The kid on the block formerly known as "new" is, well - "newer" than ever.
The Blog - don't go into cyberspace without it!
Ideal scenario #1: you find a focused niche (your expertise) to write about on a fairly regular basis, 3-5 times a week. You utilize various techniques (more about this later) to promote your blog and build your subscriber list. Within 12-18 months, you have a solid readership of, let's say 1,ooo followers, and your posts attract a few hundred visitors per day. And, you're growing...
Corporations take notice and approach you for valuable ad space on your pages. You're in business - maybe "big bidness". Maybe - you make a living with blogging! How cool is that!
Ideal scenario #2: Double the numbers above.
These are realistic scenarios. More people than ever make good money from blogging. More corporations than ever wake up to the power of social media, viral videos, blogging, etc.
This blog post quotes the Technorati 2008 State of the Blogosphere report:
"Bloggers create 900,000 blog posts a day worldwide, and some of them are actually making money. Blogs with 100,000 or more unique visitors a month earn an average of $75,000 annually—though that figure is skewed by the small percentage of blogs that make more than $200,000 a year..."
Guess what? Yesterday I read a post from an Austrian blogger about the fact that "social media interaction", as we know it in America, is still a brand new concept in his part of the "old country". Wow! What if we honed our skills and then offered our services to European clients? I wonder what our resident Netherlands connection, Katinka (spirituality), has to say about this...
O.k., let's leave our dream land of online riches and focus on "the path". I've discovered tremendous resources for better blogging on, well, other people's blogs. The pros are generous.
Here's my first batch of must-read sites. I feature some choice posts on our topic, but there is much more to be found in their blogs' archives.