I have seen a few posts on social networks about LinkedIn and not wanting to connect their professional profile with their “blog life.”I can understand how LinkedIn is a more private network: you share your full name, your work history, and your real life connections. However, if you list blogging as past of your work experience, aren’t you open to the idea of connecting with other bloggers through this network?
My network is definitely growing on LinkedIn. My feed has never been more active. I am not sure if it is because I have more friends job hunting or if we are more focused on connecting online with individuals in our industry. Either way, my timeline on LinkedIn is starting to look more like what I missed about Facebook. More individuals posting relevant news articles, videos, etc.
If you don’t use LinkedIn, I suggest you make it a part of your daily routine if you are interesting connecting with other bloggers. First, it allows you to read and learn about blogging from users you might not have otherwise come in contact with. After a while, I feel like all the blogs I read were a part of the same “clique.” Not all cliques are bad, of course, I just found myself constantly interacting with and reading the same types of blogs. I wanted to expand my reading list and my interests.
LinkedIn has helped not only professionally, but personally. I subscribe to several groups on LinkedIn that post helpful articles and ideas, and I have met potential clients for a business that is in the works. It is a great place to be right now.
There are webinars to learn more about connecting on this site, and there are a ton of websites with helpful information. My link to connect is on my blog. I look forward to chatting with you on LinkedIn!