What Is The True Power Of The Blog?

Those of you who may have been following me for awhile may well remember my post, Blog No Evil, The Forth Wise Monkey, where I talked about how one should always blog with integrity and how it shouldn’t be used to attack another person just for the sake of getting noticed.

I also mentioned how there is a certain power behind the written word. In this post I want to talk about the True Power Of The Blog, which really consists of more than one attribute.

The Power Of Expression

I think this is important for many bloggers, that they are able to do something online that they are unable to do in the real world. I think this is one of the very reasons why I like blogging so much as it has allowed me to actually get my thoughts out into the open rather than keeping them bottled up inside.  I’ve also found that’s some of this power as translated into the real world which is particularly cool.

The Power To Improve Your Writing Skills

I’ve noticed over the years that the way I write these days far surpasses that of when I first started blogging. I’ve also noticed that there are a lot of non English speaking bloggers who are using their blogs to help improve their English and this is another facet of a blog’s power.

The Power To Promote And Advertise

While many are struggling to make any money it’s only a matter of time before they find the right affiliate to promote, one that will bring in some cash. But this power goes beyond that of just earning a few extra bucks. Blogs can be used to promote, or to support or to raise money for a worthy cause , such as Eleanor’s Give A Brick Blog.  I promised Eleanor I would make a donation every time I made a good sale and I intend to keep my word.

The Power To Teach

I reckon this is an important one and goes beyond those blogs that merely pass on their blogging tips and tricks. Just as one example I reckon you should look at Keith Davis’ blog which is all about Easy Public Speaking. Keith has many posts that will help you become a better speaker, and if you think you will never need to make use of his skills you’re probably still single. The thing is it can help you in all walks of life, especially your professional one. I especially like his post Practice, Practice, Practice.

These are but a few examples of the Power Of The Blog. There would be many more and I’m sure that a person’s different perspective on the topic would give many more examples of how a blog has the ability to to empower the blogger.


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  1. Sire, I want to talk about something happened long time back regarding blogging and it shows very clearly the power of blogging!

    I remember the first times I knew about blogs was during Iraq war, the Iraqis made a revolution on the internet at that time, and I remember also they were the first who used most or blogging power in the Middle East where no body heard about blogs on that time yet!

    They were facing the media lies blogging from their homes, and this was the first time the media had to face the bloggers challenge and deal with it by taking their news from bloggers!

    just thought to share this as a real thing happened as a prove the power of blogging and that blogs can make difference in our lives if we probably use them!
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..What’s the Relationship between Money, Blog Comments and True Love? =-.

    1. Yeah, I remember that, and how the authorities were pretty pissed because they couldn’t stop what was being written by those bloggers. I reckon that found out for themselves how the truth can hurt.

      Your also right, and I mentioned it in the other post, how we should use this power properly.

  2. Hi Sire,
    Many thanks for the mention and even more thanks (again ;)) for giving another brick. You gotta love a guy who is good for his word :)

    For us as a charity, the power behind the blog has been about both raising the profile of the charity but it’s also been brilliant for building relationships. As you know, we’ve been involved in campaigning for legislation for the anti-youth Mosquito device. Without the blog, we would have had no voice. We’re meeting people and supporting people that we would not have been able to meet had it not been for the blog.

    The other side of blogging that is slowly developing for us is the idea of using the blog as a support mechanism for folks who need a voice. That is the idea behind publishing community posts. Anyone can write for Give A Brick (so long as they’re not rude and abusive of course ;)) and get their thoughts and needs heard in a way that they might not otherwise be able to do.

    All in, blogs are brill!

    El
    .-= Eleanor Edwards @ GiveABrick´s last blog ..1 Minute Motivator: Give it your all =-.

    1. Blogs are brilliant Eleanor, and I’m glad I could help, even in such a small way. Hows it going with the Mosquito Device, are you making any headway?

      1. There was a piece on the Welsh local news last week about it (as a result of me bumping into a journalist the previous week so that felt very cool) and the petition now has nearly 100 signatures but seeing as we need at least 1000, that’s nowhere like enough!

        But don’t worry, when something exciting happens, I’ll let you know ;)

        I now have even bigger fish to help fry. You’ve heard of Richard Branson right? More details in the comments to the post listed below in CL if you’re interested.
        .-= Eleanor Edwards @ GiveABrick´s last blog ..BMyCharity? Apparently not =-.

          1. Thanks Sire,
            Just wanted to add that I’ve done a follow up piece which I’m hoping to get in front of the eye balls of Sir R. Even postponed today’s regular blog post in favour of this so I guess that means it’s important ;) (to GAB at least!)
            .-= Eleanor Edwards @ GiveABrick´s last blog ..Virgin to the rescue? It’s possible but we’ll need your help =-.

  3. And i get benefit for these three power of blog — it improve my English, get money from advertiser, and share my knowledge (teach). :mrgreen:
    .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..HostNexus: A Cheap Web Hosting =-.

    1. Hey Dana, while it’s improving your English I reckon it may be improving my grammar so we’re both getting heaps out of it.

  4. There is considerable political power in a good blog post. Some authorities have reacted against their nationals’ comments in their blogs and arrested them.

    You can have considerable influence as well over some readers and credibility of your writing is important in some cases.

    And I, like yourself, have found my writing has improved considerably since the old Writing Up days. I have also become a much better researcher, but I guess Google has had a great input in that in my case.

    Regards

    Peter
    .-= peter petterson´s last blog ..YouTube becomes a TV station tomorrow… =-.

    1. Writing Up, now there’s a blast from the past.

      It was like I was saying in that previous post, with the influence comes responsibility and we need to make sure we handle that well.


  5. Twitter:
    The media has been recognizing the power of blogs too Sire. We see in the news, both TV and radio, the media bringing in bloggers as experts on whatever topic they are reporting. Politics seems to be a common niche but bloggers from every niche seem to be called on at one time or another.
    .-= Brian D. Hawkins´s last blog ..The Five Hour Blog Post =-.

    1. I’ve also seen cases where bloggers do reviews of a product that causes companies to change a policy or something so as not to have all that negative publicity.

  6. It’s just a shame that so many recognize the power and influence and decide to flake the responsibility aspect.
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Do You Have a Good Website/Blog Designer? Meet CJ – My Awesome New Designer! =-.

    1. Yeah, but you get that no matter where you go. I reckon most of those will die out because most people aren’t interested in that sort of crap.

      1. Unfortunately a large percentage are guru’s (thought you’d get that), so dying out is not likely soon.
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..48hr Downtime – Lots Done-LOTS More To-Do! =-.

        1. Yep, that went completely over my head. Reckon all those long hours I’ve been putting in are starting to wear me down.


  7. Twitter:
    There can be great power in blogging, Sire, especially when there’s a community behind you. I’m just thinking about what’s happened for you in the last few months and how it all came about because you had a great community there to support you.

    And your writing has gotten way better, though I like to think I have a lot to do with that, as well as improving your chess game lol :lol_tb:
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Meatloaf; My Story =-.

    1. Yep, and you only get community support by doing the right things and by helping out where you can.

      Yeah, I reckon knowing your going to pick the heck out of my posts keeps me on my toes, that’s for sure. As to the chess, I believe it’s your move. I must say it’s getting quite interesting too.


      1. Twitter:
        I made my moves, and you’re right, it is getting interesting.

        The community is what I really love about blogging; I’d love it even more if the community purchased more things. :cool1_tb:
        .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Tips For Guest Posting =-.

  8. So true Sire. I can’t agree with you more. In real life, I actually am sort of withdrawn. They call me introvert. I also have a talent for singing but it comes with a put-downer called ‘stagefright’. My blog has become an outlet for me to express something to the world in a way that I could not do without this medium. As to improvement in writing skills, I think I did improve in some way.

    Yeah, there probably are other powers that blogging delivers. Some may be born, but most are acquired. :)
    .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..SEO Side Effect – A shot at a highly competitive keyword =-.

    1. Yep, we must be somewhat alike James, except that I can’t sing. I thought I could until the day I heard a recording of me singing and that convinced be I couldn’t sing worth a damn.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..Kissing 101 – Women Want a Man Who Knows How to Make Their Toes Curl =-.

  9. Concerning what you say about promoting a product for example, blogging should force someone to actually think about what advantages their product possesses. (Unique Competitive Advantage). The blog as you say should be used to teach and the one area that’s not taught enough is the power to reason and think. A good blog post should create comments, which stimulate the brain to develop a new way of looking at the same subject.
    .-= Jean@ Pure3x – Pur3x ´s last blog ..Expert Analysis of the Pure3x – Pur3x Home Biz Op =-.

    1. Also a blog gives you the time to think before writing your thoughts. This is something that causes strife for people in the real world. It’s a shame some people don’t use this advantage when commenting as it could save them a lot of grief.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..In Defence Of A Bloggers Right To Review A Product =-.

  10. The power I love about blogging is the power to start discussion. It is amazing the quality of discussion that you can get started with one simple blog post, and to be able to be the one that facilitates that discussion is a great feeling.
    .-= Tom@Market Samurai Discount´s last blog ..The One Top Affiliate Product For Your Blog! =-.

  11. And ‘way educational too! This is the first time I’m learning about Writing Up, the Iraqui bloggers, and Eleanor’s bricks!

    My writing sure has improved too since I began my blog. Still can be better, tho.

    Okay, Sire — I wanna be like you! Please give me 3 tips to lower my Alexa Rank, 3 actual things YOU have implemented. If you are so inclined, of course!!

    :)
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Beautiful Austin, Texas — Through A Donut Hole =-.

    1. Well Jannie as I feel Alexa is all about traffic the idea is to get more people to read your blogs. For that to happen they have to know it exists. The best way to do that is to leave good comments on other blogs, as you are doing now. That would be tip one.

      Tip 2 would be to increase your posting frequency. I’ve had to slow down because of other commitments and I’ve seen my ranking creep up.

      I’m not sure if it works but I’ve placed the Alexa widget on the blog so that it can more accurately keep track of visits. If that’s true then that would be tip three.

      Perhaps I should work this into a post?

      1. Yep, just keep bustin’ out posts I myself would like to read, I guess.

        I have upped my posting from about 2x weekly to 3x to 4x. I’m not getting as many comments as I used to per post, but my ego is kinda over that now. :)

        Guest posting to big blogs might be a good way to go too. Have you done any of those? Apparently, a few links to BIG sites can be better than 50 to small-traffic sites.

        toodles,

        Yeah, this would make a good post topic, how to lower your Alexa. Why not?

        more toodles!
        xo

  12. Reading blogs and placing a well timed and insightful comment can be another manifestation of ‘power’ in media. An author of a blog sometimes can be inspired by one thoughtful comment from another blogger — motivational juice.

    Good post — interesting

    ..

    1. Good point that the comments can also add to the power of the blog, that’s one I forgot to mention.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..Kissing 101 – Women Want a Man Who Knows How to Make Their Toes Curl =-.

  13. With individual rights comes responsibilty; something young people of today could learn, whether they are Kiwis, Aussies, north Americans, Brits or whatever.

    Constant blogging does help to improve your writing and your written english too.

    Good thread this one; there were some great ones at WU.

    Peter
    .-= peter petterson´s last blog ..YouTube becomes a TV station tomorrow… =-.

    1. Yep, and I’m sure the better ones at WU have found other places to express themselves, as did you. :wink_ee:

      It’s unfortunate that some people don’t realize the responsibility that comes with blogging. One can only hope they learn quickly what’s really involved with good blogging.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..My First Squidoo Lens & About Bloody Time Too =-.

  14. Hey Sire! This is an awesome post primarily because I saw a word that has been very dear to me and that word is “power.” I think I’m with you with regard to the power of expression and the power to teach. Matter of fact, I use my blog for these two purposes. Keep up the good work!

    Peace and respect,
    Ryhen
    .-= Ryhen Satch´s last blog ..Psionic Power: Knowledge Of The Past And Future =-.

    1. I will certainly try Ryhen, and thanks for taking the time to comment.

  15. All this “power” and yet there are many people who unfortunately have not learned the true benefits of it (yet). Maybe the reason is that they have not yet taken action on most of them. I ditto Mitch. You have created an awesome blog here and the “evolution” is just amazing. More POWER (50) to you:)
    .-= DiTesco´s last blog ..How To Design Your Template On Blogger? =-.

    1. Ah yes! Speaking of the Power of 50, I should really display the badge on the blog. Thanks for reminding me.

      As to people not getting it, I think it’s unfortunate that some never do.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..What Is The True Power Of The Blog? =-.

  16. Blogging has really helped me with my writing. If you know anything about me, you would know that I have a hard time spelling,reading and writing. I’ve got a form of Dyslexia. Writing posts day in and day out have built up, lets call it muscle memory of the brain, as I start to spell repetitive words correctly. As I start to read and write better.
    .-= Robert Bravery´s last blog ..Father mourns the brutal murder of his 17 year old daughter – Suspect Facebook connection. =-.

    1. That’s really good Robert, I’ve read some of your posts and I’ve never would have known you suffered from Dyslexia. I’m so glad that blogging is helping you to master it.

  17. I started my blog primarily so that I can express myself, write about things that I like and rant about things I don’t. Within last 7 years, this has converted into a passion and profession and I also monetize my blogs.
    .-= Chris@Traffic Ultimatum´s last blog ..Traffic Ultimatum Module One =-.

    1. Way to go Chris. Isn’t it amazing how blogging has turned into a passion for so many people? Thanks for sharing.

  18. For me it’s the power to make us better ourselves. We thought blogging is easy. Well,maybe to a few souls it is so. But there are tons to learn about things related to blogging. It’s as if we haven’t left school at all. The good thing about this is that we take to learning this new and strange lessons with enthusiasm. Because it’s fun and sometimes rewarding.

    Another rewarding thing about blogging is that we’re more conscious of our life: the problems we have, our issues, our aspirations, and perhaps more importantly, how we’re tackling them.

    Amid the competing tasks and online distractions we face daily, we find ourselves on firmer ground with our writing/blogging. If we don’t have it now, at least we can take comfort in that we’ve made some progress. Writing has a way of giving clarity to our dreams. Keeps us accountable, too.

    1. You are so write Jan, blogging can do so many things to help us and others we come into contact with.

      It’s true too that writing things on our blogs can have therapeutic effects as well.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..What Is The True Power Of The Blog? =-.

  19. Blogs are powerful for tons of different reasons. I mean, they’ve got all the benefits of a traditional website, with many unique benefits as well.

    For the most part, they make it a lot easier to publish content by using popular CMS platforms. And the best part about blogs is that just about anyone out there who is able to write is able to start a blog and start publishing their own content online.

    1. Thanks John, ease of use and the ability to start your own are indeed great blogging attributes.

  20. Yes I think that blogging is a power too. I use this to share my knowledge and experience with the rest of the world. And blogging has taught me much about new technologies. So I think it is really about exchange of power.
    .-= Selurus´s last blog ..Upgrade to Opera Mini 5 =-.

    1. Yep, expanding your own personal knowledge and helping others to learn from that is certainly a powerful blogging power.

  21. Your post reminds me of an incident, where a realtor in USA made disgusting comments about his competitors kids. The whole issue is quite famous around the web, and I do not want to name him here. Its quite unlawful and brutal to abuse others just for the sake of getting noticed. Blogging is not only a window to the outer world, through which you can shout your opinions, but a platform through which you can spread good thoughts and teach good things. Nowadays with the impulsive effects of microblogging one can make wonders with blogging apart from advertising and marketing.
    .-= Melvin@Auckland Property Management´s last blog ..Otahuhu, Auckland City =-.

    1. Just goes to show how some moron can abuse the power that they have. I’m glad that the majority of people do the right things, and perhaps if people ignore those that do the wrong things they will change their bad habits.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..The Honest Truth About ACME People Search Engine =-.

  22. Great post Sire. I have found my writing has improved since I started blogging and Keith’s blog is certainly one to check out.

    1. Yep, I’ve noticed your writing has improved by leaps and bounds.

      Only kidding Rose, your writing has always been exceptional :thumbup_tb:

  23. Thank you, however I wouldn’t be offended if you did notice an improvement. ;-)
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..How to Exclude Your IP from your Google Analytics reports =-.

  24. I like how you mention the power of expression. That’s the best way to go. If you blog about something you are passionate about or how you feel, it’s easy. People who feel the same way will enjoy coming to your blog because they feel the same. Just be yourself and let you blog grow. I just started one and plan on writing about anything that comes to mind.
    .-= Anthony @ Innovatively Simple´s last blog ..Support Small Businesses =-.

    1. I’ve always noticed that people who are exited about something write in such a way that their excitement shows in the post, and that always makes reading the post so much more enjoyable.

      Good luck on your new blog.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..Promoting MyDomain Brand Me Contest. =-.

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