Blogging is a funny thing, no? What started as a little experiment to document my 30 thing to do before 30 list has now evolved into a part-time job of sorts, and I couldn't be happier with how things are progressing! With taking your blog more seriously comes a lot of exciting opportunities, and I've come to realize that having a business card is essential when navigating the world of networking as a blogger. After trying to write my blog address or Instagram handle on cocktail napkins one too many times, I finally bit the bullet and had business cards printed for my blog.
It took me awhile to find a place that would not only design my business cards, but print them - without it costing an arm and a leg. This is especially important for us bloggers who don't have a branded logo for ourselves, but still want our cards to look sharp and unique. I had read good things about Minted online and after looking at their business card templates was totally sold! I chose a template with a gold-foil pressed heart to give the cards a little something special, while still looking very clean. After receiving my printed cards, I can honestly say that I'm blown away with the results and am so impressed with the quality.
What should you include in your business cards?
- Your blog name
- Your full name. After receiving a few cards from fellow bloggers, I was surprised to see how many people left their names out. I think that including your name is essential in forming a more personal relationship, and implies a sense of ownership over your space.
- Your blog's URL. Your choice on if your want to include the www. at the beginning, however I would definitely opt to drop the http:// - the less text the better!
- Your e-mail address. If you have a separate e-mail address for your blog, make sure that you're checking it frequently, or have merged it with your personal inbox.
- Your social media handles. I'm fortunate in that all of my social media platforms have the same user name so I chose to only include one generic one. If you have multiple username for different social media platforms, only include those that you are most active on - you want to avoid having a cluttered business card.
- Your telephone number. I chose not to include my phone number, mostly to save space and clutter but I found that I usually communicate with people a few times over e-mail before exchanging phone numbers.
- A photo. As someone who is regularly talking new photos, I chose not to include a photo on my business card. I do admit though, having a photo on your card definitely helps to put a face to a name so that is definitely something to consider.
- A QR code. Although a QR code is great in theory since the recipient of your business card can do a quick scan and find your blog, I have rarely run into anyone who actually uses them. QR codes are a cool concept, and definitely something to consider for your blog's business card, but not mandatory.
Minted was generous enough to extend to La Petite Noob readers a code to save 10% off your own business cards using coupon code LAPETITENOOB10. The discount is valid now through June 18th, 2015 - check out their huge selection of business cards here. I think that you'll love them as much as I do!
What do you think? Do you have business cards for your blog as well? Let me know!