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Thursday, June 30, 2005

 

Carnival of the Vanities at Sophistpundit

The 145th edition of the longest running internet blog carnival, the well known Carnival of the Vanities, is up at at Adam Gurri's political and philosophical blog known as Sophistpundit.

Carnival of the Vanities is the original collection of blog postings, assembling some of the best and wide ranging bloggers on the internet.

This week'sCarnival of the Vanities entries include politics, literature, science, medicine, technology, business, culture, comedy, and sports.

I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Vanities as well.

My entry post is entitled "Better writing through blogging" where I discuss how writing your regular blog posts will improve your writing skills including grammar, spelling, logic, and creativity.

To participate in the Carnival of the Vanities, or any of the other blog carnivals, one of the easiest techniques is to use the all inclusive carnival entry form at The Conservative Cat.

Another participation option is to simply e-mail your entry to the host of the week.

That's what I usually do.

As I suggest elsewhere, hosting and contributing to the various internet blog carnivals is a great promotional idea for your blog.

Next week's edition of Carnival of the Vanities will be at the political blog known as Conservative Friends.

In the meantime, head on over to the Sophistpundit. hosting of Carnival of the Vanities and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new blogs.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

 

Blogging: Beyond relationship marketing

Blogging is considered one of the easiest and most effective forms of the marketing technique known as relationship marketing.

In fact, I don't even think of relationship marketing as marketing. Blogging goes far beyond the single dimension of marketing of products and services. I think of blogging as finding new friends.

As you post to your blog, and writing in your own unique voice, your readers get to know you as a person. They learn about you, your life, your interests, and also about your business. You provide your readers with interesting and informative content, and over time, your regular readers form a bond with you; and you with them.

Eventually, through the blog comments, e-mail conversations, telephone calls, and even meeting in person, your blog helps to build friendships. Many of these new friends become customers, while a few others become business associates and partners in other ventures. Some bloggers even get married.

When you start a blog, you should consider relationship building as one of your goals. When defining that relationship, it's important to consider more possibilities than simply adding more customers and clients. They are only one aspect of the blogging process.

Along with customers, consider the chance to meet new business associates and partners. Think in terms of networking with other like minded people. As you branch out in blogging, it becomes obvious that people who write blogs are some of the most generous and giving human beings anywhere. They will offer you help and guidance freely. Returning the favour, and helping them with their business needs, further cements the relationship. Often, as a result of business advice sharing, entire new businesses are created.

Blogging builds friendships. Even if a person never adds one customer or client from the blog (although you will), finding new friends is much more valuable. Good friends are rare, and to be treasured beyond gold. Blogging nurtures those friendships, even occasionally leading to marriage, for a few bloggers. Whether or not romance is in the cards, friendships definitely are a very regular blogging result.

I have made many new friends, as a direct result of blogging, I have also formed some business relationships and partnerships with other bloggers. Other blog writers have done so as well. You can too.

When you think of blogging as relationship building, think beyond the marketing aspect. Look to the human side of blogging and you will be very richly rewarded indeed.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

 

Mistakes lead to success

Mistakes are not a bad thing for any organization. In fact, I believe that any organization that lets its managers make some blunders, is a stronger business than one where mistakes are severely punished.

As I have written earlier, I don't believe in defending the mistake. That is the last course of action a manager or a company should ever consider as a strategy. It's not a good idea to dwell on past business errors, as that plan can stop innovation in its tracks. Instead of creativity and new ideas being generated by the staff, conservatism, blaming others, and cover-ups become commonplace.

It is a powerful management technique to conduct a post mortem to examine how the mistakes were made, and how to benefit from the lessons learned. Turn the negative into a potential positive.

Instead of punishing and demoting those employees who develop new ideas, that for one reason or another didn't work out, they should be rewarded for their innovative spirit. Of course, creative problem solving is not the same as an error made through careless work.

Every mistake is different, but each mistake contains internal lessons that can be applied to future situations. What was learned can be put into place to avoid the same problems recurring. In fact, if the mistake isn't too large or costly, it could prevent even more serious problems down the road.

I like to think that every crisis opens up a potential new business opportunity. By not allowing failure within an organization, those chances for success are lost. Not seizing possible new business opportunities is also a management mistake. Missed opportunities often never return, and are lost forever. Fear of failure, on the part of business people, can result in a much greater loss, than trying new ideas that just didn't work out.

Every organization faces serious internal and external challenges. Some problems have been around the company for so long that they have become part of the furniture. Sometimes management makes it clear that any mistakes made in problem solving will not be tolerated. That is short sighted thinking.

In overly cautious organizational cultures, those difficulties are never addressed. Instead of attacking the problem, it's allowed to continue, often draining money and resources along with it. The problem is that any errors made, in attempting to rectify the situation, will be high profile and blame easily placed. Letting the status quo continue is safer for all concerned.

Only the company bottom line pays the price. Individuals are covered by the overall organizational loss. No one is made to walk the plank, as no one takes ownership of the issue at hand. Management that operates in this matter is doing no one any good, and are making a huge mistake themselves. They choose not to address the error, however, or to learn from it.

My recommondation to a business facing problems large or small is to address them head on. Consider that the problems are already costing the business money and resources. Let some talented people apply themselves to developing some creative solutions. Have them develop a potentially workable plan, and give them the resources to carry it out to completion.

If the proposed solution works, the long standing business hurdle is cleared. If the plan goes awry, consider that letting the problem continue cost money too, and that lessons were learned in analyzing the potential solutions. Don't punish the doers and problem solvers. Let them try again, armed with new knowledge and insight into the problem.

Your best people are the creative and innovative problem solvers. Give them every opportunity to succeed. Don't punish them for their mistakes. Learn from what went wrong, and next time, success will be the probable result.

Learn from your company's mistakes.

Don't bury them or pretend the mistakes never happened.

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Monday, June 27, 2005

 

BusinessBlogCast hosts Carnival of the Capitalists

This week sees a dual written and audio approach for the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists makes a visit to the group experimental blog known as BusinessBlogCast.

This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of the best bloggers writing on the internet today.

Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market trading, internet commerce, marketing, the national and global economies, and technology.

As you would expect from Carnival of the Capitalists there are many discussions of business, markets, and economics.

It's always great to read and discover the many high quality blogs out there in the blogosphere.

We don't always get to them all, and this edition of Carnival of the Capitalists has introduced many of us to some brand new ones.

As I am always privileged to do, I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Capitalists as well.

My entry post this week is entitled "Virtual networking: Get the word out" where I discuss various ways of doing some good old fashioned networking via the internet.

If you wish to submit an entry to next week's, or any Carnival of the Capitalists edition, e-mail your entries to the new address:

cotcmail -at- gmail -dot- com

You can always use the handy entry form at Gongol.com where all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Talk about making it easy to be included!

Another brand new form for sending entries to all of the internet carnvivals is provided by The Conservative Cat. This is a great one stop entry drop, for all your blog post entries, for every blog carnival.

If you are searching for new and exciting ways to expand your blog's readership, you should seriously consider sending an entry to Carnival of the Capitalists.

Merely being included in the company, of the first rate regular Carnival of the Capitalists contributors, will enhance the reputation of your blog.

The extra visitors can't sent to your blog won't hurt either!

The growth and staying power, of Carnival of the Capitalists, is beginning to catch the attention of people outside the blogging community. Each hosting, brings a fresh assortment of new readers, to the various blogs involved.

The visitors aren't only bloggers anymore.

Readership is expanding to include the mainstream media, various government and private organizations, many businesses, and other interested people from beyond the blogging community.

Many people are introduced to some tremendous blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be at Casey Software.

In the meantime, click that mouse over to the BusinessBlogCast hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists.

If the great posted entries don't convince you to click, or the possibility of finding some brand new blogs to read doesn't do it, then Carnival of the Capitalists certainly will offer you a chance to listen to some business ideas. (groan)

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Sunday, June 26, 2005

 

Better writing through blogging

Blogging improves your writing skills.

Better writing ability, and an enhanced ability to express yourself in print, is a rarely thought about benefit of blogging.

While most people think of writers as infinitely talented, living in some rarified air denied to the rest of us, writing is a learned skill. While some people are indeed born more talented with the written word than others, most people can become better writers simply through practice.

Blogging is as good a practice field as any. Other practice venues, for developing writers, include simply writing your e-mails in complete sentences and paying attention to your grammar and spelling. Both grammar and spelling are more fun without your school teacher watching over your shoulder.

Writing short stories and articles allow you to express yourself in both fiction and non-fiction, while providing powerful practice in writing. By writing, you develop your theme and present them in an easily readable and understandable way. Another great way to work on your writing skills is by guest blogging on other blogs. Remember, there is no substitute for simply writing more.

Like playing sports or a musical instrument, improvement in skill level only results from constant practice. The more you work on the skills, the better at applying them you become.

Writing your daily blog post provides a fresh blank canvas for self expression. As the words form sentences on the page, a sense of accomplishment is the direct result.

It feels good to finish a blog post.

Don't be bashful. Feel proud of what you have written. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how well your blog posts are enjoyed by your growing number of readers.

Many bloggers have told me they had no idea that they could write even one coherent post; let alone one or more a day. Often, they were entirely convinced that writing well formed thoughts was impossible for them. By ecoming bloggers, many people have changed that mistaken idea entirely.

It's all a matter of practice, and with that continual application of fingers to keyboard, the skills improve constantly. Before you know it, another well written and easily understood blog post appears on the page.

It's almost like magic.

Of course, I keep thinking that through constant practice, my typing skills will eventually improve to the level of being semi-adequate. Occasionally, I can even type a word or two without looking at the keyboard. That event always shocks me.

I believe that is truly a case of real magic; or perhaps even a miracle of monumental proportions. Perhaps it's simply an accident, never to be repeated again in recorded history.

Well, enough of that about keyboarding, as typing is only the means by which the post is created. Let's get back to the more important resulting words.

With writing, the more a person does it, the better they get at doing it. There is simply no substitute for practice. Blogs are a great way to practice, and hone your ability to express yourself and your thoughts, via the written word.

Learning how to write well, and express thoughts in a logical and coherent manner, are hidden benefits of blogging.

It's a good thing those benefits won't stay hidden for long.

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Friday, June 24, 2005

 

Creativity: Imaginary experts to the rescue

An all star management team and Hall of Fame Board of Directors, able to provide unlimited expertise to solve any and every conceivable problem, is the dream of almost every business person.

Paul Williams writing at Brand Autopsy has hit upon the concept of the Imaginary Board of Directors. Paul's idea is to let the great minds of the past and present find solutions to all sorts of business problems. Paul even names his choices.

Paul recreates and develops the great thinkers idea from Michael Michalko's book, Thinkertoys:

1. Select three to five business movers and shakers, living or dead, whom you admire most.

2. Get photographs of your Board and pin them up to constantly remind you of the talent at your disposal.

3. Research your heroes. Read everything about your heroes that you can get your hands on.

4. Take notes on your favorite passages. Pay particular attention to the creative techniques they employed to solve problems.

5. When you have a challenge, consult the members of your board and imagine how they would solve it.


I really like this technique of problem solving for several reasons:

1. It takes the problem away from you personally. Instead of having the usual personal and emotional attachment to the issue to be solved, it's now turned over to a panel of experts.

2. The Imaginary Board lets your imagination run wild with new and fresh ideas. Knowing that many of the great thinkers that you choose, ranging from Shakespeare to Einstein to Aristotle to Galileo to Susan B. Anthony were looking for radically new solutions, you are free to do so as well. They open your mind to new possibilities.

3. The great minds panel would not be bound by conventional wisdom and following the beaten path. Like Robert Frost's poem, the all star team would be taking "the road less travelled by." They help you to go far beyond the standard text book ways of thinking.

4. The list of imaginary experts can also be varied from problem to problem. Using their great quotes to stimulate fresh ways of thinking can lead to solutions to one business roadblock, but not to another. Mark Twain could solve one problem for you, while Marie Curie, Queen Elizabeth I, or John Lennon might better guides for another.

Overall, any system that helps a business owner, manager, or entrepreneur find solutions to problems is a good one. The important thing is to stick to the process and let it achieve the results. In this case, let the great minds do the thinking and provide the creativity incentive for you.

Let an Imaginary Board of Directors help you and your business achieve success.

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Blog writing: Your posting style

Blog posts are written in many different forms.

In fact, there are so many different blog writing styles, that attempting to list even a sampling of them here, would be pure folly.

And a lot of work.

So I won't.

What I want to discuss is blog post paragraph length. I suppose that's internet readin', writin', and a bit of arithmetic. It's sort of the three R's for blogging, in a rather twisted and convoluted way.

Or not.

Notice that my blog posts are written in very short paragraphs. They are often one line or one sentence in length. This practice has got its plusses and its minuses.

As we shall see.

Blogger Peter Caputa of pc4media pointed out to me that my paragraphs are too short. He considers them hard to read as the thoughts seem disconnected and lack flow. Yes, Peter had to stir things up a bit, now didn't he?

I write the paragraphs short on purpose to prevent huge blocks of print from appearing. I have always found reading long paragraphs on the internet, with more than five or six lines, to be very difficult. I tend to skim them instead of reading them. Peter says my one liners get that same treatment from him.

Apparently, a happy medium, or perhaps some sort of blog relative of the Golden Mean is required.

At least it's a thought.

I fully realize that my paragraphs should contain more than one sentence. I also understand that my thoughts should be more coordinated. On the other hand, my fingers...okay...finger...finds the Enter key with extreme regularity. It's probably part of being a two finger typist.

But I digress.

Note the one line, partial sentence fragment? Those are fun to use to punctuate thoughts or I hope, create a smile for my readers. In any case, I'll attempt to write my paragraphs a bit longer, without getting too long.

In the meantime, do any of you have difficulties deciding upon an appropriate paragraph length for your blog posts?

Or not?

Let me know your thoughts, opinions, biases, and the meaning of life.

Okay, maybe you can skip the deep philosophical questions of our time for the moment, but it might be on the next exam, so keep it mind.

Oh, and feel free to count the one line and one sentence paragraphs.

I think Peter is keeping track for my benefit and general blogging improvement.

***Update: June 26***

Note that this post was written with deliberately short paragraphs, as a bit of light humour.

With that in mind, Peter Caputa of pc4media has rewritten this post, complete with different paragraph breaks, over at his own blog. Well, he did inspite the post in the first place after all. He now offers his readers the opportunity to rewrite the post as a sort of meme.

I hope that everyone takes a stab at a rewrite. It should be fun and represent the many widely different writing styles found among bloggers.

Let the writing games begin!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

 

Carnival of the Vanities at This Blog Is Full of Crap

The 144th edition of the longest running internet blog carnival, the well known Carnival of the Vanities, is up at Laurence Simon's well known political, technology, and cat blog known as This Blog Is Full Of Crap.

Note that Laurence's cats are guest blogging on his behalf. Of course, they have tons of photos of themselves as an added bonus.

Carnival of the Vanities is the original collection of blog postings, assembling some of the best and wide ranging bloggers on the internet.

This week's Carnival of the Vanities entries include politics, literature, science, medicine, technology, business, culture, comedy, and sports.

I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Vanities as well.

My entry post is entitled "Blogger gifts for one and all" where I provide some gift giving ideas for you to send to other bloggers and friends.

To participate in the Carnival of the Vanities, or any of the other blog carnivals, one of the easiest techniques is to use the all inclusive carnival entry form at The Conservative Cat.

Another participation option is to simply e-mail your entry to the host of the week.

That's what I usually do.

As I suggest elsewhere, hosting and contributing to the various internet blog carnivals is a great promotional idea for your blog.

Next week's edition of Carnival of the Vanities will be at Adam Gurri's political and philosophical blog known as Sophistpundit.

In the meantime, head on over to the This Blog Is Full Of Crap hosting of Carnival of the Vanities and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new blogs.

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Blog Business Summit August 17 - 19 San Francisco, CA

The annual Blog Business Summit is scheduled for August 17 - 19 2005 in San Francisco, California, USA.

The event will be held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

Always a premiere blogging event, the Blog Business Summit provides a first class opportunity to meet and network with some of the leading bloggers in the blogosphere. Many of the big names, and some up and coming blogging stars will also be in attendance.

As with any conference or trade show, the real value is in meeting the people. Making connections and friendships should be one of your goals, along with learning new information about blogs as a medium of communication.

The event is seeking blogging sponsors. Don't let that scare you away. The organizers offer opportunities, for the less well funded blogger, to fully participate in cross promotion with the event.

For more information on how you and your blog can participate as sponsors, simply send an email to:

steve -at- blogbusinesssummit -dot- com

There. That was easy, wasn't it!

If you are planning on attending the event, online Blog Business Summit registration is available. Some special pricing is in effect until July 11, 2005.

Very handy.

Special online hotel rates, for Blog Business Summit attendees staying at the Palace Hotel are also available for online booking.

Details on speakers and sponsors will be available very soon.

Make your plans now to attend this major blogging event.

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Monday, June 20, 2005

 

Carnival of the Capitalists at Blog Business World

carnival Welcome to this week's edition of the Carnival of the Capitalists.



It's Carnival time again!

Grab your popcorn and cotton candy and sit back and enjoy Carnival of the Capitalists: The Greatest Business Show in the Blogosphere.

That was a little long for a tag line. I'll have to work on improving that one.

One of the truly exciting aspects of hosting Carnival of the Capitalists is the wide assortment of bloggers who enter.

Many of the entrants to this hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists are here for the very first time.

This is my second hosting of the Carnival of the Capitalists and I hope you enjoy the show.

Got your refreshments in hand?

Let's join the midway!

Marketing

Toby Bloomberg of Diva Marketing suggests storytelling as a powerful form of marketing. Nothing deepens and enriches a relationship with others like telling them a good story.

Marketer Michele Miller of WonderBranding: Marketing To Women recommends that when approaching the topic of marketing to women, stop thinking feminine. Instead, she says, focus on the logical.

Is it possible greed is a great quality for salespeople? Or is the word so tainted, it's an unacceptable quality for all people and professions? Those are the provocative questions posed by Jim Logan of JSLogan as he channels Gordon Gecko of the movie Wall Street.

Laurence Haughton of BusinessBlogcasting graphically illustrates the purpose of marketing in a world where marketers are encouraged to be liars.

Empowering employees is key to creating remarkable customer experiences is the message from Joseph DePalma of Joseph's Marketing Blog.

James Cherkoff at Modern Marketing says The 4Ps is an idea that most marketeers have come across during their education. That makes it a good vehicle to discuss change as it is so widely understood. For those who don't know it refers to Price, Place Product and Promotion, the mixture of areas that traditional marketing has concerned itself with. James asks: So what do the 4Ps mean in a digital era?

John Jantsch at Duct Tape Marketing recommends bringing small groups of your clients together to meet, network and generally discuss how brilliant you are. After an opening like that, you simply have to read on.

Heather Burke at Pro Wrestling Impact asks what to do when something goes wrong at your event is something you should always plan for. She says the reason you should plan is because you need to have some idea of what you want to do to compensate your fans if something goes wrong. Her advice on planning ahead is applicable to any special event marketing.

At The Guerilla Marketer Michael McLaughlin says it's common for clients to experience sticker shock when they see the price tag of a consulting project. With a little work, you can soften the blow.

Gina Vescio at A Weight Lifted describes how the diet and weight loss industry is marketed and how many well known historical persons would be left out of the so-called marketing ideal body type.

Blogging, Reading, and Writing

Vikk Simmons of Down The Writer's Path discusses writing and the creative process. Evoking the legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury as an example, Vikk tells us how to free up our creative minds.

Over at The Blog Studio, Peter Flaschner sends us Part Two of a series examining how certain businesses could benefit from blogging. In this case, Peter suggests that realtors become bloggers. The post includes specific tips and examples.

Yvonne DiVita at Lip-Sticking says "Smart Blogger, Andy Wibbels" makes us look good by being both informative and funny in this interview on blogging and more. Read some dood business advice, in a fun environment, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Ed Deevy of The Deevy Report describes what he's learned about blogging from six months of online publishing. Deevy writes from the perspective of an individual who is a "lay person" when it comes to Internet technology. He clearly sees the blogging platform as a powerful easy-to-use communications tool...and he's on a mission to convince his clients and colleagues that they should get on-board with the Blogging Revolution.

At Seeking Alpha, David Jackson discusses the attractiveness and drawbacks for finance bloggers of adding ads to their sites.

Evelyn Rodriguez of Crossroads Dispatches receives a new book, A Clear Eye for Branding, that reminds her that "Keep it Simple, Stupid" is sage advice in business and life and sets off the trigger for this post.

Here at Blog Business World as my own entry, I offer a post entitled "Case studies: A blogging idea" where I suggest writing real life case studies as a regular blog posting feature.

Tinu Abayomi-Paul of Free Traffic Tips invites us to tell our business story. As a multi-part post series, start with the first entry and enjoy the story of "Your Business and the Story of a Tree: Part One".

Finance, Markets, and Investment

FMF of Free Money Finance has a post featuring people commenting on the outrageous sums that they’ve spent on their pets. Poor Fido and Fluffy.

Over at TechTrader, Anonymous discusses buyouts of IUSA. Wanna get in on the share trading action?

Toni Staka of The Prudent Investor - seeing too many bubbles asks is there a rift developing on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors? It seems so. Toni suggests that Governor Donald Kohn has started the finger-pointing, by distancing himself from other FRB members. 'Don't blame me, I told you so,' he will be able to say in the future, once economic developments have turned sour. "It is not the time for complacency", he warned bankers, who should put in extra hours to finetune their risk management systems.

You may often ask how much money do you need to save to pay for college for you or your kids? Ironman at Political Calculations has a tool to find out what you'll need, to cover the costs, of what many people consider to be the most important investment they'll ever make.

John Mudd of Tampa Bay's Inside Real Estate Journal discusses the explosion of condo sales in the Tampa, Forida area.

Peter at Fund Universe offers a few tips that can help you build the wealth you will need to assure your future financial security. In fact, Peter provides "8 Rules That Will Make You Wealthy".

Joshua Sharf at View From a Height discusses a popular means of evaluating fund managers' style. It is something called "Returns Based Style Analysis". Joshua believes that a much better system can be developed.

Joe Kristan from Roth & Company Tax Update cites reports that say that the US Justice Department may indict KPMG. Joe discusses why that would be unwise.

When moving out of a rented apartment your security deposit is typically returned in full. However, as Ezra Marbach of Sound Money Tips says, landlords have been known to argue for deducting money from your deposit in order to cover supposed issues that you are leaving behind. The post offers some pointers on getting your rented apartment's security deposit back in full when you move out.

Big Picture Guy at Big Picture, Small Office talks about how the Board rejects loyalty rebates on the basis that customers are commodities that can be bought and sold...like feeder cattle and corn. What is the price of "Pork Belly Futures" today?

Business Management and Methods

Gretchen Ross of The Green Lantern comments on the rumoured proposal from Wal-Mart that their employees be on call and available for work around the clock.

Gautam Ghosh of Gautam Ghosh on Management suggests that eventually every KM project is an attempt to change the corporate culture of the organization and the behavior of people in the organizational systems. He says this change can never be sustainable unless human and organizational processes change to support this change. Gautam believes that is the insight that traditional OD consulting brings to KM.

When you are in business, says Rosa Say of Talking Story says learning to be a reader gives you a definite edge. She says this post is about organizing yourself to take advantage of opportune pockets of time. Rosa suggests don't let "I have no time to read" be your excuse.

Practical advice arrives from Susan Getgood of Marketing Roadmaps on how to make sure your sales and marketing teams are really communicating with each other, not just talking (and complaining) at each other.

Aleah at Ricksticks believes that successful organizations must honour individual spirit. Note the Lord of the Rings reference in the post too.

Elana Centor at FunnyBusiness examines corporate culture from the lighter side of the street. Elana ponders a new Universal Symbol --MY BUTT IS ON THE LINE. I can see her design possibilities on Post-It notes already.

Skip Angel of Random Thoughts from a CTO asks the following questions about leadership and principles: As a leader, do you want people to understand you better? Do you want them to know what you value and what you don't?

At pc4media, Peter Caputa discusses how Fundable.org is a website that lets users create fund drives. Peter says the fund drives can be for any purpose: to fund a software project, to raise funds for a non profit, to raise funds for a group purchase. The goal, continues Peter, for how many participants and how much each has to give is set by the person creating the action. If the goal isn't met, all the money is refunded. Peter concludes that it is a no risk way to support a mini or a major cause.

Christopher Bailey from The Alchemy of Soulful Work asks is there a good time to conduct a learning dialogue? Christopher concludes: Sure there is. The timing of a manager's criticism is as important as its constructiveness.

Mad Anthony of Mad Anthony is "Going Postal". Well not really. Actually, he is taking a look at the things the post office does right and wrong - and why.

"How big are your batteries?" asks Lisa Haneberg of Management Craft. Lisa sends a thoughful post about how people are equipped with different natural energy levels.

Communications, Technology, and Podcasting

Neville Hobson of Nevon provides a detailed step by step primer on putting the power of podcasts into production for your blog or online business and public relations program.

The joys and triumphs, and trials and tribulations and everything e-mail are fodder for cehwiedel of Kicking Over My Traces. Also provided are some ideas for eliminating spam. Now I know you want to read that!

Improving your voice mail message is the message from Phil Gerbyshak at Make It Great. Practical tips and techniques are included. No more "name your own adventure"!

At her Selling To Small Businesses blog, Anita Campbell says despite all the free tools available for online collaboration, there is still a market to sell such tools for a fee to small businesses. Anita says once small businesses get a taste for online collaboration -- especially in this day and age of small businesses working virtually from multiple locations -- they will find that they need these tools. Anita beleives the availability of the free stuff will actually increase the demand for paid products that are easier to install, configure and customize to the small business's needs. She concludes that today the use of "free" tools is what actually creates a market demand for the upgraded, fee version of the products.

The User Experience approach, in the opinion of Barry Welford of The Other Bloke's Blog is most useful for websites and coffee-grinders. Barry believes it would work wonders for the remodernized Montreal International Airport.

Russell Buckley of The Mobile Technology Weblog says the community showed its displeasure as eBay continued to host Live 8 ticket auctions. Russell states that eBay were forced to quickly back down as the community responded to Bob Geldof's calls to "mess up the system".

Economics

Charkie Quidnunc of Rip and Read Blogger Podcast give us a listen to a podcast called "Democratic Anti-Economics" where he sends a clip of the appearance by Alan Greenspan, before a Congressional committee, discussing the concept of class warfare with Maurice Hinchey.

Brian Gongol of Gongal.com addresses the causes and effects of debt relief for poor countries, and some of the consequences resulting from different solutions.

Martin Lindeskog of EGO says that Ebay has been in business for 10 years. He provides thoughts on the future of online auctions between individuals, and questions on B2B e-auctions.

Join David of satire as he takes you on campus with Steve Jobs of Apple fame. It's definitely an interesting and surprising ride.

Mastiff of Critical Mastiff says if we are serious about cutting back on subsidies, we need to start with the biggest beneficiaries: ourselves, or more specifically government-subsidized homeowners.

Les Jones at Les Jones.com believes sales tax is a huge issue for online operations. As an example, Les says "Borders.com Must Charge California Sales Tax".

Gullyborg at Resistance is futile! points out that it's big economic news, but it's not getting reported in the mainstream media: despite Bush's so-called "reckless tax cuts," the US government has just set a new record for tax revenues.

At The Big Picture, Barry L. Ritholtz asks "How Much Does Sarbanes-Oxley Cost?". Barry believes the cost is much different than publicly presented and thinks that some intellectual dishonesty afoot.

Half Sigma at Half Sigma addresses the question of whether competition causes higher prices. Yes, says Half Sigma, this is the opposite of what everyone "knows" to be true.

Steve Conover from The Skeptical Optimist offers a fiscal responsibility plan to keep the American debt burden under control, for the next fifty years. The result might be a surprise.

At Interested-Participant, Mike Pechar is concerned about "Legislation to Regulate Indoor Air". Mike states it's not clear what the long-term implications of the legislation would be, but it is clear that the state would dump a plethora of expensive design and habitability regulations on industry and the public while empowering some sort of sniffer police to enforce the provisions of the law.

Over at Mover Mike, Mike Landfair is enjoying that the Treasury International Capital (TIC) report is out and US Federal Reserve Chairperson Alan Greenspan relies on the government for his information. Mike is laughing about that turn of events. Give him a chance to recover a bit. Okay?

International Business, Trade, and Economics

While Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends was on vacation this week, Martin Lindeskog of EGO made an interesting guest post commenting on the difference in the entrepreneurial climate in Sweden and in the United States. Martin would love to get comments from others on some of the differences.

The trade agreement called CAFTA is examined by Will Frankin of WILLisms.com. Will calls CAFTA "The most important American free trade agreement in a decade", making the post a must read.

Over at The Sharpener, Stuart presents a short piece on how GBP 2.8 bn (that's a lotta dollars...) government subsidy to the BBC is killing regional media in Scotland: first radio,TV and advertising. According to Stuart, now Scotland's newspapers are struggling to maintain an online presence in the face of state monopoly.

Trent McBride at Catallarchy challenges the conventional wisdom that agricultural subsidies in the First World promote suffering in the Third World. The discussion in the comments section is also interesting, with numerous trackbacks along with guest appearances from well known bloggers Jonathan Dingel, Megan McArdle, and David Tufte.

Brian David Crane from BrianDavidCrane.com discusses some techniques for doing business in Latin America. Along with the tips for opening business, Brian points out a few pitfalls to avoid.

According to Aamon Lamba of Audit Trails Of Self the $23-billion Reliance Industries, representing 4% of India's economy, will be split between the brothers Anil and Mukesh Ambani. Aamon provides details of the transaction.

Education, Careers, and Employment

In "A Student's Guide To Landing a Great Job" blogger and student Devin Reams of BusinessBits offers real world, nitty gritty ideas for landing the job of your dreams...or at least for avoiding the job of your nightmares.

Deputy HeadMistress at The Common Room sends us Part One of an Economic Education. Deputy HeadMistrss says ecause the employees did not understand some basic economics (and had no consideration for others) an employee nearly loses her job. (In part II, she lost her job).

School Choice is the topic for Warren Meyer of Coyote Blog. Warren presents his views on the joys of capitalism and choice, particularly as applied to schools.

You own a firm and you want to promote the career of the young rising star. Michael Higgins at Chocolate and Gold Coins asks how do you avoid allowing her career to fall victim to office politics?

John Dmohowski at Drakeview tells us that a number of companies and institutions conduct periodic surveys of small and medium businesses. Interland and Florida International University have recently published theirs. John says the hosting services firm reports SMB owners are focused and optimistic about their businesses. FIU reports fewer people are seeing start-ups as viable career options. John concludes this is not surprising given the diversity and dynamics of the SMB universe.

Over at Ripples we find David St. Lawrence suggesting that there are times when your work situation just does not work out well. Even the best of employers can create a losing situation while trying to add a new position to the organization. David offers ideas for improving and changing an unpleasant employment situation.


Politics and Politicians

Matthew at TriggerFinger writes that blogger The Bitter Bitch questions whether requiring businesses to allow firearms owners, who are also employees, to lock guns in their cars without risk of being fired is a good thing. The question for Matthew is, of course, prompted by recent legislation in Oklahoma allowing that very thing. He says she's got a point, one which I approached slightly in my commentary on the case of Feliciano v 7-11. Matthew thinks there's a good point of differentiation, though.

David Gerstman from Soccer Dad: Maryland's CEO writes that
The Washington Post doesn't like it that Governor Bob Ehrlich makes his case on talk radio instead of in its printed pages. David says the reason is that the governor has a case to make that the paper just won't consider.

David at satire follows Virginia Governor Mark Warner (D), a Presidential hopeful, during an interview with Salon.com who said that he wants, "to change the framing of the political debate, from right vs. left, conservative vs. liberal, to future and past. But...Mark Warner, who was a honest professional poker player, before becoming a shrewd professional politician, explained his winning strategy in terms easily understood by the rural Americans and the popular World Poker Tour tele-viewers. Keep reading for the rest.

Thanks to Jay and Rob for letting me host the Carnival.

Update: Next week, look for Carnival of the Capitalists at replacement host BusinessBlogCasting

And finally, a big thank you to all of the contributors and to everyone who dropped by and peaked under the big tent.

I couldn't have done it without you.

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

 

Free teleseminar: Conversations With Experts - Rok Hrastnik







The Business Case for RSS

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 8:30 p.m. ET - FREE

Guest Expert: Rok Hrastnik author of the "Unleash the Marketing Power of RSS"

E-mail marketing and publishing, search engine marketing and optimization, business blogging, internet advertising, digital public relations, branding, e-commerce and others - all key elements of a strong marketing mix, and all can be powered by RSS.

Misunderstood by most marketers, overlooked by many end-users, it has the potential to power the entire internet marketing mix. It is not the solution to all of our problems, but it is the one tool that can have the most profound affect on our internet marketing and business results in 2005 and beyond. Find out more at the teleconference ...

Rok Hrastnik, the author of the "Unleash the Marketing Power of RSS" report, is currently serving as the E-commerce Manager at Studio Moderna, managing their corporate and brand internet marketing operations. Studio Moderna is the leading direct marketing company and network in Central and Eastern Europe, present in 19 European countries.

Conversations with Experts: How to Build Your Business On and Off-line

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

 

Changing the world

Changing the world.

You hear about it all of the time. Someone will say to you that you can't change the world. You are only one person. There is nothing that one person can do to make a difference.

Too many people believe those statements to be true. Fortunately for all of us, they are not true at all.

The world appears to have so many problems that no one even knows where to begin to solve them. The issues seem so large that there is nothing that can be done to even lessen their impact. The trick is to stop trying to do everything at once.

Take the problem is bite sized pieces and solve little bits one person at a time. The ideal person to start with is yourself and your own life. Don't blame others, or look to the government for assistance, and take charge yourself. Be your own best friend and problem solver.

It's time to take control of your own life and make some real changes. Empower yourself. Don't listen to the naysayers, of which there are far too many. Become a problem solver, of which there are still far too few.

Thankfully, you will become a problem solver yourself. Take the first step towards real changes in your life and those of other people. It's not hard.

Set a goal to achieve. It doesn't matter if your goal is slightly out of your reach. Strive to meet that goal anyway. You'll be surprised at your own success. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it.

You can do it. All you have to do is believe in yourself. You will be pleasantly surprised at how powerful you really are. All you need is a little boost along the way.

Well, there it is.

I have made the goal of helping others succeed in business. I do it one person at a time. At the moment, my list of people to help is getting longer. I hope to multiply that number many, many times over.

By offering ideas and information to help others achieve sucess in their blogs and business, I am literally changing the world for many people, in some small way. There is nothing more exciting than hearing from someone who has reached their goals. If I was able to give them a little boost along the way, then I have achieved one of my many goals too.

Set out to help others succeed. Offer assistance to others. Help one person every day. Offer to assist those in need, and those who just need a little boost. It's not charity, it's a gift from the heart.

Set your own lofty personal goals. Strive to reach the stars. If you fall short, the moon is not a bad consolation prize.

Yes, one person can change the world.

That one person is you.

Take that all important first step toward your goal today.

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Virtual networking: Get the word out

Networking is a tried and true technique for building your online or offline business.

Usually, networking is done face to face, live and in living colour, at various events ranging from business mixers to leads groups to full blown trade shows. Networking can also take place online, via the internet.

Virtual networking is born.

My good friend Toby Bloomberg, of Diva Marketing fame, is running a virtual networking event over on her blog. Toby is offering to have readers promote their blog via her blog. Talk about the generosity of bloggers!

Virtual networking can be done in many ways:

* Setting up a virtual networking event on a blog as Toby has done.

* Creating a series of conference calls via the popular free internet calling service Skype.

* Conference calls could be developed as a series featuring different bloggers, the same group of bloggers, rotating bloggers, or any permutation and combination you want to use.

* Developing a blog or a wiki specifically for posting business, website, and blogging information for members.

* Creating an e-mail message and support group for business people.

Virtual networking, as in the case of its in person cousin, is all about meeting other business people for mutual benefit. Think about listening to others, and getting to know about them as people, and not about your own business first.

Put other people first, and give much more than you expect to receive. The rewards of giving go far beyond mere dollars, but lead to friendships and long term business alliances. Far more valuable than short term gain, longer term goals fostered by helping others really pay off.

That payoff, in the form of friendship and goodwill, is much more valuable than gold.

Follow the lead of Toby Bloomberg at Diva Marketing.

Start a virtual networking event today!

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Friday, June 17, 2005

 

Blogger gifts for one and all

Bloggers are very generous people.

Bloggers help other bloggers, business people, and website owners (often the same people wear all three hats) all of the time. Offering advice, services, and tons of links, bloggers are simply very giving people.

If you are seeking ways to reach out and give something back to the blogging community, perhaps an idea might be to make an unexpected gift to a blogger. The unsuspecting blog owner might be a new blogger, a long time read of yours, or even a blog selected entirely at random.

Some blog gift giving ideas might include:

* A link from your blogroll.

* A link from a post on your blog, describing another blogger's link (similar to what bloggers do every day) on a topic entirely out of your regular blogging beat.

* A review of another person's blog, written and posted on your blog.

* A guest blog post written for someone else's blog.

* Purchasing a product through another blogger's affiliate links.

* A surprise e-card.

* An e-mail complimenting another blogger on an especially interesting and informative posting.

* An offer to redesign a blog page for free.

* An offer of an SEO service free of charge.

* Offering to interview another blogger, either in a written post or as a podcast.

* Providing advice to another blogger who requests it, no strings attached.

* These are only a few ideas that could be used to share goodwill around the blogosphere, around the internet, and even around the entire world.

* Give someone a gift of yourself, expecting nothing in return.

Who knows, you might receive the greatest gift of all...

A new friend.

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

 

Two year blogiversary at A Penny For...

Happy second blogiversary to well known business blogger Todd Sattersten at the influential business blog A Penny For....

Todd has influenced many businesses to start blogs, and has helped even more business bloggers to achieve success.

Along with A Penny For..., Todd is very active with the great business book blog and website 800-CEO-READ.

The world of business blogs would look much different without a regular tip of some shiny pennies from A Penny For....

Way to go Todd!

Here's to many more blogiversaries to come!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

 

Mr. Snitch hosts Carnival of the Vanities

The 143nd edition of the longest running internet blog carnival, the well known Carnival of the Vanities, is up at the eclectic blog known as Mister Snitch!.

Carnival of the Vanities is the original collection of blog postings, assembling some of the best and wide ranging bloggers on the internet.

This week's Carnival of the Vanities entries include politics, literature, science, medicine, technology, business, culture, comedy, and sports.

I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Vanities as well.

My entry post is entitled "Business cooperation makes everyone a winner" where I discuss sharing contracts too large for your business, with other businesses as a partnership, that benefits everyone involved. Strategic alliances can also lead to other long term business for all of the companies involved.

To participate in the Carnival of the Vanities, or any of the other blog carnivals, one of the easiest techniques is to use the all inclusive carnival entry form at The Conservative Cat.

Another participation option is to simply e-mail your entry to the host of the week.

That's what I usually do.

As I suggest elsewhere, hosting and contributing to the various internet blog carnivals is a great promotional idea for your blog.

Next week's edition of Carnival of the Vanities will be at Laurence Simon's well known political, technology, and cat blog known as This Blog Is Full Of Crap.

In the meantime, head on over to the Mister Snitch! hosting of Carnival of the Vanities and enjoy the posts on offer.

You will almost certainly be introduced to some great new blogs.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

 

Marketing Sherpa Blogging Award winners

The winners of the prestigious Marketing Sherpa 2005 Best Blogs Awards have just been announced.

As you can see from the following list, some of the very best business bloggers on the internet today are included.

Unfortunately, not everyone could win, and some very deserving business blogs came up just a little bit short, in the overall voting totals.

Blog Business World was also nominated for an award, but did not win.

Of course, the real honour is in both the nomination and the support received from the readers and visitors to the blog.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the very deserving winners and to all of the other nominated bloggers. Thanks to everyone who read and voted for these great business blogs.

I also want to send out a special thank you to everyone who voted for Blog Business World. Your generous support is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.

Business blog awards make winners of every business blog, whether an award winner, a nominee, a voter, or a business blogger building a readership audience. The awards raise the profile of blogs in general, and business blogs in particular.

The awards make winners of us all.

Best individual's blog on the general topic of marketing and advertising


Winner: Seth Godin's Blog
Honorable Mention: Adrants



Best group weblog on the general topic of marketing and advertising



Winner: MarketingVOX
Honorable Mention (Tie):
Marketing Genius   
Church of the Customer



Best PR-topic blog


Winner: Media Guerrilla
Honorable Mention: Strategic Public Relations



Best B-to-B marketing-topic blog


Winner: Guerrilla Consulting
Honorable Mention: B-to-B Lead Generation Blog



Best blog on small business marketing


Winner: Duct Tape Marketing
Honorable Mention: Small Business Trends


Best blog on online marketing


Winner: Chris Baggott's Best Practices in Email
Honorable Mention: Charlotte Li's Blog



Blogs on Search Marketing


Winner: Search Engine Roundtable
Honorable Mention: Brad Fallon



Best Blog on Niche Marketing


Winners (tie):
Ypulse - Media for the Next Generation
WonderBranding - Marketing to Women
Honorable Mention:
Lipsticking- Smart marketing to women online



Best non-English-Language Blog


Winner: MarketingFacts (completely in Dutch)
Honorable mention: Media Culpa (in Swedish with some English)



Top readers' choice write-in vote


Winner: Easy Bake Weblogs
Honorable Mention: Collateral Damage (CMO Magazine)



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Monday, June 13, 2005

 

Carnival of the Capitalists at Byrne's MarketView

This week sees a financial market approach for the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists makes a visit to Byrne Hobart's financial and marketing blog known as Byrne's MarketView.

This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of the best bloggers writing on the internet today.

Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market trading, internet commerce, marketing, the national and global economies, and technology.

As you would expect from Byrne's MarketView there are many discussions of business, markets, and economics.

It's always great to read and discover the many high quality blogs out there in the blogosphere.

We don't always get to them all, and this edition of Carnival of the Capitalists has introduced many of us to some brand new ones.

As I am always privileged to do, I have an entry in this week's Carnival of the Capitalists as well.

My entry post this week is entitled "Blog business cards: Networking your blog" where I recommend that bloggers print and freely distribute traditional business cards for their blog. After all, blogs should be marketed in a similar manner to any other small business, and the old school concept of business cards is still an effective marketing tool.

If you wish to submit an entry to next week's, or any Carnival of the Capitalists edition, e-mail your entries to the new address:

cotcmail -at- gmail -dot- com

You can always use the handy entry form at Gongol.com where all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Talk about making it easy to be included!

Another brand new form for sending entries to all of the internet carnvivals is provided by The Conservative Cat. This is a great one stop entry drop, for all your blog post entries, for every blog carnival.

If you are searching for new and exciting ways to expand your blog's readership, you should seriously consider sending an entry to Carnival of the Capitalists.

Merely being included in the company, of the first rate regular Carnival of the Capitalists contributors, will enhance the reputation of your blog.

The extra visitors can't sent to your blog won't hurt either!

The growth and staying power, of Carnival of the Capitalists, is beginning to catch the attention of people outside the blogging community. Each hosting, brings a fresh assortment of new readers, to the various blogs involved.

The visitors aren't only bloggers anymore.

Readership is expanding to include the mainstream media, various government and private organizations, many businesses, and other interested people from beyond the blogging community.

Many people are introduced to some tremendous blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be right here at Blog Business World.

I am looking forward to receiving a stack of entries from my regular readers. If you have never participated in Carnival of the Capitalists before, this is the ideal time to start.

Send me those entries right away!

In the meantime, click that mouse over to the Byrne's MarketView hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists.

If the great posted entries don't convince you to click, or the possibility of finding some brand new blogs to read doesn't do it, then Carnival of the Capitalists certainly will offer you a chance to change your market view. (groan)

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

 

Free teleseminar: Conversations With Experts - Andrea Lee







Conversations with Experts: How to Build Your Business On and Off-line

Hosted by Denise Wakeman and Patsi Krakoff of Build a Better Blog System.

Business Models Made Marketable

Wednesday, June 15, 2005, 8:30 p.m. ET - FREE

Guest Expert: Andrea Lee of Multiple Streams of Coaching Income featured in the Build a Better Blog System.

One of the greatest challenges a solo professional can have is finding ways to look, use and expand their business model to grow with their vision and company mission.

Using a bigger picture mindset shift and encouraging you to think upgrade, Andrea will walk you through all the nuts and bolts of building a system that will grow as your business grows. She will walk you through the nuts and bolts of building “multiple Streams” in your business that will provide you with meaning and money.

Come and join her as she shows you real life examples of solo-professionals who are creating six and seven figure incomes by taking their business models and making them marketable.

Andrea J. Lee is the author of Multiple Streams of Coaching Income, and founder of the Ecommerce for Coaches Training System. She is also an award-winning author, entrepreneur, mentor, coach and consultant to business owners on five continents.

She is a thought-leader in the field of personal and business coaching, and builds, manages and consults to the largest coach training companies in the world.

Now the CEO of the Andrea J. Lee Group of Companies, she writes, speaks and develops advanced marketing, Internet and business systems for coaches.

Her mission?

To put money in the pockets of 10,000 coaches by 2008.

When she is not coaching, Andrea can be found enjoying life in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband of nine years, Michael James Flannery and their two Vizslas named Chili and Eureka.

To obtain a copy of the "book that is bending brains around the world" visit Multiple Streams of Coaching Income, or sign up for the Audio Ezine "Best of Multiple Streams" which is a weekly ezine containing 2-minute voiceovers by Andrea on themes from the book.

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Ensight celebrates second blogiversary

Blogiversary number two has arrived for leading blogger Jeremy Wright of Ensight.

Without a doubt, Jeremy is one of the most important bloggers writing on the internet today.

Or blogging for the last two years for that matter.

A history of Jeremy Wright and Ensight reads like a story of the development of blogging itself. Combining his personal life, his career, his hopes and dreams, into one of the most read and referred blogs in the blogosphere is a testament to the dedication of Jeremy as a blogger.

From his interviews in every major newspaper in North America, to starting several blogs, to being one of the driving forces in initiating The 2005 Business Blogging Awards, to selling a blog, to selling blogging services on eBay, to joining forces with respected blogger Darren Barefoot in in creating the professional blogging business called Inside Blogging, to speaking about blogging at every opportunity, to writing a book on blogging, Jeremy Wright has been a pioneer in blogging in every respect.

Jeremy succeeds as a blogger because he literally lets it all hang out on his blog.

Baring his soul has also led to paying the price in terms of employment.

Many bloggers write about honesty, openess, and transparency in blogging.

Jeremy Wright lives those concepts every day on his blog, and is not afraid to pay the price for doing so.

Bloggers everywhere owe a major debt to Jeremy Wright and to Ensight.

I am proud to be a supporter of Jeremy's blog.

I am even more honoured to be counted among his friends.

As long as Jeremy Wright leads the way in blogging, the medium is in great hands.

Even if Jeremy moves on to other things, and leaves blogging far behind, he has left a small army of disciples to carry on his blogging mission.

Blog on Jeremy.

Thanks for being a tremendous blogger and inspiration to others.

Thank you for being such a great friend.

You certainly deserve every accolade that you receive.

Happy second blogiversary.

And many more.

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

 

Case studies: A blogging idea

Case studies.

You know them when you see them.

They are real life business examples of how a business idea or application worked.

Or failed.

They are often set up by outlining a problem facing the business, and then the potential solution to that obstacle is presented. After that, the process used to employ the potential solution is explained.

The ending of the story is either a happy one.

Or not.

The case study is intended as a teaching tool that offers an object lesson is management. By showing real life examples of business successes and failures, dry as dust business and management concepts are brought to life.

Parallels can be drawn between your own company and that of the business shown in the case study. The lessons can then be applied to your own business, along with the caveat that no two businesses are exactly alike.

Case studies make great blog post topics.

In fact, a well written case study is very likely to be heavily linked by other bloggers. The resulting SEO power in the search engines and the extra new visitor traffic are a pleasant result.

More importantly, however, a solid and honestly written case study provides real value to your readership. By offering realistic, open, and honest assessments of the challenges faced and the solutions offered, other business people can benefit from your experience.

As a matter of fact, case studies have much in common with blogs.

Both are at their best when transparency, openess, and honesty are part of the presentation.

By presenting the truth about the case study, warts and all, powerful lessons can be drawn.

Those lessons are not only valuable to the reader, but to the business person writing the case study. The post game analysis of the business success or failure is part of the business learning process.

By writing down objectively how a problem was solved, whether successfully or not, the writer can honestly assess the management's actions.

Out of that open and honest examination of the facts and figures, a better manager will emerge.

The readers will benefit from the solution employed, even if it was a dismal failure.

Bloggers should seriously consider writing case studies of their businesses as blog posts.

Everyone benefits.

Both writer and reader in equal measure.

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