The ad network Chitika has partnered with TiECON East to launch a contest for bloggers called The Blogpreneur Contest. To participate, you must include the contest badge and write a post highlighting the key factors of your blogging success in roughly 250 words or less (it will be very hard for me to write so little!).
The three chosen winners will be featured May 29th at the Entrepreneur Forum at TiECON East 2008 and will receive a plaque, one-year long subscription to Technology Review Magazine, and online video footage of their feature at the conference. Chitika will also promote the video of the prize announcement on their blog, and the winners will be promoted on Tie Boston’s website via a news story.
It’s good publicity to get your blog out – especially considering it will be featured on stage of an event full of venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, and the press. The deadline for the contest is May 8th, 2008, so if you want to enter you better do it soon. The winners will be announced on May 29th at the close of the Entrepreneur Forum at TiECON East 2008.
Here is my entry – please forgive me for the conceded, narcissistic nature of the following, but that is exactly what is required for entry :):
On October 21st, 2005, I created my first blog entry after many requests from members of a webmaster forum I used to frequent. They were interested in reading my day-to-day stories as a young internet entrepreneur who was starting to become successful online.
Two-and-a-half years later, my blog has grown beyond all my expectations with an RSS readership of 1400 (and growing), and is arguably one of the largest and most popular blogs in the “Make Money Online” niche. It is now one of my largest websites and has recently started to make gains in revenue as well, having brought in over $1,700 for the month of March.
My blog has certainly come a very long way since its inception, and I’ve learned many invaluable lessons through two years of trial-and-error as a blogger. That’s one of the most important ingredients for a successful blog, in my opinion: evolution. I’ve made many changes to my blog over the years, and no matter how small an improvement you make, it will certainly add up over time.
Other important ingredients for a successful blog include consistent and regularly updated content (new posts), a well-written or captivating writing style (you don’t have to be a writer to blog, you just have to be interesting!), and a sense of passion.
Passion is very important, especially when blogging, as it will show through in your writing. I created my blog because I found it fun to share my day-to-day experiences, and I continue to blog today because I still find it fun. The growing income is not a bad motivator, either