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Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome: Do You Have It?

Diagnosing Irresponsible BloggingWhat is Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome?

Irresponsible Blogger is a common Syndrome which can afflict bloggers of any shape and size, regardless of expert status and subject matter. No blogger is safe from Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome without taking the proper precautions. The Syndrome is not contagious unless you emulate an afflicted blogger. While Irresponsible Blogger is not contagious it can cause severe reactions in others; often inducing backlash, reader unsubscription, and blacklisting.  There is nothing more frustrating than stumbling upon a blog post written by one suffering from Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome. Irresponsible Blogger manifests itself in a variety of ways such that the afflicted blogger authors blog posts that are incorrect, outdated, and have questions and comments that go unanswered.

What Causes Irresponsible Blogger?

Irresponsible Blogger has many known causes. The primary cause of Irresponsible Blogger is the lack of obtaining proper blogger education prior to engaging in blogging. Another cause is the lack of care for one’s own audience and the general public.  A third notable cause of Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome is blogging solely to benefit Search Engine Optimization (SEO). There are many other minor causes such as lack of time and lack of tools.

What Are The Symptoms?

1. Inaccurate Information – Objective bloggers have a responsibility to get the facts right.

2. Sources Not Cited – Unless you are reporting the findings of your own study, all facts must be supported by sources which are properly given credit.

3. Abandonment – Typing the last word and hitting “Publish” does not constitute the end of the blogging process.

How is Irresponsible Blogger Diagnosed?

It is entirely possible that you are suffering from Irresponsible Blogger without even knowing it. Many cases of Irresponsible Blogger go undiagnosed.  This syndrome is most often diagnosed by others; researchers, blog readers, and commenters.

When researchers go hunting the web for information, they may read many blogs about their target topic. When many blogs and articles are written about a particular topic, it is not hard to spot one that has inconsistent information; often “facts” that have been assumed rather than researched. A responsible blogger will gather her own research prior to writing an objective blog post.

While a blog post may appear legitimate due to a peppering of facts and figures throughout, this information will not be seen as reliable unless it is backed by sources. Unless a blogger states that they are reporting on the findings of their own study, facts and figures don’t have much credibility without knowing how and by whom they were established.

Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome is most easily diagnosed when a blogger neglects her readers by not following up to comments and questions. If there are comments and questions that are never addressed by the author, that blogger suffers from Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome.

Besides question and comment negligence, one suffering from Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome also fails to update their content. When blogging on a topic, more often than not, the information will become out-dated. Bloggers who never return to their old posts to bring their information current are often diagnosed with Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome.

How is it Treated?

Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome is very serious but fortunately, extremely treatable. The most effective treatment is to revisit and modify one’s blogging strategy. Instead of writing a blog post in haste just to get some text out there, bloggers can plan posts a week ahead of time and use the days leading up to publishing day for research and data source collection. New tools can be introduced into one’s routine to notify those afflicted with Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome of when they need to return to their blog posts and follow up and update their information. Once diagnosed with Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome, one may consider taking a course or reading some guides on responsible blogging practices.

How is Irresponsible Blogger Prevented?

The proper preventative methods can ensure you never come down with Irresponsible Blogger Syndrome. Before you begin blogging, there are plenty of resources, guides, and courses available that will help ensure you begin blogging as a responsible blogger; a blogger who is more likely to have subscribers, recommendations, and active engagement than one who begins blogging already afflicted.

Unless a blog post is strictly subjective, it is essential to gather all pertinent facts prior to writing. Blogs have become an important source of information. A blogger owes it to their potential readers to make sure they are providing accurate information. While a blog post should not be the only source during a fact-finding mission, it is likely to be considered when drawing conclusions on a topic. Because blogs are highly likely to appear in search engine results, anyone is liable to stumble upon your post while conducting searches on the web. Therefore, you must make sure that you are consistently providing valuable information that can be trusted as accurate and that you are available as a resource on your subject matter.

A blogging calendar can be a great way to plan for blog posts while giving you plenty of time to gather necessary research and resources. Try planning your blog posts a week ahead of time and use the days leading up to them to gather any needed information. You can also use your blogging calendar to help you keep your posts up to date but making a note a month after each post and then each month after that to revisit and update as necessary. If you realize that your post requires an update before the month expires, you don’t have to wait; be responsible to your readers by providing an update that will let them know you are providing the most recent and correct information.

Most blogging platforms have built-in notifications that can send email alerts when someone comments or asks a question about a blog post. Make sure you have these notifications enabled so that you can respond in a timely manner. If your blogging platform does not offer this option, consider a third party tool or plugin that does offer such notifications. If all else fails, add a “to-do” on your blogging calendar to revisit your posts and check for comments.

When you become a blogger, you also become a resource. It is likely that people will read your posts because they are informative and/or provide value. As the blog’s author and provider of such information your readers may turn to you for questions and advice related to your blog subjects. Your responsibility as a blogger continues inevitably for each post you write so before you decide to embark on the bloggers journey, make sure you are ready for all of the responsibility that comes with the territory.

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April 18, 2011 Posted by | blogging | , , , | 4 Comments

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HOW TO: Link Your Correct Facebook Page on Your Personal Profile

Back in the day, there use to be this nice little free text information box under your profile picture. In this special box you could write whatever you’d like, up to a certain character limit, of course. This was a great place to put the URL to your Facebook Business Page  so that all of your personal friends could see the link and potentially click on it when they were engaging with your personal profile. Additionally, an Information box, which pulled content from your information tab was also displayed so that you could show your links there as well. (You can read the blog I wrote about it here, with the update on how it’s changed.)

Well, as we all know, Facebook likes to make changes – and those boxes are no longer available; leaving you very little customization to display your Facebook Business Page to your friends and family without having to write about it in your status updates.  But, not all is lost. There is one place that displays quite prominently at the top of the page where you can have a link to your Facebook Business Page. This is the area at the top underneath of your name, where your Employer is displayed. So, if you list the name of your Business Page as your Employer, people can click through to your page.

business page displayed on facebook personal profile

Great news, right?! Well, yes – if the function worked like it is suppose to. What, something on Facebook doesn’t work right? Shocking, I know. You see – Facebook says that to link your Business Page as your Employer all you need to do is start typing the name of the page, and Facebook will search through its database and locate the page so that all you have to do is click on it and viola! Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. It would be easy if it worked – but many times it does not locate your Page, and no matter how many times you swear up and down that you know your page exists, no one at Facebook is listening when you are screaming at your computer.

Sometimes, if you are one of the lucky ones, even if your Page does not come up for you to select, you can type your Page name in exactly as it appears on your Page, hit “Enter” and the correct page will be linked. But, sadly, that does not always work either.

In the majority of cases, what actually happens is that you type in the name of your Page, Facebook doesn’t find it, you hit “Enter,” and instead of the correct Page being linked, Facebook creates a new Community Page with the name of your real Business Page. Sigh. You don’t want this. Community Pages were one of Facebook’s worst ideas yet. These Pages can be automatically created by Facebook with your Business’ name and you have no admin rights. All that happens is that if someone writes the name of your page in their status update, the post will auto-post to the Community Page’s wall. People can “Like” a Community Page but that is worthless as well, because posts that appear on the Page do not show up in your News Feed, so once you “Like” it, more likely than not you will forget about it.

Now that we’ve established you don’t want this Community Page linked at the top of your personal profile you’re going to have to put in a bit of work in order to link the correct page.

Warning: It’s about to get a bit technical up in here.

In order to link the correct page after Facebook’s suggestions for doing so have failed, you’ll need to install a Web Developer Toolbar to your browser. The easiest ones to use are for the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome Browsers.

Click here to download the Firefox Web Developer Toolbar.

Click here to download the Chrome Web Developer Toolbar.

The following instructions and screen shots will be from the Chrome browser and Web Developer Toolbar.

The first step in the process is to locate the ID of your Facebook Business Page. When you create a Page, your page is assigned an ID. Before you create a custom URL for your Page, this ID will display as part of the Facebook given Page URL. If the Page already has a custom URL, you’ll have to be a bit more investigative to grab it.

For a Page that does not have a custom URL, the URL will look something like this image, and you can simply copy the string of numbers at the end.

No custom URL Page ID

If the page has a custom URL but you are an Admin of the Page, all you need to do is click “Edit Page” and the Page ID can be found in the URL for your Edit area.

Custom URL Admin Edit Page ID

The last situation is that the Page has a custom URL and you are not an Admin, so you don’t have the option of clicking “Edit Page” to get the ID. There are probably more ways to get the ID than I have found but here I will tell you two ways.

The first is to right click on the Page and look at the source code. Keep in mind you are looking for a string of numbers as shown above. If you can locate the line for the image of the Page – the Page ID will be in the middle of the URL like this:

Source Code Page ID

Another option is to use the Web Developer Tools that you installed earlier.

First, navigate to the Business Page, “Like” it if you don’t already, and go to the Wall tab.

Next open the Web Developer, Click on Forms, and then select View Form Information.

Once the Form Information is open use your “Find” keyboard command (CTRL+F) and search for: “target_profile_id” and grab your ID from there.

Form Information Page ID

Now that you have your Page ID, we are ready to attach it to the Employer section in your Personal Profile.

We already know that when you type the name of your Page in and hit “Enter” the correct page is NOT going to link – but go ahead and do this anyway so that your screen looks like this:

Adding Employer Business Page on Facebook Profile

Now open your Web Developer Tool and select Display Form Details.

Now your page will look like what you see below and you can take the correct Page ID that you grabbed in the steps above and paste it into the fields as you see highlighted below. When you are done, click on “Add Job.” You can then go back to your Web Developer Tool and de-select “Display Form Details” and proceed as usual.

 

Enter Correct Page ID into Form Add Job

Once you save changes, the correct page will be displayed at the top of your profile.

business page displayed on facebook personal profile

This is clearly not the most desired way to do this,  but it is the only sure fire way I have found. If you have another way please share with us in the comments!


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April 6, 2011 Posted by | Facebook | , , , , | 4 Comments