In the year 2004, an IIT engineer working in USA became restless with his job & routine life. He came back to India and started a blog in which he wrote articles about tech gadgets, computer software, tips & tutorials. Now his blog is getting around 45 lakh visitors per month and unofficially he is making a profit of 10 lakh per month from his blog. His name is Anil Agarwal and his blog is http://www.labnol.org
Good morning fellow toastmasters today my speech is to inform you on the benefits of blogging.
First of all let us understand about blogging. A blog is a short form for web log. Usually we have a personal diary or a journal in which we write casually about our life events, interests & hobbies. Similarly a blog is a website in which we log our interests in the form of articles. The advantage of blog is we write and it gets instantly published. There is no need of learning html codes which is involved in creating a website. Anyone having an idea to use emails can easily create a blog using blogging websites like blogger, word press, and live journal.
A blog is usually written on niche or specific topics of interest like tech gadgets, cooking, travel, politics, fashion, movies.
Blogging can be considered to be a great place to show off our skill and also an outlet to pour out our inner thoughts. We are good in some sort of skill that can be written as articles in our blog which inturn helps the readers. For example a fashion designer can post tips on latest fashion trends & dressing tips. That information would be very useful to readers.
A Blog creates community, Readers actively provide feedback to the posted articles and the conversation among the community created by your blog builds on its own. For example a South Indian food blog is created by a 45 year old lady kamala called as www.kamalascorner.com. In her blog http://www.kamalascorner.com,she has shared many of her known South Indian food recipes with photographs. Her recipes are very useful to the community. Readers try at their home and give feedback. The community thus thrives like our Toastmasters community.
Blog is casual, democratic and independent. To get our writing published in any print media like newspapers and magazines, it is very difficult. But a blog is easy to create and we have the freedom to write in a way as we wish in our own language. The writing from us is easily published for the world to see and unlike the usual print media where there is an editor to scrutinize, accept or reject, edit or restrict our article details.Personal story
Blogs can be monetised and make us money. If the blog gets good following and readership, ads are placed near your articles. As more people see the ads, more money is paid to the blogger. Google adsense and Chithika are the few ad programs which help bloggers in making money. But it takes a year at least for a blogger to see a good amount of money through their blogs.
Blog is flexible and it’s not monotonous. Some people are good in words and in writing articles so they can use blogger & word press services. But many other people are good with their creative side of expressing themselves like photographs, graphic design and videos. So Photo blogs like tumblr can be used to blog photos. Youtube and vimeo are some websites to blog through videos.
Blog need not be from a single author and they can have multiple authors and thus enhance the team spirit. They are called collaborative blogs. Political blog Huffington post is a multiple author blog and it is now ranked best among the blogs and has highest traffic of readers. Engadget, Gizmodo, and techcrunch are some gadget related blogs with multiple authors.
I would like to conclude by saying that we can enjoy the benefits of blogging only by blogging. We all can blog as most of us spend our time in social networks with comments about our interests. I comment about movies. Likewise, taking our comments as an idea & spending some more time in expanding those comments into 300-400 word articles, we can easily blog and enjoy its benefits.