This blog had its first post in 2011, and now it is 2016 and I have managed to score about 30 posts before this one. I admit to some extended pauses in blogging, but the good news is that my most recent attempt at resuming blogging has me posting about 25 blogs so far. What I’ve realized about blogging is that it’s hard to be disciplined enough to blog on a regular basis. There are other factors influencing this as well:
- What do I blog about? This is the hardest part when it comes to blogging, especially regarding the .IN domain space, which is a ccTLD. There simply isn’t much happening in such a short time span; so thinking up a topic to write about takes a lot of creativity.
- How large is the audience? When I first started blogging there were not a lot of .IN domainers out there, so the largest audience I would possibly reach was about 10 to 20 enthusiastic followers of my niche extension. It has since improved so the audience size has grown substantially, which makes getting feedback and encouragement a lot easier.
There are a few other factors, like setting up the blog, getting a reliable host, beautiful templates, the appropriate plugins, etc., but now that it’s 2016 these are no longer issues. If I’m missing something, please let me know.
Now that I’ve discussed the hindrances of blogging in the .IN domain space, what are some of the positives?
The most important factor is that you can spread awareness about the extension. This is vital if you have invested in .IN domains. The Indian registry, which didn’t promote .IN until a few months ago, has now started doing social media campaigns, although this isn’t enough. As responsible .IN domainers, we can control our own destiny blogging on a regular basis to give .IN ccTLDs more name and brand recognition among the other extensions.
- Earn money blogging: The easiest way to earn money by blogging is to put up ads.
- Improve writing skills: Not everyone is a good writer, so writing blogs helps us think more clearly so that we can enhance our written communication skills, which will serve us well when working at a job.
- Make friends in the industry: The domaining industry is still quite small, so it is possible to know a lot of them. Blogging can help you make more friends and/or acquaintances.
Please do not think of me as being patronizing in this post. I’m just trying to encourage more .IN domainers to start blogging. I would also appreciate it if you would leave feedback as to what you think and any suggestions as to how I can improve.