Top Reasons People Blog
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In deciding to join the millions of others in the blogosphere, I conducted some personal research to become better informed about blogging; more specifically, I intended to research what people blogged about. However, because this is my virgin blog, I thought it appropriate instead, to blog about why people blog. To my surprise, I found that fewer people blog to keep a record of personal events, thoughts, and feelings than I anticipated.
Then, what do bloggers blog about?
Bloggers Blog to:
- share product reviews to other consumers. Consumer Reports, E-Bay, and Amazon’s ‘feedback’ and ‘reviews’ are good examples of product review blogging. This type of blogging is amazingly helpful to other consumers considering purchasing specific products. It can save a consumer from making a purchase that they will not be happy with or may be the deciding factor in purchasing a product that they normally would not purchase.
- offer instructions. Instructions can range from operating devices, installing equipment, assembling furniture, simplify driving directions, and even on how to blog. Bloggers get to offer their expertise and are thus heard in the process, and readers are educated in new areas.
- Market their products and services. Much business owns and entrepreneurs use blogging as a way to attract people to their websites or to make their product better known.
- Establish themselves as an expert in a field or niche. This topic or field is usually related to their occupation and/or education and these bloggers rarely stray far from their subject of expertise.
- Remain in contact with friends and family. Some bloggers post events of their life, to do lists, calendars, a new baby’s progress, and even recipes to friends and family members. Blogging offers a way to stay close without having to devote a plethora of time to individual people and allows others to keep abreast in your happenings. This is a great tool which allows one to feel physically close to loved ones when physical distance is great.
- Network with new people. In today’s business one can never have too many contacts. However, with today’s busy lifestyle, it is hard to find time to socialize even when we are mingling to increase our business network. Blogging allows business-minded individuals to do so without leaving their desk, putting on that winning smile, or doing much work at all.
- Receive free feedback. Feedback regarding our business ideas and ventures are critical to success; however, this type of constructive criticism can be costly. Unless, of course, you are crafty and look for it in the form of feedback generated from your winning blog.
- Allow customers to get to know you, your business, and your product. This helps to establish trust with the customer and allows for the customer and business to interact on an even keel. Not only do customers learn about promotions, sales, changes in business hours, new product lines, and prices, they also learn about you as a person, which is important to today’s consumer.
- Talk. Some people like to talk. Others have a plethora of things to say. Blogging allows you to “talk” about anything, anytime, anywhere, even when you have no immediate audience.
- Gain knowledge derived from the ideas and expertise of others. People love to include their thoughts and opinions, and even their expertise to other bloggers blog postings. Because of this, blogging is a great way to request advice on a situation, seek out answers to questions, gain insight on a topic, or to receive solutions to problems.
I, on the other hand, am blogging to learn more about the blogosphere, gain insight into social media marketing, and to satisfy a course requirement. In time, I plan on creating a regularly occurring blog centering on a specific topic of general interest within the realm or niche of either virtual assisting or web design and virtual marketing.
What do you blog about?
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