Do you read blogs?
Are you a Blogger (someone who blogs or writes a blog)?
A BLOG is a discussion or information site published on the Web consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first. Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often were themed on a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited.
For example, TweakYourBiz, our favourite business blogging site, consists of multiple bloggers (writers) who write original content (blogposts) specifically for the site. The audience makes up a combination of business owners, those interested in business, those interested in blogging and of course bots and trolls.
Another favourite blogging community is BizSugar. BizSugar is not a blogging site, but “a social bookmarking and networking site for small business and medium-sized business owners and managers. It allows you to submit, share and vote for the best business information links on the Internet.”
“BizSugar makes it easier to learn about new business strategies, tactics, and news. You can discover websites that provide answers to many of your business challenges (such as TweakYourBiz and our own blog here), meet other business owners and managers that share your interests, and help others by sharing your knowledge.
Most importantly, BizSugar will save you an incredible amount of time. The biz Sugar voting system incorporates the wisdom of the masses to funnel through the Internet fluff and provide you with the most useful ideas and news that affects your business. This allows entrepreneurs to spend more time enjoying their lives and less time reading.”
#RockYourBiz Competition time!
BizSugar are having an amazing competition for the most voted blog under the Rock Your Biz category AND the best comment left on any of the submitted posts. The first prize for the #RockYourBiz is the latest iPad, proudly sponsored by our Irish colleagues at Grafton Media. Smart Solutions are of course delighted to sponsor a very cool DVD with over 4 and a half hours of quality MS Office training.
Blogging is a very rewarding way of getting your message heard and sharing expertise. Narcissistic jokes aside, a blog allows a person or group of persons to express their feelings and attitudes and interact with others through the comment section (provided it is available). Trolls purposely comment to extract an emotional response or divert the comments from the original theme of the blogpost or content.
Having said all that, blogging is an interaction. It can be transparent, useful, informative, expressive and encourages connections and collaborations worldwide. Blogging is not without its downsides, especially if being attacked personally or generally. That is why it is imperative to have a procedure in place to deal with negativity, attacks and trolls.
Enter your blogpost now!
So get blogging, write your post on your favourite blogging site and register with BizSugar. Then submit your post in their #RockYourBiz category and encourage people to come over and vote for your entry. Then have a look at the other blogs submitted, adn leave a comment. There are prizes for comments!!! Don’t forget to read the full Terms & Conditions. The closing date is July 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm (PT).