have a lot of likes. I started seeing my favourite bloggers reduce their frequent posts from several in a week to just a couple in a week and then just 1 or 2 in a month. I continued blogging at the same pace. Finally several blogs stopped getting renewed and/or the blogger closed the site or the account on Blogspot or WordPress.

The lone wolf that I do check on a semi-regular basis is and I guess he happens to like blogging almost as much as I do. He also has a very successful podcats and he hosts the files on his blog. He gets a good deal of promotions and sponsorship from that. I think if a lot of people still continued to blog they would get something or the other. Hey, if I can make money online, so can you.

Prompt from 103 Blog Post Ideas That Your Readers Will LOVE [Updated]

Blogger To Blogger

Ways to build an online relationship with bloggers

1. Make sure that you read a lot of blogs and find ones that you enjoy to read. Find bloggers that write about topics that interest you so you can add to the discussion by contributing valuable comments and points.

2. Link to them and if you have articles that have the same kind of view or adds to them or maybe even has an opposite view, mention them in your posts. Share the link so your readers can also visit the other blog or blogs to read more about the topic. This benefits your readers are well as the other blogger(s).

3. Drop in from time to time and say hi. Share your email address and send them updates or talk about upcoming topics of mutual interest and they should reply back. Don’t push asking them to add your posts or blog to their lists of suggested reading. If it is forced it’s no point. Let the natural friendship flow.


How You Can Gain Organic Traffic From Budget Marketing

When you are running a business and operating to a tight budget there is always the question of how you can conserve funds but still bring in results. No matter how great your product or service is, or your size you still need to sustain a digital presence and have a robust marketing strategy.

So, how can you achieve this with limited resources? Let’s have a look how you can effectively run your business on a tight marketing budget below:

Gain Organic Traffic From Budget Marketing

While paid social can be extreemily effective, organic social results serve as your strong foundation, don’t have this in place for your social media strategy and any money paid is wasted. There are many ways you can create stand out and interesting social campaigns without spending a penny, you just need to thinking creatively. For example is your customer thrive from engagement get them involved and ask for their testimonials.

For information on creating an organic social media strategy:

Create A Blog

Blogging is a crucial customer acquisition tool for any business. Not only is it inexpensive ( but blogging also provides a variety of benefits. Increased website traffic, more prospective customers, exposure via search engine results, and more. When you have the budget for it, another inexpensive way to get more results from this methods is to use a ppc agency, advanced plugins, and apps.

Become Familar With Platforms

You aren’t going to be successful with gaining organic social media traffic if you aren’t familiar with the platforms you are using. Make sure you have a look at each of the most popular such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tikitok and Pinterest to start with. You need to do some research to find out which ones your customers/potential customers use the most. Instagram and Tiktok are very commonly seen together at the moment with the use of reels on Instagram as a way to repost Tiktok material.

Create Email Campaigns And Newsletters

Whether it’s a simple onboarding email series or an external newsletter, the most basic email strategies can often have the biggest impact. Just like with a blog, there are some free platforms you can use too. Whether it’s sending the latest blog posts, deals, or topics of conversation on your social media platforms, you should makes sure you don’t send them too often, but regularly. You want to have a significant presence in their inbox but not come across as spam.

Use High Quality Content

When thinking about content for you website, your blog, social media platforms, and emails, you need to make sure the content you are using is high-quality and relevant. If it’s not it can put customers off, and question whether you actually understand them as customers in the first place. For example, if you are aimed towards parents with young children, posting content about teenagers won’t be relevant to them, esepcially if you are marketing thing such as toddler seats, pushchairs, or baby clothing.

This short guide should help you to stay on track when it comes to creating organic traffic while staying on a budget. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share them in the comments below.

Widgets/Plugins For My Blog

I thought I’d share some of the widgets and plugins that I use a lot. These are the top 3 that I use for my blog.

Top Commentators Widget : This plugin creates a widget to show the top commentators in your WP site. The Top Commentators Widget plugin is adapted from Show Top Commentators plugin at Personal Financial Advice.

Twitter Widget Pro : A widget that properly handles twitter feeds, including parsing @username, #hashtag, and URLs into links. It supports displaying profiles images, and even lets you control whether to display the time and date of a tweet or how log ago it happened (about 5 hours ago, etc).

Simple Social Buttons adds ( with lots of options like Sidebar, inline, above and below the posts content, on photos, popups, fly ins ) an advanced set of social media sharing buttons to your WordPress sites, such as: Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Blogging Plans

What’s your process for planning blog posts?

To be honest in most of the cases, I do not plan anything. I either look for a prompt, like this one, or if something comes up from what I read, heard or thought up. Sponsored posts are something else altogether. Some of my posts, the minority, do take some planning and I will tell you about them.

So let’s say that I am asked to blog about a certain topic and I need to do some research. I type out what I think will be the heading or blog post title. Then I check out various sources online and find the details that I need. I will also google for an image that represents the topic that I am writing about. For me I like a nice image with some colours that pop or the pic looks really good.

At the end of it if I need to place a few links to sources or website that offer more details then I will do that as well. At the end of it I will do a bit of editing to make sure that the spacing of all paragraphs are done to my liking. And that’s about. I click on Pubish and we are off.


4 Tips For New Bloggers

Your tips for new bloggers

1. Always write about what you love. You have a hobby? A favourite sport or team? You passions in life? Are you really good at a trade or skill or something? Music or tv or movies? Or do you want to be a daily personal blogger? Find what you love to write about and start blogging about them.

2. Look at your analytics and see what draws your viewers in. Check and see what posts and topics are the ones that get most views and do follow ups on those.

3. Be consistent. Consistency is one of the most important things that bloggers tend to forget. It’s much easier to lose your traffic than it is to build it up, so make sure you consistently blog.- Neil Patel, founder of KISSmetrics

4. Be true to yourself. One of the bloggers I follow said that she started blogging more when she started writing for herself. Her interests just happened to be what brought traffic to her blog. And that brought rewards for her.