Besides the regular grind of routine, many of us share some passions and liking for extraordinary hobbies. From Amateur Radio to Beekeeping – not everyone has the luxury of pursuing these. Hence, blogs which talk about hobbies and interests gain tremendous popularity, almost as though they are on a commercial level. But what does an ideal hobbyist need to include in her blog? This article deals with a few tips and suggestions, which you can add to a blog about your hobbies and interests.
A hobby blog is incomplete without the profile and contact information of the author. Some authors like to stay anonymous or use a pseudonym, but those who really want to promote and propagate their hobbies will share their contact information so that similar hobbyists and people from the same interest group can contact them to spread and share ideas. There are many ways to share your contact information and still keep certain sensitive details private. Having a contact form on your website is also another way of allowing people to contact you without revealing your email address or other personal information.
The whole purpose of a hobby is to have some non-commercial activity, which is like a release or relief from your routine life. This means that you have acquired information which is not for professional use or for making money and the best way to give back to the hobby or enhance your knowledge of it, is to share the sources from where you learnt and give people tips and advice about them.
Although a hobby blog is not meant for commercial purposes, you could definitely do with some additional pocket money to offset the domain and hosting cost. Placing automated Advertising banners or setting up a Pay-Per-Click system can bring in a significant amount of revenue. Infact, if the blog is popular and well received by co-hobbyists, then professional product and services companies for your hobby may offer to place banners on your website and give you a regular compensation for it. This way, you don’t need to bother about sprucing up the website or hiring a design agency to help you give it a more stylish look.
Multimedia: Videos and Podcasts
Text blogs are a thing of the past. With audio and video streaming becoming more popular, bloggers are also resorting to sharing their hobby ideas and successes with the world using multimedia. While podcasts are also catching steam, video blogs or vlogs are an all time favorite for lazy readers. Putting up a gallery of videos will definitely attract more people to your blog or website. Since it is an amateur blog, there is no need to use fancy equipment or cameras, even a mobile camera and some sense can help you shoot great videos for the hobby. With GoPro and outdoor cameras becoming more popular, you can give your website or blog audience a bird’s eye view or point of view which you can actually see, making the experience even more realistic. This means that you can get a host of subscribers who will regular tune into your audio video feeds, thereby making you a sort of rockstar.