Why You SHOULDN’T Use WordPress as Your Blogging Platform

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In case you missed out previous post, the resurgence of minimalist blogging platforms is a reaction to the decentralization of content as the primary focus of a website or blog.

By using the platforms mentioned in that post, you will easily see their simplistic but sophisticated layout that favors content instead of the bells and whistles featured in other robust platforms.

Of course, when we say “robust platform,” we are referring to WordPress.

An argument can be made that the alternative blogging platforms are a backlash to the bulky CMS that WordPress has become. Originally started out as a publishing platform for writers, WordPress has exploded into popularity due to the flexibility and customization that it offers webmasters, not to mention the host of free plugins and themes you can download, to help boost their site performance.

While these advantages will sway any beginning blogger to build their site using WordPress, there are also a lot of reasons why it’s better to choose another platform to build your site on.

Just to be clear, I love WordPress as the platform to build site and blogs on due to the very same reasons mentioned above. Also, this post is not contrarian just for the sake of being one. There are indeed legitimate arguments as to why WordPress as a blogging platform may not be your cup of tea.

It is not a “blogging” platform

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If WordPress was the standard of blogging platform, then blogging as a writing activity is no longer about writing.

Blogging, in the strictest and purest sense, is the process writing and publishing content from your site. The main point of blogging is not to drive more subscribers to your email list, increase your social media followers, or shill for a product or service in the hopes of earning money from it.

Not that there’s anything bad about these things, but there’s a perfectly understandable reason for wanting to separate your professional life from your blogging endeavors. Besides, if you want to write for money, you can just find one from a writers job board for your financial fix.

In other words, blogging is all about communication and sharing of ideas to your audience.

That’s why WordPress is awesome because it does the reasons stated above using different plugins and applying certain marketing tactics to make it work.

Those are also the reasons why WordPress will no longer be a “blogging” platform.

If you want to blog for blogging’s sake, then you may want to try on another platform that puts the writing back in its rightful place online.

You may lose your online identity

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It could be difficult to stand out from the pack if you’re using WordPress as your platform.

As of writing, there are 74,652,825 sites (and counting) that run on WordPress. If you use this CMS, you will be one of the millions who will reap the benefits that come along with it.

However, this also means that you will be using the same tools that knowledgeable WordPress users will deploy on their site to achieve the feel and appearance they want.

While the chances are slim, there’s a possibility of a site that looks and feels exactly like yours.

As a blogger, you may want a platform that will let your personality and brand shine brighter. The sheer fact that over 74 million webmasters are using WordPress no longer makes you unique in the first place.

This is where the aforementioned minimalist blogging platforms come in – they allow you to make a more effective online presence through the content you produce, which is the emphasis of these sites. It is true that the design and layout offered in these platforms lend themselves to homogeneity. However, since the content remains the focus, there’s a tendency for the design to become moot at this point.

If you wish for a legitimate WordPress alternative, you can try out Joomla and Drupal, both of which are less popular CMSs capable of providing familiar features offered in WordPress, and then some. For more information on how to build your blog using either platform, check out this resource site.

Final thoughts: Blogging should never be complicated as long as you’re fully aware that the real reason to become a blogger is that you want to write and express your ideas to others. While WordPress as a blogging platform allows you to do this, it’s clear that it’s no longer the publishing tool that it once was. This is not meant to be as a bad thing, but if you want a simple and straightforward blogging platform, then you’re probably better off using other platforms out there.

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5 Best Online Interviews About Blogging You Haven’t Read Yet

5 Best Online Interviews About Blogging You Haven’t Read Yet

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As a blogger, it is important that you keep abreast of blogging updates so that you are informed of the best practices and tactics that you should incorporate in your strategy.

Aside from dedicating time to read posts about blogging from trustworthy sites, you can also read up on interviews of the best and top bloggers within your niche.

If you have been doing exactly this to improve your craft, then you need to read the ones featured below to give you a better idea on what blogging is and how more it can be for you.

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Don’t Feed The Trolls: How to Stop Haters from Infiltrating Your Blog

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As your blog demands attention, everybody will take heed of your posts. This not only includes your target audience, but also trolls, who by far as the worst kind of people to interact with on your blog. You don’t even have to attract them – if trolls see something they can feast on your blog, they’ll do so without hesitation.

They take part in your blog by offering inane and useless vitriol for the sake of commenting on your posts. While most of your readers will deliver constructive criticism if they disagree with any of your ideas or thoughts, trolls will pounce on you using sweeping generalizations, poor sentence construction, and f-bombs that would make a sailor proud.

The psychology of trolls is traced to the sense of disinhibition they possess at the moment. Because their real identities are hidden behind an ambiguous username, they feel the compulsion to let go of social inhibitions and just unleash their true, inarticulate feelings against a blog.

It’s easy to give in and stoop down to their level especially when trolling comments come in droves. But before doing anything rash, below are some things that you should keep in mind to counter against these pesky online users.

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50 Blogging Tips From the Experts

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As of 2014, an estimated 6.7 million people blog via “traditional” blogging platforms. Think WordPress and Blogger among others.

This number has surely grown since the survey was done, with bloggers in every niche popping up like mushroom after the rain. We can’t deny that there are a lot of talented new bloggers today, but with the blogosphere already so crowded, it is crucial to find that special sauce that will give you an edge over everyone else in your niche.
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How an Industry-Specific Writer Can Improve Your Company’s Blogging

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As a business owner, you most likely don’t have time to be writing blogs for your company, even if you would like to. But according to LinkedIn, companies that post blogs 6 to 8 times a month get almost double the leads than companies that post 3 to 5 times a month. Can you afford to be missing out on those leads just because you don’t have the time to personally dedicate to blogging? No!

If you find yourself at this juncture, your best option may be to hire someone to write for your company. However, you can’t just hire anyone—as much as you may like to give your niece studying dentistry a job writing for your auto mechanic shop. No, in order to get the most out of your blogging and content marketing, you need someone who can both write extremely well and who knows about your industry. So what can an industry-specific writer offer your blogging efforts that your niece, or someone like her, can’t? [Read more…]

4 IFTTT Recipes to Boost Blogging Productivity

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As a blogger, you want to make the most of your time producing the best possible content for your blog. This means increasing your productivity and getting rid of roadblocks along the way that prevent you from doing your job.

Enter IFTTT.

This web-based service lets you create conditional statements referred to as “recipes” using third-party apps. Using recipes help you cut time in doing certain tasks online. For example, there is a recipe that lets you automatically save all your Instagram photos to your Dropbox. This way, you don’t have spend time manually transfering the images to your Dropbox. Using this trigger, IFTTT will do it for you.

Aside from using these indispensable time-saving recipes, there are specific conditional statements that will help you how to blog the right way. Below are four of them.

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Habits of Prolific Bloggers

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Blogging can be the easiest thing in the world, but it can also be the most frustrating activity; especially when you run out of steam after the first few months of being on a high.

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Some of you may wonder at how other bloggers seem to continue churning out post after post, seemingly without facing the issue of running out of things to write.

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5 Great Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog

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So, you’ve got a blog – which makes you just like every other company with a heartbeat. How do you turn that blog from a content receptacle into a valuable branch of your business? Instead of mindlessly reading articles about why blogging is important, you need something tangible – something you can grab onto and use. How can you maximize the value of your posts?

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Make Money With Your Blog…Without Ads?

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For bloggers, ads are a godsend. These help bloggers earn from the diligence and hard work they put in every post they craft and publish.

For users, ads suck. They disrupt the viewing experience and provide little value to the content they visited to read.

As a blogger, you need to reconcile both schools of thought to build a financially sustainable blog without pissing off your readers.

As far as making money with your blog is concerned, we’ve discussed how to monetize your personal blog and how to use contextual ad networks to make money.

But is there such a way to earn from your blog without relying on ads?

A quick look at sites like CopyBlogger and The Daily Dish would show you that it is possible. Both don’t boast ads but generate enough profit to provide their target audiences with business solutions and irresistible content.

If you want to take the ad-less route and keep the cool factor of your blog intact, here’s what you need to do:

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