Really, who doesn’t have a blog these days? Blogs are a very real segment of social media; offering businesses and services an opportunity to get the word out to their targeted audience. Statistics show that blogging is an effective means to brand your business with minimal costs and a high return. There are of course personal blogs and gender-based blogs like, BlogHer, which is about, well it’s obvious. From gardening to travel and from sex to parenting, it certainly runs the gamete.
Blogging has become an American pastime, just like apple pie. If you have an opinion, you blog. Who knows, there may even exist a blogger’s support group where bloggers admit that they have a problem, but just can’t stop. I can only imagine the scene. Mom, dad, siblings, spouse and friends welcome you into the room only to have each of them read you a letter that explains how your blogging addiction has impacted their lives. Blogvention, rehab for bloggers.
But why do people blog? That is the question. Anonymity is one of the main reasons people blog, they may choose how much or how little information to reveal about themselves. For some it allows them to open up in ways they struggle with the in-person conversation, it allows them more freedom and tears remain hidden. For others, the anonymity gives them a license to empathize, be honest or in some cases, act like jerks and be hateful. Blogging sports a boost of confidence for some and self doubt for others, it can be an emotional roller coaster.
For a business, blogging is apart of their social marketing mix. However, there are a vast amount of people blogging away on their personal blogs. Are there dangerous consequences for personal bloggers? According to massage therapists, there are health hazards and there are dangers of blogging. Blogs are everywhere and on just about every website you go to these days. I thought it might be fun to create a few of my own “hazards” of blogging. Here are a few that may even make you chuckle….
- You will watch less television
- You will feel frustrated when you read a blog that you thought was crap, but it received a lot of comments when your own unbelievably creative blog only got one
- You’ll receive a comment from someone which had no relevance to your blog, but you feel compelled to respond with a “Thank you for reading my blog.”
- Since Twitter is the most efficient way to share blogs with all of your followers, you realize that you’ve not only become a compulsive blogger, but also a compulsive tweeter; this increases the odds that you will be part of an intervention soon
- The only question you ask your friends these days is “Did you read my blog?”
- You will get less sleep
- Do not blog in your shorts, because the heat from your laptop can burn your thighs
To blog or not to blog, that is the real question. Now that you have all the data you need, it’s up to you. Just don’t blame me when there’s a knock on the door and it’s Dr. Drew.