I saw it a couple of days ago, yet passed. I didn't post it. I think I am the only PR blogger who didn't. And now, I am really late. I debated, do I post now? Do I ignore it and risk being thought insensitive or uncaring?
Why did I pass on it initially? I am feeling guilty and uncomfortable for doing so. I can claim that I was busy, that I saw a bunch of other folks had already posted and my adding it wasn't going to make any difference. True, maybe, but I still feel like a heel.
I have no personal connection to this person. I don't know anyone who has ever needed a transplant, so I have no internal recognition of how difficult it is to get one. Somehow, this situtation just didn't hit me emotionally.
No one has called me out on this, but I am feeling the blog peer pressure all the same; the first time I have ever felt it this strongly. So, now I have posted, while transparently acknowledging my discomfort. And still, my intellectual side is coldly analyzing and throwing out thoughts at me about how this is an example of the effect of blogging on people, communities, etc. I just don't know what else to say [she writes with a sigh, and closes out the post].
I read through the report issued by Catalyst Design Group last week entitled, "Net Rage: A Study of Blog Usability." (PDF Download). First of all, I was rather unimpressed with its whopping size (9 people). Secondly, because the study looked at the blog of a mainstream media site - BusinessWeek's Well Spent - the readers reacted in a way that reflects expectations of journalist conventions (more on that in a moment). Therefore, I don't think you can extrapolate from this study to the blogosphere as a whole with any degree of accuracy.
But, there were a few points I found rather interesting.
Picking up on my post from yesterday where I was a big grump, Eric Eggertson of Mutually Inclusive, has offered a "modest proposal" for PR people. It is a howl. Constantin has posted "the Master List of 100 wise things" on the NewPR wiki.
The latestdust-up over blogs and PR has hammered it home to me. The focus on tools is getting to the point of self-serving PR babble and boring me to tears. (Amen Tom!)
That is why you don't see me weighing in too much these days on the latest circling buzz 'round the PR 'sphere. Others are doing just dandy opining, and I sometimes leave a comment.
Enough already. There are way too many important things for us to be writing about then endless permutations of "[insert profession/practice] is dead. Is not! Is so!"
And there are way too many important things to write about than what all of the other PR bloggers are writing about. Let's get away from this tendency of PR blogosphere naval gazing!
I have a LOOONG list of PR feeds in my reader, yet I think I uncover only a few new, interesting topics of discussion a week. In fact, inspiration for my posts comes mainly from outside the PR group these days. I think we need to raise the bar a little.
Or maybe we need a rule of thumb. Proposed: If you see that three people have already written on the topic, find something else to say. If you absolutely, positively have to say something, comment instead of posting.
My friend and business partner Guillaume du Gardier is hosting a blogweek this week on the IAOC blog about the intersection of blogging and journalism in Europe. Tom Murphy from Ireland, Octavio Rojas from Spain and Oliver Wagner of Germany have already posted. THis is an excellent window into what is happening in various European countries, and I encourage you to stop by and read!
...can be hazardous to your sanity. Since late last year, I have been spending the vast majority of my day in cyberspace, and many of those hours blogging and reading, responding to and thinking about blogs. When I wasn't doing that, I was reading texts in philosophy and sociology that relate to my network theories of communications.
When we decided to postpone the Forum, I decided to take a break. My brain simply couldn't absorb any more information...total overload! That is why I haven't been blogging too much these days.
It is always like this for me -- I dive into a topic and disappear inside of it for months, then have to take some time off to let my brain digest. After a few weeks, I am ready to go again, and always have new ideas, new insights, new enthusiasms.
We've started planning Global PR Blog Week 2.0! After last year's great success, we decided to hold the week-long event again, inviting many more contributors.
The Global PR Blog Week 2.0 is an online conference on
how new media technologies are changing the practice of Public
Relations and corporate communications. We’re talking weblogs and
participatory journalism, wikis, podcasting, and RSS - but the list of
topics is open.
Right now, we are looking at holding this sometime between May and October. I know, I know, that is a big window, but we have only just started planning, and aren't sure how long it will take,
1) If you want to participate in the decision making process, subscribe to the discussion list available at http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/prblogweek2/ (send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org - your subscription will be approved in the next 12 hours).
Please note that, for transparency purposes, this is a PUBLIC list, so all messages and archives are public. No other data (like e-mail addresses) are public.
2) If you DON’T want to participate in the decision process, but you WANT to participate to the event,
then please send an e-mail to Constantin Basturea (cbasturea at
gmail.com) or myself (ealb at ampcomm.com) with the title
of the article/ posting/ podcast you want to contribute, and we’ll add
it to a special page on the NewPR Wiki. Later, you might have to send a half-page summary of your contribution.
The weblog’s content will be licensed under a Creative Commons license (its type will be determined later).
Elisa Camahort (very cool blogger who I met at the Forum) is planning a conference called BlogHercon with some fellow bloggers. Yep, a conference dedicated to women bloggers. No date or official site yet that I can find, but you can keep up with the news (and the resulting brou ha ha) here at its del.icio.us tag.