July 30, 2014

How to Restart a Blog When You’ve Been on Hiatus for Three Years

Posted by: of Stephan on 05/14/13

I left my blog dormant for a few years, but I’m finally back in the saddle! I drafted up a post entitled “How to Restart a Blog When You’ve Been on Hiatus for Three Years” because it seemed fitting. Here are my main points to get you started:

1. Jump in and write something. No apologies. Or a lengthy explanation or justification for being off the grid.

2. Get some tools or processes in place that will make it as painless as possible to post. Like Dragon – which incidentally is available as an iPhone/iPad app.

3. Hire a virtual assistant if that will help you. (More on using VA’s in a future post).

4. Roll out a site redesign at the same time to let everybody know you’re reengaged and committed.

5. Don’t try to get all your readers all caught up on your life all in one post. You’ve got plenty of fodder for many blog posts – so save it for later.

6. Finally, silence the perfectionist in you. I have this bad habit of pouring over my blog posts – my articles even more so – trying to make them perfect. I put a dozen hours or more into articles on search engine land. That’s crazy. That’s not good use of your time. Much better to freeze all those great ideas and insights stuck in your head – share them with the world. It’s okay if the sentence structure isn’t always on the mark. It’s a blog post for Pete’s sake.

Tweeting IAB Annual Meeting

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 02/25/08

So first let me dispense with the obligatory acknowledgment that I’m sorry I haven’t blogged here in ages. I have wanted to often, but one thing and another…

On thing I’ve wanted to write about is Twitter. I’m hooked.  So far, I’ve seen precious few Tweets (as I gather its adherents call themselves) use it especially well for business communication. Mostly people complaining about being stuck in airports. Like the rest of us might find that interesting. One who does a good job keeping the posts interesting and on topic is Steve Rubel, not surprisingly.

Another shout out I’ve meant to give is the IAB’s new blog, the IABlog, under the stewardship of the IAB’s new, compelling leader, Randall Rothenberg, who also has his own blog. I’ve gotten to know Randall a bit in the past several months, and he’s a fun guy, a great intellect (excellent panel moderator), a strong leader for the IAB and really interested demonstrating the new directions of online media with initiatives like the IABlog.

When you click through to the blog, you’ll notice a photo of yours truly serenading the original IAB chairman Rich LeFurgy.  The uke is my new hobby for the past year-plus. Soon I’ll have to do a round-up of the many photos like this that already exist of me playing the uke at industry cocktail parties on blogs around the web.

The real point of this post, though, is that I’m currently at the IAB’s Annual Meeting, Ecosystem 2.0, in Phoenix, AZ. So far, it’s one of the most exciting conferences I’ve ever attended, really. Attendee list is who’s who of the industry. As I type this (blazing fast free wifi in the conference hall; see, they get it!), Randall is interviewing Susan Decker, president of Yahoo! and Jerry Yang, CEO/founder of Yahoo! You can see the other speakers yourself here, but they are consistent with these two.

Steve Rubel is here and we’re both giving running commentary on Twitter, plus the IABlog is providing updates, too. Keep your fingers crossed that they’ll post videos of the content. Wenda Millard’s speech last night, accepting the mantel as new chairperson of the IAB, was really great. I’ll post the link of the transcript or video if it’s made available.

Blogging for the Good of Mankind

You can do search marketing for the good of mankind, so why not blogging for the good of mankind? There are issues-focused blogs like the environmental blog TreeHugger. Now there’s a network of blogs for good, founded by Paul Chaney of Radiant Marketing Group. Way to go, Paul! It’s a brilliant idea; I hope it really turns into something big. Doug Kaye (founder of IT Conversations) is another blogger/podcaster with a social conscience… he’s started the podcast channel Social Innovation Conversations.

I too am inspired to blog for the benefit of mankind and the planet. The way I have decided to make a difference is by starting a blog to give visibility to ideas that I and other bloggers have that will make the world a better place in some way. It could be an idea to improve the environment, to help out a charity, to advance human rights, etc. I’ve just launched this blog, which I am calling Changes for Good. I would love to get some of you bloggers as contributors. Please contact me if you are interested. And of course, any and all links would be greatly appreciated. :-)

Crisis blogging and what it means to business

Posted by: of BlogWrite for CEOs on 08/31/05

The disaster of Hurricane Katrina is mind-boggling. My heart goes out
to all those affected. Like so many folks, I have a special feeling for
the city of New Orleans. Inconceivable to think of 80 percent of the
city being underwater
.

I’m writing a
chapter in my book that considers the crossover of blogging from the
realm of the personal to that of small business and corporate
America.

One reason is human behaviour. In a crisis, people increasingly are turning to blogs to get an account of what’s really happening. They
expect a blog to tell them in an in-the-moment, ragged, authentic voice, typos and all. They
expect to see photos and video, however raw and unedited. It seems more real than the packaged report of a reporter in a wind-whipped anorak.

That’s what mainstream adoption of a new technology or phenomenon
means. It’s based on reflexive behaviour, not on a carefully planned
marketing strategy.

The connection to business is obvious, don’t you think? Just as we turn
to Google and an online search to answer almost any question these days
( …when was the last time you trekked down to the public library?), so
blogs and blogging are becoming a habit.

Useful Links for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief & information

KatrinaHelp wiki

Blog for Relief (see Paul Chaney’s post)

NoLa.com blog (dozens of stories submitted by survivors)

List of disaster relief agencies

TriplePundit

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 03/23/05

Good buddy Nick Aster, a great web designer and Movable Type jockey, who designed this site, as well as some Gawker Media properties and others, has just launched a blog with a conscience: TriplePundit, which he describes to me in an email as "geared towards MBA students and other interested people, and is a digest of daily information, oriented toward a triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) aproach to business."

I love that mission statement, both for its concision and its purpose. I just wish he’d post it to the site, as the current upper-left blurb doesn’t say it so well: "Bringing out the green in green: Triple Pundit is a daily serving of relevant, business focused news that will help you integrate the well-being of society & environment with success in business." (For one thing, I’d never heard the term "triple bottom line" before, though he writes about it like it’s something familiar; I do, however, LOVE the idea.)

In any event, way to have at it, Nick. Best of luck!

Link

Strengthen the Good

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 08/16/04
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Interesting example of the network effect of blogs. The About statement explains:

Using the power of weblogs for open-source charity. Don’t just fight evil: Strengthen the good.
STG is the nexus of a network of bloggers committed to raising awareness for small charities around the world. Every three weeks this space highlights a new “micro-charity”—a small, inspiring charity, one with a real face and where $1 makes a difference—and the bloggers in the network link to that post, sending traffic, and awareness, the charity’s way.

Link

Earth Share of Washington

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 08/10/04
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Another good example of a non-profit blog, Earth Share of Washington is an information hub for 65 member environmental education and charitable organizations in Washington State.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a profile of the organization’s blog and how it has helped it drive a lot more traffic and attention to the web site’s other resources.

Link

BBC: The Seven-Year-Old Bloggers

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 06/16/04
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Interesting piece about a British school that has introduced roughly half of the students in the school to blogging, including those as young as seven, and the students’ academic performance, particularly in the area of IT, has improved markedly.

BBC: The Seven-Year-Old Bloggers

EdVisions Cooperative

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 04/17/04
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Infrequently updated blog for an education association:

Working towards the revitalization of American education in the 21st century by reorganizing educators in a professional and entrepreneurial association.

Link

International Association for Learning Alternatives

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 04/17/04
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Frequently updated blog that’s been around for more than a year as of this post. Here’s from the organization’s about Us page:

The mission of the International Association for Learning Alternatives is to lead, promote and support learning alternatives and choice options.

This mission signals our interest in seeing that parents and students have choices of educational programs to meet their needs, interests, learning styles and intelligences. We believe that one-size education program does not fit everyone and that education is best served by having choices for all.

Link

Citizens League of MN

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 04/8/04

Blog by the president of Citizens League, which a public policy advocacy and lobbying group in Minnesota:

The Citizens League promotes the public interest in Minnesota by involving citizens in identifying and framing critical public policy choices, forging recommendations and advocating their adoption.

Link

Blogging of the President

Posted by: of ExecutiveSummary.com on 04/5/04
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Chris Lydon

National Public Radio personality Chris Lydon is one of the only NPR folks blogging, as far as I can tell. His is a political blog, born of a two-hour NPR show on the subject of how blogging would affect the 2004 presidential race.

Link

 

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