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    Spotlight on UK Blogs - all postsNow back again on Better Business Blogging, I will once again 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, I am working with others to build a 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. You can also reach me on Twitter @BlogCoach Thanks!

    Blah Blah Technology BlogBlah Blah Technology
    Blah Blah Technology was recently catapaulted to the top of the Wikio rankings – another overnight success, hey? Not really, Wayne Smallman’s been working at it for some three years now so all well deserved – good blog, accessible and, despite appearances, not just for techies! (Twitter: @Octane)

    Jim’s Marketing BlogJims Marketing Blog
    Lots of great information and a very dynamic approach to the benefits, approach and opportunities great marketing can offer with the focus very much on people not search engines. Check Jim out and get him in your RSS reader (or at least his blog to start with!) (Twitter: @JimConnolly)

    The New Adventures of Mr Stephen FryLateral Action
    Well what can you say – all the charm and wit of Mr Fry and a great new design which shows it all off just blissingly. You’ll also find Mr Fry keeping us updated on his travels on Twitter at @StephenFry where his arrival some few short weeks ago produced a veritable avalanche of followers.

    Lateral ActionLateral Action
    Creativity + Productivity = Success or at least so says Mark McGuinness and pals over at Lateral Action. Heavy and preachy? Not at all. It’s good, engaging stuff from some guys who really know how to do it and get the message across. (Twitter: @MarkMcGuinness)

    Marketing BlaggerMarketing Blagger
    Marketing Blagger is written by Andy Bargery where he covers topics on marketing, the internet, blogging and social media. If you are in the London area though, come and meet Andy in one of his other guises as the driving force behind the excellent London Bloggers Meet Up Group. Well worth a visit! (Twitter: @Abarge)

    Number 10Lateral Action
    Well even the PM (or at least the PM’s office) is in on the act and they have a blog which they are keeping updated. Even built on WordPress which gives extra kudos to my preferred blogging platform, I guess. (Twitter: @DowningStreet)
    Now, if only they could post on how best to get through the economic downturn … “use social media” did I hear you say? Great idea! :)

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    Spotlight on UK Blogs - all postsI used to run a series here on Better Business Blogging called Spotlight on UK Blogs where I’d link to business focused blogs based in the UK which had caught my attention. The aim was to show a cross section of what people and businesses were writing about and how they approached the task of using blogs in their business activities. As a result, the posts contained a mix of Blogs displaying a range of topics and styles.

    I haven’t written one for a while but there has been such an upturn in the use of blogging for business over the past year that I feel a return for the series is long overdue and so will be starting again next weekend.



    As an intro, and because it is particularly relevant in the current economic climate that we all find ourselves, there’s one that I’d like to draw your attention to ahead of this. It’s also one that I have been following avidly over the last couple of months simply because of the sort of information it has been offering. The blog in question is Peston’s Picks written by the BBC’s economic editor, Robert Peston.

    So why do I think that this is a good example of a blog? I think because it goes back to the core elements of clear writing and pertinent topics, couple with excellent use of the immediacy of the web. Specifically, it offers to us as readers:

    • Authority: whether it’s direct reported information or informed opinion, you get the feeling from the blog that this where you need to go to get the low down on the subject at hand;

    • Instant access to news: when I’m looking for an up to date view on the latest situation in the financial markets or general economy then I know that I’m likley to find it here first;

    • Clean format: the short paragraphs and clean text doesn’t distract the reader away from the information being displayed, while the overall format gives a clear branding message while still making it clearly RP’s;

    • Encourages Debate: no matter whether it is because of the topics covered or the way that they are covered, the posts encourage comments and discussion, which then duly arrive!;

    • Informed opinion and trust: this comes clearly across as an expert writing about a subject area that knows intimately. As such it helps develop trust in both him and the information he provides;

    • Encourages further reading: the use of the sidebar encourages further reading of the blog and, just as importantly, makes it easy to do so.

    • Authentic voice – when I read the words I can hear Robert Peston delivering them. That adds to both the experience online and when we see him elsewhere

    Are these what we should be looking for in every blog? No, not necessarily. Every blog has a different goal and hopefully uses what a blog format and technology can offer to help achieve them. However, as I’ve often said before, it’s not the technology which makes a blog, it’s the content; and here, I feel that the content delivers on all counts, allowing the blog to then do its job too!

    BTW, if you have UK Business Blogs you’d like to recommend, then please drop me a line or leave a comment here. Thanks everyone!

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    Blogging in the News - UK Blogs
    Some articles which have appeared in the UK online press over the past week which looks at blogging (primarily business blogging) and its uses. If you find any good articles that could be highlighted here, then please post the links below or send them to me directly at mark[at]betterbusinessblogging[dot]com and I’ll do the rest.

    Advantages and risks for corporate bloggers
    Lots of talk about risks of blogging (has no-one heard of Blogging Policies?) but here nicely balanced with the advantages that businesses can gain.

    Employee blogs a potential legal minefield
    Like I said, lots of talk about the risks of blogging – while overblown here, make sure that you are covered in the same way that you should be regarding information sent in emails, which can also be used from a legal perspective.

    O’Reilly reverses call for blog code of conduct
    2nd part of a recent debate around whether there should be a Code of Conduct for blogs or not – looks like the person who suggested it is backtracking somewhat here. But it’s an interesting question, so …

    Blogging boom continues as world of weblogs grows
    An overview from BigMouth Media about the latest “State of the Blogosphere” release from Technorati.

    Power of the secret policeman’s blog
    A UK Bobby blogging anonymously about life in the force much in the way that “MiniMicrosoft” does and showing blogging as the important medium that it has become.

    British Blog Awards 07: the shortlist
    There’s a particularly short list for the Best Business Blogs … mainly because they haven’t got a category for them in the UK Awards! Mind you there is a panel of “celebrity judges”, so that’s ok, I suppose …

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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!

    Innocent Drinks
    Nicely integrated into their site and certainly managing so far to keep up the smooothie and fun image they cultivate … along with the fruit, of course.

    Medical Dental Financial Services
    Dentists and Financial Advisors together! I should hate it … but I don’t! Nicely focused blog in start-up phase by Ray Prince and Graeme Urwin. Now, open wide, this won’t hurt …!

    Charkin Blog
    Richard Charkin from Macmillan does his own bit of personal publishing – a true Busman’s Holiday some might say!

    Tom Watson, MP
    Well, in a week where everyone seemingly wanted to get out of the government, I had to resign myself to including a first political blog – no doubt the first of many.

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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!

    Bad Language
    Contrary to what you might think, this is Matthew Stibbe writing about Business, Technology and Marketing without a four letter word in sight.

    BT Business Blog
    BT’s new Business Blog covers a range of topics to do with online businesses and how to make best use of your internet connection … particularly when it’s through BT! :)

    Travel the Home Exchange Way
    Lois Sealey gives an engaging and compelling insight into the area of home exchange and all you should consider when holidaying by swapping homes.

    Luxury Travel Blog
    Following the holiday theme, Paul Johnson at the Luxury Travel blog gives us some ideas on locations, hotels and expensive cocktails!

    Teblog
    David Tebbutt on the 3C’s of cooperation, collaboration and communication from the perspective of a writer, trainer/mentor, software designer, husband, father & grandfather. Phew! Lots of perspectives and lots of good opinion too.

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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 Dental Business School
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    Podcasts from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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    Modern Marketing
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    Breath Coach
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    Vanessa & Baukjen
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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
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    PR Blogger
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    Human Law
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    Open Gardens
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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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    Gaping Void
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    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 …”

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    Positive Impact
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    Eie Flud
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    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
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    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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