Facebook versus your own blog
Do you have a Facebook account? I believe yes. Most of those in the online community like you and me have a Facebook account. A lot of those utilizing Facebook like to share experiences, status, photos, videos, quotes, opinions etc in Facebook. When I ask my wife who is a regular in Facebook, she fancy reading the status of her friends and see the photos being uploaded. Others like to play games such as Farmville and other games that I’m not familiar with at all.
There are also users who have a Facebook account but rarely keep updates in Facebook. I belong to that category. Honestly, I have better things to do rather than spending my time in Facebook reading other people status. Please, don’t get me wrong. I’m not condemning those Facebook enthusiast. I still read other people’s status when I’m in Facebook, but not that often. I’m just prioritizing my time because I have studies and research to do, consultation works to dwell with, blogs to take care, family to be with and others.
My moderate Facebook activity
I’ll normally log into my Facebook account when somebody tagged me. I’ll be curious and log in to check out why I’m tagged. Normally, I’ll leave comments if it is necessary and to interact with others. In other occasions, I’ll log in once in a while, maybe around 3-5 times a week. I rarely leave my status, check my notifications and messages. Currently I have 50+ notification and 60+ messages which I don’t read. So, please don’t send me messages on my Facebook (because I don’t read it). I prefer communication via email. I’ll normally accept friends in bulk process which means, I’ll allocated once a month to accept those who want to be friend’s with me. I normally won’t accept recommended friends by others. It’s better if those people sincerely want to be friends with me.
Should you focus on Blog or Facebook?
If one like to share, I strongly believe it is better to share stories, activities and anything in a blog rather then Facebook. Why?
1. Total control
You have total control in your own hosted blog. You can back up your blog and its content and keep it. You may not have total control in your Facebook account. Can you back up your facebook? It is better to have something that we have total control. Isn’t it?
2. Make money potential
You spend time online sharing this and that. Why not work smart and make money in one shot. This can be done if you have a blog. You spend countless hours writing in your blog and your visitors (loyal and first timer) read them. At the same time, you can add in advertisements and enjoy the money from it. Can you do this with Facebook? You can share this and that, but you cannot place your own advertisement codes from any make money program inside your Facebook page. However, Facebook is a good place to market your products, services, blogs and websites. It can be a powerful marketting tool but not make money. So, you can promote your blog via Facebook.
Think about it…
So, it’s your call. I’m not an expert to say which is best for you or me. Those 2 points mentioned above are just two issues that I found crucial because it involves time and money. If you opt to spend more times sharing in ablog, you need to invest little money to get your own domain and hosting; and a lot of time building the blog, but the rewards may be sweet. If you blog with a free platform such as blogspot.com or wordpress.com, you still don’t have the total control. However, using blogspot.com, you can place advertisements in your blog and wait for money rolling to you.
Facebook is a free account. You are free to share anything, make friends and build massive networks. You can continue sharing your updates, status etc. You can also create groups and start various activities include playing games. If you are not inclined to making money online and the hassle to manage a self hosted blog, then by all means, continue being an active member of Facebook.
I’ll keep my account in Facebook. I use Facebook to keep up with other friends activity once in a while. I use Facebook as one of my marketing strategies for some of my blogs. It has proven to be an important tool and it works well. I also created a group and once in a while communicate within members. The members of the group keep growing and that’s a good sign because I can send traffic to my blogs by leveraging Facebook efficiently. Estimated percentage of my online time spent on Facebook is around 3-5%.
I’m still focusing on my blogs most of the time. I’m working on to create a residual passive income with my blogs. It works perfectly but of course it needs a lot of time, passion and patients. I prefer spending 4 to 6 years now to establish all my blogs and after that earn a cool 4 to 5 figure monthly income from it.
As a conclusion, both blog and Facebook are very important tools in Web 2.0 in this era. Both have its strong points and it is clever if you can integrate both of them. Focusing ONLY on blog and ONLY on Facebook is considered under utilizing the beauty and power of both of them. With that I rest my case. It’s all up to you… 🙂