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Why Blogging is Better than Social Networking - Or is it

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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…

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Counterpoint:

Ying YangFor 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.

BUSTED!

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.

Blogs vs Social NetworksI would encourage Diane and my readers to read all of my posts on social media to get a better understanding on the differences between blogging and social media.

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.

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  1. Just so that everyone is aware, I had not read what BB was going to say before he published this post, which actually made this post even more “exciting” at least for me ^-^

    Now to answer:

    What you call yakking…um I mean engaging is what social networking is all about and makes my point about using social networking to make one more a “real” person and that is important.

    I have a feeling that many people do not really understand the differences between social media and social networking and that can create major confusion.

    when (at least to my point of view) social networking is about connecting with people and social media is about how one transmits information to others then one begins to get an understanding of how both are important each in their own way to furthering your home base..the blog.

    You are correct in saying that in many ways we do have a lot more in common, which is why we get along so well…lol

    I have heard many ( well more like some people) say that blogs are not required, just use the differnt social networks ( G+ comes to mind) and I can not and will not agree to that for the very points you have stated so well.

    I still and will continue to say that blogs are evolving and that social networking/blogging are in a changing and I might add evolving symbiotic relationship.

    Where will the journey end, I have no idea, but I will say that I am going along for the ride to see what happens next.

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    Reply by: BB at 8:23 pm said...

    @Diane, I think it all boils down to how well one understands the technology and its limitations. Anybody who says social networks can replace blogs just don’t get it.

    By the way thanks for the point - counterpoint idea. It was a blast. Let’s do it again soon.

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 8:29 pm said...

    @BB, anytime….lol it was a blast! next time you do the point and I will do my level best to do a good counterpoint!

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    Reply by: BB at 8:57 pm said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), here’s hoping more people join in the conversation. I would love to hear more opinions.

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  2. Swaying toward the Blog Bloke here…. Sorry Diane.
    True social interaction can cause many more visits… At the end of the day, without a blog what are they visiting?

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    Reply by: BB at 8:16 pm said...

    @Scott, that’s one for BB. Woohoo! ;-)

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  3. I’m going to agree with both of you.. and disagree with both of you.

    Blogging is ownership. It is your home base and is where you’ll be able to better monetize your efforts. If you’re a blogger.. it should be your primary focus.
    Social media and social networks are also important. This is where many of your readers first visit when they get on the web, where they will spend most of their time, and this is where a blogger should spend at least some time engaging and posting to get people over to the blog to read the story.

    Is one really “better” than the other? For some purposes.. I’d have to say yes! But I would say they are complementary.. each have their own merits and serve specific purposes very well.

    If I want ownership.. and want to monetize my efforts.. and if I want to publish and allow others to publish, then Blogs are the way to go.

    If you want to be social, play games, interact with people in real time, and keep up with current events, then social networks are the thing for you.

    Bloggers benefit from social networks from the readers they can access, and social networkers benefit from blogs from the information they can access.

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    Reply by: BB at 8:10 am said...

    @Tim Southernwood … thanks for dropping by Tim.

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  4. Diane

    I love blogging, it allows me to build a strong community of followers

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 9:11 am said...

    @Kenny Fabre, good morning or afternoon as the case may be.
    Thanks for coming in and giving your opinion, which is important.

    When you say “it allows me to build a strong community of followers”, could you explain that to me?

    I love blogging as well, but I have noted that people use and “engage” with social networks to create that community and in fact there is a school of thought that says …without the engaging via social networks, you don’t have a hope to build a community within the blog.

    Am I wrong?

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    Reply by: BB at 4:02 pm said...

    @Kenny Fabre, that’s two for blogs!

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  5. I’ve always considered blogging to be better than social networking. You have more space to express your thoughts ;)

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 11:12 am said...

    @Enzo Testa, I can not disagree with your thinking and in essence I am in agreement. Now here is a question for you - If your blog is very targeted and you want to share your thoughts about something outside of your niche,how would you best accomplish this?

    lol, I am sitting here smiling by the way as I just know that @Blogbloke is sitting back laughing…

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    Reply by: BB at 3:53 pm said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), no comment ;-)

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    Reply by: BB at 4:03 pm said...

    @Enzo Testa, that’s #3 in favor of blogs!

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  6. I think blogs have been and allways will be better than social media. On a blog the content is yours and your have the right to it. Facebook, twitter, google+ own your content to a certain extent. Not that twitter and facebook dont have their place.

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    Reply by: BB at 1:19 pm said...

    @Curtis, that’s 4 for blogs … I think.

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  7. I love blogging! It allows me to make good relationships with fellow bloggers. If you are a good writer you can write usefull and helpful content for your readers. Overall control is in your hands. You can manage your blog in many ways. Also you can earn some extra money from your blog. I must say blogging is better than social networking. :)

    Thank you.

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    Reply by: BB at 1:18 pm said...

    @Ajnabii, that’s 5 for blogs. Woohoo!

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  8. Thank you for your great post. I think blogging is better than social media it is constant trout.

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