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13 November 2004



I have another suggestion. You just mentioned three IABC members that are bloggers - you, Shel and Allan. How hard would it be to link to your three blogs. Right now, the only link is back to the IABC home page.

Or, to take your idea one step further on the executive board blogging. How about opening it to members of local chapters? There you have a potential base that can bring up issues on the local level.

Neville Hobson

Those are good points, Jeremy.

I agree with you re linking. Not only what you suggest, but also local Chapter websites including a link to the blog.

It's actually interesting if you look at how the blog is referred to on the IABC website. The descriptor says: "Read the Chairman's Blog. David Kistle, ABC, shares his thoughts in a new weblog."

To anyone who is not sure of what a blog is (which seems to be a big percentage of the IABC membership), that statement gives you no clue at all as to why you should read the blog. It should say something like: "Share your thoughts with IABC Chair David Kistle at the new weblog - the place to go for interesting conversations" or something like that.

As for opening the blog up to local Chapters, I don't think that is workable for the blog as it currently is. It is called the Chair's blog, so the expectation is that you're going to see stuff posted by, well, the Chair. Maybe it would have been better focused as, say, the IABC Leader blog. That would give considerable leeway to who can post.

Allan Jenkins

Jeremy's point about linking back out is a good one.

IABC could start by making "trackbacks" obvious on the blog. I've tracked-back both times I have written about the IABC Chairman's blog, even though I realize that it will not show up. I just think it's a duty.

It could be that IABC does not want it to be known who is tracking back ... excessive nervousness, perhaps? ... but since trackback pings can be cancelled, and IP addresses blocked, this seems more cautious than necessary.

Neville Hobson

I couldn't agree with you more, Allan, on the value of trackbacks.

As far as I know, when you trackback to a blog that accepts trackback pings, it's automatic that the trackbacked post updates itself to show the link. But not in the IABC blog case. Maybe it's a setting in the WordPress application.

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