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What Do You Actually Blog For?

What do you really blog for?Yeah, that’s right – what do you blog for? Or about? Or why do you blog at all?

Do you have its answer?

You got one? Or many?

Well, some will answer with they blog for fun and some will say they do it to get noticed in the world. Some will say for the living.

Okay then. I guess I have those answers now, probably.

Now that if I squeeze every answers together, I will come up with that everyone blog for their blogs to grow, right?

Is that correct what I came up with?

If so, most of the people don’t blog for blogging or for their blogs. And I am saddened to find myself in the queue of such bloggers.

Let me tell you why we (most of us) don’t blog for blogging

When we take our pen, paper or keyboard out to write something, the core focus we build deep inside our minds that we are going to craft an ever-green content (article) that will push our blogs to highest level in the skies.

The other thing we develop in our minds as well that our content which is not yet born, will open the flood gates of comments. People chiming in appreciating the content, sharing it like no one ever read/saw the written words. Something memorable. – Don’t mind because most of us keep such curiosity in our minds and hearts.

So what’s the end thing then?

Definitely it is our blogs.

We do everything for our blogs, correct? Every effort, every action and every thoughts we simply do/take for our blogs, right?

But something is not right. – We have different focuses and intentions cooking up inside our self.

While we all agree we blog to make our blogs to grow, win the subscribers, loyal readers, great comments, etc. to advance as a serious bloggers over our journey to success but on the other hand, we are very non-serious due to overwhelming with options, interests and priorities.

Why our unclear priorities make us non-serious bloggers

Yeah, too right that it/they does/do. Priorities after priorities lead us into non-seriousness phase of the blogging world.

[Tweet “The intention to grow into every single thing is a killer of our blogging journey.”]

Yup, they are.

I am not going after series of priorities. I will just cover one priority which is the one big killer of our passion – Blogging.

What is that one notable unclear priority then

Social media.. Yeah..

What makes social media score as an unclear priority

Well, because it is.

I agree that it is part of our blogging journey because it enables us to be explored by many like-minded people with whom it can take time to meet through our blogs.

And we have our social accounts put up there on our blogs so it has some reason, and some value.

Okay, I cannot deny these things and I don’t want to because I know how powerful our social media’s presence is.

But I am complaining about the social widgets. Long-scrollable social widgets in sidebar, social accounts’ pop-ups, and anything social that are distracting your visitors.

What is good then

Plain simple social icons to show you’re there on social media.

Theory behind why I dislike social invasion

Now as it is clear that we blog to make our blogs to grow.

And we do NOT work for any social media companies but for our self.

And as we don’t work for social media companies, our blogs are not up to promote their products. Neither to promote our social accounts nor we intend to because all we need our readers to read and engage with our content on the blog we wrote, we write and we will keep writing for them.

The social invasion with popups, widgets, etc. makes me fee like:

Hey! Forget about my blog posts. Instead check what I am doing over my social accounts.

Which splits the situation further into:

  • It seems like you’re inviting your audience to join your social accounts.
  • You’re not wanting them to read your content.
  • You don’t want to make them stay a minute on your blog but head straight to your social media accounts.
  • You want to grow just your social accounts.
  • You entirely don’t want to grow your blog.

Does they relate? Make sense?

In short, our blogs are NOT to promote how much fans we got over social media but to expose how much we care about our blog, our content and the audience.

Please, I am not against social media

Seriously I am not. I am just against the forced methods to let the audience jump over social media accounts the minute they visit the blogs and distract them to derail their focus off the content.

What I am up for instead hating forced methods to increase fan-base over social media

Yeah, that’s the thing I wanted to spill around this post. If for many times, let it be because that’s the very thing I so thought to write about.

Leaving forced methods in the back-burner, you’re okay to use icons to represent your social media presence.

That’s too much of a fact that almost everyone is up on social media. With personal accounts to business accounts but when it comes to blogging or blog sites, we do admit our core value is to keep the audience/visitors so busy in our content that they just do two things – two simple things to read and convert or subscribe to newsletters and nothing else.

With the icons, you’re representing that you’re there on social media which is fine. Using the widgets, pop-ups, etc. to like/follow you on social media websites are an instant distraction.

Looking at the feeds, they may shift their thoughts or probably energy towards what possibly could be happening on your social accounts and that’s the no-no for your content. Little bit of a distraction can steer them off the content and it may not be read entirely OR with less deliberation.

So, do just these two things

  1.  Place social icons, plain simple or with numbers inside them.
  2. Enhance your subscription/conversion system but mildly-forcible (I’ll cover later what makes them forcible).

And then do NOT do these things

  • Don’t embed social feeds.
  • Don’t push readers to follow/like your social accounts from Twitter, Pinterest, Goole+, FaceBook, etc with forced methods like pop-ups, widgets, sidebars, etc.

Over to you, fellas!

What do you think of all this thing?

Are you in favor or opposition of such social media popups, widgets, scroll-able feeds, etc. and why?

Do let me know in the comment!

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Umair - July 13, 2015

Hi Adeel,
You have pointed out some Basic but necessary questions that must be answered. Actually you are right! We have to blog for our readers, to serve them with our writing skills. If our content helps them out they will definitely subscribe and follow us. If the content is useless then no matter how much you are forcing them to subscribe or follow on social Media.

Well Written Post and Great Work! KEEP it UP BRO…
Visit again Soon ~ Umair Akram

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    Adeel Sami - July 15, 2015

    Hello Umair bhai,

    Exactly! This is the thing we blog for, don’t we?

    The methods we apply on our blogs should not be that force-able and distracting that it turns off the interest level of a reader. After all, we have written the content for them to read and engage with. Take the interaction to further level so that our content may solve their problems and they let us know if it did and what they might have learned out of it.

    And true that when one has served with the good solution and good content, they will subscribe to you no matter you force them or not. It is natural that we follow those who we feel they helped us to find solutions in later time. Like in person, we follow a person who is good at their area of interest and who helped us as well, those who are new or are irrelevant, they will force you but you won’t follow them because they are new to you, they are not famous, they are not serving you solution, they are irrelevant to your interest yet their forcing claims to follow them won’t work at all.

    Thanks for this valuable input, Umair bhai! I see you often! And thank you so much!! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

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Renard Moreau - July 13, 2015

[ Smiles ] Honestly, I blog for the fun of it.

Also, I like pushing the proverbial envelop by seeing how far I can reach with blogging.

In regards to social media widgets, I think that they should not be obtrusive, whereby stealing the attention away from one’s blog.

In today’s world, people use social media to help boost the readership of their blogs; since no one likes blogging in vain; they want at least a handful of people to see what they published.

Social media, when used correctly is, another avenue in which people can use to keep abreast of our latest posts.

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    Adeel Sami - July 15, 2015

    Hello Renard,

    I am honored to have you on my place!

    I couldn’t agree more with what you said that social widgets should not be that obtrusive and not steal the attention off the content.

    You know that sometimes we post something on our social media like for myself, I am in between a conversation that is not related to what is my topic of blog. Having my feed showing up can kill my reader’s interest knowing that what type of person I am that I am engaged in for example for a negative talk not close to my topic.

    So, social has to be done on social media sites. I believe for showing your social presences, the social icons are enough or you can ask to follow in posts as well.

    And I so agree with you that without social media, I, for myself, cannot even imagine building my readership, to get acquainted with fellow bloggers and helping me with my blogging journey. Without it, I am totally doomed. The best platform to nurture of blogging habits.

    Thanks for your great input in the post, Renard!

    I see you often! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

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Yvonne I. Wilson - July 13, 2015

Hi Adeel

You picked my brain for this one!! lol! Your thoughts and impressions are exactly mine and if in fact I am guilty of any of these things I will fix that immediately. Like you, I am not against social media nor the methods we use to promote our blogs or contents etc, but I agree it has to be done mildly, not forcibly with all these pop-ups, widgets and all that stuff. It is distracting for me as a reader and somewhat annoying. Sometimes I hardly land on someone’s page when all of a sudden, boom! a pop-up hit me smack in the face.

There are some really cool blogs out there and I am subscribed to them. But a big turn-off for me who is already a subscriber/follower is having these things jump out at me every time.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and this post. I enjoyed it. Have a great day/week.

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    Adeel Sami - July 15, 2015

    Hello Yvonne,

    I am quite happy knowing it!! 🙂

    This thing was bugging me from sometime that I wanted to write about it.

    Yeah, social media is so powerful than anything and really an essential part of our blogging journey. But what is a turning off point that forced methods. They are really distracting and that visitors do feel they are like again on Twitter or FaceBook, they don’t feel different and that’s the time the interest level dives down to the surface for them to read the content with all their focus and attention.

    Thank you so much for giving in this valuable input, Yvonne! I see you often!

    You too have a great week! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

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MINHAJ UDDIN - July 13, 2015

Hi Adeel,
After long days nice to meet with you!
Hope you are well.
well. i do blog for building connection with like minded people and to get connected with my audience.
And, seriously it can also be say that we blog for earning some money! I started blogging as a fashion and day day i am learning some thing new by reading others blogs!
Our main purpose is to engage audience and make them our subscriber. There is no need to force them to subscribe to our blog. If our content is interesting they will definitely subscribe blog to know more and more.
However, well written article. Thanks for sharing.
Keep it up.
Have a nice day!

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    Adeel Sami - July 15, 2015

    Hello Minhaj,

    I am so glad to see you over my place! And thank you! Things were out of control for a while but they are pretty much back to normal! Thanks for asking! 🙂

    I so agree with you that we do everything to make our readers convert or subscribe to your blogs. Have somewhat forced methods to get them followed our social accounts are instant turn-offs due to they steal away the interest off of our content.

    Since we blog for our blogs to grow, we do have to have everything possible to make readers reading and engaging with our content. Our sole purpose of blogging is and should not be to grow our social media accounts but only our blogs.

    As long as you help readers solving their problems, they will follow you everywhere even on social media no matter you ask them or not. 🙂

    Thanks for the great input, Minhaj! I see you very often! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

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Vashishtha Kapoor - July 14, 2015

Hi Adeel Sir!
Just landed here and what an amazing read I had here.
I just love the way you wrote and gave a few do’s and don’ts of blogging as well.
Thanks for these tips which I will follow now.
Have a nice day Sir
Vashishtha

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    Adeel Sami - July 16, 2015

    Hello Vashishtha,

    Thank you so much for your words of support, they mean a lot to me! 🙂

    I am glad that this content brought something on the table for you! Do let me know how it goes with you. 🙂

    I see you so often!

    You too have a great day and an awesome blogging journey!

    ~ Adeel

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Yash Birajdar - July 14, 2015

Hey Adeel,

Great post I Must Say. You have done an in-depth research on the topic and presented it with a very beautiful and awesome way. Thank You SO Much for such a lovely post and inspiring me.

Keep Writing and Take care.

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    Adeel Sami - July 16, 2015

    Hello Yash,

    I thank you so much for appreciating it! 🙂

    I am not a good writer at all not so good when it comes to write/speak English but I just try to write about anything from heart. 🙂

    I am grateful that you liked the content!

    You too have a fabulous day! I see you often! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

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Sasidhar Kareti - July 14, 2015

Hi Adeel bro,

I like the entire tone of the post. It makes the reader feel comfortable while reading. Even I follow the same strategy to stick my readers for longer times.

Coming to the article, yes! Most of the people blog to make money. Only some of them do it for passion. You are right about social media bro. Blogger go bananas over promoting stuff online. All should care is for delivering an eye-feast read rather than increasing the numbers.

Nice one bro. The honest one indeed. Keep writing more!

Have a great day 🙂

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Adeel Sami - July 16, 2015

Hello Sasidhar,

I am quite honored to have you over my place, simply awesome! 🙂

Yeah, sometimes it goes beyond the level that we hardly get to focus on the content. As an user, I easily get turned-off seeing and focusing on social widgets, pop-ups, etc.

You have a good and problem-solving content, people will find you and follow you over social media websites to know more of you and read more from you in future. It is the natural way, isn’t it, that people tend to know more about those who help them.

Social media is definitely good (correction great-est) but over our blogs, I believe that it can easily steer away the reader’s interest.

Thank you so much once again for visiting and supporting me! 🙂

Have a best day and great blogging journey! I see you often!

~ Adeel

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Hassaan Khan - July 16, 2015

Interesting Post, Adeel!

If you check my blog, you’ll find social media icons at the footer. ( Well, I recently placed a temporary FB Page Snippet on the sidebar in the bid to increase some fans. lol)

I believe the beauty of blogging is how do you help people, how does your blog change someone’s life — I use to think, what would happen if someone writes an awesome blog post, but it gets wasted due to any reason such as slow web host, unattractive theme, or even a bad layout placement…

Blogging is quite a science – A psychological game… It doesn’t matter how well you write, if you’re unable to present it well, you might not be winning the game.

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    Adeel Sami - July 19, 2015

    Hello Hasaan,

    I am so glad to have you on my place, thank you! 🙂

    I liked your most social media accounts are there in footer. 🙂

    Definitely, blogging is a psychological thing. You have to meet up with the wants of your readers. If the content does not solve a problem, it might be the place where only search bots would be crawling and getting hit by spammers (hardly a reader will interact).

    This is the same reason why we have to play with words, headlines, medias, and CTAs; to touch the heart readers to actually solve their problems and in return they tell us how it did and gain their feedback. For this, we have to have them focused on reading the content and not snatch away their interest level at least when they are reading it.

    I recall Neil Patel once said that he doesn’t have any sidebar or anything up on his landing page as it distracts the people. And if you really want to attain the results, you should not have sidebars. I’d conduct this experiment soon. 🙂

    Thanks for your great input, Hassan! I see you often! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

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Rachel - July 16, 2015

Hey Adeel,

I agree, give the reader nothing to distract them from the post. That is our main focus. Our attention spans are so limited these days we really need the quality content to keep all eyes on the post. I think if you feel confident in your content, then the other social media options will come as an after thought anyway.

My big thingy at the moment is they pop up that says subscribe. You don’t even start to read a post and the pop up is talking about subscribing. Please give me a couple of minutes to read and digest your content. I have not even had a chance to enjoy the post before this pop up is distracting me. That is my one irk.

Keeping the reader eager to read the post and then subscribing is priority. That is my next phase learning to do something with the subscribe. I have two subscribers. Don’t worry I was so happy to get one last week, because the first one was me, to test run the widget I installed. But I can’t do those pops.

Thanks for sharing, I got to share my irk. Talk soon.

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    Adeel Sami - July 19, 2015

    Hello Rachel,

    I so agree with you about the quality content. Sometimes the other website elements’ could distract and keep stealing the eyes from the content. Most notably the flashing/moving objects such as RSS feeds in sidebars or top of the page, social feeds, widgets updating with new posts, etc. — They seem to be stealing the true focus.

    Oh for that subscriber thing, yeah.. They are disturbing as well as distracting. Most of the plugins come with options of time triggering or pages’ reach triggering where you can set the time in minutes/seconds so that the pop-up triggers after this much time. For pages’ reach trigger, it is when you are reached to let’s say 70% of the page with you reading the post, then it will trigger. You may set for 50% or 80%.

    The best method I believe it placing the subscribing button on sidebar and after the post when it is finished. No more pop-ups.

    So congrats on the subscribers! And you know what? I have 8 subscribers and I am real happy I have them. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing it, Rachel! It is so valuable for me to read your views about the idea of this topic!

    See you often! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

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ikechi - July 19, 2015

Hi Adeel

This is an interesting post.

You know I see how people go crazy online trying to promote their Social profile. As you have brilliantly pointed out, Our Social Media is more like a rented space. Bloggers should work towards providing value to their readers. True that Social Media helps in promoting blogs but it should not distract a blogger from growing his community.

Thanks for sharing.

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    Adeel Sami - July 25, 2015

    Hello Ikechi,

    I am so happy to see you on my place! 🙂

    I so agree with you, it is really like a rented place and what we have to work hard upon growing our community which is possible by building our lists. Subscribers are the real asset and for any unknown reasons, our social presence can be turned off any time without any notice.

    Always grow your community through lists but not in a forcible way where people can distract too easily.

    Thanks for your great input! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

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Andrew - July 21, 2015

Hey Adeel,

You make some interesting points. I for one never was a person that would forcefully try to get people to sign up for my social media accounts. If they want to sign up, they can. But I’ve seen so many people in the past try to force them to do it.

I blog to get a message across and “try” to help people. Am I doing that? Who knows. But I rather do that than force people to do something they may not want to do in the first place.

Thanks for sharing this.

– Andrew

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    Adeel Sami - October 7, 2015

    Hello Andrew,

    I am so pleased of you visiting this post and sharing your great input, thank you!

    Really you’re helping the masses. Your content is always helpful and that’s the very reason when someone gets a help from one, they always return to the same source to find help in future.

    In the world of blogging, mindset of helping is the key point of turning one-time readers into loyal reader’s list. That’s what bloggers should aim for. Pop-ups, flashy feeds, etc. coming out from nowhere can distract the attention of the reader busy into reading the content.. and unfortunately it is the point when most readers loose the meaning of why they were there.

    Thank you once again for sharing your thoughts!

    ~ Adeel

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Shamsudeen - July 25, 2015

Hi Adeel,

Very interesting topic you’ve raised here; I for one don’t go with too much aggressive marketing, either is in content marketing, social media followers promotions etc.

This is because you may ended up filling your customer data base with unresponsive list. These people are not hungry for your services or products, so why forcing them to listen to your offer?

But I would like to point out that, showing followers count on the side bar have its own advantage, especially if your numbers is in thousands of likes, followers, rss etc – like it helps to show first time visitors that your blog is a popular one and maybe, even an authority in the field.

People naturally loves to follow the crowd, and what a way to show them that the crowd loves you.

Thanks Adeel for sharing your honest opinion.

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    Adeel Sami - October 7, 2015

    Hello Shamsudeen,

    So great to have your thoughts on this topic, thank you!

    You summed up so right that forced methods may not work for everyone and that it is not right as well to apply the force.

    Yup, follower counts do work best for the people with thousands of followers but not for me who have just few followers here and there. So, I to show it straight away without building up follower-ship can kill it. 🙂

    For me to fix it up, I can do it to build the follower-ship by asking for it in CTA (ending part of the content), with it the readers don’t see anything popping/flashing while reading the content and I can also promote my social media accounts and list building while readers are glued to the content.

    Thanks again for the great input!

    ~ Adeel

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Uttoran Sen - July 30, 2015

Hi Adeel,

You have mentioned some very important points. I guess having too much from social media on our blogs do slow down the loading times as well.

In the past I had plenty of social media widgets, I used to put feeds from twitter and elsewhere on my blog posts – yes it does boost the follower base but ultimately slow down the speed of the blog.

Lately I have cut down on social media integration and putting more focus on the blog content. I love social media, but I guess we do need a balance – making sure the focus remains on the blog and in it’s content.

thanks,
Uttoran Sen,

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Ijaz Ibrahim - August 13, 2015

Adeel sami
Nicely done whole posting about blogging
i like it
Thank you for giving ideas

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    Adeel Sami - October 7, 2015

    Hello Ijaz,

    Welcome to my place!

    And thank you for your remarks about the points discussed in this post!

    I, definitely, see you more often! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

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One-Click Lindsey - August 14, 2015

You make some excellent points. Well thought out post. If we are blogging for some reason other than blogging…. it will become very difficult to do. 🙂 Keep up the good work.

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    Leslie Denning - August 14, 2015

    Hi Adeel. I blog mainly for business, but I do throw in some personal stories, which satisfies the more creative side of me. I’ve loved to write ever since I was a child, so blogging is very enjoyable for me.

    I’m constantly working to focus in on the purpose of my blog. I’m an affiliate marketer and also market my own information products, which are step-by-step guides to help people get an online marketing presence. I try to stick to social media, blogging, personal development and product reviews/demonstrations, as much as possible. It’s hard sometimes because my interests are so diverse.

    It’s interesting to see why other people blog. As someone who grew up in the era of the manual typewriter, I’m still wide-eyed astonished at the internet. I know a lot of people take it for granted, but to me it’s still a miracle.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on blogging.

    All the best,
    Leslie

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angellina lear - December 27, 2015

Hi Adeel,
I thinks Social Media is one of the best to promote of any blog or websites, but according to this article getting bunches of information that how to go upward direction of any websites, thanks for shared and really enjoyed to reading this post.

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Christina Lynn - December 28, 2015

Hey Adeel,
An impressive and interesting information about blog, thanks for sharing and getting bunches of information and follow all steps in my blog. Thumb’s up.. 🙂

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Syed Usman Haniel - August 29, 2017

You’ve pretty much given good and clear ideas on why people blog. It is sometimes THE ONLY way to know your own thoughts and emotions. At least for me. Whenever I am confused, I start writing how I feel (everything). This helps me find out the state of confusion I am in.

You too have your own reasons to blog and they truly are appreciated.

Regards,
Syed Usman Haniel

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