What is Your Favorite Part of Blogging?

In order to have a successful blog, you have to “wear many hats” when it comes to blogging. While some larger blogs have the resources to distribute different aspects of the blogging process to different people, most blogs are run by one individual who is responsible for all of the following.

Design

Depending on a blogger’s need to stand out form the crowd, the design aspect of blogging can range from relatively simple to extremely challenging. On the one hand, a blogger could be happy with installing a quick template (like Thesis, which this site and my latest blog for the SEO contest oes tsetnoc is built with) and just filling in the content to make it work. Then the design of the site can be done relatively easy.

On the other hand, a blogger might want their site to be semi or completely unique. In this instance, if the blogger does not have the graphics and programming skills to create their own themes, or at the very least, modify existing themes to have a more customized feel, the design can become a huge challenge, or an expensive one with the need for professional design assistance.

Even though a blogger can settle with a simple template in the beginning, there may come a time when the blogger needs a logo, banner ads, and so on. And if the site grows in popularity, the simplest template may be outgrown. So the design aspect will eventually touch almost every blogger’s work at one stage or the next.

Content Production

Probably the most important part of blogging is the content. Content can be in the form of articles, photography, videos, list compilations, and so on. A blogger’s role in content production is probably the most important, as “content is king.” New ideas have to be generated all the time to keep the content fresh. Each new entry has to be well thought out, planned, and shared in a way that most people can understand. The content has to be compelling or useful enough to make readers turn into subscribers. Plus, to turn readers or subscribers into active participants, the content must generate a need for response.

Search Engine Optimization

One of the biggest sources of traffic is from search engines, specifically Google, Yahoo & Bing. In order to get traffic from search engines, the blogger must learn at least the basics of SEO. Keywords, link building, analytics, and other optimization skills must be learned and utilized. SEO is an on-going process, both in application and education, as the rules change frequently.

Social Promotion

Another huge source of traffic for bloggers comes from social media. Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Digg and Reddit are only a few of the many social networks that can bring in a good source of visitors, if used in the right way. Each one has different rules and requires some amount of time spent learning ways to use each efficiently with the most amount of positive results.

Community Building

Bloggers must build community, both on their blogs and off of them. Commenting on your own blog and other blogs combined with social networking plays an important part in the overall success of a blog. And of course, both require a lot of interaction plus giving before taking.

What is Your Favorite Part of Blogging?

As a blogger, what is your favorite part of blogging? Or perhaps, what is your least favorite part? Do you love the writing but feel less enthused with the promotion, or vice versa? How do you balance getting to enjoy one aspect while putting the effort into another that is more difficult?

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  1. says

    Definitely content production. I enjoy interacting with my readers as a very close second.

    I’m not a big fan of SEO and social promotion, but I do occasionally take part in social media more out of curiosity for what else is out there than anything else =)

    I also get excited when people really enjoy something I’ve worked hard on – to me, that’s the most rewarding

  2. says

    I love talking and laughing with the people who comment on my blog, and I always try to go to their blogs and see what’s going on over there too. I’ve gotten to know quite a few really cool people in the last few months and I would not spend my time on blogging if not for those people.
    .-= christie´s last blog ..Flatland – colorful math fun for all ages =-.

  3. says

    Being a 16-years-old blogger with no-native English speaker, content production is one of the toughest things I face in every day’s blogging experience. But still I love content production because it’s going to spread my name as the author. Also, it significantly improves my writing skill.

    Design is something pretty hard for someone like me who has no knowledge in CSS or PHP. But still I made some change in my wordpress theme even though I know nothing about coding. So, when I see that I’ve succeeded doing something in design, I feel awesome. Yep, the design part is also good for me as this way I’m learning basics of coding without any pressure.

    Social Media promotion and Search Engine Optimization is a lengthy but not difficult process in blogging life. I enjoy doing so; but they do not deserve to be my favorite.

    On the other hand, I really love building community over the Internet although I haven’t succeeded to build one yet. But I can very good imagine how I will feel if I succeed to build one.

    So, at the end, my favorite parts of blogging are: Content Production, Design, and Community Building.
    .-= Aminul Islam Sajib´s last blog ..Does your post inform your audience something? =-.

  4. says

    The writing itself, coming up with new ideas to share, is the best part.
    The promotion almost feels like something I wish I could sub out. Been blogging over 2 years, but actively promoting the last 6 months or so. Slow, steady progress, building readership.
    I also enjoy mingling with other PF bloggers, getting to know other with similar interests.
    Joe
    .-= JoeTaxpayer´s last blog ..Inheriting or Bequeathing an IRA =-.

  5. says

    If by favorite you mean the one that is most pleasurable and delightful to me, then it’s designing the site. I keep switching from one theme to the other. I spend some dollars too buying this theme and that one (some of which I never even use..lol). I’m always toying and tinkering with the plugins, widgets, and codes…sometimes to the detriment of the site :( But I just keep doing it, because I like it.
    .-= WD Favour´s last blog ..The Recipe for True and Lasting Greatness =-.

  6. says

    As I have only been blogging for about a month, I am currently only focused on content production, community building and social promotion. However with my past experience with CSS and HTML, I am sure that Design will overcome the others. Not that it’s more important, but I can mess around with a lot more in that arena.
    .-= Damilola @ Kaizen´s last blog ..Why Always Trumps How To =-.

  7. says

    Hi Kristi,

    I think interaction with the readers and then creating the content is second. I do love mixing things up and trying new ideas by adding personal touches to let the community know I am not a Bunny rabbit but a person just like them. lol
    I enjoy coming up with something no one else has. Being different hopefully makes me unforgettable.
    I don’t have a lot to do with the design, my husband wears that hat and has been working on improvements when he has the time. So Bunny will have a face lift soon.
    I really enjoyed your article.
    .-= BunnygotBlog´s last blog ..I Remember 911 =-.

  8. says

    Right at this moment, my favorite thing is waking up with a fresh cup of coffee and looking through my RSS reader for some inspiration & debate.

    Its definitely the problem solving and exchange of ideas that I like the most. I like trying to figure out why pages rank where they do, or why people believe what they believe in politics & business, or trying to come up with a new strategy to increase revenue & surfer satisfaction at the same time and testing it out until it delivers the intended results.

    Sometimes, I hate content writing, it can feel like a chore. But other times, I’ve got lots of stuff to say and I write so much because saying what’s on my mind is ultimately the best part of the blogging process :)
    .-= John´s last blog ..Update – Removing One Comment Results in 20 Page SERP Boost =-.

  9. says

    My favorite part is what is learned by interacting with others. Content production obvious contributes to this as well, since all of my articles I typically put quite a lot of thought and often research into, there is a lot to be learned. The reactions and impact this has on others is then by far the best result to know something has helped or inspired or even provoked new thoughts for another person. Wow!
    .-= Mike King´s last blog ..Review: The Shadow Effect =-.

  10. says

    Content creation can be fun whenever I’m feeling inspired, but a pain in the butt when I feel like I NEED to put something up. What I tend to do nowadays is, whenever I have an idea, I immediately jot it down along with any associated ideas. Usually these form the basis of later blog posts, so I’m usually not short of ideas.

    My least favourite is the blog promotion, which is the tough part. It’s OK when you have 100,000 subscribers… you don’t need to do a whole lot of promotion. But when you’re a few digits short of that figure, you need to get out there and promote your content.

    As I tweeted recently, Content is King, but promoting that content is Queen.
    .-= Paul Hancox, copySnips´s last blog ..How To Eliminate Objections Using Headlines… =-.

  11. says

    Currently, I’m designing a new blog related to food and cooking. Like many other blogs, there will be just me who is responsible for all activities starting from design to promotion. Personally, I don’t mind doing that since I love to cook, love to try new tastes, and love to share my own recipes. By the way, for me the most difficult part of blogging is to build a strong community. To be successful, you have to offer something!
    .-= Hamming´s last blog ..Your shower may be blasting you with germs =-.

  12. says

    I think what I had loved about blogging was the interactivity shared through commenting and the occasional “Hi there!” to catch up with bloggers around. :)

    Design was also one thing that I used to like doing — until I’ve realized that it took too much of my time out that could be used in creating top content and adding real value to others through the written word.

    Yeps! HI there Kristi!
    .-= Daniel Richard´s last blog ..The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life =-.

  13. says

    Definitely writing and promotion (the latter to a degree). That doesn’t mean I hate design, but it is something I’d much rather give over to others better at it: “surprise me.” Community building and SEO both get very frustrating: I never quite know what will work with others or with bots.

    That having been said, it’s a lot of fun to be able to promote indirectly on a forum or blog just by adding something of value. And that brings me back to writing: I only started blogging because I felt I had something to say that few if any were saying.
    .-= ashok´s last blog ..On Socrates, Dancing and Philosophy: Xenophon, Symposium II 15-20 =-.

  14. says

    I only care about making enough money to quit working for the man. I can care less about who visits, comments (albeit I don’t allow spam comments), design, visiting other blogs, etc…

    Of course, I’m a natural loner that plays well by myself and I’ve always done my own thing and never followed crowds.

    Blogging has always been a means to an end, and never about being social with other people. I think there are plenty like me out there like this that probably would ever say that.

    This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the social that happens, it just isn’t the focus.

    I’m big on SEO right now and have found that I don’t need to build links, at all. Zero…zip. It’s a waste of time, when you figure a few things out… ;)

    I didn’t come to crap on your blog, I found my reaction to your title amusing and thought I’d share my new outlook with you. I don’t enjoy blogging where I thought I did. I enjoy the randomness that is search traffic and seeing things work from my efforts on the back-end…without having to interface with people.
    .-= Wayne´s last blog ..Top 10 Search Engine Traffic Driving Content =-.

  15. says

    Indeed Kristi; many bloggers have many hats to put on and they do this at once which make me wonder about fashion [lol]. Anway seriously, in my opinion the whole process is like a “One Man Show” for males / “One Woman Show” for females who are running their own blogs whether self hosted or not.

    I am enjoying all what you’ve mentioned while managing my personal blog however the least favourite part is the ‘upgrading’ one. I know it’s now automated in WP 2.7+ however either for core files or plugings, however I don’t like this part yet it is essential for security for sure!
    .-= Hicham´s last blog ..Light at the End of the Tunnel =-.

  16. says

    Kristi, I think you hit the nail on the head with the need to wear many hats. It can be very challenging at times but it also adds to the learning experience.

    I personally enjoy the writing and doing the background research for content creation the most. And although I didn’t really plan on it when I started blogging I really enjoy the community aspect of blogging. Over time you run into people in different places on the web and you begin to develop a sense of familiarity. Very cool. And you have created an excellent place here to foster that. Thanks!

    Oh, I have also really gotten into the different aspects of SEO and traffic/link building. It’s kinda like a big puzzle where you have to figure out what works and how to second-guess Google.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Microsoft Outlook Data Backup Utility =-.

  17. says

    Definitely I would like to say that in the Internet world, “Content is the king”. The content should be robust and it should make the reader addicted to the blog so as to make him watch out for the next post. Well content does not only mean putting down content without thinking of SEO; it should be target the keywords too that is being worked upon. In this case the “Term Target” tool of SEOmoz works fine.
    Design is also a factor but its not an essential component as content. Too many flashy designs can make the reader distracted and make him move out of the blog even if the content is worth reading.
    .-= Coco Valdez´s last blog ..cocomodels: the fashion feed: @styledotcom’s Twitter aggregator. http://bit.ly/N4AD1 =-.

  18. says

    My favorite part of blogging is expressing my thoughts through posting articles. I feels good knowing that you have shared what’s on your mind to others and the same time helping others who might have come upon on the same hat.

  19. says

    Thank you for sharing, Kristi. For me, my favorite part about blogging is to receive feedback while building a network with my readers. I’m starting to realize apart from the writing pleasure, friendships can be built and I really treasure the wonderful people I met over the process. Those experiences are hard to come by.

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..How To Pick Up From Your Blogging Downturns =-.

  20. says

    The posting and comment answering is what I enjoy most. Promotion can be a tedious task but necessary all the same. Also ,since starting to blog I’ve actually got rather into reading other blogs and finding alot of really useful, interesting and sometimes humorous info and I now have an ever growing list of blogs I like to visit…

  21. says

    Hi Kristi, No doubt my favorite part of blogging is Content without content very difficult to do blogging if you use fresh content in blog got more visitors as well some boost for Search Engine…..

  22. says

    Well, I have to say that my favorite part of blogging is going out and meeting other bloggers through reading and commenting on their blogs, tweeting, posting on forums or talking on skype.
    I’m such a people person that this is by far my favorite part. I loove it when someone leaves a comment on my blog and says that what i wrote somehow helped them with an issue. Knowing that I made a bit of a difference in someone’s life makes me happy and feeling great – actually :-D
    So that’s my favorite part about blogging.
    All the best,
    Ere Mckay
    .-= Eren Mckay´s last blog ..Hot wheels birthday party ideas – hotwheels theme cake pictures =-.

  23. Mrinmay Bhattacharjee (mrintech) says

    My favorite part of Blogging is Content Production, Design and Search Engine Optimization. :)

    I am still a learner but I tweak/experiment a lot in the above mentioned areas. My Google Webmaster Tools Dashboard is full of various type of errors most of the time and I mess with my WordPress Themes/Plugins every 3-4 Days :P

  24. says

    For me the whole purpose of starting the blog was to give myself an excuse to write. I already did a lot of writing but it was all kept private on my computer. My least favorite part of blogging is getting people to subscribe. I don’t want to beg like some bloggers do with their enormous RSS buttons at the top of the page and their huge text saying “SUBSCRIBE TO MY RSS FEED” at the end of each post, but it’s frustrating because I do a great job of getting a lot of people to the site yet very few of them actually subscribe and it makes me wonder what I’m doing wrong.
    .-= SeoNext´s last blog ..The Importance of Visible On-Page Factors! =-.

  25. says

    Hey Kristi, what a wonderful post! I pretty much like all the aspects that you have mentioned in your post about blogging. To me blogging is a learning process, and that everyday I am learning something new. But again, content creation, seo, interaction with other bloggers, design and promotion, they all seem interesting and integral to the success of your blogs.
    .-= RWH @ Reliable Web Hosting´s last blog ..Cheap Web Hosting Package =-.

  26. says

    My favorite part has got to be content production. I just love to write.

    I really don’t give that much thought to other aspects of blogging, to be honest. I envy people who do – particularly those with graceful, sleek-looking blogs that really make an impression. But I just have no talent in that area.

    That said, in the end I think that content is the main ingredient – both for readers and search engines. So I don’t lose sleep worrying that my blogs look very basic.
    .-= Matt Hayden´s last blog ..Suicide notes on Facebook =-.

  27. says

    I have to say my favourite part of blogging is the sharing of knowledge and social interaction, knowing that your knowledge can help others or simply prompt them to act is very rewrading. On the other side of things you can often receive great tips and advice from the community as well as building new online connections.

    The worst aspect of blogging is having to work off page in order to build links and rank higher on the search engines I would much prefer to put the effort into my own site, but needs must :)
    .-= SEO wizz´s last blog ..Link Acquisition Rate and Overall Domain Diversity =-.