IN AN EVENT:
Can I get your business card?
(Pretending to be looking for it in the bag.)
“Ooops, I’m sorry, I forgot to bring some.”
Key Word: Pretending.
For the last 2 years of being a blogger, I’ve been invited to several events and functions and said the above spiel several times to save face. For one, I did not want to have a business card. Two, I intentionally avoid getting one because for me, “I am not UP there. What for?”
Some of these events even required me to rub elbows with popular people, big names, and well-established company top brasses in the fanciest hotels of the metro. I admit that there were instances that I felt intimidated because “I am just a blogger” compared to them and think to myself, “What the heck am I doing here?”
At the end of these functions and engaging in conversations with them, I often see them hand over a small piece of paper to each other. I lose myself along the way because truthfully, I AM NOT PREPARED for this exchange because I DON’T HAVE A BUSINESS CARD.
Trust me when I say that if you are taking blogging seriously, it won’t hurt to start creating your business card. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a seasoned blogger to have a business card.
Why does a blogger need a business card?
- You don’t want to be always looking for a pen and paper, or dictate your information all the time, especially if you’re dealing with the likes of you-know-who. (Dyahe kaya mag-dictate no?) :p
- It means that you take your blog seriously and you value professionalism.
- You are open to developing business partnership and communication even after the meeting.
What to put in your business card?
- Name – Very basic, Given Name + Family Name. This is the name that you are most comfortable sharing with the public. I’ve received and seen some business cards with their blog name only and no actual person’s name or designation. If you are going to ask me, if you really want to start a business partnership with a potential contact, writing your name is a must (unless you are Bob Ong who’s maintaining anonymity.)
- Designation – Indicate if you’re the owner, the blogger, contributor, etc. of the entity you represent. This is to save your contacts from guessing your role most especially in community-based or multiple ownership blogs.
- Website URL – Remove the https:// in writing your website address on your card. You can get away with www.
- Email Address – Make sure to provide the most stable and reliable email address that you frequently check. Choose an address that has the most professional yet friendly sounding handle before the domain. For example, choose email@example.com than firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact Number – Some might disagree on putting a contact number on their business card for privacy reasons. In my case, I’ve decided to put a contact number on my card since I carefully screen who I give my business cards to. If you’re also worried about people or PRs calling you in wee hours (which thankfully I haven’t experienced yet), you can opt not to place a contact number. Just be ready with a pen every time a contact person asks for it.
- Social Media Handles – In this social media age, it is almost automatic that aside from having a Facebook account, you can also be found in Twitter and Instagram. You can include this in your business card for added means of communication.
You might also want to incorporate your logo, blog color and design in coming up with your business card. Based on the overall look of your card, the person who will be receiving it can already get a glimpse of what your personality is and what you are passionately writing about.
Did I mention about choosing a thick, sturdy paper for your business card? This is self-explanatory. As from the size, stick with the basic rectangular-shape business cards. I haven’t seen a business card shaped in triangle or circle, have you? Also, be sure to use readable fonts for the text of your business card.
Moomy Musings Loves Nikki Prints!
Also, I’d like to share about this new business contact that I came across with late last year, Nikki Prints. She makes personalized Gift Tags, Big and Small Pads, Invitations, Monthly Planners, To-do Lists, Desk Calendars, Stickers, Buttons, Mugs, Tumblers, Kiddie Sketch Pads, Pens, Souvenir Labels, Bag tags, and more! Basically anything you can think of that can be printed, she can make for you!
Just recently, Nikki sent over some personalized goodies for me and I love it! Thank you so much! 🙂
Nikki made a personalized desk calendar, note pads, bag tag and a set of business cards for me! I really love the quality of paper and printing she used on my new stuff.
Please go and check out her online printing business and I’m sure you will find yourself wanting to ask her to do some printing stuff for you, your blog and even for your family and friends. Please try out Nikki Prints today by visiting her Facebook page: NIKKI PRINTS.
Thank you, Nikki Prints! I ♥ them all! 🙂
Moomy Musings personalized Desk Calendar by Nikki Prints
Personalized Notepads for Moomy Musings by Nikki Prints
Personalized Bag Tag
I never knew that one day, I will be badly needing to print a business card with my name on it for Moomy Musings. Getting a business card is something that I am happy about — just like a toddler learning how to correctly write his name for the first time. For me, getting a business card is a milestone that comes to the life of any passionate and purposeful blogger. This stage might not be a big deal for everyone, but this is me honestly speaking from my own blogging journey.
Like what I’ve said, if you take blogging purposely and seriously, there is no such thing as a newbie or seasoned blogger in order to create a business card.
How do you like my new business card? ♥