Blogs: I’ll Show You Mine if You’ll Show Me Yours

Blogs: I’ll Show You Mine if You’ll Show Me Yours

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Blogs. Who doesn’t have a blog these days? It seems everyone and their dog has one (yes, literally).

Many people started a blog way back when, but may have since abandoned them for other pursuits. Some?are focused on a particular topic?and are aligned with an overall business plan; others are primarily social or just for fun. Blogging provides a simple,?yet powerful platform to build a brand, control one’s online reputation?and engage with those interested in what you have to offer.

What is your take on blogs?

Dictionary.com includes this definition of the word blog:

Main Entry: blog
Part of Speech: n
Definition: an online diary; a personal chronological log of thoughts published on a Web page; also called Weblog, Web log
Example: Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.
Etymology: shortened form of Weblog
Usage: blog, blogged, blogging v, blogger n

A few of my friends on Twitter define a?blog as…

@skuntze Mini website for getting your message out, often linked to a comprehensive website detailing more of your information.

@jolilore Web log, a site featuring routine updates/posts, usually from an individual. Like Kirk’s “Captain’s Log”

@purplehayz A place to put ordered information, typically by time or category

@mardeck Blog – a place to be yourself, whether you digress or educate

@nextmoom A blog is a web-based venue for communicating someone’s point-of-view and/or information.

What do you think a blog is or should be?

If you have a blog, here’s your chance to share a bit about it with an audience who may not know about it yet:

  • What is the URL?
  • What is the primary topic?
  • What do you hope to acheive through your blog?

If you don’t have a blog, is starting one something you’ve considered? Do you have a favorite you’d like to share which may not be getting the attention it deserves?

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and learn more about you through your own blogs. Let the blog-o-rama begin!

(I wrote about my own entry into the blogosphere late last year: Blogging Between Hot Flashes . While I’ve learned a few things since then, I still have a long way to go. The post still makes me chuckle.)

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7 Comments

  1. Kerry Stackpole May 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    I started blogging last year as a way to share ideas and explore some concepts about not-for-profit leadership that had been percolating in my brain for quite some time. My hope is that readers find the concepts intriguing, thought provoking, and useful in broad fashion. Beyond that, I gain a personal benefit—the discipline and practice of regular writing.

  2. Cath May 3, 2009 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I think a blog is personal. I have read several…and find that they range from quite business-like to risque to say the least…either way I can quite honestly say Im educated on both fronts 🙂
    Quite whether I would vent my spleen in the same way is doubtful. I like to chose what to say and to whom and don’t as such have a”message” for “my people”…this is rather indicative as to my use of the web currently. Im sure if this changes, you will all be the first to know.
    Meanwhile to all blog writers…keep it going, it works for you!

  3. Hjortur Smarason May 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Yes, it’s true. My dog does have a blog. Just check it out: http://www.vefjakrot.is/vaskur

    I also blog myself about marketing (click my name above) and then I have a personal travel blog which I don’t update too often. Beside that I run a blog on environmental issues, a blog on design, arts and architecture, a blog on cars and vehicles, a blog on saving money and a blog on technology and gadgets.

    Oh, and I just added a new blog on innovation.

    Honestly, I need to hire someone to keep all those blogs up to date 🙂 But I do love to blog. And Twitter. Because when the “blog post” only needs to be 140 characters I can blog so much 😉

  4. Irene Koehler May 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    @Kerry – Thanks for sharing your blog. Your content about leadership is extremely valuable. I’m now one of your RSS subscribers!

    @Cath – You are so right! The range of blogs out there continues to surprise me. Virtually nothing seems to be off-limits.

    @Hjortur – How in the world can you manage so many blogs? I have a hard time keeping up with just one! I’ve enjoyed your Marketing Safari blog for some time now and look forward to more great content.

  5. Barbara J. Smith May 4, 2009 at 11:26 am - Reply

    For me, a blog is an opportunity to showcase myself as a professional writer. I write humorous pieces, and my blog reflects that.

  6. Chris Hamilton May 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I have three blogs I’m maintaining religiously and two less religiously.

    The Florida Writers Conference blog (http://floridawriters.wordpress.com) is a marketing blog for the conference (October 23-25 in Lake Mary, Florida, you should come). The goal of that blog is to get people to come to the conference.

    The Virtual Writers Group (http://pub-news.blogspot.com) is a blog about writing, with a heavy emphasis on the writing business in the digital age. I’m the virtual group leader of the Florida Writers Association, and that blog is an outgrowth of that position (but I need to market it better).

    The Shane Black blog is actually “written” by a fictional character in a couple novels I’ve written. I want it to help market the novels, which I should be doing more to get in front of agents and publishers.

    Of the other two blogs, the first (you didn’t expect me to read that, did you?) (http://chris-hamilton.blogspot.com/) will eventually be a key component in my hire-me website.

    The second (The Sparse Output of My Mind (anonfromtampa.blogspot.com) is entirely self-indulgent. Right now, I use it to write my speeches for toastmasters. I have no goal for that one.

    Geez, no wonder I don’t get anything else done…

  7. Delson Moo August 17, 2009 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I’ve never understand the purpose of blogging and just feels that it is a total waste of time, until recently when we launch our company’s website/blog at http://blog.shopbug.sg

    I’ve started to enjoy it more and after publishing contents for over 2 weeks, I start to blog about my personal stuffs at http://delsonmoo.tumblr.com

    I’ve another company at http://www.pacificlanworks.com and I’m the one maintaining the website too.

    Another business is on the way and definitely will be having its own blog site too.

    I looked at this website/blog (http://almostsavvy.com) and do not find any personal blog site from Irene (or may be I did not look hard enough).

    So, my questions are:-

    1) should I still maintain my personal blog? (I stopped after my virgin post when this thought sets in)

    2) If yes, should I reside my personal blog at one of the company’s website/blog or should I have it separately like I have now?

    Of course most of you will say it depends on the amount of time I can spare and the amount of effort I’m willing to commit, but, my question is, which is the most efficient and will reap a higher ROI?

    Hope someone can give me an idea.
    thanks in advance 🙂
    .-= Delson Moo?s last blog ..My Personal Virgin Post =-.

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