Today, our state newspaper just printed an article titled Blogging Strategies Find Workplace Niche in which I am featured … and it got me reflecting on the amazing ride being a blogger has taken me on over the last year.
I said in the article that blogging helped me establish myself in my particular career field. But it’s done quite a bit more.
Recapping the last year or so, here’s some of the benefits I’ve gleaned from blogging:
I’ve started a web development, blog design and consulting business that has taken off beyond my wildest dreams
I’ve met some of the most incredible “virtual” friends through blogging … some of whom will likely be friends for life
I got my number one client through just linking to her blog in one of my blog posts and it started a dialogue with her that turned into an outstanding business relationship. (She’s also the reason I was included in the story.)
Some more people actually know my name now … like people in circles I wasn’t previously a part of … and also people who probably wouldn’t have known about me if I hadn’t started blogging
I’ve led two seminars in my field because of my blog … partly because I did two blog series that showcased my knowledge on those subjects (website design and blogging)
Oh, and I’ve had the privilege of being quoted in three separate articles in our state’s biggest newspaper … as well as my blog being profiled in a magazine.
But the biggest benefit I’ve gotten from blogging is … EXPOSURE.
That’s the umbrella that all this falls under.
My blogs, in particular my main blog, have given me an amount of exposure I don’t think I would have had without them … at least not this quickly and, eh hem, “affordably.”
Because I ventured out into the blogosphere with that first blog and blog post, because I took a risk …. my exposure expanded exponentially.
All this … because I started that first blog …
So here’s why I think you and your career … or maybe even your business … needs a rockin’ blog: It’s the cheapest, quickest way I’ve found to get … uh …. exposure.
I’m getting ready to slap on a new theme for this site in order to give it a brand new look … and I’ve decided to offer this theme, which I’m dubbing RockinChrome, to the public, unless someone would like to purchase it outright.
I’m not talking about sponsorship here. If I don’t have any takers, it’s going to the public for free release.