Twitter vs. Facebook – For Bloggers

Twitter vs. Facebook – which is better for bloggers

I must say that even though I use Twitter less and less since maybe early 2020. I find that I most share a few images or pics of something significant and maybe one article or the other but it is quite less than previous years. The most time I spend on Twitter is during a football match in which Arsenal plays and I share my view points. Otherwise I kinda have been ignoring Twitter. I think it’s mainly because of the tons of nonsense that is usually on Twitter and trying to keep a track of everything is a chore. Though I must say that there are a lot of semi-naked or even almost completely nude chicks on Twitter.

While I do think it is easier to share your blog posts on Twitter, I have been trying to share my posts and even my vlogs on Facebook instead and trying to share them to specific groups as I target my audience. It hasn’t really worked out completely I think I should do it a lot more instead of one here and one there. So if I have a sports related post or vlog then I share it to a group of sports fans. Star Trek or science fiction related posts & vlogs go into the many, many groups I am a member of where you can find a lot of like minded people. Same for music and humour. Target your audience according to the subject of your post.

That is ofcourse you are a personal blog like I am. I write about a multitude of topics that I have an interest in and not everyone in my audience would be interested in each and every post. Hence I target them as much as I can. And therefore I think Facebook is better than Twitter for bloggers.

Prompt from 30 SUBJECT-SPECIFIC BLOG POST IDEAS AND PROMPTS

On this day, Feb 4:

On this day, Feb 4:

Happy (Belated) 14th Blogaversary

Happy 14th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 14th Blogaversary to me! I can’t believe that it’s been 14 years already. This entry is 11 days late as I completely forgot.

It was on the 1st of January that I setup this blog in a day with the help of my cousin (over the phone), who guided me through the process and by night I had the thing setup. Then I installed WordPress and started blogging. I then spent many days trying out various themes; I think this one here is the 30th or so theme that I have tried out.

This isn’t my first blog though; I first started blogging in 2002, through blogger.com, when I lived in Calicut and continued with it when I moved back to Cochin. I was an inconsistent blogger, nothing having an internet connection at home & from 2003 till 2006, not having a computer at home. By 2005 I started getting more & more into blogging and I created a new one in blogger.com and called it Count Roshculla : Awake & Dreaming. I started spending more time in internet cafes and hence could blog a lot more consistently. But I always wanted my very own website & domain and I wanted to install WordPress. That was achieved on January 1st, 2007.

I have made quite a bit of money with this blog. Especially since November of 2018. I’ve since been able to get myself off to a little holiday in a nice hotel, bought a heck ton of dvds and boxsets that I have craved for so long and even been able to take a date to nice meals. I am so proud of what I have done, especially in the last couple of years. This blog is a big part of me and I want to continue through for several more years to come.

Promoting Your Blog Via Social Media

How you use social media to promote your blog

Actually the prompt should be how do I use social media to promote my blog. Well I do it in a few ways and I should be doing a whole lot more. My main two social media apps / services I use are Facebook & Twitter for this. I guess I could also be using Instagram to prompt some blog posts as well but I haven’t really tried that out yet.

If I find that I have some posts that I think my friends on Facebook would be interested in, I will share that post on my Timeline. I rarely do it but I have started to do a few more in recent months. However each and every post gets shared via the Twitter app I have installed on my blog. At times I can see the likes or shares on Twitter. Problem is I stopped using Twitter regularly and only log in once a week or so.

Facebook remains the big platform that I use. I plan to share more posts and video clips of mine on Facebook and hopefully that will create a few more regular visits.

Prompt from 100+ BLOG POST IDEAS FOR 2021

New Social Media Share Buttons

I’ve wanted to make some changes to my blog’s layout for quite a while now. I would like to either find a theme or make changes to the current theme to increase the size of the posts from 618 to something more like 700 or 750. I feel that the gaps on the sides which are blank are needed but they can be decreased to something less than what they are currently.

I also wanted to make changes to the font colours and font sizes but I rarely do sit down and work out the look and feel of the website. I used to spend a lot more time and effort on getting the look changed but I can’t be bothered much these days. Anyways I did make one change recently to the blog and that is what you see below:

I changed the plugin for sharing the posts to various social media sites. I made the change to the slightly lengthier (but not by much) buttons that you see on the posts and above on the gif. I uninstalled the previous one I had and after looking around for a plugin found and installed Simple Social Media Share Buttons. Yes, that is the name of the app.

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. I habe only added the ones I used regularly.

Take a look and tell me what you think.

Nov 26: On This Day…

On this day, Nov 26:

The Beginnings Of A Blog

The day you started blogging. What were you thinking?

Back in 2002 I moved to Calicut (temporarily) as I was under training and then planning to work for a BPO that was just starting up in that city. I had taken up a room in a lodge and later would move to another lodge which was closer to the office premises. Since I was starting work there in a new place, I thought a blog was a good way to keep track of my new life in Calicut.

The blog that I created was on Blogspot.com and I just checked and it was in October of that year (I moved towards the end of July of that year) that I created the blog after renting a computer in an internet cafe for an hour or so. My entries in that blog were usually here and there – I usually did an entry once a week and if I was lucky twice a week. I wrote about what I did, what movies I watched on cable, what cds I bought and/or listened to that week and about my life with little tidbits here and there.

I mostly thought that it would be a good way for my family, friends and relatives to keep in touch with me and find out what I have been upto in Calicut and they could read all about it. I ended up only staying in Calicut for a few months, less than a year as we had to come back home in between for 2 months while the company had construction going on (and we were told we would be payed for those 2 months but we never did) and I moved back to Cochin. Which was a good thing. I should never have gone but I did make a few good friends there.

June 30: On This Day…

On this day, June 30:

3 Fast-Acting Ways To Get New Visitors On Your Blog

A few weeks ago, you may have seen an article that spoke about improving your website for visitors. Many of you seemed to enjoy that, but there were a few private messages that pointed out one significant flaw. That post assumes that you’re already generating web traffic. For a lot of bloggers, this isn’t the case. The internet is a wide web full of billions of users and just as many websites. It’s easy to get lost amongst all the other blogs out there.

So, today’s post will address that issue. Read on, and you’ll find some fast-acting ways to get new visitors on your blog:

Share your stuff on socials

Social media is a surefire way to get more people on your blog. Sharing your content is incredibly simple. Just copy the link, and post it. The secret is using hashtags to get more eyes on your posts. Hashtags on social media are basically keywords or trending topics people search for. It helps you reach a much wider audience as people other than those that follow you will see your posts. From here, they can click the link, visit your site, and read your content. Make sure your blog content is top-notch to keep people coming back for more.

Write for more popular blogs/websites

Guest posting is what we call this. You create content for a different website, and they post it. Plenty of outlets let you do this nowadays. It benefits them as they get regular content from all the people guest-posting. It benefits you as you take advantage of an established audience. You know a site gets thousands of visitors every day, so you can get your content out there. People click on your guest post, give it a read, and can go straight to your blog. Be sure you include a link to your blog, so they know where to find you.

Use PPC advertising

SEO is clearly a massive part of generating organic blog traffic. However, it’s not on this list as it doesn’t count as ‘fast-acting’. An SEO strategy might take weeks or months to start yielding the desired results. On the contrary, PPC advertising is more instant. Here, you bid on ads and get your blog right at the top of search results. The impact is immediate as more people see your blog and can click on it. It’s wise to look for things like Cardinal PPC management as you need a company to oversee your campaign. PPC can be cost-effective and boost your traffic, but only if you know what you’re doing. If you don’t, then some PPC management services will help.

As mentioned above, you will find other ways of getting traffic to your blog. Still, these three methods are the quickest. If you employ them now, you will likely see the impact right away. Of course, be sure your content is up to scratch. Getting new visitors can be easy, but the hard part is making them stick around. This is done with great content!

How to Improve Your Website For Your Visitors

It’s all good and well having a website that you enjoy, but if it’s not providing your visitors with what they need or expect, then sooner or later you’ll run into difficulties. While it’s sometimes tempting to follow your gut instinct, and just add whatever you want to your website, you’ll find that you have much more success if you give the people what they want. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few tried and tested ways to improve your website so that it’s better suited to the needs and expectations of your visitor base.

High-quality Content

To begin with, take a look at your content. There are a million and one websites for your visitors to choose from, so if you’re going to invite them into your little corner of the internet, then it’s important that you’re making it worth their while. And this means delivering high-quality content, which provides real value to your visitors. It doesn’t really matter what the content is about, per se, but just that whatever you’re providing has merit. It’s better to have 50 good pages of content, rather than a thousand pages of worthless content. If this means going back through your site and clearing out the dead weight, then so be it. It won’t be long before you’ve gained a reputation among your visitors for producing good content.

Easy to Navigate

Time is money. When people visit a website, they don’t want to spend any more time than necessary, trying to find what they came for. So take a look at the layout of your site, and ask yourself whether it’s really as user-friendly as it could be. Since you’ll be too used to your website, it’s best to ask someone who doesn’t know your website for their feedback. They might just reveal that your site is overly complicated to navigate. During the design stage, it’s easy to get carried away and make things more advanced than they need to be. Go with the idea that “simplicity is key.”

Regular Updates

If you’re going to build a successful website, then you’ll need to do more than just grab one-time visitors. They’ll help, but that’s no way to build a successful site: to do that, you’ll need people to visit again and again. But of course, if you’re not regularly updating your site, then they won’t have much incentive to do so. As such, make a plan to keep your website fresh. If the bulk of your website has to stay the same, then doing things like adding a blog or changing the theme when big holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day) roll around will show people that the site is actively managed.

Visitor Engagement

You might think that your website is all about you, or your company, but it’s not: it’s about your visitors. While there will, of course, be space to discuss your achievements and so on, the bulk of the content should be aimed at the people who are stopping by your site. You can also work on actively engaging with them by asking them to participate in one way or another. Even asking their opinion at the end of a blog post can be something positive for them.

Keep it Online

There’s nothing worse than trying to visit a website and being hit by a “this page is offline” notice. Unless your site is groundbreaking, there’s every chance that the visitor won’t return after they’ve had that experience. As such, one of the best ways to improve things for your visitors is to simply ensure that things are online, always. If you’re having issues with this, then it could be that you need to change your hosting plan. Take a look at www.buy-hosting.net/godaddy-hosting-plans.html to find a more suitable plan, one that offers unlimited bandwidth. This will ensure that the people who want to check out your website can actually do so. As well as keeping your site generally online, you’ll also want to check all your pages from time to time — there are far too many websites with ‘404’ pages on their website. It’s not a strong look.

Speed Issues

You’ll know from your own experience just how impatient people can be. These days, everyone expects things to happen fast — and that’s fair because that’s the standard that has been set. If your website is running painfully slow, then it won’t take much for them to leave and go elsewhere. And this will be especially stinging if you’re running an online business: you would have made the sale, had your website been a little faster. Do periodic checks on your site to ensure that things are running smoothly, but also keep an eye out for anything unusual. For example, if you’re noticing more people than normal are abandoning their shopping cart, then it could be because your link to the payment method isn’t as fast as it could be.

Annoying Aspects

There are some websites that actively push their visitors away, and they don’t even realize that they’re doing it. While it’s important to deliver quality content that your visitors will enjoy, it’s arguably even more important to avoid annoying them. Even the biggest and best sites can lose visitors by pushing annoying features on to them. So what do we mean by annoying aspects, exactly? We’re talking about things like too many pop-up ads, autoplay videos (with sound), and dark patterns. It’s true that these features can bring benefits for a website, but the plus-points are probably undone by the number of visitors that you’ll lose. Just remember that your visitor is there by choice, and unless what you’re delivering is truly special, it’ll be best to keep them sweet — not annoy them so much that they hit the ‘X’ button on your site.

A Range of Experiences 

It used to be that you’d just need one version of your site. After all, there was a time when everyone was visiting websites on full computers. But that’s not the case anymore: you could have visitors from PCs, iPhones, tablets, and more. As such, it’s important that you’re catering for all types of visitors by ensuring that your site works well on a range of different platforms. There’s every probability that someone will visit your site from their smartphone, so take a look and check that their experience would be positive. As well as different devices, it’s also important to think about different browsers. Your website might work well on Google Chrome, but what about Firefox or Safari? Don’t assume that your site will work the same (and at the same speeds) no matter which browser they’re visiting from. That’s not always the case.

Mix Up the Content Types

You might have a go-to favorite when it comes to the type of content that you put on your website, but it’s worthwhile mixing things up from time to time. It’s not hard to see how a website that’s 90% videos might struggle: they can go to YouTube for that. What they can’t get at YouTube is a mix of videos, blog posts, infographics, photographs, and so on. There are many different ways to tell a story, so don’t get locked into just one way. Just because it may be your favorite, that doesn’t mean that everyone will like it. We’re all different!

Contact Options

Your website isn’t a tool that allows you just to shout out into the world. It should function as a tool for conversation. If you want to boost engagement, then you have to give people a way to communicate with you — and then of course reply to their messages. There are multiple ways to do this. In general, it’s best just to list as many communication methods as possible, including your email address, social media channels, and your phone number, if applicable.

Review, Analyse and Update

Ultimately, after running your website for a while, you’ll have a whole host of insights that’ll guide you towards improving the experience for your visitors. It’ll be up to you to look at and act on those insights. All websites produce a lot of data, and it can be highly useful when it comes to curating and developing your site. For example, you’ll be able to see the type of content that people liked, and what they didn’t like. That’ll give you a pretty clear indication of what people want to see more of. Of course, you shouldn’t just rely on any tried and tested formula; it’s always good to mix things up and try new things. We’re just saying that analysis should form part of your website management. Look into services like SEO Toronto to see how your website/blog can do better.

Take the tips above, and you’ll find that you’re winning over more website visitors than you’re losing. And above all: it’ll show that you care. This is an undervalued aspect of running a website. If you care about the content your producing and the experience of your visitors, then it won’t go unnoticed.

7 Tips To Make Blogging Easier

Hmmm, ok. These are just my ideas and thoughts but let’s give it a whirl.

  • Write about anything and everything you would like to share. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous the concept or content may seem to you but write it out.
  • Unless you are an expert on a subject and want to create a niche blog that covers only one theme (sports or a particular sports, movies, music, books, television shows, technology, religion, atheism, cars, bikes or politics) do not deny different topics to come up in your blog.
  • Write every single day. It will soon become a habit. Just ensure that you make atleast one post a day.
  • Look out for inspiration in the form of blog prompts. There are many out there. Just Google it! This one itself is from a blog prompt :)
  • Create an environment that makes you want to blog. Get a table or desk and a chair. You need to be comfortable to make yourself want to write consistently. If you like listening to music or a podcast while you write, then do that.
  • In your daily life – work, family, friends, going out, having fun, commute – look for moments you want to blog about. Look out for things you want to write about. Take pics. Lots of them! Jot down notes if you need to when you are away from your pc/laptop.
  • Share your posts on social media. If people start sharing it and appreciate your posts, you will be inspired and motivated to write even more.

Prompt from 31 Days of March Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

Happy 13th Blogaversary

Happy 13th birthday to my blog Awake & Dreaming & a happy 13th Blogaversary to me! I can’t believe that it’s been 12 years already.

It was on the 1st of January that I setup this blog in a day with the help of my cousin (over the phone), who guided me through the process and by night I had the thing setup. Then I installed WordPress and started blogging. I then spent many days trying out various themes; I think this one here is the 30th or so theme that I have tried out.

This isn’t my first blog though; I first started blogging in 2002, through blogger.com, when I lived in Calicut and continued with it when I moved back to Cochin. I was an inconsistent blogger, nothing having an internet connection at home & from 2003 till 2006, not having a computer at home. By 2005 I started getting more & more into blogging and I created a new one in blogger.com and called it Count Roshculla : Awake & Dreaming. I started spending more time in internet cafes and hence could blog a lot more consistently. But I always wanted my very own website & domain and I wanted to install WordPress. That was achieved on January 1st, 2007.

After 13 years I have made quite a bit of money with this blog. Especially since November of last year. I’ve since been able to get myself off to a little holiday in a nice hotel, bought a heck ton of dvds and boxsets that I have craved for so long and even been able to take a date to nice meals. I am so proud of what I have done, especially in the last year or so. This blog is a big part of me and I want to continue through for several more years to come.

Sick On A Friday

Things come down so quickly. I am talking about a bad case of the cold, with phlegm and all. I was still ok when I left home at 12 am last night to head for work. Once I reached there I was still fine for a while but 2 hours later I started to get the sniffles.

By 4am I was sneezing so hard and so much that my throat started to hurt. My nose was also runny and I found it difficult to breath without using my inhaler a few times. It was the phlegm causing so much trouble. I needed coffee very badly so I had a cup at 4 am and then another one at 6:15 am.

By 8:30 am I was hungry so I and three other colleagues went to get breakfast at the upstairs cafeteria where the food is freshly made in the large kitchen that they have. I had that and some water and I was done. By 9:15 am I left the office in an Uber and came home. I plan to take it easy this weekend which is a bummer as I had planned to go out this Saturday or Sunday and even buy some beers to stock up for New Year’s eve. Oh well!

Create A Blog To Make A Difference To The World


As John F. Kennedy once said, “One man can make a difference.”

And he was right because there have been many examples of people in the world who have done just that. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Rosa Parks being just a few. And yes, we know Rosa Parks was a woman, but we’re pretty sure Kennedy was speaking about all people when he made his famous quote, and not just men!

Above and beyond the famous examples we listed, there are thousands of other people making a difference to the world today. There are many you won’t have heard of. These are the people who work in job roles saving lives. These are the people supporting the needy through charity work. And these are the people who make a difference in small ways, helping their neighbors and smiling at strangers.

Then there are the people who blog. While some focus on mastering the business side of blogging, perhaps to make a monetary gain as their primary interest, there are those who write with one mission: To make a difference in the world.

There are the eco-bloggers who seek to educate the world on green matters. There are those who blog to raise issues about injustice in the world. And there are many other bloggers who have a desire to make a difference to the world, in all kinds of ways. They sit at home, using their piece of the internet to inform and inspire their readers. They do it because they want to make a difference.

So what about you?

If you have ever considered blogging, or if you already do blog, why not do your bit to make a difference in the world.

If you’re an eco-warrior yourself, why not share your views with the wider world? You could let people know what you do to go green at home or at work. You could promote green companies so the general consumer knows how to shop ethically. You could raise awareness about the technologies used to protect the environment in industry. Click here for one example. And you can extend this by letting people know about the technologies they could be using at home. Smart bulbs are but one example.

Or how about standing up for the rights of others? The world is full of discrimination against people of color, the female sex, those with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. If you are saddened and/or enraged about any such group being discriminated against, you could make a difference by supporting them through your blog. Check out these blogs on women’s rights, for example. By raising awareness and inspiring others to take action against injustices, you can make a difference.

So think about the issues you have an interest in. Above and beyond what we have already mentioned, there could be other topics you want to raise. You might not be Superman, and you might not be in politics, but with the written word, you still have a platform to make a difference from your little corner of the world.

There is plenty of advice online on how to get started with a blog, and we have blogging articles on this site that might be useful to you. So, if you have an interest in making a positive difference to the world (and to be honest, we all should), then don’t stay silent. Start a blog, market it through social media and internet forums, connect with interested readers, and make an impact.

You see, one person can make a difference, and today that person could be you.

How To Start A Music Blog

If you are ready to get invested in starting your own music blog, you’ve come to the right place. Setting yourself up for success in this venture is important if you want to get it right, and this takes time and energy and a creative plan of action to go from an idea to a real working blog. There are a lot of things that have changed in the blogging world over the years, and when it comes to music blogging, you need to ensure your plan is one that fits with the way that things are currently done. Currently, major music blogs promote their musicians on social media and encourage as much music sharing online as possible. There are so many new ways to source and listen to new music, and your blog could be successful in doing so.

Let’s take a look at how to start a successful music blog.


Research
The very first thing that you should do before you get started on your own music blog is to look at the successful ones that are out there right now. It doesn’t matter if they’re not to your personal music taste; their success means that they are someones! Your research will help you to understand what makes people keep coming back for more. It’s not about copying a site, but taking inspiration from it and getting a general idea of what you could do with your music blog.

Take notes about whether they are using background music from sites like https://stockmusic.net/royalty-free-music or whether they are quiet websites. Look to see if they are global or regional. Think about what their interactive features are and whether they are to your taste. There are plenty of options here to get those creative juices flowing, and the notes are taken to ensure your own success.

Defining Your Blog
You need to know what will make your blog unique if you hope to be successful. Think about whether you want to focus on the local artists to you or go for a global interest.

What Will You Blog About?
Are you blogging about popular music or independent new bands that need exposure? Are you discussing the music industry as a whole? Are you planning to showcase videos? You need to make some decisions on all of these and ensure that you will have the readership to make it a successful option for you. You want your blog to be a resource, giving them more than one reason to visit your blog than just hear about artists that you review. You must be as consistent as possible with your blog and keep it to what your readers want rather than what others are doing.

Once you’ve decided on those essential things, you then need to think about the creation of your blog. There are plenty of options out there for host platforms and blogging websites to carry your blog; the important bit is knowing what is going on the blog in the first place.

July 12: On This Day…

On this day, July 12 :