However, I decided to start blogging a year earlier.
In the year leading up to the formal launch of 1911mainstreet.com, I spent some time reading other blogs and posts on social networking sites.
In that time, I came to a few conclusions about what I think makes a blog valuable and what I want to accomplish with this blog.
One of the things that I noticed is that I enjoy posts that are short and to the point. If you have read Seth Godin’s blog, you know exactly what I am talking about.
However, given my market research background, I like to support my analysis with research or insights from experts. Therefore, many of my posts tend to be a little longer than I’d like. (I am planning to write more short posts in the future.)
The other thing that I have noticed is that blogs that deliver interesting insights tend to get me to visit the site more often.
I also tend to enjoy the blog more if I have met the blogger, in person. This helps me understand where the person is coming from. (Therefore, I think it pays to go to events where bloggers hang out.)
I have also found that I enjoy getting insights from many people. In order to do that, I rely on links from social networking sites like Twitter to point me to new blogs and blog posts.
What’s in a Name?
When I first decided to launch this blog, I was going to call it justevent.net. In fact, if you type in that domain name into your browser, it will take you to this blog.
I had always planned on writing about marketing.
The concept behind justevent.net was to point out that some of the best marketing campaigns are those that deliver value to your customers. In fact, if your marketing campaigns are really well executed, your customers will actually look forward to receiving the messages from you, no matter how they received them.
Thus, the communication that they receive from you would be an “event” that they look forward to.
A blog is a way to let people know what you think about a topic, or in other words, a medium to vent. Since it is online, it would also be an eVent.
The “just” is in justevent.net is in the same vein as the Nike slogan “Just Do It,” meaning that it pays to get out there and try new things and find out what works.
However, because I wasn’t going to focus solely on the creative side of marketing, I decided to change the title.
For more information about the story behind 1911mainstreet.com, take a few minutes to read the “about” page.
On Blogging Frequency
In my blog post, titled “In the Spotlight: Blogging Frequency,” I cited some suggestions from other bloggers that I planned to follow when I first started blogging.
For example, Chris Brogan suggested creating a schedule and sticking to it.
For the first two months, I did just that.
However, for the last three months, I haven’t been blogging on schedule.
Therefore, I plan to make an adjustment and post just two posts a week.
Instead of Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I will publish on Tuesday and Friday at 3 p.m. CDT.
On Guest Blogging
Other bloggers suggest writing guest blog posts to get your name out there. So far, I’ve written two guest posts for the Strategy E-ssentials blog. And, I plan to write more in the future.
If you get a chance, you might want to check out my latest post that I cowrote with Karin Khuhro, titled “Why Holiday Shoppers Don’t Buy From You & What You Can Do About It.”
Having a blog is a great way to share ideas with other people.
For businesses, it is an important part of a good inbound marketing strategy.
However, it is important to keep in mind that your readers’ time is valuable.
If you are going to take the time to write something, it makes sense to deliver quality content. Otherwise, you are just wasting your time and your readers’ time as well.
On the other hand, you never know what will be valuable, so it pays to try different things and see what your readers respond to.
With that said, see you next week.
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