Power Blogging: Quantity vs Quality?
“Power blogging” is a term used to describe blogging where you turn out at least one post a day, subscribe to as many blogs as humanly possible, re-blog posts, and guest write for more successful blogs to build an audience over time. If you’re successful at this process then you just built your own cult following here on WordPress (or any other blogging site for that matter).
The first name that pops into my head for a strong example of a power blogger is Opinionated Man, whom I read regularly and have a lot of respect for as a blogger for his well thought-out opinion posts. I don’t always agree with everything he posts, but we all have our own views on life. Check OM out if you haven’t already, you may either be highly offended or laugh your arse off depending on what he writes. Anyways, I’m going to adopt this technique for myself. I hope to start power blogging when I find more time to devote to this blog to build an audience for my arts magazine.
So far, I’ve taken the quality over quantity approach to blogging having less frequent posts (maybe five posts a month at most), but I’m happy to know I generally get a new follower every time I post something new. The two biggest obstacles to me pursuing Power Blogging is that I’m busy working full-time, and that my band takes a lot of free time after work since we are almost done with our first EP. Still, I’m not in any hurry and I won’t beat myself over the head for not having much free time at the moment since it’s better to be busy doing the things I love than to lie around doing nothing. So for the future I am going to start collaborating with other bloggers, reaching out to local bands I’d like to write about, and get back in the game on critiquing the latest music trends since quantity is a quality of its own kind (if done correctly).
However, I will do so at a pace that I am comfortable with and won’t torture myself with making personal deadlines that I can’t keep. So I will power-blog someday, but for right now I’ll just keep musing on music and reflecting on my life as we’re all people in progress.
Journalism vs Blogging (RE: Opinionated Man)
This blog goes as a shout out to the brilliant blogger Opinionated Man who has helped influence my blogging prose since I began reading his posts close to a year ago.
I can remember reading his post “Journalism vs Blogging” in February and the point that OM brought up was that he heard most Journalists don’t get paid very well and are “a dime a two dozen.” And as a Journalist I can confirm that as the truth from my own personal experiences. Most of the jobs directly available in the Journalism field are for editors, stringers, and sports writers. And as a Music Journalist I am not in a very lucrative position for any of those jobs.
And like in any field, you have a lot of competition out there. So being punctual and having strong active voiced writing is what will benefit an upcoming writer the most. Because I wasn’t punctual it’s been over a year since I’ve had an article published. That year has felt like an eternity in purgatory That being said, I’d like to get back in the game again to help get my name out there.
As such, I will soon be buying a blog domain and naming it “Arts and Ethos of New England” for the online arts magazine I want to start someday. I am doing so because I want to be my own boss, and the best kind of non-paying work to do is your favorite hobby.
The purpose of this magazine will be to help up and coming talent get their name out to the world. As a Feature Writer I figure everyone has an interesting story to tell, and I want to make it my job to make sure they get heard saying it.