Do you have to be an expert in a technical area to write a technical blog? The answer is no. You write a technical blog for a number of reasons.
Firstly, for your own benefit
Secondly, to give what your target audience need
Your own learning process is a great justification in itself for writing a blog, but good writing and communication skills require you to target the intended audience. This helps you network with the fellow professionals and learn from their experience, comments and feedback. Blogging has helped me handle criticisms well. When you write technical blogs, people who are more nerdy than you are going to read it. Technology is a very vast area, and you cannot be good at everything. Here are a few tips as to what you can blog about
- Write about the problems you faced about any one of the 16 key areas, technology, or framework for which you have not found good solution on the internet.
- A step by step guide to getting a task done for which you have not found any simple and clear guide with examples on the internet.
- Blog readers have too many other stuff to read, so your blog entries need to be precise and concise.
- Take part in industry specific forums to help others. Others' problems and needs may give you your next topic to blog on.
- Anything else that you find interesting and would like to share with others in your own style.
Think --> research --> Write --> Learn --> get feedback --> handle criticism --> grow --> succeed
Finally, to take what you need
If you had given what others need in the last step to retain followers and get enough hits, you will get what you need in terms of recognition to open more doors and earn additional income by promoting your own and others' books (both eBooks and printed), products, and services via your blogs and websites. There are so many tips out there on getting enough hits to your blog, the best 2 tips I can give you from my experience is that
- Tip #1: Write quality blog posts that are unique and informative.
- Tip #2: Keep posting. Many bloggers just give up after not getting enough traffic. Again, think about the "give what others need before you take what you need" philosophy.
Things to watch out
- Blogging can be quite addictive, and it is imperative to get your priorities right.
- It can be time consuming. So, it requires lots of patience. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" -- by Lao tzu
- Do it professionally. Support and network with the other bloggers.
- Pick a blogger tool by researching online. The wordpress.com and blogger.com are worthy contenders.
- Register your blog with javablogs.com so that your blogs can be discovered by others.
- Start writing quality blogs.
- Promote your blogs via forums by providing the link to your blog as your signature, publishing articles via java.dzone.com, which lets you have your web address , and adding social media widgets to your blog for people to network with you.
- You can add your blog url to your resume and relevant email correspondences.
- Use the Google keyword tool to target your blog keywords.
- Use Google analytics to analyze your blog traffic.
- Once you are in it, you will find lots of other SEO tips on Google.
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