How is starting a blog today different from starting a blog 10 years ago?
Answer by Gautam Ghosh:
I started blogging 10 years ago. Here are some thoughts:
- There were very few bloggers then. We formed a cliquish community and used to read each other's blogs, comment on them and obsess over traffic stats. So getting readership today is much tougher.
- 10 years ago you could take a broad topic and start blogging on it. Today most niches are populated by many blogs, so finding a niche that you can "own" is very difficult
- Sharing blog posts with people who don't read blogs today is much easier – via Twitter and Facebook. 10 years ago friends and family did not really understand what "blogging" was.
- One thing that hasn't changed – is the passion you need to start and sustain a blog