Does Anyone Else Have a Blog Online?

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  1. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Very Well-Known Member
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    I am working on having an online blog. It is just basically asmall one for my family, and I have it set up on google Blogger, which seemed to be an easy place to put it.
    It all started because my oldest son asked me to write down some of the information about when I was growing up, and some of the stories that my mom and dad told me, and later on my kids, about the "old days".
    My parents were born in the early 1900's; but due to the Great Depression, and then World War 2; they didn't have me until they were in their 40's. So some of the early pictures and stories were from way before I was born, like Mom's story about the longhorn cows chasing them in the buckboard on the way to school. (This particular story so terrorized both myself and my daughter that, to this day, both of us are deathly afraid of cows)
    Anyway (back on topic), I decided that the best way to do this was to write down the stories as I remember them, and then just put them online as a blog. Sometimes, it is a long way inbetween the stories; but it is something that I have been enjoying doing, and also a good way to preserve family history.
    Along with the stories, we are trying to get all of the old pictures uploaded, so that we can share those with each other, and the younger generation as they are interested.
    If you would like to read some of the stories, the web address is on my forum profile.
     
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    I have started a blog a few years ago just jotting down what I did in my daily duties, and eventually I started moving to more educational posts and helping other people in their education endeavors.
     
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    I have one partially completed. It would be for business (income) purposes. I am disabled and I would like to find a VERY flexible part-time job to supplement my income and I only can find "jobs" that pay a pittance. So it is on my "to-do" list to make a blog, put some advertising on it and do whatever it takes to monetize it. Whether or not I'll gain readership is anyone's guess!
     
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    Those of you who have blogs might be interested in knowing that the Aviva Directory is accepting free submissions to its blog directory, whereas there is a fee of $149 for submissions to its regular directory. Free submissions probably won't last forever so take advantage of it while you can.
     
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    I am in the process of setting up a blog to address the concerns baby boomers may have about how to handle their need for medicare supplements and what the needs are when you live longer than you planned for. Today 65 is not the accepted retirement age, people are continute to work well past 70, not always for the money but for something to do. Companies not longer provide pensions that provide for a person to live much past 65. People need to be educated on what their choices are and how to protect themselves.
     
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    I'm priscillaking.blogspot.com. It's evolved over the years, from being an unsatisfactory substitute for the Associated Content hack writing experience, through being where I ranted and raved about bills in the Virginia legislature (I now do that at a U.S.-only site), to its current content goal of one book review per day plus Link Logs, guest posts, and the occasional rant from me, as available.
     
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    Thanks for the tip! I've got a few blogs out there. What is the advantage of submitting a blog to a web directory? I've heard of them, but I'm not really familiar with what they do.
     
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    A blog directory is, in some ways, both a niche directory and a general directory. They are a niche directory in that they list only blogs, but they are a general directory in that they cover a large variety of topics, often including even a regional section. They offer the same advantages as other directories. Depending on the directory, they might help your positioning in the SERPs, and you might get some direct traffic. Some blog directories are stand-alone, in that this is all they do, but other general directories, such as Aviva and BOTW, have both a regular directory and a blog directory.
     
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  10. Helene Lawson

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    I don't have a blog, but I used to have a lot of them in the past.
    Writing, sharing my opinions and my experiences are my hobbies. :)
     
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    I have created five blogs on Blogger and before that i joined a team of bloggers on World Village owned by Joel Comm. That blog at World Village and another at Orble had 200 or more article entries each but those blog articles are now gone when the sites changed or the owner did not renew domain names. That's the prize if you do not own your domain and hosting, anytime it can be taken or erased from the blogosphere.
     
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    @Teresita Campaner , it sounds like you must be an experienced blogger and writer, Teresita ! I don't know how you managed to keep up with five blogs.
    I do enjoy mine, but it is just basically a personal kind of blog; so there is no pressure to write on it except when I feel inspired to add a new story about our family's history.
    Do you still have that many active blogs on Blogger , and what topics do you blog about ?
    I think that i would like to have a blog or even a webpage that would also have some advertisements and generate passive income; but I am not sure how to do that yet.
    Do you make money from your blogs ?
     
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    I have started a few in the past but never followed up on them. A couple of them were doing pretty good, but then I got bored with them.
     
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    I'm not as active now as I was before in adding fresh content to my blogs. I created blogs on Alternative therapies, book reviews on young adult books, Adsense entrepreneurship, celebrity blog, and another about business marketing. I don't make money on these blogs, only peanuts. I made my first $100 from Google adsense from joining adsense-sharing sites such as webanswers.com
     
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    Nowadays, a lot of people have blogs online, it's a way to spend your free time especially when you're on your retirement.
    I did have a lot of blogs in my life, but I don't have time for it now.
     
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    I have been blogging since 2007. I've developed four or five blogs, keep them a while, then delete them.
     
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    Looked and read blogs many times and often wondered, do you mind your having your all exposed on the now somewhat dodgy Internet.

    Has it put you off sharing or altered the way you write your Blogs ?
     
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    I don't think so, Val. I've I have decided some years ago privacy had fled and was no longer valid, especially on the internet.
     
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    I admit to being far behind most people that are tech savvy. I've only looked at Yvonne's blog, and I enjoyed that immensely. But, I felt like an intruder. I can't even bring myself to check out people on FB, not even my own family or friends. It makes me feel like a peeping Tom. I've always been a very private person, and it has always been important to me not to invade other's privacy. How can I expect others to respect my privacy if I don't give out what I expect in return? I now understand that if it is online there is little if no expectation of privacy. I learned this the hard way when my son died last year, and I came apart on the first forum I ever joined. At first I didn't understand that the whole world was able to see my pain, and by the time I finally understood this, it was too late.
     
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    Hi, Ina, blogs are written to be read; you'd not be intruding, in fact if you felt inclined to comment on something someone had written on a blog it would probably be appreciated. I am not a tech savvy person either but by trying and trying again, etc. I have learned a little bit.
     
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    I feel as Ina does about blogs, an interloper peeking in on someones life which leaves you feeling somewhat uncomfortable. Ina hit the nail on the head with 'At first I didn't understand that the whole world was able to see my pain, and by the time I finally understood this, it was too late'.

    The Internet has changed beyond all recognition and whilst I am in awe of it's endless capabilities, I also recognize that it can also be a terrifying tool in the wrong hands
     
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    Thank you Drifter, You do encourage me. That is why I so enjoy your writings. They are generally about how to keep on keeping on, and in the last year or so I have come to look forward to those installments of determination that you provide so well. So of course I'll do as you suggest, and keep trying. My techie guru is Yvonne, and I'm sure she will vouch for the fact that I've learned much in the last year.

    I hope you've been well. I have missed many of my old friends, but I just couldn't take the heat that had generated by so much back biting.
     
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    Yvonne is, I/m sure, a good mentor. I have read some of your writing in the past and you should have no hesitation what so ever in reading or writing wherever you want to read or write Yvonne writes a blog and I have read three or four of her offerings. I particularly liked the story of the old dress. A cherry day to you mi lady.
     
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  24. Richard Paradon

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    My blogs never lasted too long and when I did have a person leave a comment, good or bad, I felt pretty good!
     
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    As of yet, I do not. My wife has encouraged me to start one and two other writers are asking me to write a book. There are also blog type books that are out there and maybe that is the direction I might wish to go. Does anyone have a coin to flip? Heads it's a blog. Tails it's a book. If it lands on edge, (which is likely in my life) I shall deem it as a sign, that the gods and bards that sit atop Mt. Writers Cramp have deemed me unworthy to empty my pen upon the parchment.
    Either way, I am still thinking about it and am determined that tomorrow I shall quit procrastinating and simply do something. What? I do not know. What were we talking about?
     
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