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Confessions of a Bloggard

January 31st, 2009 · 9 Comments

It’s time for me to sit in the prickly, uncomfortable cactus chair of accountability and confess that I am a bad blogger.

I haven’t posted here since mid December. I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve talked to people about social media and proclaimed that “you must commit to blogging and update consistently – at least once a week!” I admit it… I’m a bloggard.

bloggard  (blŏg-erd]  n.   One who does not blog regularly. From “blogger” + “sluggard.”

The good news is that although I haven’t been blogging here, I’ve been far from stagnant. I have been avidly pursuing PR2.0 and social media excellence. I’ve been reading, listening, commenting, conversing and collecting tons of great articles, blog posts, tools and tips. I’ve made several presentations about social media and have attended webinars and great local events. I’ve been Tweeting up a storm and contributed to a Columbus Dispatch Twitter article. And, despite some controversy in the blogosphere about this very topic, I’m taking an online study course to hone my skills and knowledge via the APR exam. In other words, there’s plenty to blog about.

From this moment forward, I’m committing to bring you the very latest, coolest and most useful information about PR and social media – at least weekly. For example, just this week I discovered a unique blog, VizEdu, dedicated to education about social media, web2.0, search and emerging technologies. What makes this blog different is that the authors do it visually, using video, flash animation and minimal text. In the words of Sandeep Arora, Architect of VizEdu:

“The human mind is hardwired for pictures. Visuals and diagrams help us understand complex concepts very easily and they stay with us for a long time. Educating people is our passion and this lead to the creation of VizEdu which means Vizual Education.”

It’s a fantastic learning tool and my favorite VizEdu post thus far is this one on Online Reputation Management, since it hits the sweet spot of my two favorite topics, the intersection of PR and social media.

January 2009 has come and gone. Is there something you’ve been procrastinating or putting off? Care to sit in the prickly cactus chair and confess? Or, better yet, got any tips for sticking with blogging resolutions this year?

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Tags: Blogging · PR · social media

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sean Carpenter // Jan 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Lara,

    I feel your pain. Blogging seems to be like exercising. It’s easy to be excited about it when you gain some momentum and results are starting to show but take one day off and it turns to two and then a week and then a month.

    Don’t worry though, you’ll get back on a roll and have more ideas than you have posts.

  • 2 Kimberly Ratcliff // Jan 31, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Great chair…I was there today and took a picture of it, too. Funny. Excellent visual with this blog post. I am trying to be more “regular” with my blog, also. Maybe there is a Blogamucil that will help me out.

  • 3 larak // Jan 31, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Sean and Kimberly, thanks for the moral support! I’ve already got a list of about seven more posts to write right away, so I’m definitely back on the horse. I think we all face this… except maybe Chris Brogan. ;)

  • 4 Sandeep Arora // Feb 2, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Thanks for the nice words and encouragement regarding our Visual Flash presentations at VizEdu. Much appreciated.

  • 5 James Seay // Feb 4, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Lara,

    I too, am a bloggard. I agree with Sean, you just have to get on a roll sometimes. Good luck to finding your mojo!!

  • 6 larak // Feb 4, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Sandeep, thanks for visiting and I’ll be seeing you soon on your blog.

    James, glad to know I’m not alone – and so far February has me off to a good start!

  • 7 Leo Bottary // Feb 5, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I can relate all too well I’m afraid. If my blog were a client, it would have fired me by now! I’m diving back into the pool though – or at least sticking my toes back in the water.

  • 8 Roshan // Feb 9, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for that definition. It’s something that I won’t be – atleast not for a year or so atleast. Blogging is a release for me, it’s a way to let go of my tensions and frustrations.

  • 9 Nathan McGee // Feb 24, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Excellent post! One quick tip on keeping up with the blog posts…

    Do a bunch at once when you are in the mood and schedule them to go live later in the week! Typically if you take a couple hours in one day and just crank out a few short posts, you can knock out a weeks worth of posts and not have to worry about it again :) .

    @nathanmcgee

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