This is the third in a very exciting series we’re bringing to you on IFB in anticipation of the upcoming #IFBcon. Each day in the month of August, we’ll have a different post designed to help your blog become – you guessed it – bigger, better and bolder.
So here we are, on the 3rd day of August (Happy 28th birthday Ryan Lochte). We've discussed establishing why you blog and developing a strong opening line for making conversation at the conference. We're about 31 days away from the first day, which means there's still plenty of time to step up your game, get excited and prepare to make the most of the event.
One thing we consider to be an essential networking tool at #IFBcon is a business card. Even in this paperless, digital age – handing over a business card with your name and contact information is the quickest way to establish yourself as a professional and give yourself a shot at a follow-up connection.
In general, we recommend that your blog's business card reflects the same aesthetic as your blog. It should be clean, easy-to-read and of course, have all your proper information. Here's a selection of items you may want on your card:
- Full Name
- Blog Title
- Blog URL
- Email Address
- Twitter Handle
Depending on your social media drug of choice, you may want to substitute your Twitter handle for Instagram, Pinterest or your Facebook page (just not all of them, please).
Where do we recommend creating, customizing and ordering your cards online?
You can also use an in-browser design program (or something fancier) to design your card, then have it printed at Kinkos or a similar copy center. If you're strapped for cash (and time) you can buy paper that's perforated for business cards, and print them on your home computer. (We don't fully endorse this, however, because a professional printer or designer will create optimal results.)
Finally, have fun with your card. Give that little piece of card-stock some flavor! Embrace your brand, don't make it too busy but just make sure it's you. Oh, and double-check for spelling!