A Blog by Any Other Name

Blog. Now there’s an interesting word.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this shortened word was coined May 23, 1999.

According to Wikipedia, Jorn Barger coined the term “weblog” (a log on the web) on December 17, 1997. Then on that historic date in May 1999, Peter Merholz jokingly broke the word into the two-word phrase, “we blog.”

According to Bee Bloeser, yours truly, I blog. Let’s make that past tense. I blogged.

Since July 13, 2017, on a regular schedule, I’ve done a blog post.

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Going forward, I’ll give you “articles” through my website and my email newsletter. (I’ll include the information in this post in the first of those newsletters.) Will an article read differently than a blog post? Sometimes.

Some may be book reviews. Some may just pass along an interesting item that comes across my desk. Topics will continue to cover smallpox, global health, the places we lived in West Africa—Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon, or the journey of writing a book and getting it out into the world. Check them out.

And you’ll still be able to comment. I love getting your comments, and I do reply.

 

Connecting with People, aka Building a Platform

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I’ll shift my time and focus to pursue other avenues of connecting with people—adding other planks to my platform. I’ll pursue more public speaking opportunities.

And I’m a writer. Right? I want to create some new material.

 

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S.C.O.R.E.

What or who has prompted me to put greater focus into my activities? The volunteers at SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), an arm of the Small Business Administration.

They have been coaching over the past three months. I could sometimes wish they would do the work for me. But they don’t. They won’t. They inspire and instruct. And give homework.

Here’s an example. Don’t you love the new look of my website? Especially the Welcome page?

SCORE is also challenging me to stretch myself and get moving on some connections I’ve been talking about for months. Now, it’s my homework, so time for action. No more talk.

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Breaking Equatorial Guinea News

Speaking of news articles I’ll pass along, here’s one from today’s TheGuardian.

 

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In my previous post on August 30, I shared with you another article about this same VP.  You may want to consider the two articles together.

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So what do you think of my website’s new look?

Do you have a website? A blog? A newsletter? If you have the task of marketing something—your book, your service, your ideas—how do you budget your time and energy? Let me know.

Be watching for the next of “Bee’s Articles.” Stay connected.

4 thoughts on “A Blog by Any Other Name

  1. Good Morning, Bee! I absolutely love the new look of your website! It is much more friendly and inviting than the original one which I found to be a bit too serious and grim. I understood that it was appropriate for the seriousness of your topic, and I thought this was what you wanted to reflect. I think the advice you received from SCORE about your website is right on. Have a fantastic day,Glenda

    Glenda Bonin http://www.StoryWorksGroup.com “Story Works for All Ages”

  2. Enjoyed this post, and I’m looking forward to your future articles. You’re such an engaging writer! And I love the graphics you use, always just right to make the screen fun to navigate.

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