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To Blog or Not to Blog

10th December 2007

To Blog or Not to Blog

Sometimes, when you search the Internet, it appears that every business has a blog.  Individuals have been blogging for a while now, but companies have been slower to get on the bandwagon.  Now, it seems, companies both large and small are starting to see the benefits of having a company blog.  In the case of some companies, this is a very good thing.  For other companies, it hasn’t been good at all.

If you are contemplating starting a blog for your business, the first thing you need to know is that blogging isn’t for every company.  The effectiveness and usefulness of a blog also depends on the industry in which you work, and who your customers are.   Some companies, with customers who are very Internet savvy, may find a blog very useful.  Other companies may find their customers don’t even know what a blog is or why they would want to read one.  Before you start a blog, you should make sure you know your customer base.  There’s no use writing a blog if none of your customers are going to read it.

The second thing to consider is your ability to create and maintain a blog.  Starting a blog isn’t like starting a web site.  With a web site you can get away with leaving the same content in place for months at a time.   When it comes to a blog, new content is definitely key.  People may grant you a day or two license, but not much more than that.  If your blog isn’t updated frequently, you’ll find that your readers will move on to one that is.  

Blogs not only need frequently updated content, they need interesting content.  Almost everyone can write a grammatical sentence.  Not everyone can write an interesting one.   When you write a blog, you need to be able to spell and write grammatically, and you also need to be able to take mundane, everyday events and write about them in an interesting way.  People who read company blogs read them to find out more about the company and the people who work there.  The blogs that succeed are the blogs that are able to give the company a personality. 

In the end, the decision about whether or not to create a company blog is one that should be made with the head, not the heart.  Everyone who starts and runs a company probably thinks their company is the most fascinating company in the world.  Not everyone is right in that assumption.  If you are considering starting a blog for your company, you should consider the following things:

  1. Do you customers feel comfortable on the Internet? Do they already read blogs?
  2. Do you have the time and energy it takes to maintain a blog on a daily basis?
  3. Do you have the skills necessary to write an interesting and well constructed blog?
  4. Do you think a blog will bring more business to your company?

If you can answer yes to those four questions, you probably should start a blog.  If you can’t, you may be better offer pursuing other ways of publicizing your company.

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