The first platform we are going to talk about is the blog. If you are reading this then you know what a blog looks like. You can read the Wikipedia definition here, but it’s basic definition is: A blog (an abridgment of the term web log) is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. There are many blog platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Tumblr, and more. I personally use WordPress for my blogs.
You can use blogs for networking, connecting with friends and family, for education, business and more.
You can connect with more people through your blog than you could possibly talk to in a week. This may seem like a "relational cheat," but some people know more about their online friends than they do their own neighbors.
Connecting with Friends and Family
You can update your closest friends and family about you and your family by posting pictures, video, and comments about what is happening in your life. This is a great way to avoid long distance charges. My mother-in-law read my blog and frequently leaves comments on the posts.
Buckhead Church, a campus of North Point, in Georgia has a blog they use to educate and inform their volunteers about using the equipment and what is happening that weekend. Check it out at http://www.npccproduction.org/. Imagine being able to direct interested volunteers to a web site where they can learn to trade on their own. Imagine having a place where they can go to get questions answered.
I am a subscriber to TechCrunch, a blog that profiles and reviews new Internet companies and products. The editors of TechCrunch have traded in jobs like corporate attorney and investment banking to run one of the most respected online business magazines out there. These guys bring in some serious bank and keep people like me informed of investments that I could make if I had some serious bank.
I highly recommend using www.wordpress.com if you want to get into blogging. It is easy to set-up and run. Although I originally began blogging on blogger.com, I have decided to move away because of the number of objectionable material and pornography that began appearing. I would also recommend obtaining your own domain name (ex. www.JeremyDavidson.org) that you can forward to your blog. It is a lot easier to tell people to go to www.JeremyDavidson.org than it can be to tell them to go to www.JeremyDavidson.blogspot.com or www.wordpress.com/jeremydavidson. A domain from www.1and1.com can cost you as little as $6 a year and with the web becoming so important you may want to grab your name before the other (insert your name here) does and at least post your resume there.
I hope this was a good introduction and want to let you know that it will be the longest one.
If you have a blog leave your blog address in the comments and tell us about a few of your favorite.