I wrote a few days ago about using a one-page website as a sort of online business card. While I think that’s something every blogger should have, I now pose another question: Do bloggers need real business cards?
I’ve been blogging for about 8 years now, and it never occurred to me until a few months ago that it might be a good idea to invest in some business cards. I spoke at PodCamp SLC about blogging and met a bunch of great people there. Several people came up to me afterward and asked me how they could get in touch with me. I muttered something stupid about how they should go to my blog and contact me there.
Man. What a missed opportunity! I doubt very many of those people remember who I am now and even if they did, they probably wouldn’t know how to find me.
And it goes both ways; I wish more people I met had given me their own business cards!
But I was busy and it took me a couple months to get around to getting some cards made. During that time someone else had given me a MOO MiniCard (affiliate link, because they’re awesome). These are small business cards about an inch high and three inches wide (roughly 2.5 cm high and 7.5 cm wide). They’re half the size of a normal business card, and you can print on both sides.
I was impressed. It was smaller, somehow sexier, and on nicer paper than a “traditional” business card. I decided to order my own, and here they are:
Also note how the design of the cards is similar to the one-page online business card that they point to. Pretty slick, eh?
The cool thing about these MiniCards is that you can have up to 100 different designs for one of the sides for no additional cost. I only used four (the four different colors).
I have very little information on my business card. Just my name, a URL where people can find out more about everything I do, and a few words saying what I do.
It looks good and is simple. I like that.
I can hear some dissention in the ranks now… “But I don’t blog about business or internet marketing or anything like that. I don’t need a business card!”
Let’s say you blog about scrapbooking. You probably talk to people on a weekly basis about scrapbooking, and what better way to get them to visit your blog than by giving them a business card with your blog’s URL on it? Most people can’t remember names, let alone convoluted blog URLs.
Anyway, I’m excited about my new business cards. Now I just need to go out of my way to meet new people so I can give them one :)
- Do you have a business card for your blog? Do you think you need one?
- Generally speaking, do you think bloggers should have business cards? Why or why not?
- What information should bloggers put on their business cards? What would you put on yours?