Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Neville Hobson to the Rescue!

2 Responses to “The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #125: April 3, 2006”
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1 Fiona Torrance Apr 4th, 2006 at 12:13 am

Hallo Neville

Today I’ve been reviewing your blog and I absolutely love the layout and how you present information.

I added a post from your blog that is relevant to my Independent Study at USC on Corporate Blogging: “Student Questions About Corporate Blogging” by Dr. Carl.

Recently, I’ve been trying to add RSS feeds, the ability to share Podcasts, and a StatCounter to my blog housed at Blogger.com. But I am new to this and find that when I follow instructions (such as at FeedBurner) and past the relevant HTML into my template, I lose information on my blog.

For someone starting to learn the use of this “new” technology, what is your advice in adding such features to a blog?

I look forward to hearing from you and — if you have time to look at my blog — any advice that you may have.

Thank you,

Fiona Torrance

2 neville Apr 4th, 2006 at 7:37 pm

Fiona, thanks for visiting and for your compliments.

Good questions re customizing your Blogger blog. I’m not that familiar with Blogger these days, I’m afraid, not having used it for a couple of years now. The best place for advice to start with would be the comprehensive help system, especially the section on templates.

As for the general advice you ask about, I think it really depends on what you want to achieve with your blog by adding features such as you mention (RSS, etc). In any event, FeedBurner has a terrific help forum where I’m sure you’ll find good advice from knowledgable people there re the specifics of how to add an FB feed to a Blogger blog. The same with StatCounter.

I’ve looked at your blog. It seems to me that you know more than your give yourself credit for!

1 Fiona Torrance Apr 5th, 2006 at 4:00 am

Thank you for this valuable feedback, Neville!

The reason I think it is valuable is because blogging is relatively new to me and there are so many techi things available to bloggers. Knowing what to add, why, and how takes a bit of deciphering.

My blog was initially set-up as a knowledge management system for an Independent Study on corporate blogs (BUAD 490 class at USC). I started off analyzing 32 blogs that are listed in my blogroll. Since then, I’ve included communications with corporate executives and student interactions from classes where I serve as a Teacher’s Assistant.

The blog became part of a research paper I submitted for USC’s undergraduate writing competition and it won first place in Professionalism. Thereafter, I took a chance and submitted it to USC’s Webfest 2006 and it won grand prize for that — which was amazing because I’m not technically a techi person and some of the websites presented are so creative!

My goal is to continue the blog when this semester ends. I would like to include links to articles (like the one I posted that is on your site) and I thought RSS feeds may help with this. Also, I want to be able to give audio discussions (bizblogcasts) about articles featured in the Wall Street Journal/Business Week about corporate blogging to create dialogue.

Knowing how to project quality content that readers can access easily(or in their preferred manner)and creating a stream of thought — whether people answer it or not — is important to me. I just want to express and put it out there to be part of the social computing evolution.

Blogger.com is a great site in many ways, but I have lost my content a number of times and had trouble publishing posts. Talk about a sleep problem! Would you suggest moving the blog, and if so, which blog do you think I would find more compatible?

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