I don’t think that twitter will ever replace blogging or people will stop blogging because they are on twitter. I think twitter and blogging go hand in hand with one another. Twitter will always have that 140 characters limitation and I don’t think they will increase the number of characters because 140 is actually the ideal number and its enough.
So here are the reasons why I think twitter and blogging go hand in hand
1. Voice to Your Thoughts
I don’t know bout you, but I look at blogging to be my thoughts while twitter to be my voice. I am not the guy who is great at SEO or ranking on Google. Most of my traffic are from twitter and it helped me get my thoughts out there. Without twitter I doubt I’ll achieve the number of traffic that I am receiving today and without blogging I don’t think I will be able to get my thoughts out. I have a lot of things going on in my head and I don’t think 140 characters is enough.
2. More Information About Who You Are
Blogging has also allowed me to express who I am and has helped me to give more information about me to people. Sure Twitter can help to show who I am as well but I don’t think people will know so much about me if they just followed me on twitter. However I am not going to deny that Twitter has always been a great way to start a great relationship.
3. Building Deeper Relationship
Its hard to monitor so many people at once on twitter, with blogs it is easier as people come and comment on the blog post leaving behind their blogs or twitter address. Usually after replying their comments I will visit their twitter account, list them if I don’t already and visit their blogs as well. If I find interesting stuff I will retweet them. It allowed me to connect with people whom I don’t usually connect.
4. Create New Readers
I started on twitter even before i started blogging. I mentioned it at my blog post that we should start tweeting before blogging. All my readers are twitter based and I am happy with it. It’s different with a friend of mine @krystynchong as she started to blog first even before “blog” was invented. @krystynchong is a great blogger as I find her interesting and funny. She blogs at Dreammm. For @krystynchong twitter has helped bring more readers to her blog. This is what she has to say:
“Twitter definitely helps bring more readers. It’s my bulk of readers – if I don’t tweet it, it doesn’t get seen nearly half as much. Twitter has brought me immense joy -friendship wise. I’ve met a lot of great people through Twitter. I made it my own project to be good at it.
I set goals and have met them all. I love Twitter ”
Meanwhile it was different for @adamsconsulting. She was on twitter a few months before she started to blog. For @adamsconsulting blogging has helped her build relationship to another level. This is what she has to say:
“Blogging is helpful because even though you get to know people well on Twitter, 140 characters is still a little bit limiting. On a blog, you can expand and share ideas. People leave comments, and you comment back. You can really get to know each other on another level. Sometimes they are people you already know on Twitter, but many times they are brand new people that you’ve never talked to before, and then as a result, you start following them on Twitter. I suppose, like everything online and offline, it all comes down to relationship building. Blogging is a great complement to Twitter because, in my opinion, it opens the door for that more than Twitter can alone. =)”
So should you have a blog if you don’t already? Sure, why not? I’ve connected and got to know more about others by reading their blog (They don’t know i am reading it). Some of them are @SuuperG who blogs about her adventures. If you don’t want to blog or don’t have the time then you can post your facebook link if you don’t mind building new networks. Either way, its a choice.
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