Over the years I’ve heard many debates in the blogosphere about what is ‘king’.
‘Blogging is King’ was something many argued almost 10 years ago as it began to rise in popularity.
‘Content is King’ was the catch cry for many years… then it became ‘Community is King’ for a while as community management became the big thing.
‘Twitter is King’ was something I heard a number of bloggers crying (as they gave up their blogs to get onto Twitter), ‘Facebook is King’ was the cry a few years later when setting up pages there was the cool thing to do. YouTube was king for a while, and more recently some have argued for Instagram, Pinterest and other social networks being King.
Lately there’s a new ‘king’ every day. Infographics, podcasting, hangouts, webinars, apps… you name it!
The arguments for all of these things being ‘king’ are good… but they all kind of miss the point in my opinion. You see I think something else is king…
Creating content is just one way of being useful.
Building community is another.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and G+ are just ways of delivering usefulness.
Infographics, videos, podcasts and even blogging… all just different mediums for being useful.
Over the last decade that I’ve been doing business online a multitude of trends have come and many have gone but those who remain and have build valuable enterprises are those who understand that they’re in the business of being useful.
I’m often asked if I’ll be blogging in 10 years time… if the medium will still exist?
I don’t know the answer to that – blogging may well fall by the wayside at some point (although I don’t see it disappearing any time soon).
What I do know is that usefulness will never die as a strategy for building a business (online or offline).
How to be useful?
So how should we be useful as bloggers and online entrepreneurs?
Ultimately for me it comes down to understanding people’s needs and creating content, community and experiences based upon meeting those needs and solving their problems.
There are many ways to do this.
Here’s a slide from a recent talk I gave to business bloggers which begins to unpack a few ways blogs can be useful (and it scrapes the surface).
How Is Your Blog Useful?
So my question today is – ‘is your blog being useful’?
This is something I ask myself semi-regularly as I review what I do. If the answer is no – it’s time to refocus!