At present, technologies get involved in almost all aspects of our daily lives, such as communication and collaboration. Within the era of web 2.0, the growth of the social media technology like Facebook or Twitter really have great impact on how people express themselves in both public and private spaces. This also changes the way people interact to each other as well as establishing online communities.
Creating a blog is another effective way on how to build up your personal presence. You can think blogs as diaries in which you can share thoughts, ideas and experiences to yourself and other readers. Unlike static websites, blogs allows users to update and access wide ranges of contents. With the same interests, this might articulate to the part where you and the readers establish networks and communities together.
Personally, I choose to create my blog for sharing things that I am interested in from other sources and my own experience. This might inspire or help other readers in some ways, and it is the part that I develop connections with them. To obtain readership, my strategies can be listed as follow:
Create a usual blog post that contains both text and images. With the usage of related images, they provide the readers some ideas on what my post is going to be about before reading the full post.
Embed information links or place external links for readers. This is to help them having a better understanding about the posted content as well as providing extra resources for those who want to find out more for the specific context that they are interested with.
Use social media to spread the range of my blog post as considering to reach different types of audiences in different communities.
Be active to the readers’ feedbacks by replying back to their comments as well as giving my chances to give comments to other blogs. Apart from building my digital presence, this is where I can interact and connect other readers (e.g. exchanging ideas, sharing information upon the same interests).
Many blogs are specifically created to target different groups of audiences. This is based on their contents and the way that they present them (e.g. pure text, infographic, text with embedded videos). Among the existing blogs, I decide to pick three of them as great blog examples, including:
The decision is made upon how I often access them and how their contents relate to my interests (technologies and science). Those mentioned blogs are not just to keep me up-to-date with the current trends but also provide inspirations / motivations.