Category Archives: blogs

Not-So-Stupid Blog Tricks

Bijan over at BijanBlog got a business presentation by blog — pretty cool! Commenters echoed the idea that blogs can be used for many purposes — not just your typical one-to-many blog fodder.

One of the more innovative uses I’ve seen firsthand was a job application. One job candidate wanted to work for PayPerPost so bad she created a blog just for that purpose entitled “When do I start?“. Posts included:

* Training (because people don’t really have ESP)
* Who loves ya’ baby? Our clients should.
* Global Experience
* Personnel Issues
* Metrics
* No culture shock
* Work-a-holics Anonymous
* Testimonials
* I’ve even assisted in surgery

It was terrific, showing initiative and creativity. Needless to say, she got the job and has been spreading some serious customer love ever sense.

Whether the topics involve monetization, community or journalism, it’s too easy to view blogs as one specific thing. However, they can be many things to many people. In fact, it’s just a publishing engine after all, right? What’s the most innovative use you’ve seen for a blog?

Blogs = News, So Sayeth Google

We shall see if Google’s new Blog Alerts service lives up to the needs of the blogosphere. I’ve been using Google News/Search Alerts for some time now and have only a few complaints (like the lack of integration with other Google services). The whole alert construct feels like a re-hash of late ’90s function from companies like Alerts.com — but blogging’s time sensitivity makes it much more compelling today. I’ve been using feed-to-email kudges so far and hope this cleans up the process for me.

BlogSearch.Google.com had already been picking up an increasing share of my blog search needs (shaving from Technorati and Bloglines), and I’ve been waiting for better blog alerting. Marshall noted that default alerting is “Comprehensive” which means Alerts will pull from News, Groups, Search and Blogs — smart move for Google and good for the blogosphere. Blogs have been separate from news for too long — it’s all a spectrum of information sharing, with a parallel spectrum of quality. Just remember that grouping by Google doesn’t mean all bloggers aspire to be journalists 😉

I’ve kicked off a couple Google Blog Alerts and we’ll see whether Google’s execution matches the need. I’m hoping it does…

StartupFlorida has a Blog

I’ve known Rich Swier and the StartupFlorida folks for awhile now and always enjoy my time with Rich. He recently kicked off a blog to track current events for their incubator and portfolio companies. Check it out here when you can…