Bloggers Block

I’ve written two posts this morning. – both suck, trust me. Perhaps the next one will be about regaining motivation and overcoming bloggers block. Maybe not.

March 11, 2010. Tags: , . Life-in General. Leave a comment.

My Biggest Blog Pet Peeves!

My new job often keeps me so busy that even taking a break for lunch is impossible, but this afternoon things slowed down a bit. So, I spent a little time searching for and reading new blogs with the hopes of gaining some inspiration, information and maybe a laugh or two.

I used a couple of new blog searches I’ve discovered like Blog Flux and a few of my old stand-bys like Technorati. But after an afternoon of blog discovery, the only thing I have to show for all my time spent is a case of mild frustration.

If you’re wondering why I’m so peeved, here you go. The following are my major issues with several blogs I’ve encountered today.

I hate blogs and bloggers when…

…they tell me what to do/how to blog. Well, actually they tell me what not to do and how not to blog. However, the problem isn’t with the advice. I take offense with the tone in which they offer their opinions. If I wanted to be criticized for my actions I’d hang out with my older brother.

…I find a blog that sounds really interesting, only to find out that the blogger hasn’t updated since January…of 2005! Is it too much to ask that people remove their blogs if they’re not planning on actively engaging? I don’t think so.

…they treat their posts like diary submissions. Unless you’re Barack Obama, Tiger Woods or Brittany Spears, I don’t care what you did last Thursday night or what you ate for breakfast this morning…I wonder if Barack likes Grape Nuts…

…anyway…

…when a blog is neither useful, funny, insightful or smart. See peeve #3.

Now that I’ve finished my rant, this post feels a bit foreign to me. Although I am often sarcastic, I am rarely negative or pessimistic. So, in the hopes of lifting my spirits, I’ve included a couple of things I love most about blogs:

I love blogs and bloggers when…

…they make me laugh so hard that the people around me either think I’m crazy or want to get in on the joke (sometimes both).

…they have great applications and widgets on their pages that I later attempt and fail to add to my own blog.

…they make me think about an issue in a different way.

…they give me useful advice that I want to include on my own blog.

…they provide the kind of relevant information that I can regurgitate to coworkers and sound smart.

In case you were wondering, I’m not the only blogger who finds herself frustrated with the bloggosphere. Here are some other bloggers’ blog pet peeves:

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September 25, 2008. Tags: , . social media. 4 comments.

The Darker Side of Blogging

I’m a newcomer to blogs and blogging. I’ll admit it. I had heard about the revolutionary medium for information and entertainment, but I was a true skeptic. After some research and this blog assignment in my advanced PR writing class, I have begun to learn more about these things we call blogs. Obviously, I have been converted and now see the error in my previous thinking.

I know all about the positive outcomes of blogging for PR purposes and beyond, but I’ve read very little on the darker side of the blogosphere – the consequences no one wants to talk about.

So, here they are, several of the negative aspects of blogs and blogging for those of you who have yet to fully submerge yourselves in the treacherous world that is blogging.

1. On the average day, you will spend more time reading blogs and blogging than you will talking to your friends, being in cmom3.jpglass and sleeping combined.

2. Unless your parents are blogging themselves, your mom will forever refer to it as “blobbing.”

3. You’ll read the same information over and over but will be unable to resist clicking through to the next page about Brittany Spears’ newest tragedy.

4. Whenever something interesting, exciting or humorous happens during your day, your first inclination will be to find the nearest computer and blog about it.

5. Addiction is inevitable – see point one. Soon, as celebrities are checking into drug rehab, we will be introducing ourselves at BA: Bloggers Anonymous.

“Hi, my name is Katy, and I am addicted to blogging.”

“Hi, Katy.”

6. There is tons of advice on writing a blog, 10 Tips for Writing a Blog, 5 Simple Ways to Open Your Blog Post With a Bang, but there is little out there on how to recognize and overcome your blogging addiction.

So, what’s the moral of this tragic story? We’re all doomed. So, we might as well enjoy it.

Photo courtesy of my mom, Renae, who is very proud of my “blobbing.”

March 3, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Life-in General, PR, social media. 1 comment.

Employee Blogs: Friend or Farce?

Could a bad cup of coffee land you in hot water?

It seems that many organizations are venturing in to the world of employee blogging. From Microsoft employees to restaurant chefs, companies are looking to employees to blog agreeably about their job and the company they work for.

The most interesting example I could find was the Goodwill Ambassablog written by Goodwill Ambassadors and operated by Goodwill Ambassadors of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Part promotion and part personal journal, each day the three authors blog about their experiences and interactions at the San Diego Airport.

Employee blogs seem to be successful and offer a unique glimpse into the work days of employees. But as more and more companies capitalize on the free promotion and employee-reader interaction that employee blogs provide, I begin to wonder if employee associated blogging is really as good as it sometimes seems.

Google Inc. may agree with me. In January 2005,Google removed some personal blog posts from a new Google employee because of content that criticized the company.

In the future, if employees are required to blog about certain topics and with provided viewpoints, will the blogosphere become a restricted forum? Will companies be allowed to control all employee content, even on personal blogs?

As the number of random affiliations between companies increases with the concentration of corporate ownership, where will the rational limits on employee content stop and the crazy company expectations begin?

If, for example, you are doing PR for a large agency who represents hundreds of clients. One day, while blogging on your personal blog after work, you offhandedly mention that the morning coffee you got from the cafe down the street was terrible. You go on to say that luckily you had such an amazing day at your amazing job that the bad coffee just didn’t matter. You find out later, however, that your firm represents that coffee shop in some distant division or has some obscure partnership and that top execs are angered by the negative publicity for the shop in your blog post. They insist you remove it.

Should a company have control over an employee’s freedom to express her opinions? Eventually, as more people begin to blog, will companies strive to monitor even personal blogs for content that could negatively impact the company, its clients or its affiliated organizations? Who knows?

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February 13, 2008. Tags: , , , . Career Advice, PR, social media. 4 comments.