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Starting a blogWhat makes a blog tick – what turns on and off a reader? How can one continue to keep building a sense of anticipation and suspense? What does it take for your readers to love you and worship the website you write on?

Well, that is why Blog Reality is here to put some sense into your head. The first time you declared yourself a blogger must have been one of the most magical moments of your life, right? So now, you want to maintain that magical feeling – not just with you, but all the more, with your readers.

So without any more anticipation, here’s every bloggers guide on how to keep your readers hooked in your magical little blog world:

1.A good headline for your blog will create and build anticipation, so why not choose a good set of words to further intensify your readers’ curiosity? How you choose your words to start your blog with is as essential as how you will end it. You have to create that perfect, dramatic climax so that your readers will keep wanting for more.

2.Versatility is one of the best weapons to use when blogging – You better think of something different to write about everyday. Remember that you are blogging to create and spark interest and not bore your readers to death. Make every blog of yours unforgettable and seductive.

3.Be giving and generous with your thoughts and emotions. You are blogging to share who you are – you are giving a piece of you as you type away your thoughts in your computer keyboard. The more generous you are, the more justice you give to your blog.

4.Honesty is never a lonely word in the blog world – your readers will get turned off if you get a little hypocrite-y or dishonest with what you believe in. Your readers are intelligent people who take the time to read your blog – give them the honesty they deserve.

5.Be funny and natural – The readers get totally turned on with humor and playfulness is applied in blog writing. It is like drawing them closer to you – so make sure you use humor, it will work like a charm.

6.Be humble and yet knowledgeable – You don’t have to keep reminding your readers how lucky they are to have you though you provide them new materials to back up what they already know. Play it safe – never swag or even try calling yourself a god.

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hot to choose a topic for your blogHow to choose a topic for your blog?  If you are asking this question then you are off to a good start because this is one of the most important things one should consider when starting a blog.  Finding a great topic is not as easy as one might think but if you take the time to look deep inside yourself I am sure you will come up with a great topic. So grab yourself a pen and paper and start brainstorming.

Start asking yourself some questions:

What are you passionate about?

Do you have a hobby you love? (i.e. traveling,fitness,coin collecting , wood working, film, sports, music- you get the idea)

Do you have an expertise? (i.e. plumber, carpenter, mechanic, make up artist)

Your blog has to be about something you enjoy and can have fun with but at the same time your readers need to have fun and learn something at the same time as well.  You need to enjoy your blog so you come back and keep adding new content.  Your readers need to enjoy your blog so they come back and keep reading it.  Blogging is not a sprint it is a marathon so don’t think you will have thousands of visitors in just a few short weeks.  It could take up to a year or more of writing valuable content before you start receiving a good number of visitors.  So make sure your topic is going to keep you excited.  If you feel you won’t be able to write about it for 12 straight months then you probably have the wrong topic.

After you have chosen your niche topic for your blog here are a few more questions you need to ask to make sure your blog is successful:

Will you be able to produce plenty of content?

Make sure you have plenty of things to write about.  You don’t want to get writers block after only 3 weeks and find yourself not having anything interesting to write about.

If your topic being searched for or in demand?

You could have the best blog in the world with the best content but if it is on a topic that no one is searching for then you are going to crash and burn.  One could place to check to see if you have an interesting topic is to go to Amazon.com and see what kinds of books are written on your subject.  If there is a “dummies” on your subject then you are most likely heading in the right direction.

Is the topic you chose in a very competitive market?

You really don’t want to be competing against a ton of competition if you don’t have to so do a Google search on your topic and see what’s out there.  Even if there are a lot of blogs on the subject that does not necessarily mean that it is too competitive.  They might not be doing it as well as your are going to be so you might be able to pass them up in the search rankings.

For fun, passion or profit?

I really feel any blog can be monetized but some will have better potential based on the subject matter.  If you are blogging for profit then this is something to take into consideration. Even if you want to make money, you still have to make sure you really enjoy your topic.  If you don’t it will show through in your writing.

Can you break your subject down into an even smaller niche?

Highly targeted blogs tend to be very successful if you are provider the reader with good content.  For example, don’t just blog about cars, blog about Mustangs or Corvettes.  You could even go a step further and blog about convertible Corvettes or 1960’s convertible Corvettes.  You get the picture here.

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Start a BlogDo you have what it takes to start a blog?  If you are reading this then you have probably been asking yourself that question. I want to tell you emphatically, YES!  If you have something to say then you have what it takes to start a blog.  Do not let the technical details scare you away from getting started in blogging.  The technical stuff has pretty much been eliminated now days and blogging is easier than ever to get started.  Of course if you want us to set it up for you then just get your hosting from one of out partners and we will get you going and all you have to do is start writing.  How much easier can it get?

Don’t be afraid that you don’t know enough.  You will never know enough.  Blogging is just like life.  You will learn something new all the time.  As long as you have good content you will be off to a great start.  Yes, there is a learning curve in the beginning but it’s just like anything else.  Remember when you purchased your last cell phone? Did you know how to work everything as soon as you got it? Of course you didn’t and a new blogging platform is the same way.  Once you get used to it it will be as simple as sending an email.  Heck, if you have the right phone you can even make a blog post from it.

Don’t let someone else steal your dream.  If you want to get started in blogging then do it.  You are not risking very much as hosting is pretty cheap now days.  It’s not like you are starting a franchise with $250k up front.

Perfect timing.  Yeah right!  There is no such thing as perfect timing and your blog is never going to be perfect.  That is what makes this so much fun.  You will look back a year from now and be amazed.

Make it fun.  There is a good chance that if it is fun for you that it is going to be fun for others as well.  So make it fun for yourself and great things will happen.

Just do it!  Stop putting it off and do it today.  Just look up top and click on our free install and you will be up and running very soon.

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BlogWhat makes a great blog?  Is it Alexa rank?  Is it page rank? Is it how many rss subscribers you have? All of these things can be worked on.  Unfortunately, if you choose the wrong topic to blog about you really can’t change it mid-stream because then you will be off topic and readers really do not like that.

In order to have a truly great blog you only have to do a couple of things. Help your reader and keep them coming back for more.  If you can teach them something, make them laugh or tap into one of their emotions some how then you are off to a great start.  When I started this blog my goal was to share with others what I have learned about blogging. I remember when my my first blog was set up I didn’t even know where to go to access my WordPress dashboard.  So I figured there were people out there in the same boat so I started Start a Blog 101. I made a post on how to log in to your WordPress blog.  Then came another post, then another and now we are off to the races.

Remember, if you find something interesting there is a pretty good chance others will to.  So engage the reader and make them happy that they landed on your blog. Teach them what you know and share your knowledge with them and you will be on your way to a great blog.

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