This Blog Is Made For You And Me

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This blog is your blog, this blog is my blog…

You're invited to the CCC blog!

In my last post, To Blog, or Not To Blog: That Is The Question, I touched a little bit on why I started this blog in addition to the topic of blogging in general. As readers of my thoughts and musings, I value your feedback and welcome your insight and opinions.

First ask, then bribe…

Where should this blog go from here? In general, my posts are wide-ranging but fall into four main categories: marketing, writing, social media and personal reflection. The first three categories mentioned mirror the main services that my company, Clearly Conveyed Communications, provides.

While focusing on these areas, the topics themselves are broad. Below is a current tag cloud of this blog (and a clickable version is housed in the right-hand side menu if you’d like to delve deeper).

blog tag cloud

Yes, I can look at analytics and see which posts draw the most eyes and engagement, but analytics don’t always tell the whole story. People do. Share your thoughts and help shape the future of this blog (and possibly other blogs).

Step Into the Spotlight

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Image: Danielle Buma (CCL by 2.0); Effects added by author

What’s your favorite type of post? Or your favorite post specifically?

Would you like to see the content of this blog narrow? Or shift focus?

Would you like to see different types of posts than what’s currently here?

The Incentive

Anyone providing sound feedback will be entered into a drawing for a Starbucks or iTunes gift card. There will be at least one winner but may be more based on the quality of the feedback left. Please share freely… Thank you!!

The keeper of your blog,
Jaime

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To Blog, or Not To Blog: That Is the Question

Original photo credit: "Portrait of Duranty Blogging, after Degas," Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Original photo credit: “Portrait of Duranty Blogging, after Degas,” Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com (CCL)

Why do you blog?

That’s assuming you do blog, which millions of people do across the world, on millions of different topics for millions of different reasons for audiences of one to (yes, you guessed it) millions.

Some blog for business while others type their hearts away purely for pleasure, a way to scratch that itch deep inside or satisfy a longing need. Some blog to motivate themselves to lose weight or graduate from school while others share a deep knowledge of a particular topic while still others hope to be discovered.

–> Here’s my question: is it worth it? 

Blogging takes time. No matter how organized you are or how many tips you read about becoming a more efficient blogger, it just takes time. (Although you may want to check out this handy post from Jeff Bullas entitled How to Streamline Your WordPress Blogging Workflow to save some of that precious time.)

Is all of the time you spend on your blog worth it? I guess that depends on your objectives.

Related Reading: Do You Mow Your Blog?

This blog grew out of starting my company, Clearly Conveyed Communications, just over a year and a half ago. It functions as a place where I can share marketing, writing and social media (the main services CCC offers) tips and resources as well as reflect on my personal experience of being an entrepreneur, small business owner and on life in general. Yes, it has a varied overall direction, which works for me (and I hope for you).

As a new business, I really wanted this blog to generate exposure for the services I offer while connecting me with people who have shared interests. Sure, I would love to generate some business as well, but that wasn’t the original point and still isn’t today. I’m not a big fan of hard selling via blogs or other social media channels, so I hope that I haven’t come across as trying to sell you anything.

My goal every time I click on New Post is to add a little value to your day.

Whether it be insight into a business decision, a social media tip, marketing ideas or how to write a little more effectively, I want you to walk away from the CCC blog with just a little more knowledge and a smile on your face. I hope I do that, and if you have any ideas on how I can do that more effectively, please let me know. Seriously, I would love to hear from you.

So now we’ve come full circle… why do you blog?

For business? For pleasure? To share your knowledge with others? To keep yourself on track?

Leave your answers in the comments below, and feel free to leave your blog URL as well.

To blog, or not to blog: that is the question. Do you?

Related Reading: Attention bloggers! We want you.

Blogging away,
Jaime

p.s. Thank you to each and every follower of the CCC blog. I truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to read my musings, and I really do hope that you find them valuable in some way, shape or form. Cheers!

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