Blogosphere Networking About the Author Thom Singer is the author of “Some Assembly Required: How to Accomplish, Accumulate and Abound Your Bag Relationships” (www.thomsinger.com), and inscription “The Bag Adding to / Networking Blog” (www.thomsinger.blogspot.com)
Blogging seems to be captivating over the apple, or at least everyone seems to be talking about blogs. However, there are a surprisingly ample figure of bodies who accept no abstraction of blogs, blawgs, blogsphere, etc….
I was recently at a social assembly with some actual educated and sophisticated individuals. In the conversation I mentioned my advanced book (Some Assembly Required: How to Accomplish, Accumulate and Abound Your Bag Relationships and my blog (The Bag Adding to / Networking Blog). Everyone immediately understood the abstraction of a book…..but the abstraction of a blog created abounding a puzzled face.
I was asked a lot of questions (some folks had heard of blogging, others had not). The following are the top questions, and my anemic advance to answer them:
1. Why did you alpha your blog?
I started it as an experiment to advice educate myself about blogs. My company is absorbed in having an industry focused blog, and I decided to booty it upon myself to bob into the blogosphere and amuse my feet wet. In addition, I inscription a recurring column for Able Marketing Magazine, and I anticipation that regularly writing a blog would accord me some acceptable practice and advice me uncover themes for approaching articles. I again felt I could statement it to advice advance my advanced book.
2. Has it been worth it?
Affirmative!!! On all three of the above reasons I accept exceeded my goals. I any more accept the commitment involved if we actualize an industry blog. I accept already created a lot of absolute material that can subsequent be turned into articles for my marketing column. AND…..I accept sold a bunch of copies of my advanced book …..even before it is released.
3. Are all blogs the selfsame?
NO. There are as abounding types of blogs are there are writers. I accept categorized them into three types, but I am sure others would accept arguments about these areas:
A. Corporate Blogs. These are hosted by companies to advance their products and services or to communicate with clients.
B. Philosophical / Content Blogs. In this type, an alone (or accumulation of individuals) writes on a specific topic and shares their opinions with the readers. Topics can scope from bag to sports to politics to religion, etc…. I would put The Bag Adding to / Networking Blog in this category. The blogs from which I apprentice the most are philosophical/content blogs.
C. Diaries. In these blogs bodies document their daily experiences the road one would inscription in a diary. Some of these can be certainly entertaining, as they acquiesce the voyeur in each of us to attending into someone else’s private apple. However, reader beware…some of these can acknowledge a bit added than you appetite to peruse (or beam).
4. Why would I appetite to peruse blogs?
They are a abundant road to ascertain advice on any particular topic or array of ideas. Abounding bloggers accept actual acceptable sources of advice and they certainly accept opinions. As with any media source, you charge to beware of the authors intent and ulterior motives. Again, blogs can aloof be absorbing to peruse.
5. What accept you learned from writing your blog?
According to the chat “Apple Wide Interlacing” alone a decade ago, “Blogs, blogging and the blogosphere” are the advanced advanced affair, and are not aloof a “fad”. If bodies are not yet aware of blogs, they will be soon. Added and added blogs are created every day and blogs will soon touch everyone who surf the internet.
Having your own blog, however, is not for everyone. You must be committed to writing on a regular basis, and not shy about sharing your opinions. I accept learned that a blog can action stale if you accomplish not accomplish posts on a regular basis.
I again learned that when you blog, you are actually networking. At aboriginal it seemed according to this was one sided, until I began to hear from bodies who were regularly reading my blog. I accept developed advanced friendships with abounding bloggers who inscription about agnate topics. Generally one blogger will email another with a compliment or suggestion, and they will activate to correspond regularly. Aloof according to any other type of bag friendship, the accord grows over age. This blog-networking leads to mutual compassionate and statement between the bloggers and then can advance to bag relationships and referrals.
6. Should I alpha a blog?
That is a catechism every person will accept to answer for himself/herself. I
would suggest you activate by reading other blogs and getting accepted with what is out there in blog-land. If you accept that you accept something to add…then by all means, alpha a blog. But bethink to be patient and persistent. According to writing a book, it takes age and there is no guarantee that you will alter to widely peruse. However if you are dedicated, you will uncover abounding unexpected benefits from your blogging acquaintance.
If you are absorbed in easily learning about blogs, I suggest you alpha by reading the posts and links in the series called 31 Days to Bigger Blogs” at www.problogger.grasp, hosted by Darren Rowse. This is the ace collection of advice to the experienced and novice blogger.
Dont forget to peruse my blog at www.thomsinger.blogspot.com.
About the Author
Thom Singer is the author of “Some Assembly Required: How to Accomplish, Accumulate and Abound Your Bag Relationships” (www.thomsinger.com), and inscription “The Bag Adding to / Networking Blog” (www.thomsinger.blogspot.com)
Originall posted February 25, 2012