I’m not going to pretend to be a whiz at this. It is what it is. Some days are huge successes. Some are total failures. Some probably don’t even count (or shouldn’t). Stay tuned for stories of my experiences living the prophetic life.
This is the year of the corporate blog. The thought leaders are already out in the blogosphere, yamming it up with their clients and customers. 2009 marks the year of widespread blog adoption, as thousands of companies play catch up to those who were willing to take risks before someone else had paved the way.
While a lot of people are MySpace savvy, many MySpacers still don't understand the difference between a MySpace blog and a professional, public blog. MySpace is typically the place for random half-thoughts and copies of email spam and pics from one's latest night on the town or baby photo shoot. It's a place to share stuff with friends, hence the tagline: "A place for friends." But MySpace doesn't challenge people to fully develop their thoughts or share information in sensible stages. In fact, I'd say that the majority of MySpace bloggers are lazy, only posting anything when they have an inspirational blip, which typically disappears mid-post.
Brian Clark shared another valuable post on strategic content development from his Innovative Content series recently. This is stuff that every aspiring blogger should read and every established blogger should revisit. Because regardless of our background and experience, it's easy to get busy and lazy and let the content of your blogging suffer. And let's face it, everyone loses when your blogging suffers.
Rather than plagiarize Brian's content, go read the post for yourself. When you are taking on a new blogging project, it's good to begin by asking yourselves the right kind of questions. It can be difficult to break out of the generic mental vomitting style of MySpace, but just asking yourself these questions and following these three steps will prepare you to write a more informed, adult sounding piece.
Always make sure you have fun with blogging, but part of the fun lies in doing something well. Nobody would pay Kobe Bryant if his shots were all air balls.
I must be blog crazy. Iâ€™m lying in bed at 4am, and my brain is buzzing. My heart rate is accelerating. You know what Iâ€™m thinking about? You guessed it – blogs. I got it bad. I lost sleep over it last night. I donâ€™t lose sleep over ANYTHING. Seriously. Iâ€™m one of those people who can lay their head down on the pillow, close their eyes, and within five minutes be off to Sleepy Town. And I can do this day after day after day. How this began, I have no idea. It wasnâ€™t always so. But last night was different.
MySpace had a similar effect on me when I first created my profile. I was as giddy as a schoolboy (havenâ€™t seen a giddy schoolboy in a long time, but take my word for it). All the creative possiblities. All the different ways in which I could express who I am. Or who I want to be. Or who I think other people should think I am. Orâ€¦whateverâ€¦you get the picture.
Blogs, blogs, blogs, blogsâ€¦. everywhere I see or think blogs. Call the acupuncturist and the herbal remedy lady – Iâ€™m gonna need a blog cleanseâ€¦. ewwâ€¦. do you think that would hurt as it passes?
I’ve seen a decent enough of a rise in traffic over the past month to wonder whether or not these people are getting enough new content to keep them coming back. The truth is, I’m working hard to get into the groove at WebSwank and sometimes it’s hard to spend any extra time near the computer. So, I’ve decided to try an experiment. If you want to write, email me an article/blog post along with a brief bio (nothing fancy – just give me an idea of who I’m dealing with). The way it will work is simple: if I like what I read, I’ll post it. If I don’t like it, I won’t post it. I won’t contact you with reasons why, simply because I don’t have the time. Just send whatever you’ve written to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m going to limit submissions to 500 words. If your article or blog is twice that size, try splitting it in half and submitting it as part one and part two. Don’t forget to include the bio. Hey, who knows? Maybe this could turn into a regular thing for one or two of you with nothing better to do than showcase your brilliance to the world. I have already been approached by one person this week looking for a job. This is NOT an opportunity to make money on CultureFeast. I don’t even make money from the blogs I write (not enough to buy a meal, anyway).
So why, then, should any of you waste your time posting your thoughts here instead of creating your own blog? Well, look at my traffic. I’m no SEOmoz or BlogMaverick, but you can get some decent exposure here. I will post your name clearly so that everyone can see who is the genius behind the magical pen! Anyone who gets 50 articles/blogs posted on this site will start receiving links to their own personal blog with each new article/blog they post on CultureFeast thereafter. What do ya think? Anyone interested? If so, drop me a line.
If you have any suggestions, post a comment down below.