I get a lot of e-mail from readers who want advice on how to start a weblog. Here are some actual questions from recent e-mails:
- I was wondering if you had some time to let me pick your brain on starting a web site.
- As a very new personal finance blogger, I could really use some advice on increasing my traffic. Have you written a post on this somewhere?
- I wanted to see if you found any other strategies particularly helpful in building your site’s audience? Was any of it from your existing personal blog? Anything that really didn’t work for you?
- How do you make money from visitors? Do visitors actually click? Or are you using something that actually generates income based on impressions?
I don’t mind these questions. In fact, I welcome them. I’m a blogging evangelist — I believe that everybody has something to say. However, I don’t have time to provide detailed replies to each e-mail. Plus, I’m starting to get a lot of the same questions over-and-over.
I’d like to begin a series of articles offering advice on how to run a weblog. Topics would include inspiration, publicity, monetization, content, and so on. (A typical article would probably resemble the recent behind-the-scenes look at how I write an entry.) But I have two concerns:
- While Get Rich Slowly is certainly part of my entrepreneurial plan, and is an integral part of my personal finances, the operations aspect is somewhat off-topic.
- I’m comfortable discussing site traffic and revenue in public, but I know that some people find this uncouth.
These points don’t bother me if they don’t bother you. How would you like to see a monthly article on this topic? Would discussions about traffic and revenue offend you? Or would you find them interesting? (I’m assuming that those who have no strong preference one way or the other will simply skip the posts.)
I’m not a blogging master. I’m just a guy who likes to write. But I’ve been blogging for nearly six years now, with some modest success. And I have some strong opinions about what works and what does not. I’d love to help others do this, too.
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