Do you want to become a blogger? Do you want to succeed as a blogger? If you are reading this now maybe you already started your own blog or you are considering what it takes to become a blogger and earn money from the internet just like me. Blogging is fun when you have the right skills to succeed in it else it could turn out to become your worst nightmare.
Today I want to discuss with you some of the basic computer skills you need to posses as a blogger, to make your daily blogging tasks seem like fun and easy. If you posses the skills I am about to talk about below, you can really succeed as a blogger because you must have been equipped with the right skills to succeed.
Are you ready? Now let’s look at the basic computer skills you need as a blogger.
Blogging entails writing, styling, formatting, numbering etc. As a blogger you are required to know how to use Word Processing software like Microsoft Word, Notepad, Wordpad etc. One may ask what has blogging have to do with Word processing?
Let me tell you why…
As a blogger, it is a very good practice to type your articles on a Word processor like Microsoft Word so as to produce quality articles with minimal or no error at all, whether it is typographical error or grammatical error, the Microsoft Word software will suggest best solutions to highlighted errors as you type. This way you can easily spot your mistakes and correct them.
So as a blogger it is highly recommended you type your articles on a Word processor, style it very well using the best fonts, text sizes and colors, use number or bullet listing where necessary etc.
You definitely need this skill to produce high quality contents which will in turn help your blog grow and rank highly in search engines.
Another important computer skill you need as a blogger is image editing. As a blogger you are required to use images in your articles and often times you have to create and edit your own images. Without this skill your blog may suffer in effect and your articles may lack visual illustrations which could discourage your readers from reading.
Images play a very vital role in blogging and you are required as a blogger to know how to edit and create images using some image editing tools like Microsoft Paint, Adobe Macromedia Fireworks, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office Picture Manager Etc.
Sometimes you may need to label images or place texts on them for illustrations, without a good knowledge of these image editing tools, you may not find it easy to edit and use high quality images on your blog.
Remember that your blog may not only rank on search engines for your articles alone, it could also rank for images as well, so you are required to have a basic knowledge of image editing to be able to create and edit images as a blogger.
Practical use of the internet:
As a blogger you are required to have a very good knowledge of how to use the internet. You must know how to use the search engines; you must know how to promote your content and blog in general via the internet.
Blogging requires a lot of online researches and if you do not have a good knowledge of the internet you may find it very difficult digging up important information on any subject matter. I find the internet thrilling and with a good skill of internet use, any information is just within your finger tips.
You can use the internet to enrich your knowledge of blogging, connect with other bloggers, build relationships with your audience, engage actively on the social networks etc.
Are you wondering why I separated typing from the first point? I actually classify typing as a basic computer skill every blogger needs to posses to succeed in blogging. I needed to elaborate on this point that’s why I have separated it from Word processing skill.
Typing is a very important computer skill every blogger need to posses. Typing involves you to know some basic keyboarding skills as well, like the basic keyboard shortcuts, use of function keys etc. A good knowledge of typing will help you as a blogger because you may lose ideas in your head when you can’t type fast or properly.
Basic Blog Management:
To succeed as a blogger, you need to have a good blog management skill. You should be able to manage your blogging needs such as editing your articles online, publishing contents, scheduling posts, updating plugins and themes, editing your theme without breaking your blog, ads integration, SEO, Social media integration and any other type of blog modification.
You need to be able to manage your blog by yourself and to do this you need to posses some basic computer skills like HTML and CSS etc.
So you see to succeed as a blogger you need to posses most of the basic computer skills listed in this article, that way you can easily carry out your daily blogging tasks with ease and blogging could be fun and easy.
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