Naked Conversations

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So this part of the book was very interesting.  In the first part of the reading, it seemed to focus alot on PR strategies and how blogging is becoming a better way of PR than actual PR itself.  A lot of people in the industry know this, and a lot more consumers are become aware of the fact that (no offense to anyone, and I’m not talking about individuals in a PR agency) PR are the *explitive* cleaners.  When someone or something screws up and makes a mess, they are the ones to come along with the shovels and scoop it all up and clean up the mess.  But its not like its one person writing to the people.  Its one person writing, and then their writing being edited, then edited again, and again till its as if a machine wrote it.  I have even heard journalist say they don’t listen to PR anymore.  Blogging, done by one person, and put out for everyone to read, without editing by hundreds of people, is the best way to reach your consumers and connect with them on more personal levels and talk with them.
I liked chapter 8, as it gave insight to how blogs are run and how they are working in different cultures. Its good to see how other cultures are using blogs, and how the consumers of that culture are reacting to them.  As i have recently been to Japan, and seen first hand how formal everything is over there, it was interesting to read that the blogs are very informal, as it greatly contrasts the business culture there.
As far as chapter 9 is concerned. I am not sure i completely agree with Scoble and Israel in that some people shouldn’t blog, but I am not sure i completely disagree with them either.  Its kind of a difficult subject to say that some people should not blog at all.  Everyone has the right to blog, and if they want to blog, they should.  However i see their reasoning behind why they shouldn’t blog.  I think it shouldn’t be so much that some people shouldn’t blog, so much as it should be some organizations, or some ideas shouldn’t be blogged about.  But if they are, thats those peoples choice, and i think most people are smart enough to ignore it if they want to. After all, if the blogosphere does not want a blog to be noticed or become popular, chances are it wont.

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One Response to “Naked Conversations”

  1. ssloansjca Says:

    Your analysis is good but your writing style, in my opinion, gets in the way of your ideas. Journalistic blogging should not look like MySpace (in my opinion.) You are a good writer, but your grammar needs work. That said, I like your ideas. You said, “Everyone has the right to blog, and if they want to blog, they should.” I totally agree with that. The audience can decide what to make of it. I think it is too early to put out as many rules as some have proposed.

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