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Every day, I’m becoming a bigger believer in the opportunities inherent in online networking.
In the past few weeks, I have met some really interesting people through blogging, reading comments on my blog and writing comments on other people’s blogs. I have also joined several online networking groups which have expanded my social circle and given me lots of new ideas and inspiration.
I’ve already posted about some of these people, and will continue to post in more depth about the rest of them. When you have a chance, I suggest you check out some of these great sites:
Cafe30 – I love the energy of this site. Towanda’s views are fresh and fun. She talks about marketing, trends, and current events. One of my favorite posts is her latest collection of unusual products for sale which includes an infant carrier designed to be hung on the stall wall while you use the public restroom! As Socrates said – “How many are the things I can live without!”.
FunnyBusiness – Just about any business related topic is fair game on this site, which is about business culture but “delights in telling tales out of school”. Topics range from the story of “two teenaged boys fired from and sued by A&P for making a lewd rapper video involving the store’s produce” to “the differences in how men and women feel about using the office bathroom”. In her recent, more serious post on Anita Roddick’s death, she quoted several blogs, including MoreThanWeKnow.
Management Informatika – This is an energetic site that has been created by a group of MBA students in India. There are a variety of students and professionals writing on various topics related to business, economics, management and technology. I love their slogan “Knowledge is Limitless” and applaud their enthusiasm for desiring to make their mark in the world. I recently wrote a guest article for them and will write more periodically in the future.
Another interesting site is A Green Footprint. This woman owned company helps businesses go green by reducing consumption, increasing efficiency, making eco-friendly choices, and implementing effective environmental communications. I will be writing more about this site next month around BlogActionDay.
Two other dynamic women entrepeneurs I have met recently are Crystal Berney, independent broker for Ameriplan and author of Work at Home Facts, a blog on the challenges for moms working at home and Clarissa Mack, Promotional Consultant for BIP (Business is Personal) Promos. Both Crystal and Clarissa have agreed to be interviewed for MoreThanWeKnow – look for them in the coming weeks.
Other exciting sites I’ve written about previously but that are worth mentioning again are MyWomanOwnedBusiness (see post), LoveThemUP (see post) , Virtual Woman’sDay (see post) and FinancialFashionHouse (see post).
If you too want to expand your network from the comfort of your own home try these tips:
- Join social networks that cater to people with similar interests as your own; Linked.in and Facebook are popular but their size can also be intimidating; the smaller groups are more intimate and can be just as good a source of contacts.
- When you come across blogs that you relate to, take the time to leave a comment and spark a conversation; your own site will be viewable in the entry so others who read your comment can also reach out to connect with you.
- Participate in forum discussions on topics that are of interest to you; do a search on your favorite subject and the word “forum” and it’s more than likely one or more will pop up.
And don’t forget to network here! – write a comment about your experiences networking on or send me a personal response on my about page. I’d love to hear from you!