5 Blogging Tips which Makes me understand Blogging is not for Fools.

Kabenlah is at it again and as usual when I’m it, it means all that I’m doing is channel a piece like this which I will prefer to call it a masterpiece. Can you think of any better name though? Hahahaha!

5 Blogging Tips which makes me understand Blogging is not for Fools is the issue. The name Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe is a blogger with kabenlah.com and this is something you already know but what has blogging taught me all these while?

This post is being written but as usual you obviously do know Kabenlah’s posts aren’t mostly complete without the introduction of Little Johnny. For those who might not have heard of my good friend Little Johnny, he is that guy who always finds himself in one mischievous act each and everyday and today is of no exception.

1) TEACHER: Little Johnny, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?

Little Johnny: A teacher! 

2) TEACHER: How do we keep our school clean?

Little Johnny: By staying at home!

3) TEACHER: Draw a diagram of bacteria.

[Few minutes later]

Little Johnny: Here it is sir.

TEACHER: Where? You haven’t drawn anything

Little Johnny: Sir, can you see bacteria without microscope?

4) TEACHER: Little Johnny, your essay on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his essay?

Little Johnny: No Sir, it’s the same dog.

5) Little Johnny was writing something very slowly. A friend asked “why are you writing so slowly?”

Little Johnny: I’m writing to my six year old son, he can’t read very fast.

Hahaha! these are some of the interesting collections of Little Johnny but as usual, let just move back to business as usual and I do hope because of laughter, you haven’t forgotten the fact that the issue on board has to do with 5 Blogging Tips which makes me understand Blogging is not for Fools. I will be interested in knowing yours as well.

So what are they? What are some of the blogging tips blogging has taught me?

  1. Contents aren’t king but instead Readable Contents are.

There seem to be this whole notion spreading across the entire blogosphere with respect to having to make it as a blogger, one need to focus more on writing more contents. That is of course not a bad idea at all but what are the sorts contents are you’re channeling? Readable contents are what matters the most as far as succeeding as a blogger is concern. Who told you content is King? It isn’t!

  • Content isn’t king anymore. Content used to be king. Now it’s a servant in the king’s court. The king is the user. Content serves the king (the user) with valuable writings, videos, images, graphics, resources, or whatever else Content should be. The best content wins. Anything else rolls downhill collecting at the base of the Mountain of Mediocrity, which makes the web. The best content wins, because the web is built with mediocrity.
  • Relationships are the king makers. Relationships allow us to connect with important people, companies, and organizations online. They are what the web (and the world) are built on, too. Consistent contribution makes healthy relationships possible. Consistency is key.
  • Identity is a knight. Identity grants “known-ness” to those lucky enough, smart enough, talented enough, or hard working enough to wear that crown. Identities can be powerful allies on the web, in the never-resting tussle for attention.
  1. Images are very Important

One thing is clear when it comes to issues blogging, where words can’t be used, images have a thousand words to say so the use of images is something which can’t of course be taken lightly.

  1. Crafting crafty Headlines

The first call of attention when it comes to blogging has to do with headlines and if there is one thing which blogging has taught me well, it has to do with crafting good headlines. But how many bloggers take into consideration headlines when it comes to crafting a headline?  Headline is the first commitment level from the reader and anything other than that leaves readers wondering and they go and come no more. Hahaha!

  1. Having a Business Plan

What is the plan for your blog? Or just like many you’re just blogging for blogging sake but why the complain in low in revenue? Blogging is more or less like an enterprise on its own and so the earlier that sink in, the better.
Having a plan for your blog is something obviously not for fools.

  1. Traffic

Having a better traffic is all about; Big Network + Better promotion = More traffic. 
The equation is as simple as that!

Your Turn.

What do you make of this. It is now your turn to have your say as well.

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38 Comments

  1. Hello Emmanuel,

    Another mischievous story of Little Johnny, but the every story of Little Johnny is really very interesting. Everybody can do blogging if they do blogging with a constructive plan. I appreciate your article.

  2. Hello Emmanuel,

    Little Johnny is a genius – or how else do you explain such awesome answers?

    Blogging certainly isn’t for fools – the very fact that many bloggers still struggle to make a living is evident that in this game, smartness is key!

    Unfortunately, many folks still fail the basic test as you have enumerated here – especially mistaking content to be king and failing to build relationships with other bloggers…is there any other way?

    I wish – but there is none!

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    Always,
    Terungwa

    1. Hello Akaahan,

      You always show your brilliancy everywhere and it is clearly evident in this comment of yours.

      In order to make it as a blogger, smartness can’t of course be taken away from the equation.

      Thanks for your comment and please do have a great week.

    2. Hello Terungwa,

      Really nice contribution you got here, and I’d like to add that, a blogger has to be insane to think he can succeed alone. I had that mentality, I was just not comfortable relating with other bloggers. The result was years of effort not being commensurate with the result.

      That’s what prompted my guest post on Kabbie’s blog. Having learned the principle of success and power of relationship.. I dare not play with my friends, enormous value is placed on their head.. Only if you know the value tag I placed on Kabenlah’s head… Hahaha!!!

      Bottom line, one of the reasons of failure in the blogging ecosystem is poor relationship!

      Thanks again for your warm contribution friend 🙂

      1. Hi Nosa,

        I can only do one thing here: agree. You see, learning this reality – and sticking it into our skulls may take time. Hell, it took my time! But once it’s mastered, the sky is the limit!

        Kabenlah is certainly valuable – so valuable that I would not trade my relationship with him for a billion dollars.

        Wouldn’t you agree?

        Always,
        Terungwa

  3. Good Story of Little Johny. Hey, writing thousands of words don’t work unless you craft it in a better way by writing catchy title, sub headings, adding compelling image(s) and then sharing.

    Everything is needed at their places. One thing never works! You have to take all the things along.

    keep up the good writing!

  4. Hi Emmanuel,

    I can always count on you and Little Johnny to brighten up my day with a smile. I love the ingenuity of the both of you. From the tips I am getting a clearer understanding that blogging is certainly not for fools.

    Too many have gotten caught up with the hype [perhaps cliche’] that content is king and fail to build relationships and develop their own brand/identity here in the blogosphere.

    I concur that I have also noted a recent trend with more eye catching images being used on websites. Some have taken it even a step further and would put quotes or some other messages on them. It is great value added when done that way.

    All of your points are well taken. Enjoyed reading your blog as always. have a blessed weekend.

  5. Hey Emmanuel,

    Loved Little Johnny! How do you come up with these? 😀

    I agree with your points. The users are the king – they decide (perhaps not consciously, it is up to us to convince them to stick around through valuable content and awesome presentation).

    In my opinion, presentation matters more, perhaps even more than the quality of content itself.

    For instance: two bloggers may have the same exact (quality) of content, but they may get different results, because of the way they present their content (including images, analogies, telling stories like Little Johnny’s stories, can all make a big impact on the user behavior and loyalty).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing a great post 🙂 Hope you are doing well!

    1. Hello Jeevan,

      Please come again. What did you say? “presentation matters more, perhaps even more than the quality of content itself.”

      That is true and very well said. Thanks for your comment and don’t forget we are still waiting for the Daring Blogger as it is now going through maintenance.

  6. Hi Emmanuel

    I must say that the blogging tips that you have listed are on point especially the part of content not being king. It’s a common knowledge among bloggers that content is king and it’s good to know that such thinking is a myth. I also agree that relationship is the king maker. Thanks for sharing

  7. Hi Emmanuel,
    It’s an awesome article once again, this article should have be titles. You talked about crafting crafty titles, thats great anyway, but whenever I think of crafty titles, the name “Kabenlah” gets into my mind, surely you practice what you write.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hello Emmanuel,

    This is superb, i enjoyed reading every sentence from this post; more especially the story of your Mischevious little Johny who never does anything right.
    Back to the main idea of this post.

    Indeed all you have stated is true, one should strive not to publish just contents; but readable contents just as you have said.

    The headline of a post gives the first impression about the content of such article. We should endeavour to construct catchy title that will draw a great number of audience to our site. No doubt, you are an icon in this aspect, your headlines are so compelling, i really admire that feature.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Enjoy the rest of the day!

    1. Wow! Emmanuel is pure genius. I still remember how we connected on OneNaijaBlog.com.. I am yet to see his kind, the way he handles the article, and provide eye-grabbing title is mind-blowing.. 🙂

      Thanks for your time here buddy.. Enjoy the rest of the day.

  9. Hi Emmanuel,

    You always make your articles really interesting with Little Johnny. I think he is the spirit of your blog. You always highlight the major mistakes of blogosphere like most of us still think that content is king. But now it is clear that our each and every user is king who want his servant (Content) in most active form and having capable to attract the success. But with content eye-catching images and Crafty heading with subheadings all these points put very positive effect on your post.

    Thanks for wonderful sharing.

  10. Hello Emmanuel Kabenlah,
    Now-a-days every writer/publisher using the pictures to say there messages.
    some characters are just more enigmatic than others.
    sometimes a picture message is most easy to understand.
    A child cannot understand a word/sentence meaning without pictorial content such as If you say a child to say A for Apple he will be blank but if ask with a picture of Apple say A for Apple, he also Remember word and alphabets and picture.

  11. First time I came here and I must say that I am impressed by your skills and knowledge Kabenlah.. Thanks a lot for this article as it would help many newbie bloggers.

  12. Hi Emmanuel,

    You really did a great job! All points are really important and need to know for every blogger to get success in this industry. People should avoid some habits that is harmful for blogging and should gain some new habits to get success in blogging industry.

  13. Blogging is not a child’s play. I see people classifying it as a money earning method and I really hate them. Really!!! why do you betray people like that?

    There are tons of money earning method other than and easier than Blogging. But you still put Blogging on top of the list for earning online.

    Content is sure not the King, but the High Quality Content sure is

    As far as headlines & titles of your posts are concerned, they can really make or break things. Because titles are the first thing that visitors read.

    Images are very important, you should use them as smartly as possible. Images are more clear and they are more attractive. You should really come out of the ONLY TEXTUAL Content.

    Thanks for writing this article 🙂
    I liked what Little Johnny had to say xD

  14. Hi Emmanuel,

    I am a new blogger and there are lots of confusion going on in my mind. I found your blog on Facebook and since then I have solved many issues. Thanks Buddy. Keep it up the great effort.

  15. Hi Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe

    After long i visit your blog here because i was offline few months. However your post always something creative. This post was detailed and informative and i agree with you that content is not king. Readable content is king. Thank you.

  16. Hello Emmanuel,

    Another great jokes about little Johny.
    You are right Emmanuel,
    these are really great points that you describe here.
    first 2 points are very very important about blogging.

    Any way thanks for sharing your knowledge with us
    Areesha Noor!

  17. when i start blogging, i took it light but after 2 years struggle now i am completely agree with you. Blogging is not a easy task. it requires lot of time, effort and dedication to succeed in blogging.

  18. Hey,
    I visited this blog for the first time and I really liked your way of presenting the content using story form. Looking for more blogging tips ahead.
    ANd I also agree with your point which is bit controversial that Content is not king anymore rather user is. It depends on How content is represented and how it is usefule for user.

  19. Hi Emmanuel, Absolutely these are the most important tips that must be taken into consideration especially by beginner bloggers. I think the last tip : ‘Traffic’ is the most important and the hardest to fulfill one. We all know that traffic is the ‘engine’ of any blog, However a hard work and a strong passion is needed to gather a considerable audience.

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