Some may say that blogging does not require a fast and reliable connection. After all, the writing of a blog post does require you to be always online. You can just prepare your draft on an offline word processor and post it when you can already connect to the internet. This kind of mindset, however, is just unfitting for someone who wants to start a successful web blog.
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Are a you a blogger and you need some convincing why you should switch, or invest more in a fast and reliable internet connection? Consider the points below:
- Posting Multimedia Content
Imagine having to post photos with a file size higher than 5 MB. If you have a slow and unstable connection, you likely wouldn’t be able to post your standard 12 MP or 20 MP full resolution photo. Often, blogging platforms like WordPress fail to upload even a simple set of 640p photos because of an unstable or slow internet connection. Now, imagine having to upload a video clip with a file size higher than 50 MB. Without a good broadband connection, posting a video would be close to impossible. You can reduce the file size by just posting a video in SD resolution, which is not really advisable considering how most internet users nowadays demand at least an HD resolution for videos. In case you don’t realize, YouTube videos are now available in 1080p, QHD, and 4K resolutions. You would also want to make sure you that you get an unlimited internet plan with no throttling as to prevent situations in which you would run out of bandwidth while uploading content.
Faster and more reliable internet connection is needed if you want to include high quality photos, videos, and other multimedia content in your blog. This is not only for the sake of the fast uploading of multimedia content but more importantly to make sure that a file upload is made possible. It’s worth emphasizing that most unstable internet connections create major encumbrances especially when it comes to file uploads, as the uploads get disrupted and fail to proceed. Many a WordPress blogger would know this problem-dragging multiple images onto a draft only to receive an error notification for the failure to upload these images.
- Quick Fixing of Posts
What if you blog about current affairs, politics in particular, and you posted a story that has been instantly made outdated by a recent announcement or development? You certainly would want to update the story or correct the post you made. You couldn’t do this if you don’t have a reliable connection. In cases when you are covering sensitive issues or polarizing politicians, an unupdated story might get you in trouble. Imagine how much trouble you would be in if you failed to correct mistakes in your post or update your story because you couldn’t go online.
Compare how fast you can post a blog when you are always online to having to use an offline word processor to prepare a draft of your blog to be posted later on. Without a doubt, it’s easier to write a blog when you have a fast and dependable connection. You can quickly add relevant links for your post if you have uninterrupted internet connection. It would also be easier to do some research and to find images for your posts if you have access to the internet anytime. Additionally, it would be easier to do SEO for your blog (especially when it comes to keyword research) if you have reliable internet access. You will definitely be more productive.
- Evaluating Page Speed Your Blog
Without a good internet connection, it is hard to get a good grasp of the average speed your blog loads at. Should you assume that everybody also has poor internet connection? That’s not a bad idea but you will end up becoming very limited, being forced to narrow down the amount of media you put out with each post. Because of this, you would tend to have a bare bones type of blog that could be perceived to be boring and would easily be outclassed by the competition unless you are offering unparalleled informational content.
- Promoting Your Blog
Blogging is not just about writing stuff and posting them online. Unless you are maintaining a blog simply for personal reasons (a personal online diary), there’s the need for promotion. Especially for blogs intended for monetization, promotion is a must. A blog can’t reach a considerable audience by simply getting posted online. After you post your blogs, you would have to engage in promotional activities, which can be done through email, social media, or through blog networks. You can also post comments on other blogs with links to your blog or to some specific post. All of these entail the need to be continuously online.