I came across an article in the online San Francisco Chronicle titled 20 habits of highly effective job seekers. This was written based on Ford Myers stuff… I have met Ford a few times at conferences and we’ve communicated outside of that. Nice guy.
I didn’t read his article (too long for my attention span), but I skimmed it to see if he mentioned JibberJobber again (that would have been cool!). He didn’t 🙁
I was interested in the 60+ comments the article got, though… they were… scathing! Hardly anything good from those comments! From accusations of being self-serving to “utter twaddle,” from BS to “worst article I ever read in my life…”
I’ve felt for a long time that getting comments from a newpaper article compared to comments on a blog is night and day… I don’t know who is reading and commenting on the regular articles but if you read it too long you’ll lose all faith in humanity. These people are mean, and cruel, and unforgiving.
And, they can provide an opportunity for growth as a blogger.
From the feedback I see in Ford’s article I see a grand opportunity to tighten the writing and message. Instead of 20 points, how about go with Covey’s example and do 7 habits?
Instead of calling these “strategies,” maybe they should be called mindsets (many have to do with attitude), or tactics?
How about drilling down on some of them and going into more depth, instead of just presenting them at a high level?
As blogs become more commonplace, and bloggers get their material in more traditional media, you better:
- Be ready for scathing, hateful, unintelligent comments and feedback (and a few nasty stalkers),
- Figure out how to improve the quality of your writing (grammar, spelling, word choice, etc.),
- Ensure the message is high quality,
- Figure out how to not be self-promotional… or not overdo it.
What do you think? Do bloggers need to step up (especially when not writing on their own blog)?