I started blogging in January of 2004…or was it December of 2003? Can’t quite recall. I’m not one of the early ones. After all, blogging got its start way back in 1997. But, by comparison, I’ve been at this for quite some time. (You’d think I’d be better at it by now!)
Blogging has literally transformed my life in many respects, and opened doors I never could have imagined, including writing a book for Pete’s sake.
Fro me, blogging has been largely a labor of love. (Though sometimes it was more labor than love!) I’ve been an ardent evangelist for its adoption as a business marketing communications tool, and though I’m no Robert Scoble, I’ve had some measure of influence. I can’t imagine not continuing to use this medium in some fashion for years to come.
One of the many rewards of business blogging has been getting to know a good many others I now consider dear friends. I recently sent an email to several of them asking for their response to several questions. Most of the ones I contacted started blogging at or near the same time I did. Some of those questions include:
-When did you start blogging?
-When you started, what were your conceptions about blogs? Did you see them as a marketing tool?
-What blogging platform did you use to start with? What are you using now and why?
-How have you used blogs in your business? How significant a role has blogging played in your marketing efforts?
-Looking back over the years since you started blogging, what would you say are some lessons you’ve learned as a result? What were some “serendipities” you’ve experienced along the way?
-How has blogging impacted you professionally? What rewards have you achieved as a result of blogging?
-What is your best “takeaway” you’d say you’ve received from your experience?
-Looking to the future, where do you see blogging headed in the next two to five years?
As I begin to receive responses, I’ll post them on a first-come, first-serve basis. One thing I think you’ll find is I’m not the only one who does this as a labor of love either.