Thursday, July 24, 2008

Blogs - Your Electronic Calling Card to the World

This week I gave my very first two-part workshop on blogging and it was a resounding success. The class got so excited about setting up their blogs everyone had given it a go by the time the second session rolled around.

One story I shared with them was how I started my Mogulette blog a year and a half ago. I met a woman who was having a lot of difficulty finding a job in her industry so she decided to start blogging. Six months later she had a book deal and a year after that she landed a job in her field in addition to lining up speaking engagements. Her story inspired me so much I immediately created a Blogger account and started writing. Her advice was to write as much as possible, like at least 2-3 times a week or more. However I never managed to enter more than one post a week (except like, right now when it's been two weeks since I wrote last, but, who's counting?), but the beauty of it is that even with minimal writing I still get results.

Today through my blog I make valuable connections I would never make otherwise. It's not only a source for consulting leads but it's also a great way for journalists and referral partners to find me. recently stumbled across my blog and asked me to join their Blog Network and share ad revenues with them. Last week Dale King of found me and asked if he could interview me for his blog (I'll be on his home page for a week). And suddenly I'm getting pitches from PR people to feature their clients on my blog.

I think it's a basic instinct we have in all of us - the curiosity about what other people are doing on the one hand, and the need to tell others what we're up to, on the other. Blogs - and all new media for that matter - feed that need we have inside to express ourselves and make connections - whether meaningful or superficial (super pokes!), intellectual or mundane.

Big businesses are increasingly seeing the value of 'Web 2.0' and how it can help keep the connection between them and their clients alive and the communication flowing. But it's also easier than ever for small businesses to join into the action with so much free software available today. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, addition to blogs - make it possible for us to stay front and center in our customers' minds. The key is to pick two or three of them and focus on those.

What new media tools work best for you? How do you manage all your social networks? Please share your tips!


C:) said...

Hello! I just found your blog via a 2007 NYTimes article that my friend sent me. I've been a blogger since 2003, took a break, and am now back again in full force, thanks to bloggers like you. I just wanted to leave a comment to say thank you for your blog and all the best!


Reggie Waller said...

Yet, another great post with useful tips. Thank you for sharing Carmen. I find Blogger, Linkedin and Blog Catalog work best for me with sharing ideas and tips and connecting with people around the world. I try to put aside atleast an hour a day to login and respond to comments and create posts.

I have met some many great people around the world and have learned so much from them as well.

Carmina Pérez said...

Thanks C:) and Reggie for your wonderful comments. C:) - welcome back to the blogosphere. Let me know what your blog is. And Reggie - I'd love to hear more about how you use BlogCatalog and LinkedIn.