I just got back from a trip to Budapest to see the Hungarian Forumula 1 Grand Prix. While we probably imbibed rather more booze than is advisable we had a great time exploring a fascinating city and of course the excitement of watching our boy Lewis do the business in the race itself.
What struck me most though was how friendly and interesting the people we met were. Despite our absolute lack of any other language but English, everyone we bumped into made conversation and not always about motor sport. So many of them had brilliant photographs, interesting stories, fascinating backgrounds, I would have loved to have stayed in touch.
I realised I had goofed not bringing along a set of blog cards.
My blog is my advertisement, I rarely go to networking events and my clients are spread around the world so actual business cards have never been a priority for me but now I realise cards need not be just for getting sales leads, and I am missing out not having a set. If you only put your personal blog address and email on there it would be an easy way to stay in touch and swap pictures.
My favourite cards are from Moo and they are perfect for this purpose. I first heard about them last year when they did a free offer for Flickr users. They are fun, beautifully printed on good quality stock and best of all if you are lucky you can get free packs just by being a member of associated web services. I have had free sets of both the pictorial Flickr mini cards and also textual ones. Once you run out of freebies or if the offer is not on they are still value as they are only $20 for 100. They even do postcards and sticker books.
Think about all the people you meet who you would like to keep in touch with.
A small, pretty, convenient card with your essential contact details and maybe your photograph. A recognisable face along with a URL that actually helps create more of a connection rather than a bland white business card that offers nothing. For relationship bloggers especially this seems an essential habit to get into. All stuff I knew, have discussed, and thought I understood, but I wonder why I have only just connected the dots!
I’m going to order a set now and make sure I am never without a set of blog cards.
Do you use blog or business cards?