Is a blog a blog or not really a blog?
This might be a shocking revelation…but not everyone that “blogs” really blogs. Call me naive but when I found this out I was shocked. Not the “not everything you read in the National Enquirer is TRUE?!” kind of shock but surprised nonetheless. I mean isn’t a blog supposed to be the inner most thoughts of the author? Kind of like an electronic diary?
Well, what if you were cleaning out your late Grandma’s belongings and found her diary. You read it, and you felt like you gained some bits of wisdom, some juicy stories (after you washed the “eww…that was my Grandma” off of you that is) and you felt like you got to know her better. Now, what if later you found out that Grandma didn’t write it at all but instead hired a ghost writer to handle it? Your entire world is now rocked! Were the stories true? Didn’t Grandma care enough to write it herself? WTH?!
After I started writing this blog, I found out that some people actually hire other people to write their blogs for them. Now, I’m all for outsourcing when it makes sense but I thought a blog was your opinion otherwise, couldn’t you just call it a “white paper?”
After I poked around some more, I found some things suspiciously familiar. Many blogs look exactly the same, same word-for-word content, same pictures, same order…same everything (except the company name of course). I understand that some people make a living writing but maybe the blog could just say so…full disclosure so to speak.
Bottom line, I’ve always been “special” (at least my Mom thinks so) so why change now? So, in the spirit of respect and genuine concern for – our clients and the technology challenges they (and we) face daily – I will continue to take the time to personally write meaningful blogs on issues we see day in and day out. Issues we know matter to them.
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