Are you Listening…

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Blogging out of ignorance is blogging without listening. Listening provides knowledge and wisdom. You can write about what you care about or what you THINK you know, but will anyone listen to you if you haven’t listened to anyone else?

Netvibes provides a great opportunity to listen. It has a multitude of sources, compiling information, news, conversations and whatever else you want about any topic or issue that concerns or interest you. The bonus to Netvibes is being able to listen in “real time.” This social media tool informs bloggers of the perspectives, opinions, and views that others have shared about their topic.  Listening can give your blog post a backbone. It can also set the tone of your blog post.

What you learn from listening will impact your blog post. So, what do you need to pay attention to? What do you need to learn to effectively inform your blogging experience?

Listen and learn:

  • Audience
  • Perspectives
  • Conversations
  • Supporters
  • Critics
  • Information
  • Facts vs. Myths

How, what, who, and when you listen will contribute to how your blogging is informed.

Listening leads to increased knowledge and awareness.

Knowledge and awareness leads to wisdom.

Wisdom leads to potential.

A good listener has the potential.

What did you learn about blogging?

What I learned out blogging is to be consistent and make your blog visually appealing.

Was it what you expected?

Blogging is not exactly what I expected. Blogging can be what you want it to be, it doesn’t necessarily fit into a box. A blog can be informative, sharing, or reflective (to name a few).

What surprised you?

What surprised me about blogging is you don’t have to be formal. You can express yourself as who you are. Blogging can also be used as a tool for nonprofit organizations and other business related purposes.

How could a blog be helpful to a nonprofit?

A blog can help a nonprofit in increasing constituents and supporters.

What are some examples of your listening (Netvibes) that informed your blog posts?

Examples of listening to Netvibes to inform my blog post include listening to the topics, the audience who is listening, what they are saying, and you is speaking. This informs my blog post by directing the content, and target audience. This helps me to know how, who, and what to talk about.

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