You hear “blog,” and think, “Blah!” As in, “Yuck!”
No, make that “Blah-blah-blah!” As in, “A royal waste of my time—as a reader, and certainly as a writer.”
OK, I hear you. And it’s true—you don’t have to write a blog. Isn’t it so 2007, anyway?
Of course, if you are looking to grow with the 21st Century way of doing things, then there’s got to be some online formula to help you promote and grow your cause, business or widget of the moment. Try this combination on for size:
Hone the Discipline of Reflecting
Take some time to actually think about what you’ve done, what you’re doing and what you plan to do. Then distill those thoughts into words. It’s not simple, but on the other side is a huge pay-off: improved processes and practices.
Psst, let others in on your mental journey. It increases their understanding of and respect for what you’re up to.
Display Your Expertise
Through anecdotes and insights that only you possess, convey what separates you from the pack. Give a bit of yourself away—not the whole store, but enough to add value to those who come across your path.
Send a Signal That Your Cause or Business Is Alive and Well
When you haven’t updated that website in years—or, God forbid, haven’t gotten around to creating one in the first place—think of some simple way to let this cat out of the bag:
“Hey, everyone, I’m still around and gainfully engaged in the marketplace.”
Hint: if you’re thinking of cutting-and-pasting those very words into an e-mail, then sending it to everyone you know, it’s time to ponder Plan B.
So, amid enticements to check out this video, to read that product review or to study your baseball team’s latest box score, how do you help cyber-surfing Hansels and Gretels find their way to your home?
By consistently leaving trails of crumbs—on your e-mail signature, in comments on websites and everywhere in between—that all lead back to the same URL (Uniform Resource Locator).
That’s a good start: engage in reflective thinking; show and share your expertise; regularly remind the world that your business is in business; and establish a reliable communication anchor.
By now, it should be abundantly obvious that you absolutely, positively don’t have to blog. Then again, you don’t have to harness one of the most multi-dimensional, dynamic ways for kick-starting your efforts.