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Blogs and Networking


In the middle 1990's everyone started talking about needing a website. Now, the new "must have" is a web log or blog. While blogs can come in all shapes and sizes, a blog is just a very simple way to publish a journal, record of events, thoughts, ideas or whatever the author wants to write about. A blog sits on a website - whether that site is run by you or managed by a company that will "host" your blog.

Blogs started coming into the general public's awareness with a large number of political blogs written during the 2004 U.S. Presidential election campaign. Because of this, you may think blogging is part journalism and part political commentary, and therefore not of interest to you or the advancement of your business.

Blogs can be journalism. They can be political commentary. They can be personal diaries or journals. They can also be way for you to show your uniqueness and build a conversation around your business and professional interests. That is how I use mine.

Technically Speaking

Because blogs are designed to be easily updated and are already on a website (don't worry you don't need to know ANYTHING about websites or web design to start one), you may find a blog could replace or supplement an email newsletter. They are easier to do, easier to update, and you don't have to worry about emails getting delivered!

If you already have a website, adding a blog can help you get more visitors who are interested in you because you will be writing about your area of expertise. And since the search engines love websites that are tightly focused and updated often, your site can move up quickly in the search rankings.

There are plenty of places to learn much more about the technical aspects of blogs and blogging. Just do your own search on Google (or your favorite search engine) to get the latest information.

How You Can Benefit

Let's say you are an insurance agent. You have expertise in life insurance and a specific set of benefits you bring to your Clients. A blog gives you a platform to talk about the latest ideas related to life insurance and life planning. You can give Clients (and potential Clients) tips and checklists. You can give them new ideas. You can relate the latest news to your products and services. The ideas are endless; these are just meant to be a start.

Of course, if you aren't in life insurance you change the topics - but the premise and the benefits remain the same. While there are many, here are three specific benefits you will find:

Getting to know you. The blog becomes a part of how you brand yourself. If people read it, they should feel like they are getting to know you and getting to know what your beliefs and values are. Imagine your best referral sources sending potential referrals to your blog as a way to help them get to know you deeper, faster. In this way your blog can be leverage - people are even more qualified if they call you or may already "know" you when you they make the referral call.

Making it easier. Have Clients that love you but have trouble knowing what to say about you? Encourage them to send their friends and colleagues to your blog as a way to make the connection. That way they don't have to feel like they have to say the perfect words about your business in order to give the referral.

Keeps you "on top" of your game. By writing about your work and the benefits of your products and services often, you will stay current and fresh. This will help in all phases of your business, but it will also help you in networking situations by giving you something fresh and new to talk about when having conversations with possible Clients and new referrals. It also gives you new ideas to share with potential Clients as you build your relationship with them.

How It Has Helped Me

I started blogging in March of 2004. I have certainly gained the benefits described above. Beyond those, I have made new connections with potential colleagues and collaborators who have found my blog and sent me comments, feedback or questions.

By writing regularly (my goal is 4 entries or "posts" per week), seldom does a week go by that I don't add someone to my network or use what I am writing to make a new connection with an existing or potential Client.

How to Get Started

Lots more can be said about blogging and how it might help you build your network, but this should give you some initial ideas. Hopefully after reading this you are intrigued by the possibilities and would like to learn more.

Here are the first four things I recommend that you do:

1. Start reading some blogs. Do a search in Google for blogs. If you are a chiropractor, search on chiropractic blogs. If you are a graphic designer, search on graphic design blogs. You get the idea. Read what others are doing and writing about. Email them and build your network with these people. Chances are they aren't your competitors and they might be very willing to help you and perhaps even collaborate with you.

2. Learn About RSS. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is one way to "publish" your blog to the world. There are many free RSS readers that you can use to keep track of the blogs you are starting to read. Pick one (there are many) by searching for "Free RSS Reader" in your favorite search engine.

3. Read Debbie Weil. Debbie is an expert on blogging for business and she will be a good connection for you.

4. Start one! You can (and will want to) build a strategy and a plan later, but if you see value for you, jump in! Go to http://blogger.com (what I use) and get started in less than five minutes for free.

©Kevin Eikenberry 2005. Kevin is Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group (http://KevinEikenberry.com), a learning consulting company that helps Clients reach their potential through a variety of training, consulting and speaking services. To read his blog go to http://www.kevineikenberry.com/blogs/index.asp or contact him directly at (317) 387-1424 or 888.LEARNER.


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A return to blogs (finally? sort of?) - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
A return to blogs (finally? sort of?)  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

The Death of the Good Internet Was an Inside Job - The New Republic
The Death of the Good Internet Was an Inside Job  The New Republic

Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl - The Guardian
Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl  The Guardian

Farewell to the blog - Politico
Farewell to the blog  Politico

What Happened to Tagging? - JSTOR Daily
What Happened to Tagging?  JSTOR Daily

A Farewell to Feministing and the Heyday of Feminist Blogging - The New York Times
A Farewell to Feministing and the Heyday of Feminist Blogging  The New York Times

WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers? - ThomasNet News
WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers?  ThomasNet News

As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current - ZDNet
As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current  ZDNet

The Rise and Demise of RSS - Motherboard
The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard

A checklist: 5 steps toward better blogging | 2019-08-31 - grbj.com
A checklist: 5 steps toward better blogging | 2019-08-31  grbj.com

Brandon Sheffield's Blog - Dreamcast 20th anniversary interview extravaganza - Gamasutra
Brandon Sheffield's Blog - Dreamcast 20th anniversary interview extravaganza  Gamasutra

‘Hindutva is not divisive, not anti-Muslim … RSS will abide by the Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya’ - Economic Times
‘Hindutva is not divisive, not anti-Muslim … RSS will abide by the Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya’  Economic Times

The RSS sutras for the twenty-first century - Economic Times
The RSS sutras for the twenty-first century  Economic Times

Attorney-Discipline Blogger and Blog Network Owned by Pepperdine Law Dean Hit With Defamation Suit | The Recorder - Law.com
Attorney-Discipline Blogger and Blog Network Owned by Pepperdine Law Dean Hit With Defamation Suit | The Recorder  Law.com

Sweat Equity: Still blogging away on LGBTQ topics, but it's not big money - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sweat Equity: Still blogging away on LGBTQ topics, but it's not big money  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How to Overcome the 3 Biggest Blogging Challenges - Search Engine Journal
How to Overcome the 3 Biggest Blogging Challenges  Search Engine Journal

Could Blogging Boost Your Ecommerce SEO? - Practical Ecommerce
Could Blogging Boost Your Ecommerce SEO?  Practical Ecommerce

What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started) - G2
What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started)  G2

How to Use Guest Blogging to Build Relationships - Search Engine Journal
How to Use Guest Blogging to Build Relationships  Search Engine Journal

The how and the why of law blogs - ABA Journal
The how and the why of law blogs  ABA Journal

25+ Unique Blog Post Ideas to Engage Your Readers - Search Engine Journal
25+ Unique Blog Post Ideas to Engage Your Readers  Search Engine Journal

Track RSS Feeds (Yes RSS) with Feedly - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Track RSS Feeds (Yes RSS) with Feedly  The Chronicle of Higher Education

9 Places to Share Your Blog Feed to Automatically Update Your Social Media Contacts - Search Engine Journal
9 Places to Share Your Blog Feed to Automatically Update Your Social Media Contacts  Search Engine Journal

Changes to Google Play's average ratings: what to expect and how to prepare - Gamasutra
Changes to Google Play's average ratings: what to expect and how to prepare  Gamasutra

Chris Zukowski's Blog - How Steam users see your game - Gamasutra
Chris Zukowski's Blog - How Steam users see your game  Gamasutra

Victoria Tran's Blog - The $0 Marketing Game Guide - Gamasutra
Victoria Tran's Blog - The $0 Marketing Game Guide  Gamasutra

Making People Understand And Care About Your Game - Gamasutra
Making People Understand And Care About Your Game  Gamasutra

Growing Your Blog Using Email Marketing - Business 2 Community
Growing Your Blog Using Email Marketing  Business 2 Community

Max Pears's Blog - Engaging Level Design for Combat - Pt 3 - Gamasutra
Max Pears's Blog - Engaging Level Design for Combat - Pt 3  Gamasutra

The simple most difficult challenge of bringing Frostpunk to consoles - Gamasutra
The simple most difficult challenge of bringing Frostpunk to consoles  Gamasutra

After Tumblr NSFW ban, these adult communities are rising - Fast Company
After Tumblr NSFW ban, these adult communities are rising  Fast Company

What Does A Healthy Publisher/Developer Relationship Looks Like (With Real Contract Details!) - Gamasutra
What Does A Healthy Publisher/Developer Relationship Looks Like (With Real Contract Details!)  Gamasutra

Cision PR Newswire's Beyond Bylines Blog Featured in Feedspot's List of Top Journalism Blogs - PRNewswire
Cision PR Newswire's Beyond Bylines Blog Featured in Feedspot's List of Top Journalism Blogs  PRNewswire

Meet the New Blogger: Meghna Datta - Duke Today
Meet the New Blogger: Meghna Datta  Duke Today

Why All Of Our Games Look Like Crap - Gamasutra
Why All Of Our Games Look Like Crap  Gamasutra

‘Ideology of socialism is not different from ideology of the RSS … People have reposed faith in BJP leader - Economic Times
‘Ideology of socialism is not different from ideology of the RSS … People have reposed faith in BJP leader  Economic Times

James Margaris's Blog - Why Artifact Failed - Gamasutra
James Margaris's Blog - Why Artifact Failed  Gamasutra

Burak Tezateser's Blog - Steam has a lack of data scientists - Gamasutra
Burak Tezateser's Blog - Steam has a lack of data scientists  Gamasutra

David D'Angelo's Blog - King Knight's Map: Building Secret Paths - Gamasutra
David D'Angelo's Blog - King Knight's Map: Building Secret Paths  Gamasutra

Max Pears's Blog - Engaging Level Design for Combat - Pt 2 - Gamasutra
Max Pears's Blog - Engaging Level Design for Combat - Pt 2  Gamasutra

Unity Scene Hierarchy: Catch that Performance Thief! (Part 2) - Gamasutra
Unity Scene Hierarchy: Catch that Performance Thief! (Part 2)  Gamasutra

How to Get the Most Out of Discord - Gamasutra
How to Get the Most Out of Discord  Gamasutra

Alex Pine's Blog - Methods of creating invisible tutorials - Gamasutra
Alex Pine's Blog - Methods of creating invisible tutorials  Gamasutra

Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Unity UI: The Guru's UI Development Diagram - Gamasutra
Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Unity UI: The Guru's UI Development Diagram  Gamasutra

Andrew Yoder's Blog - The Door Problem of Combat Design - Gamasutra
Andrew Yoder's Blog - The Door Problem of Combat Design  Gamasutra

How to get on the front page of imgur - Gamasutra
How to get on the front page of imgur  Gamasutra

Josh Bycer's Blog - The Reality of Game Development - Gamasutra
Josh Bycer's Blog - The Reality of Game Development  Gamasutra

Tristan Jung's Blog - How Do Bullets Work in Video Games? - Gamasutra
Tristan Jung's Blog - How Do Bullets Work in Video Games?  Gamasutra

Ariel Marcelo Madril's Blog - Unlocking Unity Animator's interruption full power - Gamasutra
Ariel Marcelo Madril's Blog - Unlocking Unity Animator's interruption full power  Gamasutra

Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu - Economic Times
Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu  Economic Times

Simon Carless's Blog - Steam's 'Follower' counts - hidden in plain sight. - Gamasutra
Simon Carless's Blog - Steam's 'Follower' counts - hidden in plain sight.  Gamasutra

David D'Angelo's Blog - Shovel Knight Showdown: Chester's Choice - Gamasutra
David D'Angelo's Blog - Shovel Knight Showdown: Chester's Choice  Gamasutra

Nathan Savant's Blog - Region-Based Narrative - Gamasutra
Nathan Savant's Blog - Region-Based Narrative  Gamasutra

How Painting Works In Chicory: A Colorful Tale - Gamasutra
How Painting Works In Chicory: A Colorful Tale  Gamasutra

Chris Solarski's Blog - The Golden Age of Video Games - Gamasutra
Chris Solarski's Blog - The Golden Age of Video Games  Gamasutra

Enough with the Pak obsession. True patriotism isn’t about bashing others - Economic Times
Enough with the Pak obsession. True patriotism isn’t about bashing others  Economic Times

17 Non-Negotiable Skills for Blog Writers in Any Business - Search Engine Journal
17 Non-Negotiable Skills for Blog Writers in Any Business  Search Engine Journal

Eliza developer Matthew Burns on stress, choices that matter, and language of games - Gamasutra
Eliza developer Matthew Burns on stress, choices that matter, and language of games  Gamasutra

Frank Zhang's Blog - Building a Fantasy VR World in Unity - Gamasutra
Frank Zhang's Blog - Building a Fantasy VR World in Unity  Gamasutra

RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them - Business 2 Community
RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

Damien Yoccoz's Blog - How To Write A Kickass Game Description - Gamasutra
Damien Yoccoz's Blog - How To Write A Kickass Game Description  Gamasutra

How we combined film and comics to create the noir aesthetic of Interrogation - Gamasutra
How we combined film and comics to create the noir aesthetic of Interrogation  Gamasutra

Simon Carless's Blog - Nintendo Switch: A Discoverability Followup - Gamasutra
Simon Carless's Blog - Nintendo Switch: A Discoverability Followup  Gamasutra

Neil Schneider's Blog - What Client-to-Cloud REALLY Means - Gamasutra
Neil Schneider's Blog - What Client-to-Cloud REALLY Means  Gamasutra

A Postmortem. Making Games Is Easy. Selling Them, Not So Much. - Gamasutra
A Postmortem. Making Games Is Easy. Selling Them, Not So Much.  Gamasutra

Narek Aghekyan's Blog - 7 Must-read Books for Game Designers - Gamasutra
Narek Aghekyan's Blog - 7 Must-read Books for Game Designers  Gamasutra

Into the Vortex: Procedurally Generating a Hearthstone Clone - Gamasutra
Into the Vortex: Procedurally Generating a Hearthstone Clone  Gamasutra

My Roblox Years: Dungeon Life and New Product Science - Gamasutra
My Roblox Years: Dungeon Life and New Product Science  Gamasutra

Inside the process of creating the score for Temtem: adaptive music. - Gamasutra
Inside the process of creating the score for Temtem: adaptive music.  Gamasutra

Steam Indie Game Sales Numbers - Battle Royale Tycoon - Gamasutra
Steam Indie Game Sales Numbers - Battle Royale Tycoon  Gamasutra

A 3D View of How We Got Here - Gamasutra
A 3D View of How We Got Here  Gamasutra

Justin Popa's Blog - Community-driven development - Gamasutra
Justin Popa's Blog - Community-driven development  Gamasutra

Gafgar Davallius's Blog - Satisfactory: Network Optimizations - Gamasutra
Gafgar Davallius's Blog - Satisfactory: Network Optimizations  Gamasutra

Mohan Bhagwat, 6 Other RSS Functionaries Join Twitter - Outlook India
Mohan Bhagwat, 6 Other RSS Functionaries Join Twitter  Outlook India

Super Icon - The Long Slow Death of an Indie Studio - Gamasutra
Super Icon - The Long Slow Death of an Indie Studio  Gamasutra

Lessons Learned from the Development of Vicious Circle - Gamasutra
Lessons Learned from the Development of Vicious Circle  Gamasutra

Joris Dormans's Blog - Unexplored 2 Dev Blog: Tiles to Curves - Gamasutra
Joris Dormans's Blog - Unexplored 2 Dev Blog: Tiles to Curves  Gamasutra

Procedural texturing for hand-painted stylized character pipelines - Gamasutra
Procedural texturing for hand-painted stylized character pipelines  Gamasutra

Nuvi Acquires Social Healthcare Leader Banyan - Associated Press
Nuvi Acquires Social Healthcare Leader Banyan  Associated Press

BJP: Winning at What Cost? - Economic Times
BJP: Winning at What Cost?  Economic Times

Time to call out Hindutva: Democratic India was founded on freedom, but the two nation theory is diametrically - Economic Times
Time to call out Hindutva: Democratic India was founded on freedom, but the two nation theory is diametrically  Economic Times

Niklas Gray's Blog - Data Structures Part 2: Indices - Gamasutra
Niklas Gray's Blog - Data Structures Part 2: Indices  Gamasutra

Josh Ge's Blog - Rebranding Difficulty Modes - Gamasutra
Josh Ge's Blog - Rebranding Difficulty Modes  Gamasutra

The Indie Dev's Guide to the Chinese Market - Gamasutra
The Indie Dev's Guide to the Chinese Market  Gamasutra

Epic Games' attempt to go fee-free on Google Play indicates disappointing Android performance - Gamasutra
Epic Games' attempt to go fee-free on Google Play indicates disappointing Android performance  Gamasutra

Did Activision CEO just confirm Overwatch and World of Warcraft on mobile? - Gamasutra
Did Activision CEO just confirm Overwatch and World of Warcraft on mobile?  Gamasutra

Victoria Tran's Blog - Fashion in Games: Why It Matters - Gamasutra
Victoria Tran's Blog - Fashion in Games: Why It Matters  Gamasutra

Miniclip's 8 Ball Pool: A melting pot of skill & chance based gratification-Part 1 - Gamasutra
Miniclip's 8 Ball Pool: A melting pot of skill & chance based gratification-Part 1  Gamasutra

Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Unity Addressables: The Final Quiz Analysis - Gamasutra
Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Unity Addressables: The Final Quiz Analysis  Gamasutra

SEO Critique of 3 Ecommerce Blogs - Practical Ecommerce
SEO Critique of 3 Ecommerce Blogs  Practical Ecommerce

Get More Traffic Now: 5 Secrets of the Most Popular Blogs - Search Engine Journal
Get More Traffic Now: 5 Secrets of the Most Popular Blogs  Search Engine Journal

How do we improve resource harvesting in Real Time Strategy games? - Gamasutra
How do we improve resource harvesting in Real Time Strategy games?  Gamasutra

Battle royale in Q3: Game for Peace dwarfs its competitors as Fortnite on iOS decays for fourth consecutive quarter - Gamasutra
Battle royale in Q3: Game for Peace dwarfs its competitors as Fortnite on iOS decays for fourth consecutive quarter  Gamasutra

Nadya Primak's Blog - Is a Game Development Degree Worth it? - Gamasutra
Nadya Primak's Blog - Is a Game Development Degree Worth it?  Gamasutra

Fifth Annual Wisconsin Law Blogs: 76 Blogs Find Their Legal Niche - WisBar
Fifth Annual Wisconsin Law Blogs: 76 Blogs Find Their Legal Niche  WisBar

Blog or Podcast: What Best Helps the Entrepreneur? - Business 2 Community
Blog or Podcast: What Best Helps the Entrepreneur?  Business 2 Community

9 Ways to Evaluate Guest Posting & Blog Outreach Services - Search Engine Journal
9 Ways to Evaluate Guest Posting & Blog Outreach Services  Search Engine Journal

Avoid These 5 Blog Strategy & Creation Mistakes - Search Engine Journal
Avoid These 5 Blog Strategy & Creation Mistakes  Search Engine Journal

RCEP: India’s withdrawal provides space to strengthen competitiveness - Economic Times
RCEP: India’s withdrawal provides space to strengthen competitiveness  Economic Times

It’s not black and white: If you really care about secularism in India, understand both Hindus and Muslims - Economic Times
It’s not black and white: If you really care about secularism in India, understand both Hindus and Muslims  Economic Times

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