Why Blog?

I just had an interesting IM conversation with a friend, that I thought I’d share:

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. I just sent an email asking what’s up with ****

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. I’ll see what I get back…

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. I’m anxious to get moving on it

Fred says:

bq. same here

Fred says:

bq. im anxious to see it live

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. I almost have enough time to think, and that just won’t do

Fred says:

bq. can’t wait to add my first web job to my portfolio

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. I’m going to blog about you

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. “I know this guy, he’s a really good print designer. He’s not satisfied at his current place of employment, and is finding that his lack of web skills are limiting his job potential”…

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. something about how setting up a blog is a terrific way to get into web design

Fred says:

bq. how do people come across your blog?

Fred says:

bq. and how does it transcend into freelance work?

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. since it’s simple to get up and running, but is quite complex

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. traffic comes from 3 sources:

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. 1. google. Google indexes my site, and depending on a variety of factors, my site shows up if you search for something that I write about. For example, I’ve written a couple of articles about OmniOutliner, if you search for that software, my site comes up on the first page (how fucking cool is that?)

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. 2. links from other blogs. Blogs link to blogs. A few people like what I’ve got to say, and they link to me. Not many do, but the number is growing

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. 3. posts I make on other blogs. Everytime you leave a comment on someone’s site, you have the opportunity to leave your url. If you say something smart or funny, people may click on your name and get to your site.

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. I have about 70 people a day coming to the site, and another 70 or so reading the rss feed in their newsreader. The number is growing pretty rapidly as I post more, and become a bit more targeted in what I write about

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. as for your other question: how does it translate into freelance work?

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. The answer is it doesn’t, not yet. That’s not really the point of it at this point, although it is very much in the back of my mind.

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. My purpose with the site is to establish myself as an expert in a particular field, in this case, blog design for busineses.

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. Perhaps at somepoint I’ll earn a high ranking on google for those search words, but that’s a long way off

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. in the meanwhile, I can point to my blog if I’m calling on a potential client and say “look, I have a couple of hundred people a day reading my site to see what I have to say about this stuff. Read my site yourself, and see that I’ve thought about this, analyzed the benefits, and generally know what the fuck I’m talking about.

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. How’s that for an answer?

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. damn good thing I know how to type fast…

Fred says:

bq. good answer

Fred says:

bq. long..but good

Fred says:

bq. brb

Peter Flaschner says:

bq. k

Fred says:

bq. i have to pee from that