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    Spotlight on UK Blogs - all postsEach week, I will be highlighting some of the Business Blogs which exist in the UK. The aim is to show a cross section of what people and businesses are writing about and how they are approaching the task of using blogs in their business activities. As a result, you’ll find that these posts will contain a mix of Blogs displaying a range of topics and styles.

    In addition to this weekly selection, I am working with others to build a comprehensive list of Business Blogs in the UK. So if there are UK blogs which you have visited and would recommend (including your own!), then please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me a message. Thanks!

    The Just Giving Blog
    The Just Giving Blog is designed for people who use Justgiving to build their personal fundraising pages and require support in maximising online donations.

    Being Kintished
    Will Kintish looks to show people in the professional, financial and service-based communities how to attract more business and clients.

    PR Blogger
    Stephen Davies writes on PR, marketing, media, technology and the world around him.

    Human Law
    Written by Justin Patten, with a focus on Law, Technology and People, and an aim to bring the use of technology to Law Firms.

    Open Gardens
    Ajit Jaokar’s much acclaimed blog which deals with issues around mobile web 2.0 and Wireless Mobility.

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    Spotlight on UK Blogs - all postsEach week, I will be highlighting some of the Business Blogs which exist in the UK. The aim is to show a cross section of what people and businesses are writing about and how they are approaching the task of using blogs in their business activities. As a result, you’ll find that these posts will contain a mix of Blogs displaying a range of topics and styles.

    In addition to this weekly selection, I am working with others to build a comprehensive list of Business Blogs in the UK. So if there are UK blogs which you have visited and would recommend (including your own!), then please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me a message. Thanks!

    Starting with a couple of heavyweights (sic) – even if you think that the subject matter might not be for you (although I can assure you that you will love it!), you will want to see (or rather hear) how podcasts can and should be used properly, so you really must tune into:

    For Immediate Release
    A twice weekly podcast by Neville Hobson together with Shel Holtz on PR and Technology. Neville is a Brit (hence claimed as a UK Blog!) living over in Amsterdam and you can also read his thoughts on business, communication and technology at his Neville Hobson blog.

    and also tune into:

    SmallBizPod
    Produced by Alex Bellinger, the SmallBizPod is the UK’s first (and foremost!) small business podcast which delves into a range of subjects to offer inspiration and advice to entrepreneurs everywhere.

    In addition, we now turn to some other UK blogs:

    Intelligent Measurement
    Richard Gaunt in London and Glenn ONeil in Geneva focus on evaluation and measurement in communications, training, management and other fields.

    Nubricks
    A blog which talks about property, property and more property. Not your typical blog but I think it achieves what it sets out to do.

    Jamie Oliver
    The Naked Chef himself provides an interesting site with a blog which is nicely put together and worth a visit. Pukka!

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    Spotlight on UK Blogs - all postsEach week, I will be highlighting some of the Business Blogs which exist in the UK. The aim is to show a cross section of what people and businesses are writing about and how they are approaching the task of using blogs in their business activities. As a result, you’ll find that these posts will contain a mix of Blogs displaying a range of topics and styles.

    In addition to this weekly selection, I am working with others to build a comprehensive list of Business Blogs in the UK. So if there are UK blogs which you have visited and would recommend (including your own!), then please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me a message. Thanks!

    Gaping Void
    The unique blog by Hugh MacLeod which is always worth a view and always to the point … and a top 100 blog on Technorati to boot.

    Charles Dunstone’s Blog
    Verging rather too far towards an “adverblog” for my liking but nevertheless a CEO Blog and a Product Blog rolled into one. As the 80’s band of the same name once sang, “All you do to me is talk talk …”

    Tinbasher Sheet Metal Blog
    Fronted by Paul Woodhouse, the TinBasher blog is another that seems to have been around forever and yet still manages to mix business and personal to great effect.

    Murmurs and Musings on Success at Work
    Dr Rob Yeung does his musing on creating success at work on his blog … at conferences … on TV … wherever it is needed! Have a read!

    Positive Impact
    Niall Cook writing on Hill and Knowlton’s Collective Conversation about the positive impact that social media can have today.

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    In addition to this weekly selection, I am working with others to build a comprehensive list of Business Blogs in the UK. So if there are UK blogs which you have visited and would recommend (including your own!), then please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me a message. Thanks!

    Eie Flud
    Another business which might not immediately stand out as a prime candidate for blogging but Eie Flud blogs about the countryside and the natural ingredients that go into their toiletries and soaps.

    Stuart Oliver
    Stuart Oliver talks about Social software, Networks & Communities, Innovation, Globalisation … Phew! Had my head spinning but well informed and well worth a read.

    PR Voice
    PR Voice is written by Tony Bradley, the President of the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) so let’s see what spin he puts on his business blogging activities.

    Adam Smith Institute
    Interesting mix of opinion on free marketing policies but nicely put together.

    Guinness Blog
    Nice to see another major brand in the UK blogging arena and this one is coming together slowly and will develop further I have no doubt – I guess, good things come to those who wait. Hey?

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    Spotlight on UK Blogs - all postsEach week, I will be highlighting some of the Business Blogs which exist in the UK. The aim is to show a cross section of what people and businesses are writing about and how they are approaching the task of using blogs in their business activities. As a result, you’ll find that these posts will contain a mix of Blogs displaying a range of topics and styles.

    In addition to this weekly selection, I am working with others to build a comprehensive list of Business Blogs in the UK. So if there are UK blogs which you have visited and would recommend (including your own!), then please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me a message. Thanks!

    English Cut
    English Cut from Thomas Mahon, a Savile Row tailor, who has demonstrated absolutely how a small business can harness the power of a Business Blog to build reputation and business across the UK and the World.

    A PR Guru’s Musings
    Written by Stuart Bruce, founder and partner of Bruce Marshall Associates, who has been musing since 2003 on the subject of Public Relations and very entertainingly so.

    The Engaging Brand
    Podcasts and an engaging blog from Anna Farmery over at The Engaging Brand!

    Wishful Thinking
    Mark Mc Guinness focusing on coaching creative professionals to achieve their artistic and commercial goals … practical, as well as Wishful, Thinking!

    Thomson Holidays
    One of the few larger UK companies which have realised where the potential of blogging lies for their company and brand. So what’s happened to the rest of you? If you know of others then let me know!

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    Spotlight on UK Blogs - all postsEach week, I will be highlighting some of the Business Blogs which exist in the UK. The aim is to show a cross section of what people and businesses are writing about and how they are approaching the task of using blogs in their business activities. As a result, you’ll find that these posts will contain a mix of Blogs displaying a range of topics and styles.

    In addition to this weekly selection, I am working with others to build a comprehensive list of Business Blogs in the UK. So if there are UK blogs which you have visited and would recommend (including your own!), then please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me a message. Thanks!

    Spittoon
    Spittoon is a wine and food blog written by Andrew Barrow, a freelance wine writer and expert, whose content focuses on wine tasting notes and wine news together additional forays into the worlds of beer and spirits.

    Andy Hayler
    Andy Hayler is the founder of Kalido and uses this blog to comment on developments in the Enterprise Software marketplace, in which he is a self proclaimed “veteran”. In terms of experience, you understand!

    The Big Blog Company
    Does what it says on the tin and a lot more besides – one of the organisations which has been promoting blogging since the very start.

    The ArtFinder Blog
    The ArtFinder in question is Lydia Bates and her blog contains her thoughts on Art together with a generous sprinkling of the 3 ‘L’s of Life, Love and Liverpool.

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    Yesterday, Jupiter Research released figures which they claimed would mean that 70% of large companies would have deployed corporate blogs by the end of this year.

    Even if this figure is realised in the US, and I admit to having deep reservations as to whether we will be anywhere near that, this will certainly not be the case in the UK, neither at the SME nor the large corporation end of the spectrum. The initial feedback from my request last week for information on UK based Business Blogs has produced a number of excellent blogs but not the sort of numbers which would indicate anything more than single figure levels of activity within companies.

    This does of course mean that there are still huge opportunities for UK organisations willing to embrace blogging & the open discussion and interaction with clients, suppliers, partners and staff that this would involve. Not to mention the increased levels of visibility and business. So what is stopping people? In the MediaGuardian last week, Stephen Brooks in a piece called Blogs struggle to impress in the UK comments on two surveys which conclude that “there is a reserved nature in the British Market when it comes to writing a blog” and that even 30% of heavy internet users have not even heard of Blogs.

    I remain unconvinced by the “reserved Brits” epithet although I do recognise that there is a certain caution in the business world when it comes to transparency – though if companies have nothing to hide, I sometimes wonder why this reticence prevails. However, when it comes to Small Businesses (SMEs), potentially the group which has most to gain by using blogging as part of their marketing mix, then I see the issue as one dominated by a lack of information and hence understanding of how blogging can be used.

    As this changes, the development is likely to follow the same path as the early days of websites with early adopters making the biggest gains and benefiting most. However, ultimately a blog – or rather a website with blog functionality – will become the norm rather than the exception. But by the end of the year? Well, in the UK, I think that we will still be firmly in the “early adopter” phase but there is no doubt that it is gathering momentum, “reserved Brits” or not.

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    Spotlight on UK Blogs - all postsI’m looking for your help here, so please give me a moment.

    Reading other peoples blogs remains one of the best ways of getting to understand how they work and what they can do, and is one of the first suggestions that I make at the start of my ecourse.

    Im often asked to recommend Blogs which are relevant from a market or functional point of view. However, although most of my clients are in the UK, most of the examples I give are based in the USA. This is natural enough as the US has been leading the way in terms of taking the concept of a blog from the personal focus to its use for businesses and then extending the range of uses that it can be put to.

    So what I am going to do is highlight the Business Blogs that exist in the UK, show who is using them and how they are being used and then feature them here. I will be looking to highlight at least two UK based blogs every week so we can focus on how Business Blogs are being used and who is developing them in the UK.

    I need your help in letting me know about blogs that you have found in the UK that you would recommend and feel should be highlighted either leave a comment or send me a message.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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