A New Blogging Medium

Medium

I have been blogging for a long time. Nine years, to be exact. I will even shamelessly share one of my very first posts: an in-depth review of a Snoop Doggy Dogg concert in May 2005. (Full disclosure: many of the posts on that blog are crap and full of mistakes and immature opinions, but I’m not ashamed of where I came from and we all gotta start somewhere.) Since those days I’ve started and killed many a blog, and several companies have even paid me to blog for them. Imagine that!

Just like my blogging skills, the act of blogging itself has come a long way. What began as not much more than angsty teen rants has morphed into a viable way for writers and wannabes to build influence, drive business and even make money by publishing their words on their weblogs.

Medium: a new kind of blogging platform

Many blogging platforms have emerged over the years, from the one I first used (Blogspot) to WordPress to a brand new one I discovered just the other day called Medium (thanks to this post that appeared in my Facebook feed).

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Common Mistakes Bloggers Make and How to Avoid Them

Guest post by Marcela De VivoBlogging Mistakes

Starting a new blog? Blogging can be a rewarding pastime, as a way of expressing yourself creatively and by connecting you to like-minded groups of people. Some bloggers are even able to earn a living by writing about something that was once just a hobby or a passionate side project.

However, beware of the common mistakes that many new bloggers make that can slow or prevent you from finding your audience. Below are some common missteps to avoid:

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How an Internet Virgin Built a Large and Loyal Social Media Following

Guest post by Bridget Burns, Co-Founder and Director of The Vegan Project

Jen, Jessica and Bridget, Co-Founders of The Vegan Project
Jen, Jessica and Bridget, Co-Founders of The Vegan Project

It may appear to some that I am an expert at what I do: vegan social networking. And if Malcolm Gladwell is right, I suppose I am. But I was not always adept at social media networking or navigating the internet. It took time, a passion-driven message and lots of mistakes. I run The Vegan Project, a vegan recipe and lifestyle blog I founded with a couple friends back in 2009.

When we started, I didn’t know anything about blogging or tweeting, and to be honest, I wasn’t too stoked on either. What I was stoked on was spreading the word about plant-based living (I’m a huge animal lover). I’d been on Facebook but I certainly hadn’t used it for building a community. Today, our blog receives over 15,000 (and growing) visitors per month, double that in page views. And our social media community has also grown exponentially, with 6300 followers on Twitter and almost 3500 on Facebook. We’re also on Pinterest, Instagram and Stumbleupon.

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