So, excuse this interruption for some shameless self-promotion, but I’m honored (baffled a bit, yet honored) that this 11-year-old blog is included in the current issue of Chief Executive magazine, on a list their editors have selected as the Top Ten CEO Blogs. The list is a sidebar of a story titled, “Should CEOs Have Personal Blogs?” that, in turn, is part of six-issue series on CEO “personal effectiveness.”
[So, come to think of it, as this list first appeared in a print magazine, I will claim that it isn’t actually a “top ten list that appeared on the internet.”]
But seriously, I’m happy to appear on any list that may encourage the people who run companies, large and small, to understand how a personal blog can help them in many ways — most of which will come as a surprise, the more they view it as a part of who they are — not a task they can outsource to the PR department.*
Best part of the list: I’ve found some new blogs to follow:
Sue Allon, CEO; Blog: Allonhill
Penny Herscher, CEO; Blog: The Grassy Road: A CEO at Work and Play in Silicon Valley and Beyond
George Colony, CEOCEO; Blog: The Counterintuitive CEO
Rex Hammock, CEO; Blog: Rex Hammock’s RexBlog
Makovsky + Company
Kenneth Makovsky, president; Blog: My Three Cents
Paul Block, CEO; Blog: PaulRBlock.com
Royal Caribbean International
Adam Goldstein, President and CEO; Blog: Why Not?
Saatchi & Saatchi
Kevin Roberts, CEO; Blog: KR Connect
Tom Glocer, CEO; Blog:Tom Glocer’s Blog
Tony Hsieh, CEO; Blog: CEO and COO Blog
*This is a list of blogs that are written in the first person and are labeled personal blogs. Most of them are not even on the corporate URL nor, apparently, the company Content Management System (CMS), but are hosted by Blogger.com or WordPress.com. (RexBlog is running on the open-source WordPress software hosted on “virtual servers” from Amazon web services.)
The blogs on the list are labeled personal, and are not marketing or company blogs (well, in some ways they all are that, but let’s not get existential). Company blogs can be written by the legal department, for all I care. Just not blogs that purport to be personal.
I’m not opposed to having professional editors review and help out on CEO blog posts. I think, however, such posts should originate from the CEO and not the PR department. For a blog that claims to be “personal,” I believe the post should be written by the CEO him- or herself and if edited by someone else, it should be edited only for clarity and grammar/spelling.
That said (and this should be obvious), no one edits these posts appearing on my blog. Frankly, the quality of my posts would be greatly improved if I ran them by some of the editors who work at Hammock — who, no doubt, grimace at my spelling and dangling whatevers. (And they would also tell me if that should be whom instead of who.
In my case (and not necessarily what I’d advise to others), I’ve chosen to let these posts be as real-time and real-me as possible. (And this blog was started years before I was made aware that some people would label it a CEO Blog.) I want to blog fast and if necessary, blog in the midst of events. Writing it as closely as possible to my first-draft style and in my own voice, gives me the freedom to sound the same, no matter what the context.
Hammock editors make me sound too perfect. Therefore, they edit things that I write that appear in our publications or in reports to clients. But on this blog, it’s pretty-much WYSIWYG.