Skelliewag is a blog for webmasters, bloggers and any web user who wants to rethink web content. Its main focus is on creating unique and innovative content that will set you apart from the many other sites in your chosen niche.
I’m studying Political Science and Communications, working part time and I also have a job as a staff writer at www.dailyblogtips.com.
I’m not sure whether to define Skelliewag as a hobby or an obsession, as it does suck up a lot of my time. It’s also very rewarding, and I do expect the time commitment to diminish slightly as the blog finds its feet.
I’ve been creating web content for seven years and it’s an area I’m really interested in. I think there are a lot of things that could be done on the web that aren’t being done. Most of my blogging time is actually spent brainstorming new ideas I can share with my readers.
The blog launched on July 26th, so just under a month. Skelliewag has taken off faster than I could have imagined, so it’s been really rewarding to watch that unfold. My main strategy for attracting readers has been to find them, rather than waiting for them to find me. I’ve done quite a few guest posts, been active in forums, had some success with social media — that sort of thing.
It varies. Today I have 800 visitors so far and around 200 RSS subscribers, but that visitor count is a bit higher than usual due to some stumbling.
At the moment it doesn’t have an income. I figure hosting costs are a small price to pay for such an enjoyable hobby, and I’m hoping never to have to monetize with ad-supported content. I’m considering other options for the future (just to break even) but I don’t intend to do any monetizing for quite a while.
I think anyone engaged in creating content for the web would find a lot of useful information and ideas at Skelliewag.
It depends. Yesterday I didn’t blog at all — I went to see a play, had dinner with friends, that sort of thing. Other days I’ll sink a few hours into it. I try to produce between 5 and 6 quality articles a week. This posting schedule allows me to be flexible and take a day off blogging if I want. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I’d committed myself to posting a number of shorter articles each day.
Someone who’s read this far in the interview is probably a blogger themselves. I think bloggers will benefit from subscribing because Skelliewag is, firstly, different to any other meta-blog (and I’d even hesitate to call it that), and second, speaks to the core of what a blogger does: producing web content. Each article I write aims to show you how to do that in new, innovative and better ways. I usually only update once a day so I’m not going to crowd out your feed reader, either
The best advice I can give would be to set yourself apart. I know the word ‘differentiate’ gets bandied around a lot but really what it means is that you have to provide something other people aren’t offering in order to get noticed. Generally, this means different types of content to what others are offering.
This blog can be visited at http://skelliewag.org