September 19, 2015
How to create a web presence without a website
Nowadays, anybody who is anybody should have a web presence. You could, of course, do the most difficult thing and create a website, which involves coming up with a domain name, finding a web server to host your site, having the website created, that sort of stuff. I did all that, because I designed websites and taught people how to do them, but you really don't need to.
What I would recommend would be for you to create a blog. You can use Blogger (which is what I'm using here) or WordPress, or whatever blog platform that you feel the most comfortable on. If you're new to this, I would recommend that you use something that someone you know uses, just in case you get stuck or have questions. Blog sites are all pretty much the same - they're free, you don't need to be a computer expert to make a blog, that sort of stuff. You just click on buttons.
Now, waitaminute, don't get blogs confused with Social Media, like Facebook or Google+. Social media is about interaction, blogs are a way to let you talk about what you wanna talk about. Sure, people can comment on a blog, but that's not really the point. The point of a blog is to give you a place to talk.
Before you jump into blogging, take a look at how the best ones are written. First of all, they're short, just a few paragraphs. And they ALWAYS have photos. If your blog goes on and on and on and on, and especially if there are no pictures, trust me, no one is going to do anything but click away from it as fast as they can.
If you're afraid of saying something stupid, and embarrassing yourself, with your first blog post, don't worry. With the huge amount of stuff on the web, chances are about zero that anyone except people who know about your blog will ever see it. The web is a gigantic place, and while you can't hide, chances are good that you can get lost.
So go ahead and write that blog post. If you can write a letter, you can write a blog post. Use real sentences, you know, like your grandma taught you how to write. This isn't a place to write HOW R U?, this is a place to present yourself in the very best light. And that's what a web presence is all about.
Posted by Brad Hall