New Features for Re-Launch of Blog Bloke dot com
Rolling Out New Features for the Re-Launch of Blog Bloke dot com:
While I’ve been taking a break from blogging I’ve been asking myself what really differentiates Blog Bloke from the rest of the crowd?
You might recall I had lamented earlier that it’s getting harder every day to separate my blog from the pack. Besides writing more original content there had to be something else for me to justify all of the time that I spend blogging.
Am I still relevant? Do I have something of value that I can add to the community? Can I still compete with the sploggers out there? Is all of the time that I spend blogging fair to my family?
These are just some of the questions that I’ve been grappling with. Believe you me the soul searching hasn’t been easy.
One huge area that I can see where I’m different is I like to find solutions to problems, such as my well-received tutorials on setting up Blogger with Custom Domains, etc.
I was the first blogger to come up with a solution and to this day it still receives thousands of traffic hits. So I plan to continue writing tutorials where I see a need in the blogosphere.
Another thing that I think separates me from the crowd is I’m not afraid to speak my mind on the blogosphere. In fact, some might even call me “opinionated” but for the life of me I really can’t understand why.
So I’ve decided to create a new category aptly called: Opinions. It will showcase my views on the state of the blogosphere and how I see its future will unfold.
I’ve purchased a new video camcorder that will enable me to make great quality podcasts. With a camcorder the broadcast quality will be excellent and I’m really looking forward to it.
I’ve also decided to make better use of Twitter by adding a “Tweets” menu in the right-hand sidebar. I plan to use it for broadcasting announcements about the blog, what I’m currently doing as well as news headlines, etc. It should be fun.
These are just some of the new features that I’m adding to the blog. But I’ve also had to make a hard decision that I’ve really struggled with, and that is to introduce advertising on this site.
Now before you decide to castrate me please hear me out. As you know in the past I have criticised some of the more well known blogs out there that do advertise. My biggest gripe about them has been their blatent disregard for ethics and plagiarism, while not adding much value to the blogosphere. Instead of focussing first on adding value and then making money, their priorities are it seems bass ackwards.
What precipitated this decision are several factors:
1. Because of my health issues I was forced to stop working at my real JOB in the real world. This has caused a lot of financial grief, not only just for myself but for my family as well.
2. I need new equipment in the worst way. All three of my computers have crapped out on me and the one that I’m using right now is being held together with tape, glue and prayer, and she won’t last much longer.
3. I also want to experiment and see if advertising can really be viable on a blog site that is run ethically.
I want to stress the word “experiment“, because the bottom line for me is if I want to continue blogging I will have to generate revenue.
So there you have it. What do you think?
- Do you think the Bloke is still relevant?
- Are you disgusted with the Bloke for considering advertising?
- Do you think I still have something of value to add to the blogging community?
I can’t make this work without your support so please let me know.