Even though I do a lot of networking via the web these days, I still appreciate meeting people with similar work interests in person at events and conferences.
Although it may be considered old fashioned, I think it’s a really good idea to have business cards to share with others you meet so that they remember you and can connect with you later on if they want. Although some places provide business cards to their staff (like my current job), these are often quite bland, so I think it’s a good idea to have your own personal business card. A personal card is more likely to stand out and show who you really are. You can also put your personal contact details on it, like the address of your blog and your LinkedIn page, and have no hesitations about handing it out.
My favourite site for creating these cards is Moo, an online print shop that is located in London but ships worldwide. They use high quality card and inks, and send witty emails as well. I created some MiniCards a while back for my right brain blog, which are really cool, and I noticed last night they now do full size business cards which I ordered last night for this blog.
When coming up with a design, I considered designing a card with my name on in my own handwriting because of an excellent article I read recently. But I ended up with a different design because the handwriting was too risky. On one side I put the header of this blog in bright red, and on the other side some simple type with my details, but written in ruby syntax. I used ruby syntax to make it look clever and relevant.
They should arrive in the next few weeks (the express shipping was too expensive) and I’ll scan one and share it on here when they do arrive. I can’t wait.