When I decided I was going to give blogging a shot, I started to draw up a list of the things I needed before I could announce my blog- a name, a website, a logo, etc. At one point Mike asked me whether I wanted to get business cards printed and I was like, “ummm…”? I mean, I loved the idea of having cards, but for some reason (probably because blogging at least begins as a totally pro bono effort, it seemed unnecessary or even presumptuous. Who was I to assume that any opportunity would come knock on my door? And was it silly for a blogger to hand out a business card? But then I looked through my own wallet- I had business coach business cards, babysitter business cards, and yoga business cards stashed in there. My point being, a business card is not exclusive to the corporate world. Still, I held off.
The reality is that I’m a talker. I love people and I chat with strangers pretty much everywhere I go. So often, I find myself casually ending up in a conversation with someone at the DMV or the airport or preschool pickup, and chatting about my having a blog. People are always curious and in the moment we’re chatting, they probably do intend to check out my blog. But maybe they forget me entirely- certainly, at least, they forget the name of the blog after a few minutes. And gone is the potential connection.
Another thing that happens is I’ll be chatting with someone about something I’ve blogged about and I’ll think to myself “I should really tell them that I’ve written in-depth blog posts on this exact subject”. Not because I’m a shameless self-promoter, but because I think to myself, “I’ve actually taken the time to research this subject and write a thorough review on it, complete with links” and it almost feels remiss to not share about it. Again- they’ll probably forget the name, so why even mention it?
At the end of the day, my goal is to get eyeballs here, on my website. So in retrospect, cards would have been good all along. I’ve missed a good deal of potential readership here.
And if a business opportunity comes along or I’m networking with someone, business cards would be vital.
Anyway, I finally decided to pull the trigger!
I ordered a bunch of samples from www.basicinvite.com and fell in love with these clear cards- I feel like they really stand out in a stack of cards. I’m debating between these 3 styles- help me pick! I’m leaning towards 1 or 2 because I kind of hate the word “blogger’ and think it looks silly on a business card.
If you like this style, right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off customized business cards with coupon code: 15FF51!
I’m honestly so excited to have a physical item to share with others and I’m looking forward to seeing how it helps me stay connected. So- which do you prefer? I’d love to hear from you!