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JRAllison December 6, 2011 - 9:58pm

Sorry to be so loquacious. Seems like everybody's got a blog these days. Chances are it's just as hard to get an audience for a blog. Am I right? It's chicken and egg. So why are there so many blogs? LOL. Just making an observation and would like to hear your thoughts.

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mutterhals from Pittsburgh December 7, 2011 - 6:41pm
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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound December 7, 2011 - 7:18pm

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. December 7, 2011 - 7:51pm

Chances are it's just as hard to get an audience for a blog. Am I right?

Yeah I'd say so. The updates have to keep coming - you have to put the time in and you have to whore the blog out. Be prepared to battle for views and for subscribers. Basically nobody is gonna come looking unless you give them directions. It's as you say - everyone and anyone can start a blog - so what makes each one special? Nathan and I run Solarcide, and our goal is feature guest content. We like to support the folks that have been kind/helpful to us. In addition we look for interviews with authors that both us and the 'regular' visitors to the site will enjoy.

I know Jay is in a similar position - he takes the time to track down the interviews etc, therefore he deserves the traffic.

So why are there so many blogs?

Because despite all the competition, despite there being days where it seems nobody wants to come look at your site, it is still kind of fun. Also it's very rewarding when a post gets good feedback - some of the comments and emails I have recieved since starting the blog have really made my day. And then there are times when you gain genuine insight from interviewing an author with more experience than yourself. Finally, people coming to the site to read guest content means more people that will check out mine and Nathan's work. All this stuff is golden.

I guess that's the meat and veg of it. Solarcide is only a baby really (just over six months) but already the rewards are outweighing the cost.

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Brian Ingham from Stillwater Oklahoma is reading There is No Year by. Blake Butler December 7, 2011 - 10:44pm

I know this might be a stupid question, and I apologize in advance if so, but I've been wanting to get a blog going for a while but I'm not quite sure on how to get started. How would I go about getting a website to start one up? Are there certain websites that I could go through to set up a blog? And if so, is it very pricey? I quit my job a few months back and have been having a tough time getting back on my feet and my pockets are pretty light at the moment. I've wanted to set one up for some time but never had the time, and now that I do I'm feeling pretty gung ho about the whole thing. Any help/ideas/advice would be much appreciated, thanks!

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. December 8, 2011 - 1:07am

wordpress.com is all you need.

It's free for a basic domain (e.g. Brianingham.wordpress.com) or you can pay to upgrade to a .com.

Their editor/writer interface is pretty user friendly too. When I started I had no idea what I was doing but within a few days things were looking pretty much how I wanted them.

It's a good site. I recommend signing up for a free domain and then having a play with the editor. You can always upgrade the URL later when pennies are less of an issue.

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iBronco from New Jersey is reading White Noise December 8, 2011 - 4:07pm

@JRAllison It depends on the niche, like a tech blog, or a stream of concioussness blog, or live journal, etc. I've got a friend who started a tech blog, did interviews and opinion articles, contacted a tech website for an internship and from looking at his blog saw potential in hiring him. Blogs are a good start for writers, mine is an exageration of life occurances, and helps me draw life experience into fiction. Look at it as an excercise and if you get some followers or some fans along the way, hooray!

 

@Brian Ingham I'd suggest Blogger (that's what I use) or Wordpress. Either one is great for blogs. Wordpress has more integration for social networks and such in order to publicize your work. Also look into Tumblr, that seems to have some wings. 

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