Corporate blogging sucks
Corporate blogging sucks as an online community creation technique.
That was the title of a piece I have had in my draft folder for a while.
Since I started corporate blogging (yuk) I have realised there is something wrong, no not ‘wrong’, but missing.
People, dialogue, freedom of speech.
Yeah ok! We corporate bloggers can sit and rant our views on the world and share knowledge etc.
And yes, we can (and do) promote offline activities so anyone within a geographic radius of x can ‘meet up’ and ‘commune’. But that’s not building online community – just helping to shape one offline.
Corporate blogs ARE good at shaping and nurturing but not creating online communities.
Because it’s not open conversation.
I post, you comment, I comment back and I control the edit button.
Yet another example of a business (in this case altex marketing) PUSHING their views at you whilst trying to make themselves sound personal and interesting.
(This feels weird – criticising ourselves and our own blog in the third person!)
And what about so called successful blogs with ‘tonnes of comments’ ? (I hear you say)..Surely they are creating community.
Well…..nope, not really.
Think about it.
You visit a popular blog that hundreds or thousands of other people visit. Now tell me, how many do you know personally? (forget about the geographic tie up which leads to nuturing)
Not many huh? Not really community is it?
More of a cult thing actually. Exactly.
Until corporate blogs actually open their doors to anyone who wants to post then they will only be one way push with the blogger behind the scenes acting as some sort of editor..dreaming of the A list so their blog can become…..a magazine!
An A list blog is little more than a specialist magazine with a ‘letter to the editor feature’.
Well that WAS the piece I was going to write but then I just picked up on this little BETA Brave new blog from Honda.
Now anyone (registration required) can blog (including criticism -read the blog about the Honda Civic’s bad back lights) at Honda, not just comment.
All of a sudden I feel alive again, maybe corporate blogs really can create online community after all.
I hope the Honda experiment is a successful one.
So at altex are we going to allow anyone to blog?
If you want to post on this blog just let us know and if we like the idea then you can. It’s a half way position I know… but we are getting there….
Needless to say, comments are welcome, especially if anyone knows of other corporations that allow non employed stakeholders to blog.