It seems silly to have a printed business cards for your blog when everything is all digital. Here is why I’m explaining the benefits of having business cards for your blog.
As I’m writing this, I just came back from a two days’ conference and I was handing out my business cards like confetti.
But why would I hand out my business cards people when you can do everything through email? Well call me old-fashioned but I still believe in one to one real people interaction and meeting people, rather than hiding behind a screen or a keyboard.
I’m quite lucky in the sense that I live in London and I have easy access to visit various conferences and trade shows. And because of my luck, I can meet people directly and introduce myself.
I also believe meeting people directly prove that you are who you are. If that makes sense? You’re not a Miranda Sing character for example. You are who you say you are on your blog. And if you want to work with people or brands, I believe that to be an important factor.
I can’t help but feel that hiding behind a keyboard there only so much you can do, sure you can have skype, emails and phones conversation. But there no real human element to it.
That is why I go to various trade shows and conferences, so you can meet people directly and have a real human conversation.
I completely understand if meeting people is the scariest thing in the world, but there one thing I learnt since going self-employed – there only so much you can do by yourself. You do need to put your scare factor in a box and put it on the shelves and get yourself out there. I’m a shy person, like a socially awkward quiet person; but I have learnt that you need to push that aside and get yourself out there. I know it easier said than done, however, I have found when I had met with people that the person who you are talking too do have the knack to make you feel at ease. Most meeting I have gone too will offer you a drink or a sweet, mostly just to break the ice between you both.
While I was at the conference, I was interacting with people and generally having a friendly chat. I feel having these chat with people we were able to exchange details with each other and talks how we can help each other out.
Which bring me to the overall point on the benefits of having business cards for your blog. The chance to meet people directly and to introduce yourself to certain brands or industry.
That all well and good Anna, living in London and meeting people at conferences, but what if we live in the middle of nowhere? I hear you asking me.
Well personally, there no harm in emailing your blog business cards and media pack to people. For example, Richard did this a few years ago where he sent out his photos portfolio to various photography companies. Through that, he now works for those various photography companies. At that time, we did live in the middle of nowhere, next door to a farm.
I have found people want a physical card to hold and to carry around with them. I have also found that card had gotten me from A to B to D without me doing anything extra. Say for example you met Cindy from marketing at conferences, then Cindy could very well hand over your card to Lucy the chief head of marketing and put you in touch with Jane from a different company.
Your blog business cards help you spread and help to branch out your exposure. Never underestimate the power of words of mouth.
So I hope to have shown you the benefits of having business cards for your blog. I have never been to conferences or even a blogger event where someone will ask for your business cards.
What to put on your blog business cards?
It entirely up to you. But I will say it important to put your contact details down. As otherwise how are people going to contact you? If you are feeling brave, put your mobile number down. If you are showcasing your blog, this doesn’t really need to be said – but do also include your blog URL.
This is optional but I find more people asking for Twitter and Instagram handles, so it might be an idea to include those as well.
Now I have to ask, are you going to get business cards for your blog?