By Toi Thomas, Guest Blogger

I currently don’t have a business card. Not that I don’t want one, but the last time anyone actually wanted my business card was three years ago. When I tell people that I’m a writer, they ask me what I do to make a living. Then I explain that my day job is teaching. After that, no one is interested in my business card. Most people ask me for my facebook page or blog address and then type it into their phones right away. Sometime I hear from these people again and sometimes I don’t.
Many years ago when I worked in corporate America, my boss thought I should have a business card with the company logo on it, but I saw no point. I wasn’t in sales and rarely interacted clients. I’m still not sure why an accounts payable representative would need a business card.
There is one thing, at the moment, compelling me to order a brand new stack of business cards. I got the idea from somewhere, though I can’t seem to remember where exactly, but I plan to use my new business cards as book marks. I’m a writer, and fans of books and authors love to collect bookmarks. I’ve actually made quite a few “book tags” as I call them, that I’ve given away as prizes explaining that they are ideal for collecting and using as bookmarks. It just so happens that they are the same size a business card. I wish I’d thought of it sooner.

 

Toi Thomas, author of Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236158
My blog http://ecsuniverse.blogspot.com/
My facebook page http://www.facebook.com/EternalCurseSeries
Toi Thomas, author of Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236158

Business Card or Book Mark

3 thoughts on “Business Card or Book Mark

  • October 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm
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    I agree that business cards are a bit…extinct. I’d prefer to get an email with your Outlook formatted contact for easy use. As an avid reader, I like the idea of using them for bookmarks. Which gives me an idea…how about I leave them in rented library books so I can network with the next person in line to read the story.

    Thanks!

  • Reno Lovison
    October 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm
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    Of course I do not agree that business cards are extinct but I do like your idea of leaving a card in a returned library book. May be you can add a comment about a particular passage or chapter that you liked. BTW I love your blog domain name. Thanks for stopping by.

  • October 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm
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    Hi! I would say that there is still a use for a card especially if you have a semi political blog and want to show people you meet a serious intention, as I did visiting the local “Occupy” site last year. The card helped get me to the organisers swiftly and left contact details for afterwards when they had forgotten who I was! But I looove the bookmark idea – now thats great! Off to design mine now.
    Thanks again.

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