Book Blogger Confessions is a newish meme hosted by Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they be discuss a topic that effects book bloggers and then give other bloggers a chance to vent, share their opinion or offer a solution.
If you want to participate just grab their button and include it in your post with a link to either Tiger’s All Consuming Media or For What It’s Worth. They will be providing a linky at the end of their posts so people can "hop" to see all the participants answers.
Question for Monday March 5th is:
Let’s talk about the positive side of blogging! How has blogging influenced your real life in a positive way? (not related to books or reading) Have you learned to be organized or are you more social now for example?
We’ve mostly been venting about the downsides of blogging (& don’t worry we’ll be getting back to those topics) but I know blogging has influenced my "real life" in many ways.
Blogging has helped me learn more about HTML and the mechanics behind websites. It has also taught me about promotion. I work at a computer company, and most of our sales are through a website, so blogging has made me realize how important a site’s appearance is. It has also made me aware of how important Twitter and Facebook are for getting the word out there. If I am having a problem with a company, I will send a Tweet to their Twitter account, and it still amazes me how quickly I get a response from that, after getting no response from more traditional methods of contact (and, yes, US Bank, I am talking to you).
Blogging has also helped break down my reluctance to reach out and connect with other bloggers and authors. I am typically an introvert, and the thought of contacting people I don’t know used to fill me with dread. Now, I realize that the worst response I can get is a “no” to an interview request, or no reply at all. Most of the time, I am pleasantly surprised with the results of my outreach, and have only been shot down twice. This helps me at work, too. It’s so much easier to send an email or call when I have questions about products or services that we are interested in purchasing.
I have learned how to better manage my time, too. I have discovered the importance of lists and making schedules, which helps quite a bit with my RL job. You can never plan too much, or project an activity too far in advance. Having a plan, one that is both flexible and attainable, keeps all of my job tasks flowing smoothly.
How about you? How has blogging positively influenced your real life?