Although I'm interested in having an online community, social networking doesn't necessarily interest me much. I find many of the interactions that I experienced on Myspace, Friendster and Hi5 to be superficial. On the other hand, I've formed real relationships with some bloggers, and we've shared our lives through our posts. Sure, everything is still somewhat filtered, but I find blogging to be more meaningful than wall posts.
Every day I notice that more Internet activities involve Facebook or Twitter. I am out of the loop when it comes to Facebook, Twitter and any other such social networking applications. I'm realizing that maybe Facebook could be something that helps my blog find a community. I'd really like to connect with other like-minded people and have some dialogue.
I probably need to read Facebook For Dummies. I have been reading several other books that I think might help. I recently read ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, which was a huge inspiration, but my blog is very new and it is taking me time to find a following, as the author suggests in the book. Next I will read Blogging for Fame and Fortune, which I checked out from the library yesterday. These books are not the most recent regarding Facebook, but they offer great advice to help anyone get started. What a dream it would be to blog full-time.
I'd like to build a site that has regular visitors, some dialogue and possibly even becomes profitable. I admire people that have the stats to successfully sell ad space on their websites. I think this blog has a good chance of being "successful". I have been blogging since 2001, but those blogs were never successful because none ever had readership past a few stalkers, none had any mechanism designed to bring in a profit, and I never really blogged about much of importance. Also, those blogs were so infrequently updated that I really don't know how they had readers at all. I've realized that regular updating is critical to success, but regular updating is much more challenging than it sounds. It takes consistent daily effort, which is difficult when you also need to work at a day job.
On my to do list, the following are things I'd like to do somewhat soon:
- Move this blog to a domain.
- Get hosting.
- Possibly switch to Wordpress.
- Try to integrate social networking, such as Facebook and Twitter.
I think I might have to pay a teenager to get me setup on Facebook. I'm so bad about stuff like that. Do you have any other suggestions about how to be a successful blogger? What advice do you have that's specific to this site? Any help is greatly appreciated.