Tuesday, November 1, 2011

National Blog Posting Month

There's a slew of "National Thing Verbing Month" initiatives out there in November.

NaBloPoMo - National Blog Posting Month
NaPodPoMo - National Podcast Post Month
NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month

I won't be participating in the Novel Writing month this year, but I will blog every day. I''m going to try to figure out the role of blogging in a world with with all these social media platforms.

So let's set the table: Why still blog?
  • It's mine. I'm responsible for the domain and hosting. It's my brand.
  • In-depth. There's basically no limit to how long an article can be.
  • Profit! A widely read blog can actually make money from advertising

Why use other platforms?
  • Easy. Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are very easy to use. Even when mobile.
  • Engagement. Because those social platforms manage audience, reader response it generally much higher than with a traditional blog. For my group, Google+ is terrific place for extended discussions.
  • Part of something bigger.  My posts can appear alongside articles by great and interesting writers.
  • Visibility. My articles are much more likely to be read on Google+ than my own site.

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