New to Blogs?
You are probably wondering what a blog actually is...
A blog (or web log to give it its proper name) is a public journal that allows
the author to publish their thoughts to a wider audience. What makes a blog
somewhat different to a paper-based journal is simple. You (the reader) can
contribute to it by posting comments and including links to the articles you find
interesting or thought-provoking in your own blog.
Blogging is a fairly recent innovation, which started mainly in the technical
community and is slowly being adopted by the mainstream. Even the political
editor of the BBC, Nick Robinson, maintains a blog of his observations of the
British political scene (http://blogs.bbc.co.uk/nickrobinson).
Part of the reason that blogging is becoming so popular is that it is really
very easy to do once the system is set up. Individuals can sign up for blogs in
a similar way to obtaining email accounts. Businesses can obtain blogging
facilities for their own web sites to allow key members of their staff to
communicate directly with their customers.
Commercially, blogging offers something more than the traditional circular to
clients. It allows dialogue to start with prospective clients on
thought-provoking articles initiated by the firm. Not only does this obviously
increase the chances of converting clients, but it also helps decision makers
establish what is of particular interest to the market. This can consequently
improvements in the firm's service or product portfolio.
It is also an important means for improving web site hits. In straight-forward
terms, the more text you have on the Web, the more likely you are to be found!
Blogging is not without its risks. There have been several recent incidents
within large organisations where disgruntled or naive employees have made
inappropriate disclosures, which have either caused embarrassment or even commercial damage.
However, we believe that carefully controlled blogging has a lot to offer.