Blogger: The New Go To Source
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Blogging is the new medium of information and news on just about every topic you would like to know about and tailored to your specific taste. Just as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter – just to name a few – have completely changed the way we receive, dissect and interact with news of all types and categories, blogging and bloggers have been quietly and not so tepidly doing the same.
We are more like those magazine shows on television many of us grew up watching. One of my favourites of all times is “Sunday Morning on CBS.” Rarely do I watch these days but when I do catch it, my Sunday is that more special after viewing the images, hearing the little known facts and history behind some of the seemingly innocuous happenings around the world – without the hard news anchor pushing what I should believe or think in my face.
It Is Fun But It Is Hard Work
That is exactly my feelings about blogs as well. On any given day, including Sunday, I pour over at least 20 blogs of my colleagues – not to steal ideas but to lend support as they do the same with my blog. We get to see how each blogger treats different subjects.
Some blogs tend to be more commercialized or monetized as we say in the trade, meaning they earn small to significant income writing reviews, advertising and other methods of promotion for sponsors. Then there are the others who do an easy blend of both, provide quality content while making some money through advertising. Yes, there are blogs that are so garish and plastered with irrelevant to you content that you are so eager to click away.
Here at Claudette P. Esterine dot-com, we are among those who aim to be a voice, a sanctuary and a resource for women and those who love them. We do so by writing on topics that are normally or not necessarily discussed in either mainstream media or that many bloggers either have no interest in or they cannot see how to make enough money to pay their bills.
Make no mistake, blogging comes with expenses. Some may think that the only price we bloggers pay is our time – but what is more important or costly? At my highest earning a few years ago, an hour of my time at the least rate was C$50.00. That was my salary and my day was eight hours long.
On any given day, again including Sundays (no wonder I am single), I spend at least 10 hours working on this blog – between coordinating and editing articles from my Contributors, to planning, consulting and guiding the work of my design support team, and researching and implementing social media marketing/advertising strategies, such as using social media marketing tools like upleap. A fair amount of my time is also spent networking with other social media influencers through Twitter, Klout, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Using all of these social networks can be confusing for people reading my blog as some much content goes on different websites. Some of my friends have told me about a potential solution for this, services such as bio.fm, which helps to organize all of your social media profiles into one simple link. This would help my readers be able to track all of my content much more efficiently. Perhaps that might be worth looking at when I next sort out my blog. Anyway, more recently I was invited to host webinars at Learn It Live and yesterday I scheduled my first Blab.
Top Three Posts This Week
This is a full-time job! The rewards are gratifying – at least to me – when our posts get traction, receive your attention and comments. Take the top three posts in our Roundup this week:
#1. A Peek Into The Daily Lives Of 3 Pakistani Women – by Neelma Tashfeen was our most read post. The comments were amazing and a couple that told me that our mission was accomplished are:
Thank you so much for sharing these ladies stories. I think it’s important to have a worldview perspective, and to truly try to understand what others are experiencing to the best of our ability. – Rebekah
Women go through a whole deal in different parts of the world. You can really feel the unequal treatment in most countries. I feel for these women. I hope one day we are finally free from discrimination. – Elizabeth O
#2. 9 Things Every Woman Should Do This Fall – by Katelyn Roth was a more lighthearted piece but also drew some very interesting comments that said to me, again, that we are on the right track:
“These are wonderful suggestions. I would love to try my hands at making a wreath. I’m sure this is a fun project.”
“You made me laugh about the boots. It’s true though; a good pair of boots is worth its weight in gold.”
#3. Blessing And Benediction In A Liquidation Store was the third most read and was written by me. This was a more spiritual piece, sharing a moment in my day that blessed me and it seems many of our readers thought it was indeed a special moment