I like to blog. I also like to collect blogs. I have been telling myself “No More Blogs!” But today I started a new blog. (You can see it here.) The reason I started yet another blog, is that with this new one, I know I’ll earn some money. Money is good. It pays for hosting and domains. The new blog is with Today.com. You start a blog with them, and they promise to pay you $1 for every post you make for the first month. The post must have at least 100 words, and they only pay for one post per day. But I figure there is another 27 days in December, so I know I can earn $27. After the first month, your payout can go up or down, depending on the quality of your blog and how much traffic you are getting.
I gave some thought as to what I wanted the topic of my new blog to be. I decided to do free blog reviews. Bloggers like to have their blogs reviewed. I like to review blogs. Sounds like a match! So the new blog is
Best Blog ReviewsReview Me Today. If you would like me to review your blog for free, just go over to my new blog and leave a comment. I’ll write your review and then you can show it off to all your friends!
Better yet, why don’t you start a new blog at Today by clicking on that flashing banner. That will make me happy, because, once you have a blog with Today, they have a pretty nice affiliate program! It will make you happy, because you know you will make some money! Then, once you have a few posts, get your blog reviewed by
Best Blog Reviews Review Me Today! You will get more traffic, which will help you earn more money.
If you start a new blog with today, leave a comment here and let me know the URL. I’ll make sure to visit your blog and leave a comment with you.
I, like many bloggers, have more than one blog. I also don’t spend enough time updating my blogs, so most of the time I feel guilty if I sit down at my computer and don’t write a blog post for at least one of my blogs.
So now I find myself in a funny position. I have a couple of domains that I got for free. When it comes to blogging, I really like setting things up. So I installed WordPress on both the domains, found great looking themes for both of them. Installed the important plug-ins, etc. Now all that is left is to add some content.
That is where I stopped. So I have these two domains with very nice looking, very empty blogs on them.
What to do? Sell the domains, or even give them away?
Beg someone else to write for them.
Or, even write something myself? Taking time away from my other, more established blogs?
The empty blogs are Lazy Food and Baby Care News. What would you do with them?
I took a nice long walk today and spent my walking time thinking about why I have such a hard time writing regularly for my blogs. I have plenty of ideas, and plenty of time. I decided the reason was I struggle to write posts that I think are a decent length. Like 250 words or longer. Then I realized my posts can be any length I want! Plus, maybe short posts are better. After all, everyone seems to be all aflutter over twitter and that is all about super short posts.
So what do you think, mini (under 100 words), short (100 – 200 words), medium (200 – 500), or long (over 500)? Which is better?
…And I’m Not Coming Back!
Normally I try to stay on the positive side of things. There are plenty of bloggers ranting out there! But today, I don’t know, I’m in a mood, and I just can’t hold it in anymore. Today I am ranting! Here is why I HATE YOUR BLOG!
You have any type of auto play audio.
I don’t care if it your favorite song ever, or if you think it adds to the “ambiance” of your site. I don’t like it. I have my own music, or more likely, I like it quiet. If you have those audio ads on your site that’s even worse. The minute I hear something coming from your site I am jumping for the back button. Hopefully, never to return.
You have “sexy” pictures on your site. And I don’t mean sexy in a good way. I don’t care how good your content is, if I have to look at boobs and butts I’m not staying. Number One. I’m not a 14 year old boy. Those pictures just don’t do anything for me. (And if that is your ad, there is no way I’m going to click on it!) Number Two. I have kids, and parents, and a husband. If they happen to see what I’m reading on my computer I don’t want to have to do any explaining about how those are only ads for other sites, and really, I just read it for the articles.
You try to trick me to click on your ads I hate being tricked. It also tells me that there is no reason to believe anything you write so why should I visit your site?
OK, I know I said 3, but I have one more, a bonus rant if you will.
I can’t find your content for all the ads. I understand making money. I have ads. Ads are great! But if everything above the fold is ads, why should I keep going? And don’t annoy me with flashing, neon colored ads. They give me a headache.
Wow, That was fun! Maybe I’ll do a rant of the week! But enough is enough. What do you hate about my blog?
I was going to write today that I was ending my 30 day blogging challenge early. (The challenge was to blog every day for 30 days.) I have a couple of real exciting projects in the works and I would like to focus on those projects, plus do a better job keeping up with my other blogs. However, I was please to find that I started my 30 day challenge exactly one month ago today, on February 27, 2008. So today is officially day 30.
So how did I do? Well, if you want to be strict, I failed. I posted 26 posts in 30 days, and two of those posts were on the same day. A few of those days I just posted a quote, or a contest, or some “easy” type of post.
But I am not too strict with myself, and in my mind my 30 day blogging challenge was a big success. I have become a better writer, and a better blogger. I spend a lot of time thinking about what would be interesting to post. And, what I am not including in this challenge, are all the posts made on my other blogs. They have also benefited by having more frequent posts. (Although not a post a day.)
I have also decided that I am most definitely a blog addict. I am constantly coming up with new ideas for blogs. I have bought a few domains, just for “someday” when I have time to work with them. I have to pull myself aways from the computer to get some exercise, or to say Hi to my family. Now I just need to find a good way to monetize all these great ideas!
I liked the idea of a 30 day challenge, and I think I’ll go for another one April 1. But this challenge won’t be related to blogging. I will challenge myself to get some form of exercise everyday. I’ll let you know how I do. Would you like to join me? What do you challenge yourself to do every day for 30 days?