Blogging Live - What's That All About?
Last fall we did a survey on the AllEars® newsletter and also asked a few questions about this website. We received a LOT of constructive feedback -- thank you! We've been trying to address the issues, concerns and suggestions, making changes here and there where appropriate, and we are still, albeit slowly, sifting through your comments.
Here's one comment we received that I want to share -- below are my thoughts:
"This is not a comment on the newsletter, but rather one on the website. I think that it is unprofessional to promote blogs from a particular trip and then not blog daily -- e.g., a guest blog I followed with anticipation, and then there would be days with no update. Also, the Deb and Steve cruise was very poorly put together (blogging-wise). Day One, update, fast-forward and it still is not updated and the Magic is in drydock now. I just think that if the site is going to promote 'follow along with me' type of blogs, then the bloggers should update daily."
Let me begin by saying that whenever AllEars® has promoted "Live Blogging," we have had every good intention of making sure that the blog was updated on a daily basis. We want to provide our readers with up-to-date information and "live blogging" is one of the ways we can do that. I promise it wasn't a gimmick to get you to click on the links every day. We honestly felt it was something we could do; sadly, we have found it is not always going to happen.
Sometimes while on a trip the unexpected or unanticipated happens -- bad weather, lack of connectivity, illness, or just plain exhaustion! We intend to post a blog, but life sometimes gets in the way.
Our guest bloggers have an especially hard time with this. They are excited, want to share particular aspects of their trip, but have no idea the amount of time it takes to do a blog. They may start out well, but find the task of submitting a blog at the end of a very long day a bit overwhelming.
I can do no more at this point than tell you I hear you loud and clear and offer an apology for not following through on our commitment at times.
To remedy this situation, we've run the last several multi-part blogs from guest bloggers after the fact, rather than "live." Take the recent Animal Kingdom Lodge Concierge blog, for example. I waited until I had all the entries and all the photos before making the blog live online. I'll continue to do that, most of the time, but we still may experiment with "live blogging" now and then.
One other point I would also like to mention is that we are all volunteers. No one is getting paid to blog. That said, we certainly do not mean to appear unprofessional in our presentation, not in the sense of being sloppy or careless. So the point of the remark is valid and has been given consideration.
Last but not least, I want to give KUDOS and a huge shout out to AllEars® team member Laura Gilbreath! Laura is really quite good at blogging each day (or darn close to it) when she commits to doing it! Thank you, Laura.
So, I thank you for this comment -- and all of the feedback you all submitted on the survey and the emails you send us every day. We will make every effort to follow through on all of our commitments -- not just when it comes to "live blogging," but in all aspects of bringing you the AllEars.Net website and the weekly AllEars® newsletter!