Last night I found a list of bunch areas that bloggers take different approaches in – yet there would be many many more. So I sorted and narrowed it down to 17 topics. Some of them are debates that might come down to a bloggers ethics, although most are simply different approaches that might be based more upon each bloggers goals, the niche that they are in. I thought it will be thought-provoking to bring up the topic to discuss and see others’ opinion.
- Post Frequency – Post More vs Post Less
: I don’t try to post MORE or LESS, but at least I’m trying or would love to post something regularly. I love my blog and write posts on my little space so much. However few weeks ago I had so much pressure on the post frequency and even I thought of closing my blog down. I always think those bloggers who writes their posts every day or two is just amazing – all their contents and review are very detailed and fun to read as well. On the other hand, I saw some fabulous bloggers who blog occasionally/sporadically but still, their contents are informative. So I think it’s not the matter of how MANY posts you write every week to be an successful blogger. It’s matter of how you write a post(detailed, informative, fun to read…)
- How Many Blogs? – Focus upon One Single Blog vs Having Many Smaller Blogs
: I’ve seen some bloggers have more than one blog. In my opinion, I think it’s better to focus on one single blog that is manageable. It’s a great idea to have blogs for separate topics but eventually one blog will be out of your attention unless you are a full-time blogger 🙂
- Domain Names – long vs short, hyphens vs non hypens, .com vs other extensions (like .net, .org), local vs global domain extensions
I like and tried to keep the domain name as short as possible. Just because it’s easy to remember and can be typed quick. Yes, I’m lazy and I know it :p
- Hosting – hosted vs self hosted
I find this topic as quite interesting. I really don’t care much about hosted blog or self-hosted. I think the only difference between these two is ownership. It’s like you are having your own space to decorate how you want compare to renting a room from somebody that you can’t do much. I think that is the whole idea of self-hosting website. But as we can see and prove that hosted site like Blogspot/Wordpress is very editable on design-wise that we can change layout and stuff. So i’m good with hosted blog.
- Post Titles – descriptive vs keywords
I’m more like a person who writes keywords for the post titles. I don’t like my post titles to be lengthy and i can write descriptions in the contents, not on the titles.
- Paid Reviews – To Write Paid Reviews vs Not Doing Paid Reviews
It depends. My opinion on this topic is that bloggers can write paid reviews but should not promise to the company or who ever offer them for a positive review just because of $$. Like, companies can pay you for to try their products or give you PR/samples but shouldn’t force you to write a positive review. That’s just not right.
- Design – Professional Design vs Templates
I personally like well-organized or easy to read websites or blogs. However, it’s more on what you are comfortable with. If you like simple, keep it simple and if you like well designed layout, go ahead or hire someone to do it for you if that’s what you want. To be honest, I well understand the blog-envy and many people like to have their blog feels special and different because I feel like I want to blog more often when my blog designs are satisfied.- But, there’s nothing wrong with free templates either.
- Links to External Sources – Should Open in a New Page vs Should Open in the Same Page
I like the external sources to be open in a new page. I don’t know why but that’s just how i am.
- Post Length – Long in Depth Posts vs Short, Sharp Posts
Mmm, I think this one is one of hard questions. I personally like long in depth posts but It’s always hard to write one as myself. My only problem on writing a long in depth posts is that the English is just too tricky for me since Asian languages and Enlglish’s form and stuffs are totally opposite and my lack of vocabulary and poor word choices. I’m really working on it and you will see a looooooooooooooong post in the future!
- Topic – Niche vs Broad Topics
It’s always good to start with your niche where you are really comfortable talking about and enjoy.However, If you have a variety of topics that you are really interested in and passionate, I don’t see why not?
- Personal Blogging – Sticking to Topic vs Injecting Personality and Personal details
I definitely looove personal blogging. I have more fun and enjoy reading on blogs where the bloggers posts their personal issues or what’s going on their life. I think It could be bored if you keep throwing same topic over and over. It’s like you are only eating the bread. Sometimes you need a cup of milk,tea or coffee along with it and that’s how the blog works 🙂
- Comment Moderation – Highly Regulated and Moderated vs Anything Goes
- Social Media vs Search – focus upon social media rather than search engines as traffic sources
- Bloggers Participation in Comments – Respond to Every Single Comment vs Let Readers Talk to Each Other and Don’t Interact
- Blog Platforms – WordPress vs Blogspot
- Affiliate Disclosure – Disclose every affiliate link vs Site Wide Disclosure vs No Disclosure
- Outsourcing – Outsourcing content (or other aspects of blogging) vs producing your own.
So, what do you think about these debates? What’s your opinion? Please do share!