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The Science of Blogging

This guest post is by Farhan Syed of www.writeregion.com.

The word “science” comes from the Latin root “scientia,” which means knowledge. This is the reason why the word science is attached to many “non scientific” terms like “the science of theology.”

A blog is defined as follows:

A blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent “post” (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom.—Darren Rowse, What is a Blog?

Most websites are intended to acquire or spread knowledge, hence science and blogs have a lot to do with each other.

The following scientists’ quotes do not refer specifically to blogging, but I think they can teach us a lot about it.

I am sure that I am not smarter than other scientists. Psychologists have said that my IQ is about 160, I recognize that there are one hundred thousand or more people in the United States that have IQs higher than that.—Linus Pauling; Nobel Laureate of Chemistry (1954) and Peace (1962), in an interview to the site Academy of Achievement, Nov 11, 1990.

An authority on blogging, Darren Rowse said in Blogging Takes Super Human Effort vs Blogging is Easy [Misconceptions New Bloggers Have #1]:

  • “Before I started blogging I had had 20 jobs in ten years, none of which were in anything to do with the online space and most of which were fairly manual/physical jobs.
  • “My only qualifications were half a degree in Marketing (which I failed half of the subjects in) and a Bachelor of Theology.
  • “I’d received a ‘C’ in English in my final year of high school.
  • “I was incapable of making text bold on my first blog for several weeks—I wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed when it came to anything technical!”

Some people think that only people with exceptionally brilliant minds can become good bloggers (or good in anything). This is nonsense. Just work hard with devotion. You will make it. There are no magic people.

If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.—Sir Isaac Newton; English physicist and mathematician, in a letter to Robert Hooke, 5 Feb. 1675 or 1676

There are always good resources available on any niche you choose, and there are always some people who are “giants” (authorities) in that field. By “resources” I don’t only mean blogs. There will always be excellent books, magazines, videos, and so on in your niche. Utilize them.  I don’t mean copy their content. I mean learn from them, put your own voice in it, and produce fresh content. If you can do your own research and take the current material a step ahead, even better.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.—Albert Einstein; Nobel Laureate of Physics (1921)

To make a blog successful you must keep working on it regularly.

Despite the fact that there are thousands of articles on ProBlogger, I keep returning to this site to read the new ones. Though sometimes I read some old articles, mainly I concentrate on the latest material. I think most readers do the same, as the latest post’s comments are the most frequented.

If you make a blog and update it once in two months, it will collapse. Readers usually want new content on the latest happenings in your niche. Also, readers want regular replies from you. If they are taking the trouble of sparing some time and commenting on your blog, they want the favor to be reciprocated.

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.—Albert Einstein; Nobel Laureate of Physics (1921)

To be a good blogger, you need to know a good deal about blogging. For example you need to know which is a good blogging platform, the methods of monetization, how to set up an email newsletter, how to use sites like Facebook and Twitter to your maximum advantage, and more.

The rest is mind game and hard work. Keep blogging diligently. You’ll learn many things practically that you will not learn by referring to blogging resources. Use this information to create better blogs than your competitors.

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.—Galileo Galilei; Italian physicist

Do you think visiting “bad” blogs is a waste of time? Not at all! By visiting them you can learn why that blog didn’t do well. What mistakes did the blogger make? Pay attention to those mistakes so that you may not make them.

The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to.—Richard Feynman; Nobel Laureate of Physics (1965) in a letter to Koichi Mano, February 3, 1966

Though there are thousands of problems that humanity is facing today, you should select a niche of which you have a good knowledge. Then, write posts that can really help people live better lives by solving their problems. If you can solve their problems, they will visit your blog.

The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction.—Michael Faraday; English physicist, as quoted in A Random Walk in Science (1973) by Robert L. Weber, p. 76

Give your readers the true impression that you really care for them and you have put up a lot of energy and hard work into your blog. Don’t try to fake yourself.  You must really make all attempts to please your audience.  If you yourself won’t take your blog seriously, don’t expect your readers to take it seriously.

Do you know quotes from other scientists that reflect and fit with blogging? Share yours in the comments!

Farhan Syed is a freelance writer who blogs on www.writeregion.com

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Comments

  1. Hi Syed

    You make a great point, science is about understanding reality and blogging is about making sense of the environment you choose to explore and develop in.

    Here is a pretty relevant quote

    We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
    Albert Einstein, from thinkexist.com

    speak soon, igor

    • Syed Farhan says:

      Thanks.

      Here’s a quote relevant to yours.

      It is not that they can’t understand the solution, the problem is they can’t understand the problem. –
      Max Planck, Nobel Laureate of Physics and a close friend of Einstein.

  2. WOW, what a bunch of quotes. They really inspired me. Thanks!

    • Syed Farhan says:

      Thanks for commenting. Though there are thousands of such quotes available on net and books, it took a lot of time to search and select for the best ones and that they go with blogging. Cross checking the authenticity also took much time so its nice to see you people are liking it. My troubles didn’t go in vain.

  3. I’ve got a quote to share:

    “The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program.” – Larry Niven

    Not a scientist, but a Sci-Fi writer, almost the same thing, right?

  4. Never thought of it like this before. Working on it regularly is very true. Not only for my coupon code blog but for all my blogs no matter what content, I still feel like I am working on them all the time.

  5. Hey Syed,
    The science of blogging. It sounds like a book title. There certainly are some basic formulas to that anyone can follow in order to be successful. Regular content creation, traffic generation strategies, helping other bloggers and so on.

    • Syed Farhan says:

      Thanks for the comment. Ya it does sound like a book title. Actually the post above is a sort of excerpt from my ebook which I’m launching on 1 Oct 2011 on my blog http://www.purephysics.net. That ebook contains many more such brilliant quotes from eminent physicists and my explanations regarding their blogging equivalent.

  6. Kalen Smith says:

    This is a great analysis Syed. I don’t think you need a formal education to be a great blogger, as many others like Darren have shown. One young man I admire is Onibalusi Bamidele. He is a 17 year-old blogger in Niger. He didn’t have the priveleges of a formal education that many of us can get and probably didn’t have a high tech computer lab in his school. English wasn’t his first language either. But this kid is one of the most passionate and insightful bloggers I have ever seen. Also, I think blogging is very right-brained. That is something that doesn’t get focused on enough in our schools and that is why we have so many prodigies who end up amazing the world.

    • Syed Farhan says:

      Hi Mr. Smith,

      I think you DON’T need a formal education for doing virtually anything in life. Einstein failed at least twice during his academic career. Leo Tolstoy left his university without taking a degree. Bill Gates too left Harvard to start Microsoft.

  7. This is the first uncommon blogpost i read after a long time! Very good writing sayed.

    Liked that Quote–”Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

  8. sokun says:

    Great post, i definitely agree blogging takes heaps of effort I thought it was easy in the beginning until i saw how long it took just to build traffic.

  9. Hi Syed,

    Spot on points here, I liked Darren’s mention of having little experience before he started blogging.

    Success is any endeavor is a science. Doing things in a certain way brings success. Not doing things in a certain way brings failure. Successful bloggers persist in sharing super value, network with other successful bloggers and persist like heck. Many months went by before I received my first comment, or any appreciable traffic. I had written around 100 posts before people started showing up. Didn’t matter. I had faith, and I kept creating because I know each creative act is prospered.

    Thanks!

    Ryan

  10. Well Syed you have reminded me the days when i was googling for blog.What is blogging and blah….blah….
    Rightly said visiting bad blogs can also give us a great knowledge.Hihi…….

    Thanks for great post.

  11. by far my favorite quote is I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. Its something that if you learn it early on, it will end up being much better for you in the end.

  12. Interesting and engaging.

  13. Gregory C. says:

    Unfortunately, I think I have met a few people that were so ignorant that I could learn nothing from them.

    I value my time too much to live by that quote.

  14. Syed Farhan says:

    Thanks Mr. Gregory for your comment.

    Actually I think no matter whom you meet, he will be knowing somethings that you don’t know. The catch is that whether that information is useful for your business or not.

  15. Syed,

    Great points you mentioned above…Consistency is the key to success..Many people think that there is a special formula to be successful at blogging….Bloggers need to focus on the fundamentals of life which is “hard work and dedication”. It’s tough for many people to accept this because we live in a magic pill society that drives many people in different directions (this makes people forget about working hard). the more consistent you are in writing and communicating with readers and writers, the more success you will have…Also if you are providing great content you will naturally get search engine ranking…

    Thanks for sharing..

    Cheers,
    Nabil

  16. Solarspice says:

    I like Einstein’s quotes – clever guy!

  17. Mike says:

    Blogging is very difficult because content is key! Enjoyed this thread, you can also make money with Google Adsense

  18. Danielle says:

    Great post overall – this is my favorite point:

    Do you think visiting “bad” blogs is a waste of time? Not at all! By visiting them you can learn why that blog didn’t do well. What mistakes did the blogger make? Pay attention to those mistakes so that you may not make them.

  19. Great blog post by your guest! I concur absolutely that in order for a blog to succeed monetarily it must be updated with recent posts on a consistent basis. Keep up the great work!

  20. I had bookmarked this 3 days ago, but just read it now, some great quotes you got there. I have to say I’ve never worked as hard at my “real” jobs as I do on my blogs, and it pays off, but the real reason I do it is because I love it, it’s my passion and it’s fun.

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