Blogging Using a Social Network
Blogging is forever on the increase along with social networks which have become unbelievably popular and evolving at such a rapid rate that it’s mind boggling!
These social networks include popular websites such as Facebook.com the most popular of them all where users can create personal websites and interact with other users.
These websites allow you to add a wide range of components including text, images, audio, video, pages and blogs.
These websites permit members to voice their opinions, provide updates on their life, offer insight into current events a numerous amount of other possibilities.
However, bloggers who utilize a social network to maintain their blog should consider a few different but important factors.
The idea of this post is to discuss some of these factors including whether to make the blogs available to the public or keep it private, to consider the audience of the blog and how to deal with being harassed through your blog.
Making Blogs Private or Public
Most social networks enable users to make their website or parts thereof either private or public.
Private websites are only available to the user and other users that you specifically approve to view your website while public websites are available to all users of the system.
These same capabilities also apply to the blogs which are maintained on a social network.
For this reason bloggers must determine whether or not they wish to make their blog posts available to the entire social network or to only a fraction of this network.
You Need To Decide
This decision will be largely based on a matter of personal preference.
Social networks can be quite extensive and some bloggers may be apprehensive about their blog being available to such a large audience while other bloggers may have no apprehensions about the size of the potential audience.
Bloggers should carefully consider this option before staring a blog but always have the option to change these settings after the blog has been established if they change their mind about their original choice.
Which Blog Audience Is For You?
Bloggers who utilize a social network to maintain a blog should also carefully consider the potential audience for the blog.
Most social networks include a broad cross section of the general public.
Therefore bloggers should be aware of this audience when posting a blog and should consider how the blog entries will be interpreted by blog audience members.
While it will never be possible to avoid offending all potential audience members some bloggers may wish to consider at least attempting to ensure the blog entries they post are appropriate for all members of the social network if you decide to go public.
If not then the blogger must consider whether to make the blog private.
Dealing with Harassment through Your Blog
Another aspect bloggers who use a social network to publish their blog should be aware of includes the potential for harassment from other members through the blog. This can be in the form of offensive comments posted in response to blog entries. Depending on the degree of the harassment the blogger may choose to ignore these comments or take stronger actions.
Bloggers should review the policies of the social network and solicit their assistance in dealing with harassment from other users.
In most cases dealing with the problem may be as simple as blocking the user from making comments on the blog but in some cases it may be necessary to contact the social network administrators in an attempt to get the user banned from the system. In this situation the administrators will review the situation and make a judgment regarding whether or not the user has violated the terms of service.