Blog Ettitquette

nothinglikeitnothinglikeit Posts: 27subscriber
edited June 2007 in Marketing
This topic has been covered elsewhere. I wanted to hear your feedback on what you folks think is proper blog etiquette.I have 2 main blogs that I`m using now. One is strictly for business and promotion and the other is more personal. I use it when I have introspective thoughts. Neither contains views that are blatantly offensive. But after a run in with a personal blog on my job last year. (I wrote it, and they used it against me later in a review) I was wondering should you even bother having a personal blog at all?I don`t link either and I won`t even mention my personal one here. But what if a potential client finds it anyway? (like my co workers did)I also see that business blogs are becoming a great marketing tool. Would it make sense to create one blog that is more for marketing. And another for business operations (kind of like a tracking tool)

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  • nothinglikeitnothinglikeit Posts: 27subscriber
    Steve and RDG:When I talked about doing a blog for operational purposes I was thinking of using it as a tracking mechanism for the business plan itself. Since my plan should be a biological document, I want to keep it in my face all the time. So when I actaully try to execute my plan, I can compare my efforts on a given day to what I wrote in my business plan`s strategy or marketing section.For example: If I write: I should visit 3 trade shows in April and gain 3 new contacts: I can write out what the results were in a blog titled. Marketing results for April. It would contain lots of notes and I`d then compare my notes to my plan and evaluate how accurate my predictions were. I could then review the plan and change what`s not working and keep what is. Of course this blog would probably be set to private so that noone outside the company can see it. I guess it would be similar to doing a report for the business.
  • nothinglikeitnothinglikeit Posts: 27subscriber
    ha ha it`s funny you say that craig. I found an interesting podcast that talked about your army of forum posters. I always wondered how you were so omnipresent here on the boards. but seriously though you have a point. my boss proved that sad fact when he found a blog about me, discussed it with the entire office and had the nerve to bring it up again in my review AND again when I threatened to quit. (I could have fired you for writing that blog he said) So I`ve accepted that fact. For me I don`t really care one way or the other if the world reads my personal throughts. The things I decide to include there are usually tame. They do help me vent though. I guess it`s just easier than writing on paper. Ironic I know. Guess that`s a sign of the time. I like Nicole`s white board idea. I`ve been playing with the idea of getting one. I  like it because it`ll help keep the goals in front of me.
  • kkrafts58kkrafts58 Posts: 12subscriber
    I go with the notebook and pens. I mentioned in another post, (can`t remember which) about trying a blog on my website and after 2 days people were using my website name to send spam. I had over 150 undeliverable emails in my inbox, not good. they would use names like [email protected]</A>  and send spam and then I`d get the cannot be delivered letters. I got rid of my blog and the emails quit.
  • CookieCookie Posts: 2subscriber
    If you want to do a blog, fine. But to make sure to never offend anyone, never say anything unusual, never say anything controversial? What`s the point of that? Why not just publish your day-planner? [/QUOTE]
    Your comments are always worth a read, Craig.  You`re witty, philosophical, & have a lot of common sense.  We can all profit from reading your posts! 
    Cookie 
    www.wedgie.biz</A>
     
  • CookieCookie Posts: 2subscriber
    I`ve been going through the same thing, KKrafts58, with the undeliverable spam.  But I don`t have a blog.  The spammers must have gotten my email address from my website.  My hosting company said there was nothing they could do about it & usually the spammers move on to someone else after a short time.  The first day it happened, I logged on to 800+ returned, blocked emails.  They were A LOT of fun to sit & delete....
    Anyone out there coming up with a way to stop this hijacking of email addresses?
    Cookie
    www.wedgie.biz
  • jarziumjarzium Posts: 0subscriber
    its hard to be politically correct nowadays. i like being controversial, it
    adds a little spice to your blog.

    but just like what eallen said, you got to be prepare to defend your point.
  • CookieCookie Posts: 2subscriber
    We have women here in Chicago who take lit classes with a very learned man by the name of Marvin Mirsky.  We refer to ourselves as Mirsky`s Maidens.  If Craig does have a cult, I`m not part of it, even though I very much like to read what he writes.  Shall we pretend Craig DOES have a cult & give it a name?
    And hey, Tiger Taco, remember how I got jumped on when I mentioned that I include a note when I drop ship?  Or that I didn`t like the QVC product winner?  I don`t want to generate bad PR for my product so it may make me more cautious in speaking my mind.  On the other hand, I hate the pollyanna attitude where posters try to act all nicey-nice in hopes folks will buy their product/service.  OK, here`s the cautious me, maybe everyone out there really is very, very nice....  How`s that for avoiding controversy!
  • JeannieJeannie Posts: 8subscriber

    I`ve been going through the same thing, KKrafts58, with the undeliverable spam.  But I don`t have a blog.  The spammers must have gotten my email address from my website.  My hosting company said there was nothing they could do about it & usually the spammers move on to someone else after a short time.  The first day it happened, I logged on to 800+ returned, blocked emails.  They were A LOT of fun to sit & delete....
    Anyone out there coming up with a way to stop this hijacking of email addresses?

    Hi Cookie,
    I`ve seen other sites make the email address harder for spammers. 
    For instance.. they would spell the signs for ;and dot or they would add spaces.
    example:  info at SmudgeGuard dot com. (spelling out the signs)
                    info @ SmudgeGuard . com   (with added spaces)
                   infoAT NOSPAMsmudgeguard dot com (adding the word NOSPAM and spelling out the signs)
    Hope this helps with your spamming problem.
    Jeannie
     
  • CookieCookie Posts: 2subscriber
    Thanks for tips, Jeannie, but as I was told, the spammers did indeed move on so I don`t plan to make any changes.  May help others just coming up with their email addresses though. 
    I still edit, Tiger Taco, but I agree, it`s good to be able to say something w/o fearing repercussions.   Now someone will probably jump in & say, "But not if it`s mean, harsh...."  It`s all so subjective.
    New Individualism IS kinda catchy, Craig.  Go with it!
  • kathleenfasanellakathleenfasanella Posts: 0subscriber

    I think putting a personal blog online is mostly just ego. Who cares
    what anyone thinks about anything, or what emotional upheavals take
    place?Oh Craig, you`re always such a love, generous and kind but I`d disagree with you on this one. I`m curious about some people. I always encourage my designers to have blogs. It puts a face to them, customers like the personal connection. Of course, that`s assuming it`s done well . There`s tons of bad examples of course.
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