Successful Blogging: Introduction

Ten years ago it used to be that simply having a blog was a guarantee that you would get readers. There were only a handful of wargaming blogs out there and having one made you one of few. Today the competition is much more stiff with free services that let anyone setup a blog in minutes. Simply having a blog is no longer enough. Now you have to market your blog and create unique and interesting content so that you can build up a base of readers. It’s not easy and that’s why a lot of blogs come and go.  What I would like to do in this series is help you create a successful blog.

BloggingThere’s a lot to consider when you’re looking to start a blog. What topics will you write about? What blogging platform will you use? How often do you intend to put up new articles? How can you get people to find your blog? Will you be the only author or will you have other authors?

There’s no single answer for any of those questions. We all have our preferences and experiences. I’m no expert and am always learning, but I do have years of experience that I would like to share with fellow bloggers and aspiring bloggers.

Speaking of, a bit about myself. I’m the creator and an author for Creative Twilight, a blog focused on the hobby side of Warhammer 40K. It’s a blog I’ve run now for almost six years. Some of you may know me but I’m sure most have no clue who I am. By trade I’m a PHP programmer for a local web hosting company and have been at that company for 12 years now. I’ve been involved in web development for 16 years in various forms.

Anyway, this introduction is a bit short but I wanted to introduce myself and this series of articles I’ll be doing here. To that end, I would love to hear from you all on the sort of stuff you’d like to see me cover in this series. I have a road-map of stuff I plan to do but I’m completely open to writing about any specific topics or questions you have.

Thor

I began playing Warhammer 40K in 2006 and have been an avid player and hobbyist since then. Blood Bowl is also a favorite of mine though I rarely get to play it. Blogging has become my outlet for all those random thoughts regarding the games I play.

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