Oct 15, 2009

365. Blogging for Beginners

Some people live in this world without knowing the reason for their own existence. Almost all of us live in this world like that. A few try to attain self actualisation and understand the meaning behind their existence. Once they understand it, they realise that there is no fun living this life. So it is better to live a life without understanding the whole reason behind our existence. Am I making any sense here? I know that i am not. But who cares? As though, the other posts in my blog make a lot of sense!!!

Ok! Let me get to the point.

  • There are a lot of people who exist in this world without realising what life is.
  • There are a lot of people who talk a lot without even realising what they talk. Some become famous too, because of their non-sense talk (Sakhi Rawant, Darkha Butt, Aproh Winfray are few examples). I purposefully used pseudo names because i came to know that these three women are the most powerful women in the world and they sue anyone who talks against them.
  • There are a lot of people who think that they can act and in fact make it big on the big screen too (Vijay,Vijayakanth, TR Rajendher,Aishwarya Rai)
  • There are few cricketers who make it big in the international scene out of sheer luck (Sreesanth, Deepdhas Gupta and many more)
  • There are many who do not know anything about blogging, but still end up blogging and call themselves as mainstream-bloggers. (Chronicwriter is one nutcase like that)

This blog post if for those who have no idea about blogging. If you are a first time visitor to this page and if you have come here thinking that your brain will be enriched with great insights, i feel sorry for you; but If you are going to take this whole thing as a joke, then you are in safe waters. These are some questions that i selected from a few friends who were eager to start a blog. These are my answers. I assure you that this post will be useful for those who do not know anything about blogging.

What is a Blog


Any thought process, which when written in some surface becomes a blog. This activity is called as blogging. The person who performs blogging is called a blogger. Everyone in this world are bloggers.

We all start blogging at a very early stage, minutes after arriving on this earth by depicting our output in crap format in our nappy. As time goes by, we end up scribbling on the walls and later on paper and notebooks and finally when we grow up we start typing our thought output in online journals and all these are called as blogs. Anyways only "online journals" are commonly referred to as Blogs.The world in which the bloggers live in is called as blogosphere/blogsville. This looks like a hep term. But it is not

Why should I blog?

You might have lot of ideas running in your head, but no one would be interested to lend an ear to your ideas. So the best way of pouring all your ideas and making it known to the entire world is to type them all in a blog.

What is the qualification requirement to become a blogger?

A blogger can be anyone who knows how to type. It can be the CEO of Google. It can also be a kindergarten kid. You need not worry about your linguistic skills too. As long as you can type something and click the "Publish Post" button, you needn't worry about the requirement criteria.

Will Dan Brown feel insecure if i start a Blog?

Why do you care? He is not going to feed you. So why do you even bother? Normally professional writers look down on bloggers because bloggers are prone to an informal style of writing, punctuation mistakes, spelling errors and grammatical flaws. But as long as you can attract a broad audience and entertain them with your writing skills, you need not worry about Dan Brown and co...

What should I Blog on?

Blog on a subject that you are very good at. If you are a humorous guy, start a humor blog. If you are good in photography, start a photo-blog. If you are good in poetry, start a poetry-blog. Even if you are not good at anything, just start a blog and type your thoughts. It might even click. 95 % of the blogs around the globe belong to the last category.

What should I do to become a successful blogger?

The most important aspect of becoming a successful blogger is to make your presence felt. You can make your presence felt with your style of writing. If you do not have a good style of writing, you can use the content to make an impression. You need not type long posts to become popular. Even one-line posts can become popular with the audience.

Do post often. This is the second most important aspect to become a successful blogger. A user friendly template and an easy navigation page would also enable the reader to spend more time on your blog.

What should I avoid in blogging?


Be yourself. Never try to over-do things. Even if you do not have a good vocabulary, do not fret. Use your limited language skills and make maximum use of it. Remember that a blog is a conversation. Try to write the way you speak. Avoid jargon and GRE English and don't overuse the thesaurus. Do what you can do. Never attempt something that you are not comfortable with.

Can I use my Blog as my personal diary?

You can use it and write all your personal information on your blog. You can also rant on your page and write about your ex-girl/ex-guy and bitch about them. But make it sure that you moderate the comment section of your blog so as to avoid crazy creatures like chronicwriter commenting on them. If you do not want the world to see, privatize your blog. You won't have any readers then. But i tell you, there is no joy like reading a personal blog.


Can I make friends through blogging?

Yes. You can make friends through blogging. Visit some blogs and start commenting on those blogs. Invariably they would visit your page too. Only psychic idiots do not pay regular visits. The author of this blog is a classic example of being a nerd for not visiting those who visit his pages.

Can I meet my blog-mates in person?

Yes. You can meet your blog mates too. You can organise blogger meets and meet them and talk about intricacies of blogging.

Can I have a sexy time with my blog mates?

There are other social networking sites through which you can do that. But please avoid using blogs for such a purpose. But researches reveal that 13 % of Indian bloggers do have a sexy time when they meet.

How much money should I invest to start a blog?

You need not have a single penny to start a blog. I remember that I was just wearing my red underwear when I started my blog.

When do I know that i am ready to start a blog?

Before you start a blog, spend some time visiting other blogs that are like the one you're thinking of starting. Pay attention to things like the length of posts, frequency, writing style, and subject material. You would get great ideas from these blog. The author of this blog spent 4 years of reading other blogs before he took the plunge and started to blog in 2007. You need not wait for 4 years to start writing; but if you are lazy like me, you can wait.

What is the basic mantra of blogging?

The basic mantra of blogging is to keep your brain active and bubbling with thoughts. Always keep thinking of interesting stuffs. Keep talking to people and improve your conversational skills. This helps a lot. If you are brain dead, you are not going to go a long way in blogging.

As you go about your day, keep the blog in the back of your mind. You may even want to carry a notebook where you can jot down reminders for topics you want to blog about later. Write almost every activity in that notebook - brushing your teeth in front of the mirror, sitting in the loo,walking in the road. These simple activities might end up as great blog posts. If you find yourself dreading to write a blog post, a blog is not for you.

What should I comment on other's blogs?

When you visit a blog, you often find a comment link under the text of each blog posting. Clicking that link enables you to read comments from other people and submit your own. In order to comment on others' blogs, you should first read their blogs. If you do not have the patience to read the whole post, you can read the heading, first line of post, last line of post and then comment.

If you are even more lazier, just type "Nice", "Good post", "Inspirational" ,"I am touched". 80% of the bloggers fall under this category. Most bloggers use the comment section to improve their writing skills. So if you comment "nice","good post" for their worst posts, they might never improve. If they have other sensible bloggers commenting on their posts, it is good for them; or else let alone God save them.

My only experience in writing is scribbling on the toilet walls in my school and drawing obscene caricatures in train toilets. Can I become a successful blogger?

Yes. You can become the most successful blogger in the blogosphere, if you adopt the same skill in blogging too. Start writing controversial posts and start attacking VIPs. But never reveal yourself to the public. Remember to leave your blog URL in famous blogs. You would automatically receive lot of hits on your page.

My friend Robert was like you. He was very good in writing poetry in toilet walls. I suggested him to start a blog too. He became one of the greatest ever bloggers in India. This is his blog [link]. It is not crime till you are caught.

Be creative!!!

-Chronicwriter.

36 comments:

  1. Okay, so far this was more than just a user manual guide for rookies!
    So you started your blog by just wearing a red underwear? Well, atleast you had something on.

    I'm with you on those auto generated comments. More than just being lazy, I guess those kinda comments hit a lot of birds with one stone : you mention yourself, you mention your comment, you mention your presence & you link yourself!

    And yeah, you should've included the fortunes earned from blogging :P No need to invest stuff but hey you can always be evil and create a million dollar click/pixel =) Okay, ignore that :|

    LOL @ Sexy time with blog mates.

    I was stuck at the when/how-to-start-a-blog phase for a LONG time. I'm glad I finally did it :|

    As always, your post brings a "hee hee".

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  2. U kno wat ? i'm sad today. but then this post made me smile.

    Chrony made someone smile today.

    Claps....

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  3. Dream on.
    No one can catch me!
    I will be back for next edition of IPL.

    Your name sounds familiar

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  4. @anamika
    thanks sista

    @anwesa
    keep smiling

    @fake guy
    you are fake just like me..

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  5. i knew u would bring that red undy somehow :P...and yeah thats a wonderful thesis abt the whole blogging things..learn't a few good things :P..sexy times with blog mates that not true :P...

    well abt remaining yeah u sure are a nerd :P....

    nice one crony :)..

    urs..hemu..

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  6. Very goood advice bro...yeah i can easily see most of the bloggers just for the sake of commenting do a " nice post, good blog" , they never wud hav read it..ithuku avanga comment pana maye irukalam :)!... well, i always knew those who can write well kisu kisu and gossips abt others in the toilet walls and benches will become the best bloggers in the town...and seems yu agree that as well :)!...fair enuf!..nala pozhapu! cya around..

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  7. "But i tell you, there is no joy like reading a personal blog."
    I completely agree with you :P

    You spent 4 yrs reading blogs and then started again :O Really? That means in 2003! Oh I was in class 10 then. I was mugging up history geography civics then:D

    And then there is another point too which should be included and that is tag.Save them in your drafts and when a time comes when you don't have anything to write or there is a so-called-writer's- block , you can post your pending tags :D I do this .. hehe :D

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  8. Sooper dooper manual for ppl who wanted to start a blog! Lol@scribbling on toilets writng a blog :P ena oru link pa...

    again sexy time with bloggers! chancey illa epdi ipdi? and idha edhachum newspaper la article a podalame meme !!!

    Red Chaddi vidamateengala?
    You spent 4 yrs reading blogs? Well planned guy u are :)

    This post is not so humorous.. but brought a smile to ma face :) :)

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  9. Oprah? i like her... :| :P

    well, good advices..
    agree with the why shd i blog part? ;):P
    n hehe ur posts arent complete without ur red underwear ha :D

    take care mate :)

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  10. quite true...i myself wrote such a post in august...though it was a very strongly worded post which resulted in a lot of followers unfollowing me :D but i think it was imperative for someone to come up with such a post. I agree with almost all thing here...but the most imp point here is - YOU MAKE YOUR OWN STYLE and blog according to it!

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  11. [:)] nice post !!..lol

    But I did read ur post..I started to blog coz I wanted to try something new. And then came a happy feeling that somebody is reading it , it gives a gr8 lot of joy when are alone n none to talk to ( Especially when you are so talkative).U have mentioned it in this post...
    But now, whether somebody reads or not, it has become like a great buddy of mine :) ...sounds a lil Crazy ? ... hehe...anyways I dont want to be taken otherwise :P

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  12. whoooaaaa.. hats off unnakuh!

    what series of questions and answers u've posted.

    i guess this is the only blog anybody can read at any point of time.

    Good work,man! happy blogging to you too. :)

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  13. I remember that I was just wearing my red underwear when I started my blog. - Basic Nature of a Human Will never change

    Good Post Chriz an Elementary Style Demo on Blogging.

    I liked the Way you had Segmented ur Post.

    I Suggest You ro Write a eBook on this topic mixed with ur humour

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  14. to become successful blogger?? use a girl name.. put some random chick foto as ur dp.. write shit.. and guys will always follow u.. put a guys name and write good stuff .. nothing will happen..free

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  15. Some not so sapient observations: ;) lolz.

    (i)your longest post at least as far as this cranky former blogger has read.

    (ii)I can see the red underwear has not disappeared - in the content or comments' section. After all that would have been a shame if there was no such highlight in your longest post.

    (iii) Did you actually receive those questions? lol. I thought many questions were actually logical Chriz rather than bearing your trademark otherworldly comical signatures.

    As for being a nerd who does not visit those who visit your pages, let me be charitable: perhaps you would do nothing but visit blogs if you chose to return even every second visit. Reading personal blogs does not interest me very much unless the writing style is also good; otherwise I do not consider haphazard rantings as great. But of course bloggers need not heed to me just like they need not to Dan Brown. :p.

    Long but interesting... and well-written. There is some problem with concord (at least one place comes to mind): it is supposed to be "everyone IS" rather than "everyone ARE" Chriz!

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  16. "Nice", "Good post", "Inspirational" ,"I am touched"

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  17. Aana kashtapattu ezhuthinavangala criticise panrathu kashtam thala...athanaalaye naan "nice" oda niruthikiren pala blogla..antha word eh type adikumpoathum enakku kashtama irukum..cha,log padikkamaye comment panromonu nenachupaangalonu...! :((

    pora pokka paartha how to googlenu oru post arambipeenga polirukku! :P

    nothing parallels reading other's personal blog!;)

    en yoga classla renu nu oru ponnu irukka...but ava 20 yrs back thaan ponnu...ippo 40 yrs aunty..enaku avanga per kekumpothulaam intha blog thaan nyabagam varum!

    oru varusham blog eh moonu varusham panrukeenga..kalakkal!:D

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  18. "Nice"
    "Good post"
    "Inspirational"
    "I am touched" :P:P

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  19. Nice one. Its shocking to find some serious coming out of you and it doesn't involve any of your family member or friends..

    BTW nice one.

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  20. Unfortunately neither are my blogs short nor are my comments of the one-word types!!
    An informative post from u is surely a rarity!! Gud enuf!
    Aaah right..chronicwriter doesnt visit others blogs these days! :P

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  21. I would agree with most of the points.. Bingo on commenting point... In order to get comments one need to read n comment others.. Wel thats what im doing now.. Lol

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  22. Well looks like there ain't a good blogger in the world, who doesn't have a past as a good scribbler, Gotta give it to you on that one, for I was a scribbler during my college/school days in the buses, and trains, not in the toilets though... That is for more intellectual people like you :D

    Just kidding, and a nice read !

    Inspired by your post, I am writing a new blog @
    http://caffeineateme.blogspot.com

    Visit from time to time !
    -ironmonkey

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  24. *Notes down all the points*

    Even though I'm not a beginner, I'm greatly enlightened by your tips Mr. Chronicwriter. I will pass those tips to the future wannabe bloggers now..

    The most important tip I will give them in order to be successful and get 200 plus followers will be to wear a red underwear when they sit down to create a blog... :D

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  25. here is my comment on this blog. :)

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  26. aweosome post. u actually wrote all tht.. it wil really of use for many bloggers.. gosh u have patience to write such long blog.. n hw ru Chriz

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  27. good insight on blogging... but wat i wanna ask is how do u manage to, invariably, go back to your friend Robert in your almost every post??? :D

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  28. i should have read ur post before i started blogging. It would have been really helpful for me to begin.

    LOL @ u was wearing a red underwear when u started blogging.
    i am still wearing the same while reading ur post. :P

    keep rockin

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  29. This is very true.I lost my weight just made changes in food ,taking all vegetarian and of low carb This helped me a lot and I suggest everyone

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