Why do people read blogs? To find personal opinions and insights on topics they care about

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When deciding if you, too, should become a blogger, then tons of questions come to mind — and one of the first should be “Why do people read blogs?”

After all, if you are going to spend time and energy writing on the Global Whiteboard, you do want readers. So your blog plan needs to aim at a specific types of readers and give them what they want. That’s both Common Sense and Smart Marketing, i.e., define your target market and listen to what it is asking for.

The Science of Blogging: research for your blog’s strategic plan

The link in the subtitle above points to a data-rich webinar on blogging presented by Dan Zarrella, author of The Social Media Marketing Book and one of the Web’s online Go-To people for facts & figures on social media behavior. Currently a marketing product owner at HubSpot, Dan presented his latest research in a 60-minute Blogging webinar and slideshow. An hour listening to the webinar would be well worth your time; in the meantime however, you can read my Top Ten Takeaways from Dan’s research:

1. Relevance: People find blogs for the personal opinions and insights on topics they are particularly interested in — from people they have grown to trust.

2. Authority: Bloggers need to establish their credibility by delivering sound content and showing relevant background, education, and experience: however, calling oneself an “expert” or a “guru” is pretentious — and often sneered at.

3. SEO: Blogs offer great search engine optimization opportunities, particularly in helping consumers make purchasing decisions. Growing numbers of people are checking online and reading blogs to find information on items they want to buy.

4. Positivity: People do not go online to be brought down; they prefer the positive to the negative.

5. Avoid self-reference: Best practice is to talk AS yourself, not ABOUT yourself. People want to read your opinions, insights and unique point of view — not your minute-to-minute activities.

6. KISS: [Keep It Simple Stupid]: Avoid technical jargon; simplify, simplify, simply (as Thoreau) advises.

7. Novelty: Do not be boring, especially by regurgitating what others keep talking out. Try to provide content that is uniquely yours.

8. Social Proof: Use words like you, how, why, giveaway, money, etc. that are most often LIKED, SHARED, and ReTWEETED. You can find Dan’s lists of these words in the slides accompanying the webinar.

9. Frequency: The more often you post, the more readers you are likely to attract. Publishing once a day — or more — is the fastest way to become the Go-To Source for your area of expertise.

10. Know your audience: Are they mostly male? female? What are their schedules? How can you best serve their needs?

For further information about WHY and HOW to blog, check out some of my past articles:

To Blog . . . or Not To Blog . . . that is a good First Question

How to start a blog — Step by Step

How to write your first blog post on WordPress.com

What should your first blog post be about?

Use your blog to become the Go-To Source for information in your area of expertise

Avoid these NINE Blogging Errors

Beginning Bloggers Workshop: what should you blog about?

Will a blog help  you build your business and other typical blog questions

10 Lessons I learned about blogging from my first 6-part series

Any more questions? Perhaps I’ll do a blog to answer.

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Posted by Shari Weiss   @   14 December 2010
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Jun 22, 2011
10:43 am
#1 Susan Guan :

I really like this post because I can somewhat relate to it. I personally have a blog of my own, and I actually would prefer the positive over negative comments being made about my post, and that I write about my personal opinions and one’s interest too.

Jun 22, 2011
11:03 am
#2 mynia pennyman :

Sometimes people can read a blog and still not get any insight in anything. Some blogs may not help people and might even confuse them. To blog or not to blog is a good question. I feel like researching what a blog is before you start one is a good idea. You shouldn’t start something you know nothing about its very simple, but you do have people out there who will start a blog and have no idea what a blog is or what to do with it.

Jun 22, 2011
11:12 am
#3 Michael Tang :

I agree with the top 10 reason why people read blogs. My opinion why people read blog is to capture your attention and something you’re interested in.

Jun 22, 2011
11:17 am
#4 Juan Gomez :

My favorite advice here, although all excellent, is number 5,”Avoid Self-Reference”. It’s completely true, avoid talking about yourself and write about what you think. VERY good point.

Jun 29, 2011
4:31 pm
#5 Aleasea :

I found this post to be very informative. Someone asked me recently what was the purpose of a blog, and I had a hard time answering the question. Now I know that people use blogs to get insight on things they’re interested in. This information will also help me decide what to write about when I start my own blog.

Jun 29, 2011
4:31 pm
#6 Hoa Vo :

I enjoyed reading this blog! it helps me how to become a good writer when i’m writing blogs. it also helps me what to do and not to do, which is awesome.

Apr 11, 2012
7:08 am
#7 Ricardo :

I still don’t understand why people read blogs about other people’s lives.

Jun 6, 2012
1:42 pm

What I still don’t understand are personal blogs. What kind of people actually read those? I understand that some science blogs are interesting but what about the rest. I don’t think a lot of people read blogs.

But really, who reads about other people’s regular days?

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