A Christmas Party and Facebook Teach Me a Thing or Two About Blogging

The other day I went to a Christmas party in my old hometown, Tulsa , Oklahoma. It’s been over 20 years since I lived there. But through the magic of Facebook, I’ve recently reconnected with high school and college friends living in Tulsa. Many old friends were at the Christmas party.2114874155_b660780928_m

As I’m standing by the hors d’oeuvres, Scott, a friend I played basketball with in junior high, stops and asks about my blog. He tells me how he really enjoyed one of my interviews. The only way Scott would know about my blog is through Facebook.

Sharon threw the party.  She married a fraternity brother of mine.  She also went to high school and college with me.  She owns her own business and Marlin, her husband, is the VP of an oil company.

Sharon loves Facebook. We joke around and have a lot of laughs together on Facebook. After the party she told me she needs to do business with me. Sharon found out about my blog on Facebook. Thank you Facebook. Thank you blog.

I could tell you a few more stories, but I think you get the point. Facebook friends find my blog and I’m getting new business from the one-two, Facebook/blog combo.

My Facebook page isn’t about business. In fact, I set-up a Facebook page a couple of years ago with no photo or anything on it. Then I forgot about it. About 6 months later, people started asking to be my “Facebook friend.”

At first I only used Facebook to connect with old friends and have fun. I didn’t want business to spoil the fun I was having with old friends.

After awhile I decided to set-up a Facebook fan page for my blog. I invited friends to become fans. I also let people know about my blog on my Facebook’s personal information section. Friends could find my blog’s fan page if they wanted to. But I didn’t want it to take center stage over my Facebook “fun” page.

My blog’s posts are posted to my blog’s facebook page through the Networked Blogs Facebook application. I also have my blog posts auto-tweeted from Facebook.  If you aren’t promoting your blog on Facebook, you’re missing out. I recommend you get started right away.

  7 comments for “A Christmas Party and Facebook Teach Me a Thing or Two About Blogging

  1. January 1, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I too prefer to keep my Facebook page personal and have thus far not promoted my blog there, but your post has changed my mind. The idea of having a FB fan page for a blog solves the dilemma. Thanks for the tip!

  2. January 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Deni – I’m glad this post changed your mind. Once you add a FB fan page for your blog, I think you’ll be happy you did. Make sure you use the Networked Blog app too. It really makes it simple to update your fan page with your blog posts.

  3. January 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Doug, this post was so helpful to me! I have been manually posting links to my blog on FB. After a minor struggle (I’m not technically-minded) I added the NetworkedBlogs HTML to my profile. In the process, I discovered some other applications I can use for my blog – I’ve been afraid to touch it much, but now I’m more interested in and confident about changing my blog’s layout. Thanks again for a wonderful post!

  4. January 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I’ve had the blog link to my Facebook page for awhile, but I never thought of starting a Facebook Biz page for my blog. If my blog is already linking to my personal page, what is the advantage of a Fan page in addition? Just curious, because it’s a novel idea.

  5. January 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Rachaelle – I’m glad you found this post helpful. I’m sorry it took so long for me to reply.

    Rhona – Your question has needs more space than this comment box, but you’ll find the reasons why here, http://bit.ly/8uG9on

  6. January 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    How does one find that “Networked Blogs” app on FB? And if I already have a fan page, can I have another one for my blog? Or should I just tie them together since they are about the same subject matter?

  7. January 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Laurel. The Networked Blogs Facebook app is here, http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=9953271133. You also asked about creating multiple Facebook fan pages. Facebook likes it when you spend more time on their site or if you can make your friends spend more time on their site. Thart’s why they encourage creating multiple fan pages.

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