Still on the how to build your blog interview series, today we have yet another visit. All the way from OscarMini he has come over to enlighten us on building our blogs, the best host required for your blog and also a lot has been said by him on this interview, I guess you do really wanna know who I’m talking about. It’s Oscar Frank of (OscarMini .Com) this man is refered to as “the man who knows his onion” (lol), he’s a blogger, a good writer, a music lover, (he plays bass guitar, lead guitar and the piano) and he is also a web designer. One thing that suprises me about him is that he particepates in all his career’s including blogging and music productions, I forgot to let you know that he’s also a music producer. I’ve listened to a couple of his songs, and I assure you that they are of same quality as his blog 🙂
This is the time you’ve been waiting for as Oscar Frank steps in FTB, let the interview proceed. Read on and learn how to know your onion 😉
- Did You Miss The Last Interview In This Interview Series? See : The Geek’s Corner – An Amble With Doncaprio
1. Hi Oscar Frank, welcome to FTB, I’m pleased to have you on my blog, can you please tell us whom you are?
Oscar Frank is a regular guy, blogger and student who understands that meeting people’s need definitely solves your needs and decided to achieve this through blogging. I’ve been blogging for roughly half a decade now, and when I look back in time, I don’t have an iota of regret whatsoever. Blogging for real foots my bills.
2. How many blogs do you run as at now?
Blogging isn’t an easy business as many people presume. Though I have over 30 registered domains setup with wordpress, I barely have time to update 5. I’ll be dropping most of them as soon as they expire to concentrate probably on just 3 by next year.
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3. Which is your main blog and when did you start it?
I focus the major part of my blogging time on Oscarmini .com . I actually got the domain name sometime in November 2011, but before then, I had already been blogging under a totally different blogspot subdomain since 2010. Oscarmini was a kind of Rebrand for my blog, and I still retained the same “tech and how to” Niche. Though I had been blogging the wrong way since 2009.
4. I’m so sorry that you’ve been blogging the wrong way since 2009, but I’m still glad you found the right path. Which other business did you do before venturing into blogging?
Business? The internet has been my life. I created and moderated a more-or-less successful tech forum for quite some time, did a lot of web design (which I still do) before venturing into blogging, other things I remember doing which I obviously regret now include wasting my time on Pay-to-read, Pay-to-click programs. I wish I had started blogging earlier.
5. Which blogging platform is best, and why did you choose it?
There are lots of things to consider before picking anything as best. For now, I stick to WordPress as the best blogging platform and I have my reasons. One major reason is that it has a large community base, and those millions of people can’t all be wrong. Flexibility is one thing to look out for, and with tons of plugin out there, you can achieve any task on WordPress. Most of all, the community helps you find solutions easily to any problems you encounter.
6. Which blogging platform did you start your blog from?
As with many other bloggers out there, I started blogging using Google’s free blogspot platform.
7. Are there similarities between the blogger blogging platform which you started from and the one you currently use? Tell us
They are both great blogging platforms and can be easily manipulated to achieve similar results by anyone. The aim of each is simply to blog.
8. What was your reason for starting your blog firstly on blogger?
Free of course. Blogger is a free blogging platform, and as at when I started blogging, I couldn’t squeeze out some bucks to pay for hosting and domain fees, so I was left with no other choice.
9. Do you advice newbies to start their blogging career on blogger blogging platform?
As much as I’m concerned, successful blogging isn’t majorly a function of what blogging platform you make use of. I’ve seen several successful bloggers who rock free platforms and still make huge bucks off them.
10. I agree with you, besides blogger rocks, I’ve used then before. What tools are required to start a blog?
Blogging is actually one of the cheapest businesses to venture into. The required tools here are just you and your blog. If you are determined to blog, then those are the tools you need to shock the cyber space.
11. Oh! What a stunning one 🙂 “The required toolS for blogging are (you and your blog).” 🙂 What skills are required to start a blog?
To start blogging, you must learn to write. It used to be easier some years back when there were few bloggers out there, anyone could write in whatever manner that pleased them and published it to the world. But with the rise in everyone wanting to live the internet lifestyle, the competition gets tougher by the minute, and one skill you require to stand out of the “me too” crowd is churning out enchanting content.
Another skill you definitely require is marketing your content. You must devise strategies to get your content out to the right audience in order to remain relevant in the blogosphere.
12. Can a person without redimentary knowledge of programming manage a blog?
Of course, blogging isn’t programming. I actually made a post some time ago on the basic HTML tags every blogger needs to know, but in this dispensation, I don’t think it really does matter anymore. With the integration of Visual Editors on various blogging platform editing windows, coding seems to be a thing of the past.
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13. What are the basic programming languages every newbie needs to learn?
Several people will have several opinions here. But the first thing you should have at the back of your mind if you want to try programming is to learn to think like a coder. All programming languages have same working basics, and these basics are what you need to know to learn any other programming language after you must have learnt your first.
Java basically is very much popular to beginners because it’s an object-oriented programming language that’s designed to be portable and workable on as many platforms as possible. You might want to start up with it.
14. How many programming languages are you good at?
15. Please list the five best free blogging platform you recommend and why.
Top on my list is always Blogger.com. You might want to read this post to get through with others.
For those who don’t want to start on the free blogging platforms, which hosting company do you think is best, as per your experience?
All webhosts suck, trust me. So far so good, I’ve tried out a good number of hosting companies (over a dozen) and haven’t experienced any downtime from Bluehost and the current SSD Cloud server I use for Oscarmini.
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16. I think I’m safe, as I use bluehost as at now, and I’ve never experienced downtime. What are the first five plugins you recommend wordpress users to install?
It’s quite difficult to pick my top 5 wordpress plugins as there are lots of WP plugins I actually can’t do without ranging from Backup down to SEO plugins. Anyway, I would pick
Akismet (helps me a lot in curtailing spam)
Google XML Sitemaps (let’s search engines know their way around your blog)
W3 Total Cache (has all you need to optimize the speed and user experience of your site)
BulletProof Security (A must have buddy)
Contact Form 7 (helps to easily integrate contact forms on wordpress)
17. What is your advice to newbies who wants to create a blog?
As I would always say, “Hard work pays”. Start out blogging on a small niche and get known as an authority in your niche if you ever want to make it big blogging. Multi topic blogs most often tend to fail more than niche specific blogs.
18. Lol.. I’ve always known you for that 😀 “Hard Work Pays”. Thanks for your time here on my blog.
My pleasure and Thanks for having me Larry.
Oscar Frank has said a lot about your blog hosting which is very vital when it comes to blogging, you should have tapped a thing from this interview. Remember we are still in the “How To Build Your Blog Interview Series” I hope you’ll gain a lot before this interview series is over.
Less I forget remember newbies, “Hard Work Pays” patience, perseverance, and hard work is equal to success.
Look up at the header section of my blog, I hope you’ve seen changes over there, in the last interview here, Don Caprio pointed at my header section not having a logo and a favicon. Thanks to Mr. Johnnie Ode of ReadersLodge, he made me a logo, and that’s what up there. Hope it’s beautiful? 🙂
Connect With Oscar Frank
I think it’s gonna be nice you connect with him, visit his blog and learn more about how to know your blogging onion. 😀