by Guest Blogger, Lena West
People always ask me how they can either build a successful blog or make their podcast more engaging. Here's the deal...
Part of having a social media vehicle (SMV) - podcast, blog, etc. - means having an opinion to share. That's part of your 'I'.
I was speaking with a colleague the other day and one of the things that we both shared was that we wished people would just pick one side of the fence and commit.
I don't have to agree with you, necessarily but, at least have an opinion. That I can respect. In fact, I've been known to read the blogs and listen to the podcasts of people with whom I really don't share many viewpoints but, their delivery is solid, consistent and thorough. People who sit on the fence strike me as...ahem...sneaky and 'up to something' in general.
Far too many people have SMVs and go along with the majority....the mediocre majority. What a shame! What a waste of bits and bytes! SMVs are opportunites to express a unique point of view - ones that you feel are overlooked by the majority of your target market - ones that boil your blood and get you on your 'soapbox'.
So, if you want to know how to take your SMV to the next level, think long and hard about what you stand for, what you know to be the root cause of many of your industry's challenges....and then write.
And, for Pete's sake, get off the fence.