We have three or four free popular blogging services in Slovenia. Of course there is more, but others are almost without community or full of spammers or set for some private black hat SEO business.
So I decided to try one of the oldest and with a lot of members who post blogs because they like to post blogs, not because they want to sell something. Decision was easy because it uses wordpress platform, so I have been already familiar with its use.
This blog is called Pisanje besedil (Article writing) and it deals with problems I encountered when I switched from off- to on-line article writing.
As off- line writer I didn't have to worry about keywords, backlinks, tags, subtitles, alt-tags and similar stuff and I believe I am not the only one who can use the information I picked by the way.
So I shared some of my knowledge, invested couple of evenings to visit other blogs on the same site, to get some initial traffic and now this blog is positioned in spot number four for its main keyword. And I didn't even aim for this keyword!
Nice side effect from that blog is improvement of some positions for some of my pages linked from that blog in local search engine najdi.si (only competitor to google.si in Slovenia), because najdi.si and siol.net have the same owner.
If you are not from Slovenia this blogging service is of no use for you, but if you want to reach folk from your country which is not USA, think about blogging platform from your country. I bet there are great services for bloggers from Argentina to Island, from Japan to Netherlands.
Local based blog can really add some value!