Why Blogging is Better than Social Networking - Or is it
BlogBloke and I have been having a bit of a debate about blogging and social media, especially social networking and today I thought it would be a good idea to get you - the readers involved! In todays’ post both BB and I are going to give our points of view on the topic of blogging and social networking and we invite you to come in and tell us your thoughts, if you agree with either one of us or do you have a different way of looking at the question.
For all of you who have been long time readers of ’Blog Bloke’ you know very well that BB is a man of convictions and firm in his beliefs. We were talking earlier today and a statement was made where he said that “blogging is much better than social networking“.
Very strong words by the way and as always we had a discussion about it. I believe that social networking is very important to the blogger and in fact without social networking the Blog itself will fizzle and the only person you will be talking to is yourself! Is Blogging better than social networking? To me the answer is NO!
Now that I have said that, I need to explain a few things so that you have an understanding of where I am coming from:
I believe that the world of blogging has changed, maybe a better way to word this is … traditional blogging is changing and evolving and even though the stats say that the number of blogs have gone up, the way people are thinking about blogging needs to be revised. I believe that the blog should be thought of as your home base or home office and as such this is where you can express what you feel, what you think and what you do.
Blogging is incredibly important but without the input of social networking, all your hard work will be for nought! Yes you can set up your blogs to be picked up by the search engines (and yes that is required), but without talking to people or sharing on networks such as Facebook, Twitter, G+ and maybe a few others, you are indeed an island where maybe the ships passing by will see you.
I believe that it is through social networking people have a chance to get to know you as a real person, a well rounded person and that will provide major benefits to your blog. We are all now realizing that the different networks have different focuses and when you actively engage and share with people, then people will be more inclined to go to your blog to see what you are doing.
The fact is social media and social networking is growing by leaps and bounds. Social networks are where your readers are so to discount them as being not important or less important than the blog is foolhardy and in the end will hurt you more than help you.
I believe that there are some things you can share better through social networks than you can on your blog - now those might be fighting words to the traditional blogger, but I ask you to hear me out. As a publisher of a blog, especially a very ‘targeted’ blog, you are limited by your niche. If you are blogging about (and I am using only an example) social media, it is difficult to talk about anything else.
The reality is we as humans have many interests in life from music to politics and it is through social networking that we can share, discuss and even explore those interests. I see nothing wrong with this and in fact I see this as a more well rounded view of blogging.
The fact is blogging is always going to be important but I see over time that social networking and blogging being in an ever changing symbiotic relationship.
Mr. Blog Bloke, I now hand this over to you…
For the record this discussion first started when I inquired why Diane has been so long absent from this blog. Diane’s initial excuse was other worldly matters until I found her
yakking engaging over at Google+ and Facebook, and the truth finally came out.
But that’s ok, I still love her.
Having said that, Diane makes some good points but she might be surprised to know we probably have more in common than not. I have already written extensively that Social Media is an excellent compliment to Blogging if used correctly.
But I stress that word “correctly“. Social Media should revolve around our blog, not the other way around as I have written previously.
Where I have issue is when people waste too much time on social networks rather than their blog. (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)
I too am guilty of this because it is easy to be seduced by the immediate gratification of social networks as opposed to spending hours on a post and waiting on our blog for comments that might never come.
Believe me I understand the attraction very well. However, we need to first understand what the difference is between real blogging and social media. And the fact remains social media is not blogging.
Blogging is about fleshing out an idea as opposed to the idle chit-chat of social networking and character limitations. A blog is something that we own as opposed to being guests on someone else’s website. Blogging is about being in control of our online destiny as opposed to submitting to someone else’s draconian TOS (terms of service).
Social networks can be faddish and temporary. Whereas blogs are forever. Then of course there are the serious privacy/security issues that we need to contend with on social media. I could go on.
This post is a reminder of how often my enthusiasm for blogging is misunderstood and I thank Diane for the opportunity to clarify. Believe me I see both platforms as being complimentary .. if balanced “correctly“.
I believe the image on the left says it all don’t you think.
Perhaps I’m not so “foolhardy” after all? Welcome back to blogging Diane. We missed you.