So you’ve got your new blog now and you’ve found a great template to use on your webpage. You’ve made it very attractive to look at while keeping it in your own personal style. You sit down to start blogging and you suddenly realize that you have a knife, a fork, a plate but you have no “steak.” You’re missing the meat and potatoes of your blog which is your content!

You need to find ideas and techniques to help you make your new blog successful, you want people to come to your site, you want people to read your blog and get that precious traffic flowing Well, rest assured because you are reading the right article to get your brain moving and to take your blog post writing skills to the next level.

If you’ve never heard this before then probably the best piece advice for your blog I can give you is that your content is king. OK then, what kind of content you may be wondering, and what is considered to be good content?

We all have our own unique and creative writing style; one key component is to incorporate your own style and personality into your writing, but have no fear this will come in due time. As you grow in your writing you’ll discover that there are so many different writing styles out there for you to choose from or even create that in time your repertoire will be enormous.

When the internet started it was a tiny network of computer nerds mostly disseminating computer nerd ideas and interests on message boards. They would discuss new equipment, video games, new ways to program, new uses for their computers, Star Wars and Star Trek. As the internet found it’s way into more middle-class homes in the mid to late 90’s it became a place for researching trivia, news, and a lot of media advertising and experimentation. Some thought computers would be the new television and while that has recently started to seem possible again at that point it simply did not work out.

Instead as the dot com bubble burst in the late 90’s the internet once again became a wasteland of nerd experimentation but now the nerd seed had been planted in folks who previously might have been turned off by all the science fiction and the math. As the aughts progressed and the internet became the hot bed of commerce folks always seemed to know it might become another world grew and in many ways it was just an outgrowth of what the web was to begin with. Those message boards were becoming the blog. “The Blog” was becoming just the most basic element of Web 2.0. A world of “user generated content.” No longer were people logging onto the web to go to sites about things they wanted to read about. Now they were created those sites. The shock waves of this were felt very quickly and became compounded as new platforms particularly social networking sites (Friendster begat MySpace, MySpace begat Facebook etc.) made people more and more comfortable and even addicted to sharing themselves and their opinions on the web.

Blogging of course remains somewhat niche but as reading friends and strangers thoughts and interests on the net became more acceptable and through trial and error more reliable blogging became more significant. Soon those blogs were affecting big businesses and politics in measurable ways. A blog site could suddenly break a news story or create a new meme. You blog for free of course and this meant that there was always going to be some muck to wade through but excitingly the cream always tended to rise to the top. It was a meritocracy in every sense of the word.