Is your blog a resource? Do visitors come to your blog because you are the source of the information they need?
Lately, I’ve been looking for resource material for a variety of articles I’m working on. Lists of where to find what information, the best related information on a subject, and collated information with links and the answers I need.
It got me thinking about whether or not my blog is a resource, and what defines a blog as a resource?
I consider my blog a resource as it is stuffed with non-personal, educational and technical articles. That’s a fair definition as a resource, don’t you think?
I know sites like the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users, are resources, sources for information on how to use WordPress, which is definitely more technical than my blog, so does mine still qualify?
Look around at the blogs you consider “resources”, sources for the information you need in your blogging, business, or life in general. What are the characteristics that define them as “sources”?
Is it their unique and original content? Is it how the content makes you think, possibly even to reconsider a position? Is it because the content is mostly technical? Can some editorial commentary content be permitted and still be a “resource”? Does the blog cover only one subject or a very narrow niche? Or does it cover a wide range of unrelated topics? Or is a resource just a place where you find the answers, and there are no rules to the definition?
Look at your own blog. Is it a resource? Is it a source for information on the web? If you want it to be considered a source, how would it have to change?
What defines a resource in today’s blogging world? Is it one thing, or many?
The author of Lorelle on WordPress and the fast-selling book, Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging, as well as several other blogs, Lorelle VanFossen has been blogging for over 15 years, covering blogging, WordPress, travel, nature and travel photography, web design, web theory and development extensively as web technologies developed.