Innocent Accusations Open Your Eyes to the Truth!
My dear and sincere friend Debby Gies commented the other day, “I applaud you for always pushing through new barriers with technology and trying out new things. I guess it’s different for you because your blogging reasons are geared toward advertising and mine isn’t. “
Her words shocked me. Immediately, I wanted to wash them off me like the oily sunscreen on my face.
Who me, advertising? Yikes!I’m not one of those greasy hard-hitting internet sales persons, am I?
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OK, I admit it, I love to make a pitch! 🙂
Bad News Bloggers! You Can’t Avoid Being a Sales Person!
Like Peter denying Christ three times on the night of his crucifixion, I defended myself unnecessarily to Debby, (Debby loves me) explaining that I make no money. This is true, but obviously not from lack of trying.
Admittedly and openly stated in my public goals, I have tried to “go pro” in the past nine months. I just haven’t had a clear vision of what good I could offer people. So my sales pitches have been pretty empty.
But the truth is that, in spite of being an abject failure in making money through my blogging, I do enjoy marketing and the joy of pointing someone in the right direction and trying to create networks between people. I’m pretty great at that, too, in life. But in life as on the computer, I’m great at finding work for myself. I’m not great at making the sale.
Give More than You Get
Chris Brogan says we should give more value to our readers and not charge. Even if we are in business, we should not blog only about business, but about all the side issues that help people in related areas. But for people who may need more help in those topics, we let them know we are available to help them with their specific needs. If we are in business, there is a fee.
If we are hobby bloggers, we give our advice in exchange for friendship.
New Blogs for New Ventures
Last week I started a blog for Woodlake Botanical Gardens. Our director and his wife have dedicated their lives to establishing the garden at no cost to the community. He’s a professor, a small farm advisor in the heart of the largest agricultural area in the world.
Manuel and Olga Jimenez Became One-Couple Ambassadors for Woodlake
Manuel and Olga created this gorgeous garden in this tiny rural, very poor community because the teens complained that their community (set at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains) was ugly. It isn’t ugly, but the town is poor.
Now, this Treasure may disappear because someone needs to help shoulder the load, and come up with paid help to take the places of these amazing founding volunteers. Without help with watering from the City of Woodlake, in this heat, the trees and plants will be very stressed if they don’t die.
Also, I’ll need plenty of posts on gardening tips, children’s activities, ethical responsibilities of the community, and many other posts if you want to send me a guest post.
Check it out. We have 238 followers, and it just started last week.
To Sustain the Gardens, And the Educational Program They Need Help
So Olga asked me to start a blog, and I did. And a Twitter account @WoodlakeBG and Google +, and they added me as an administrator on the Facebook Page and we’re serious about being in the non-profit business.However, our new blog can’t be just about raising money even though we need about $250,000 per year to replace equipment, produce materials, replace plants, and most of all, fund two horticulturists and an administrator to work along side of mentors, Manuel and Olga Jimenez. So besides raising money, and trying to get volunteers, We’ll need plenty of posts on gardening tips, children’s activities, ethical responsibilities of the community, and many other posts.
Want to contribute? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What Is Your Passion?
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What pitches can I make on your behalf to move your passion and your blog forward in the overcrowded blogosphere seas?