Today I ask the question:
“Do you prefer comments on a Blog, or conversations on FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other Social Networks?”
I prefer Blogs, I like to keep the conversations here, not spread over multiple Social networks, at least here everything is self-contained. It’s easier to pull together smart thinking when all the comments and thinking are in one site when a question is posed. Now, having said that, you’ll notice this Blog doesn’t get many comments, maybe my content just isn’t interesting, or people just don’t agree and don’t take the time to let me know. It matters not, this is my space, it’s also a space for people who are interested, like-minded if you will, in my research, my point of view, my perspective, my foresight…it gets cataloged here on this Blog.
Now, I can’t control where you want to talk about my ideas, my blog posts, I just go where you are….when I have the time. The easiest way to get my writing…sign-up for my updates, then it hits the Inbox, that’s where we can have real in-depth conversations.
I understand it’s easier to comment on a Social Network, I publish to Social Networks with the hopes you will come here, at least then you might look around, read more and get exposed to more of my ideas and thoughts.
So if you aren’t commenting here, you may have already answered my question, or maybe…you never thought about it before. Never the less, feel free to comment here, I would love to get your view on the topic.
Do you prefer Blogs Or Social Networks?
Five years ago, March 1st, 2010, I wrote about what Blogs might look like in 5 years, I also threw out some numbers that I predicted would happen. Let’s go back and see how close I was back then.
Here is my opening paragraph:
“I can’t help but wonder what blogging will look like in 5 years, blogs for the most part are static and becoming integrated with Social Media Tools. There’s only 1.7 Billion people on the net and over 235 Million Blogs out there. Projections clearly show that over the next 3 – 5 years 5 Billion people will be on the Internet. Will Blogging be the primary platform? I don’t think so, everything is going more and more mobile, on the go.”
At that time only 1.7 Billion people were using the Internet. There were ONLY 235 Million Blogs, and data also suggested that in the next 3 -5 years there would be 5 Billion people using the Internet.
Today, over 3 Billion people are using the Internet, that’s 2 Billion short of projections, but that’s mostly due to the speed in which Internet access could be provided. Google & 3BNetworks are making the Internet available to all the 3rd world countries, but not as quickly as they had hoped.
The number of blogs on the Internet today is, well….seemingly impossible to track, there is no accurate count that I’m aware of.
Let’s look at paragraph #2:
“Will there be a place for blogs? Will there be a need to for content to be new and fresh multiple times a day? The money won’t be the content, it will be in the filtering and curation of content produced. More products or systems will be invented to manage all this data, data will be connected to data, there will be a huge need for filtering.”
There was a time, recently…that blogging was considered dead. But ask the question, will there be a place for blogs? Obviously blogging is not dead, and there is still a place & need for blogging. The money in blogging is actually the content, original content…there is bigger money in the curation, and the delivering of that filtering and curating. It’s kind of like the retail market, the channel of distribution, more information, curated, and lower prices. Whoever has curated a large amount of data, and has figured out how to deliver it to the masses at a low price, and even free, is making large piles of money. Not much has changed here, the old way, or the old attitude still prevails here, in terms of how we think about business, and how it is being done. One thing still rings true, it’s impossible to read every blog on the Internet, so those who filter and curate have a leg up.
And the last paragraph:
“There is much to do, and it will be interesting to see how things scale as the rise in Internet users climbs to 5 Billion. How will it impact your business? How will it impact your blog? How will we rise above the noise we can’t rise above now? The answers are forth coming, but we haven’t figured them out yet. We better hurry, time is running short. Will this blog even show up on the radar screen, it barely does now! So many questions and so many unanswered. We spend hours a day working on our blogs thinking it will look and feel the same years down the road. But I can help but wonder, what will blogs look like in 5 years?”
All these questions are still valid today, why? It boils down to one thing….we still haven’t made the paradigm shift. We are still hanging on to the old ways of doing business, organizing business, and we are still trying force feed an Industrial Age to the masses. We just can’t seem to embrace the change required, it’s too hard I guess.
In some circles, change is happening just for the sake of change, and in others, it’s moving to fast to accept as a new way of life. No matter how difficult it might be to make this paradigm shift, the blog doesn’t appear to be going away, everything is just more mobile. Mobility is here to stay, and is also changing, technology is being embedded into everything these days, including our clothes.
So, was I wrong? Sure, but not because I should have been, I was wrong because most of what I saw, and see today, is just taking longer, but it’s still going to happen. Is blogging dead, not by a long shot…you’re reading it now : ) And yes, there is still much to be done. To be honest, I’m disappointed in where blogging is today, but that to is changing. I am concerned as well, technology is fooling us, we are allowing it to control our lives. Texting and driving is all the proof I need.
It’s midnight, I’m thinking about the past year, wondering if I made a difference to any business owner in my community, my Twitter followers, my blog readers and….. It’s a fair question, you probably ask yourself the same question many times. In fact, you may spend too much time asking yourself that question. If you truly want to make a difference, Go and make a difference! Go, do that thing you are passionate about, you will touch someone’s life and you probably won’t even know it.
I attend many events in my community, most are surprised when I show up, but I need the interaction with smart people. You can only speak from a stage, from a microphone, a blog, or even a workshop for so long. Eventually, you’ll want to see eyeballs, hear real stories directly from the sources, maybe in their own surroundings. The words Social Media don’t really say enough about what it really means, we tend to forget the “Social” part, but it’s the best part, it’s the awesome sauce.
I have a few social engagements in my calendar for December, maybe we’ll run into each other, and I’ll bet there’s a great story to share. Make sure you step away from the keyboard, better yet, go master the deadlock on your front door and get out and see the people. The people are what makes the Social in Social Media, media is actually cold and unfeeling, why would you want to just do that?
Social Networks are environments, cultures, and places to learn, because that’s where the people are, and no matter how much you avoid it, the Future Of Business means people. You will never have success without them, and what they want from you is simple, they want access to you. They want to know you, even spend time with you, that’s where the real value is, and eventually, the Gold.
When you get around the people, and you are doing what you were meant to do, you are making a difference. So GO! Be a human business, one that connects with others, one that connects businesses, Go and be with the people, help them achieve their goals, and you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams. Make that your goal for 2012, I hope you do because I can’t wait to hear your story when you do.
I’ve been around the NET a while and I find myself gravitating to a chosen few time and time again, I like you tend to go back to places I find useful. I spend at least 6 – 8 hours of my day online, probably more, and I just love connecting with people, having great debates on topics I’m passionate about, if you’re like me, you tend to mix it up with those who are just as passionate.
I like to surround myself with quality people, online as well, and I have no idea if these folks respect me but I thought I would share some of my favorite online ROCKSTAR’S with you, here are a few people you should connect with and follow to enhance your time on the NET:
1.) Olivier Blanchard – Olivier is very smart and has a sense of humor that knocks you on your butt, he is the go to guy when you want the best advice on Social Media ROI. What I love most about Olivier, his willingness to help others and he has the most unique point of view that makes you have those Ah-Ha moments. I have come to admire Olivier for his heart, but he’ll deny it if you ask him about his soft side 🙂 Oh, and watch-out for Chico!
2.) Trey Pennington – A true professional, you will enjoy his interviews with leaders of Social Media and Marketing. Most of all, he’s a great guy who loves to help others. He’s an encourager and a supporter, those are qualities that I admire & respect. He hangs his hat on Blog Talk Radio where he broadcasts his powerful interviews, follow him and his show.
3.) Kris Colvin – One word comes to mind when I think of Kris, ALIVE! Every time I have an exchange with her, I think, the force is strong with this one. Kris is a sensitive, loving, caring person, I have never met her in person but that’s what I get from her when we chat online. Did I mention she specializes in Design, visit her site and be sure to use Twitterface.com while your at it. I should mention she & Olivier are Nutella addicts.
4.) Chris Penner – Chris is local to me here in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada. We met online via Twitter, I invited him for coffee and the rest is now history, he comes to every TweetUp I hold at the Bat Cave. Chris is an avid Water Ski Freak, it’s his passion for sure because he can go on for hours on the topic and never get tired of it. Chris is also in Real Estate, he is doing some very interesting things that will put him at the top of his game soon.
5.) Louis Gray & Mike Fruchter – I was pleasantly surprised to find one day that me & my Blog were recognized by these two notables this past summer. Louis listed my Blog as one of the Top 5 Blogs Under The Radar, Louis is in Silicon Valley and works for an unnamed company in Silicon Valley. Mike was kind enough to list me as one of the Top 10 People To Follow on FriendFeed, Mike is with Pierson Grant Public Relations in Florida. I am forever grateful, be sure to keep an eye on them as well.
6.) Chris Brogan – Chris is everyone’s Rock Star it seems, recently I’ve found myself going back to his Blog regularly, and I have quoted him often, plus, enjoyed his book Trust Agents so much I am promoting it on my Blog. Get your copy and make Chris rise to the top of the best seller charts. Chris was kind enough to participate on an older post called Your Best Social Media Tips. I still haven’t found the right words to describe him so I’ll just say you need to invest some time in his Blog.
7.) Scott Stratten – A fellow Canadian, I love his boldness and directness when he speaks, if you want it candy coated he’s not your man. His company name is frankly brilliant, Un-Marketing, don’t you love it? His slogan – Stop Marketing and Start Engaging! With a mantra like that you can’t help but like him, be sure to follow him on Twitter he’s a riot.
8.) Robert Scoble – If you haven’t heard of him, you must be living under a rock! He is very popular online and was raised in Silicon Valley, well connected and has a very interesting point of view when it comes to everything technology. I have tried more software I would have never heard of since following, interacting and chatting with Robert, he’s in the know in the land of Silicon. A very likable man but I’m not sure why he like’s Mike Arrington 🙂
9.) Mack Collier – He holds the #blogchat, a very active person when it comes to discussing Social Media & Blogging, just to name a few. Mack is clever and is know as a thinking man, always deep in thought and asks very poignant questions all the time. Another great person for profound, timely information, visit his site and follow him around for awhile on Twitter. A very engaging fellow.
10.) Ken Peters, Ronda Payne, Marty McPadden, Bill Mitchell, Rob Cairns, John Lusher, Sharon Hayes, Lisa Johnson, (Twitter Links) and so many more, these are the people I spend time with here online. Forgive me for not listing everyone but I think you’re getting the idea, it’s about relationships and engagement. You can’t possibly manage thousands of relationships in these Social Media Networks, but you can over time. I so appreciate everyone of you that thinks enough of me to spend time chatting, debating things that matter, and to just hang out shooting the breeze.
These are just few people I consider Rock Stars in my online world, people I learn from, have fun with and truly value their friendship. I thank you and hope that I can be of service to all those that visit me here on my Blog.
The Internet is the new game changer in every possible way for business and individuals, it’s also a problem, because like the town you live in it brings out those looking to take advantage. Imagine a world with no law enforcement and I show you a day where everyone will try to take advantage, not to benefit others but to benefit themselves. It really isn’t much different than today, many don’t value human life the way we used too and we don’t help each other in the way that we should. We are self serving most of the time, we do things because there is something in it for us. Call me a cynic, but, human nature has proven time & time again we are predictable. We prove day in and day out there is good and evil, dumb & smart and there always has to be a winner and a loser.
The flattening of companies and now the world puts an old power in our hands, you & me! Most of us aren’t equipped to handle this new old power, we will continue to take advantage of others with even more ease. Can we be trusted with this power? Probably not, all you have to do is look at the history of mankind, how we consume everything in our path including people. We are doing the same thing with the Internet, with Social Media and Blogs, consuming and taking advantage.
The picture isn’t all black but it’s dark, I struggle as I’m sure you do with how the rules are being broken, how they are being changed. This new old power we have at our disposal is a double edged sword, it will work for us and against us.
One of the most disappointing and tiresome problems on the Internet today with Blogs and Social Media, is with the very thing we cherish the most, the content. There is a re-occurring problem that takes the joy out being a Blogger is, Social Media & Blogs are broken.
Social Media is forcing transparency, honesty and do the right thing mentality, this is good right? This by itself is extremely powerful and we will all feel the benefit, but there is a dark side too, some will manipulate and try to take advantage of this very power. Let’s take Blogs for a spin here, there are some incredibly talented people out there writing amazing content and truly have something of value to share with all of us. They write for hours a day, sculpting and carving a message that is meant just for you. You have been hunting for this content, but sometimes, you find it in the most unusual places. Then there are Blogs that don’t write one letter of original content, they claim to be a the best resource on the Internet and all they do is pilfer news sources that auto post to a these Blogs. In essence, gaming the business of Blogging.
The gaming of Social Media has the same issues, Twitter is a great network for connecting with like-minded individuals. You also will find the same links and content posted by millions over and over again, each one thinking they reported it first creating a wall of noise beyond anything you seen or heard before. Every Social Media Network has the same problem and I have to hear of a good solution to solving it. I realize I can’t do much about these problems by myself but I can speak against them and encourage you to do the right thing for you and your business. I to post links to information with the intent that it actually matters to you, not to be the first one to break the story and then watch 250 million others do the same, it defeats the purpose of having a Blog or using Social Media Networks the way they were intended.
I have found that the most common thing being delivered on the Internet is how to make money and get rich by using (buying) someones system, claiming to have done it, only to find out they don’t have a clue how to run a business. They are just doing what someone sold them to do, there are no short cuts my friends so be prepared to pay some kind of price no matter what you do. Don’t get me wrong, we all want to earn a living, but if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
A tip for you. There is a gap between knowing how to do the work of a business and knowing how to run a business. You may not be equipped to be both business owner (Entrepreneur) and the worker (technician), most aren’t.
My point is this, If you are serious about Blogging or being part of media, stop trying to be like mainstream media, report from your part of the world not everyone else’s world. Write about what’s happening to you and your interests. We already get bombarded by the same content over and over through normal news services. Gaming something rarely is a long lasting venture of success, you rarely get or sustain credibility by doing it. If you must use someone else’s work, ask them to help you, ask them to be a guest Blogger or get permission to use their material, have integrity and be known for it. Your original content, your voice, will eventually be heard because no one can write or deliver it the way you can. Whatever it is you are passionate about, do that, be that with all you can muster up to be it and let the quality and sound of your voice be the difference. Don’t set up systems that fail to present your personality and desire to help others. Only you can do that by participating first hand with your blood, sweat and tears. Let us know who you are and see the passion of your heart by being transparent, honest and real. We are waiting for you.