Blogging: Beyond the Hype
Blogging is no hobby. The professionalism of many bloggers ranges from journalists and movie critics to senators and economists; it is a medium that is only just starting to mature into its status as a dynamic alternative to the current ossified status of traditional publishing. As large news institutions continue to negotiate this wacky web of ours, many find blogging as the optimal format for providing instant updates with vibrant content such as photographs or video. If your business does not have a blog, then get one. It’s not too late, so check out the following tips for an easy introduction to this necessary element in your business:
When you blog you teach others while teaching yourself
What may seem straightforward in your head can be confusing to others once it is put into words. Blogging forces you to be clear and concise when arranging your thoughts for an audience, an exercise that educates you as much as your audience.
A blog is an arena for ideas
Blogging lets you draft ideas and receive instant feedback from a wide array of users. Some may be business associates, others may be personal friends, but all will give you varied input on your thoughts. When something clicks, they’ll be sure to spread the word through social media sites. If not? Then refine until it does.
Blogs are crucial networking tools
Blogs impress by announcing your voice in the industry. Show off what you know while adding your personal take on the latest news and events pertaining to your business. Blogs also provide much more information than the standard business card. If a prospective client wants to learn more about you, they can do so through your blog.
Blogs can be a powerful motivator
Something as simple as a positive comment from a complete stranger can be enough to motivate you through a challenge or unresolved topic. The power of these networks is such that it takes just one strong post to be linked to by someone with some sort of following on Twitter to send hundreds of eager eyes to your site. And that is certainly worth striving for.
A blog can provide clarity
Blogging gives you a chance to direct your energies and change your perspectives on topics that, no matter how small, will give your thoughts meaning and allow you to respond out loud to the world at large. Confronting professional challenges sometimes means acknowledging your weaknesses in order to identify your strengths, and blogging is a great medium for confronting this challenge.
Blogs can expand your community
By sharing your interests and maintaining a genuine voice, like-minded people will find you. It’s that simple. The beauty of the Web is that if you provide an up-to-date platform relating to niche topics, there are invariably others in your niche who will find you and join the conversation. And vice versa!