Monday, November 13, 2017

Just Blogging

There are good reasons for blogging all over the world and blogs were from the beginning "open" and social networks were "closed." Blogs let you put your current ideas out on the wild, untamed Internet for all to see. Social networks, Web sites and micro blog sites such as Facebook on the other hand, were "walled gardens." Blog posts were public - social networks were somewhat more private. And most that have several Bloggers on one blog account, are able to develop a real social media environment.

"Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most."

The social networks have knocked down the garden walls, encouraging public posts accessible to anyone in a rather small land area not world wide. And even if they're not fans of dance, music, chess, golf or whatever, sharing has become the de facto way for people to discover content. Now, if we want to really promote our blog posts, we've got to promote them on other social networks too. Why? Because social sites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest are where the viral sharing of content takes place world wide.

"What A Wonderful World" by Satcho Armstrong

In fact, people now have so much content in their social streams that they're less likely to click over to our blog post. So posting on blogs, then promoting it on social networks, doesn't work as well as it used to. If we get feedback even if only comments, more people are likely to look for more like it. Our blog sites share with social networks such as Twitter, Tumbler, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook. If Tumblr is a small step, then Google+ is a giant leap. We just have to be patient and wait for those willing to share their pearls of wisdom with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers. Right here in these dance blogs on this island of Oahu.

"We may try - and be ignored. We will not try again, but the
sign on the door we leave open will still say Welcome."