About Dear Blogger

“Accidental mistakes often lead to the best things in life.”

Why did I start my about page with this quote? Just because. It’s one of my favorites.

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Hey, I’m Greg. Welcome to Dear Blogger. Blogging and I met back in September 2010 in a “WordPress for Dummies” book at a small cafe in New York City. Reading through, I was deeply intrigued. So deeply in fact, that I spilt my coffee all over the darn thing. Feeling guilty, I bought the book for $20. Fate? Perhaps.

  • I read the whole train ride home. That night, I proceeded to start up my first blog, a college Wikipedia called Honest College. It was more fun than anything I had tried before.
  • After 6 months of blogging, my work was featured in the Huffington Post alongside BroBible (here’s the feature).
  • Two weeks later, I was offered gigs writing for Sony and Adobe’s new product divisions. My apartment filled quickly with new software, random stuff like T-shirts, even a new laptop to review.
  • After 1 year of blogging, I was recruited by the City of New York to manage this website used by millions of small businesses each month. Still doing that, lots o’ work.
  • At the 1.5 year mark, I was flown to the Adobe HQ in San Fran to witness creation of CS 6. (thank you Ivy!)

This was my first paid trip and it sort of convinced me I could actually do this blogging thing for a living.

  • At the 26 month mark (that’s now) I’m travelling the globe with my “Mac in my knap-sack”. I frequently get gigs on blogs like ProBlogger, Hongkiat (big in Malaysia) and my new favorite, PickTheBrain. I’ve come to love blogging more and more each day. Most often I’m based in NYC.

Some say I’m a quick learner. I’d say I’m a quick learner only when I find something that I love. My grades in university would suggest that!

What are people saying about Dear Blogger?

The world erupted in celebration the moment we launched. No. But a lot of blogging questions did come in and we answered most of them. Here is how some folks on Twitter have responded to the help the community and I provide:


No, I didn’t pay these folks to say nice things. I just delivered them weekly blogging answers, and daily answers in the comments!

So why did I create Dear Blogger?

Because I truly like helping people. That little moment when I see I’ve shared knowledge with a reader, and it has actually helped their efforts, makes all the work associated with blogging worth it.

People forget that good blogging is about adding value to the reader’s life. It’s not about getting more fans, traffic, and links to your blog. That’s all part of the process but it’s become such a focus that it clouds what you as a blogger can offer people.

I want to bring the focus back to real issues in blogging. I used to write on most failed college courses, but there was a lot more demand for this.

Who should read this blog?

This blog is certainly geared towards new, up and coming bloggers. Sometimes my “expert” readers even complain that it’s too basic!

I tell them to just look deeper. Within the comments I’m frequently discussing hot blogging topics with readers and finding solutions found in very few other places around the web.

So, dig around :)

Have you heard of Dear Blogger?

No? Then check out my welcome to Dear Blogger post. Dear Blogger is all about answering blogging questions quickly, painlessly, and without the fluffy jargon the web is so full of these days. Ask me a question on email (greg@dearblogger.org), Twitter, or Google+.

You can even ask how my day is going :)

That’s about it, you should probably hop onto an entry of mine now because that’s where the magic really takes place!

Hope you feel at home here at Dear Blogger. I’m always around to help.

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69 comments, add some wisdom...


  1. Tom Janisch says:

    Hi Greg,
    I stumbled across your site as I’m trying to get a handle on what to do to get a blog going. One of the things I’d like to accomplish is have people visit, be able to comment on a number of questions in an ongoing survey, make selections in radio buttons, and then the results of the selections are updated live in some sort of graphical display. But I’m not sure if this functionality would be part of a website’s capability, or if it is some sort of add-on software which loads on a site. Any thoughts on what might be required? Which blog site might be able to handle such functionality?
    Anyway, I’m going to keep looking around until I see something close to what I want to do. Either way, I agree with you that WordPress looks very nice. I’m going to have to switch hosts b/c the one I’m with now doesn’t have the capability to install WordPress…
    Thanks,
    Tom.

  2. alex says:

    Hey Greg nice blog
    i was wondering if i can buy solo ad from you?

  3. Hello,

    Mr. GraG nARAYAN,

    Your blog is really good and inspires me a lot.i have started my blog on blogspot with custom domain.
    I am thankful to you.

  4. Dinesh says:

    I never knew my pic was on your about page thank you very much. I m honoured

  5. Megan says:

    Hey Greg! So, I just got a domain with GoDaddy, set everything up with Hostgator, and also have downloaded WordPress. My sight is up and I started working on it, but realized that I now hate my domain name and want to change it. I know I can’t just change it, but what are the steps that I need to take to coordinate Hostgator and WordPress with my new domain that I just purchased. Also, I haven’t really done too much with the website yet, so I’m not worried if I lose anything. Just wondering if I have to buy another billing with Hostgator or not. Thanks in advance!

  6. I just wanted to let you know that I have bestowed an award upon you, because you are one of the bloggers I admire! You can read about this award at http://lorrainemariereguly.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/the-one-lovely-blog-award-gets-this-lovely-blogger-to-identify-her-rapist-lorne-chabot/ – and whether or not you choose to accept it is totally up to you! :)

  7. Sahith says:

    Very inspiring..love to become a blogger like you..:)

  8. sumana says:

    Dear Greg,

    I came across your blog while surfing through the net. There was a mention of your blog and a 25 year old who runs the blog. It intrigued me much to Google it and find Dear Blogger.

    Needless to say, I loved reading through the posts (only few I have read until now and decided to bookmark it).

    I am a blogger myself, and would love to get connected with you for further discussions. Kindly share your email ID with me.

    Sumana

  9. Very nice article. I certainly love this site. Continue the good work!

  10. Mark Gundy says:

    Hmmm… I pretty much only Blog about my Chat Program I’ve been Developing as a passion for the last 7 years… I probably take all of this way too seriously but I plan to have the most powerful chatting tool in the World before I’m done… lots to do… our todo list just keeps growing and growing while I wait for several stock investments to pay off to fund further Development!

    Best of luck with your new career… self employed sure has a nice ring to it – Mag

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Hey Mark, does indeed.

      What’s your program? That’s a competitive niche but I commend your investment. Keep growing the user base!

      • Mark Gundy says:

        It’s called MagChat… does a number of things differently than traditional chat programs… we tried to approach this as a clean sheet of paper type project… actually there has been precious little innovation in Chat programs since I used to run a 50 line BBS… we’re still in the middle of the Development process which will pick up again once a few of my investments pay off, to fund it. Word Processors, Spread Sheets etc… all have undergone tremendous evolution and novel idea improvements… Chats still basically the same… I think because it’s always been considered a throw away application and not much a revenue generator…. we began the project simply because we wanted a better chatting tool for ourselves… no plans to commercialize this… it’s a free service and will always remain so… right now only runs on Windows (any vers) but our todo list has native iOS and Android clients as well… 8,000 sound clips from movies, tv, politics, etc… and around 7,000 images & emoticons & smileys… once the Code Base is done I plan to try and get CNET to review it… it’s been a labor of love and a fun project to date to work on… also since I work from home, an easy way to still have social interaction with my friends ;-)

  11. Keep up the good work! I will follow you on Twitter.

  12. Koj T. Tajo says:

    Hey Greg, Nice to know you Greg!! I would love to know the bloggers first and then their blogs. If a blogger is dear, the blogs would be more dearer. Ain’t I right DearBlogger? Subscribing

  13. Hi Greg.
    I came directly to this ABOUT ME page from Ehsanullah’s link in FB.

    I was wondering if ABOUT ME is this interesting, then what would be your article’s like :-D

    Subscribing To Your Blog Right Now !!

    Greetings,
    Akhil Pulotil.

  14. NADIA says:

    Great blog and very nice owner! I cordially greet :)

  15. Joyce says:

    “People forget that good blogging is about adding value to the reader’s life. It’s not about getting more fans, traffic, and links to your blog.”

    I LOVE that you said this Greg. I’m a total newbie, and frankly blogging as a marketing tool, goes against every fiber of my being. But, just reading a few pages of your site, I truly get the sense that you’re passionate about helping people. It’s wonderful and inspiring. Makes the process seem less daunting for sure! :) Thanks Greg!

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Wow you really “get” me Joyce :)

      I just got so sick of blogging answers being hard to find. Obviously this blog doesn’t have ALL the answers yet but, it gets closer each day.

      Welcome!

      • Joyce says:

        Necessity is the mother of all invention, right?

        Nobody has all the answers, but creating a platform that genuinely promotes this kind of synergy is pretty friggin’ awesome.

        AND, to impart all this learnin’ with such humor and kindness, is a rarity indeed!

  16. Rahul says:

    What a wonderful blog – both informative as well as fun to read!

  17. Hey Greg,

    Your blog is one of those rare finds in internet space. I love the human aspect of your blog(friendly reply to comments and always ready to help people.) Emulating your style(the interactive element of your blogging) is what i highly recommend to upcoming bloggers. Reading your story of how you ended up being a blogger is a real inspiration. Keep up the great effort and success all through the way!!!

  18. Grace Matton says:

    Try writing from your own experiences. Write openly about items you know about and write your feelings about them without fearing being wrong. It tends to be a big mistake to copy from experts than to learn from your own errors. Your personal experience is the most precious blogging asset that you have.

  19. Tribikram says:

    Hi Greg,

    very cool advice, at least for some one like me, who is very new in this world of blogging. Your home page is very refreshing, now a days I am also spending lot of time in designing/creating my soon to be published blog. Thanks for showing the path and guiding, lets see where it takes me and my vision.

    • Greg Narayan says:

      Absolutely any time Tribikram. Welcome to blogging!

      I’m glad you found Dear Blogger :D

      Refreshing eh? Thanks! My advice is keep it simple at first. Then add features. New readers should be able to understand your mission in about..10 seconds. Otherwise you might lose people (and initial readers so SO valuable).

  20. Hey good going brother, true description of blogger and your blog title totally fits you and that’s what a blogger should be ” Dear “, i hope this blog will influence other bloggers to know kinda attitude a blogger needs.

  21. Nizam Khan says:

    Hi!

    It’s nice to came across your blog and to read about you. So, “WordPress For Dummies” does became the initial step to get to know about blogging for you. Well yes, blogging is about adding value to the reader’s life.

    Best of luck for future :)

    Regards
    Nizam Khan

  22. Poornima says:

    Hey,

    I came across blog through happy schools :) (you wanted to know if I am right !).
    your blog is cool you have a friendly way of blogging, those smiley which you put in the end of your statements are gr8.
    I started blogging a month back :). I write what I feel, like I write what is going on in my mind through words which at times can me tagged as ” poems” . It was nice to see your blog have a look at mine too ( not too gr8 as yours :) ) . Anyways all the very best :) :)

  23. You write in an excellent way! I am your fan..:) How could you developed such writing skills? Was it novels ? Or your breakfast coffee that did the trick?

  24. Mohamed says:

    Greg, I’m really impressed by your about me page. Check out mine and I am expecting few suggestions from you, the expert.

    Good luck!

  25. Samea says:

    You are really lucky to get that Huffpo link. But do you think after Penguin updates, back-links matter?

    • James Rose says:

      I’ll be interested in Greg’s thoughts but have shared my opinion below.

      Quality links always matter. Penguin is designed to stop sites getting unfair SEO through links (and other methods) that weren’t earned. If you get linked to on merit then it’s always a good thing.

      I daresay the best thing about the link Greg received from Huffington wasn’t the SEO benefits but would have been the chance to engage with visitors/sponsors who might not have otherwise found his site. As well as the obvious status boost.

      At least that was our experience when we got linked to by a major paper.

      Note: my site probably won’t interest most of you, I’m just interested in sharing my thoughts.

      • Greg Narayan says:

        Hey James,
         
        Definitely, the new interactions were fantastic. That and when people Googled my blog’s name I finally came up #1 :) It’s kinda of like immediate benefit, then long-term, you know? And I’m always interested to check out a new site.
         
        It’s so funny, people seem to think all back-links were devalued post Panda/Penguin, but it’s really just the sketchy/artificial ones. For examples ones that came from nearly-dead sites, or links with misleading anchor text.
         
        I can say this: if your site has a ton of content, and benefits from lots of authors, it probably jumped above mom/pop camps in Search. It seems the strength of all articles on a site is a huge factor now, as opposed to the strength of just one really informative, highly linked-to article.
         
        But it’s for the better :)
         
        -The Blogger

  26. Arslanh says:

    Great description! You really are talented :)

  27. Sean says:

    Hey Greg,

    Awesome, refreshing stuff. I like the unique voice and presentation of your blog. Looking forward to seeing where it goes :)

    - Sean

  28. Aditya says:

    Woah, you already have a great backing and so much of history behind you. Ah, you’ll be successful right away! Good luck!

    Aditya

  29. Ehsan Ullah says:

    Great to found your blog Greg, after visiting you I’m really in love with Dear Blogger. BTW, I found you from your guest post on Daily Blog Tips.

    Nice to read your blogging journey, A great blogger!

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