Blog Launch

April 1, 2009

The Court Jester
Creative Commons License photo credit: clspeace

So here it is. After literally days of planning, the new Mikey Bee blog is launched on an unsuspecting and, more than likely, an uninterested public. The irony of launching my new blog on April Fools Day is not lost on me but at least I’ll remember the anniversary, right?

Why another blog? After all, according to Technorati, there are 133 million blogs already out there. Does the world really need another one? Probably not but, since I’ve got nowhere else to have a brain dump I figured that here was probably as good a place as any. Besides, I’ve bought the domain name so why not?

I’ve kinda covered what the blog is about in the ever so informative About page so, rather than cover old ground, I’ll let you read that first and then you come back to me with any questions.

Finished? OK, so let’s crack on.

If you’ve been reading my stuff on Twenty Steps you’ll already know that this blog was in the pipeline. In fact you’ll recognise two of the posts included on this new site. If you’ve not been reading Twenty Steps then get your arse over there now and have a gander at my 2+ years worth of crap insightful posts about online marketing, blogging and search.

If the topics sound drier than a nuns chuff, fair one. It’s because they are which is why I decided to start up another blog which gave me free rein over what I published. Despite the advice of the various self-proclaimed blogging experts, MikeyBee.com is going to be about random topics and I’m not going to follow any publishing guidelines.

In a lot of ways this blog is probably going to be the most personal thing I’ve ever done online. Bearing in mind that I’ve been publishing content on the internet for 10 years under various alter-egos or pseudonyms, this is probably as close to “me” as it’s going to get. I’m not going to fanny around with protocol or pander to politically correct rhetoric, I’m just gonna write stuff and hit the PUBLISH button in WordPress.

Talking of which, I have to thank the guys at WordPress for providing such an excellent piece of free software to allow me to spout bollocks express my opinions, thank Chris Pearson at DIY Themes for putting together such an awesome theme in Thesis and the propeller heads at ServInt for their brilliant service.

Meh! Sounds like an Oscar acceptance speech. Still, only fair to thank the people who made it possible, eh? Which brings me on to the next point. Disclosure. Now I could write a long winded post about disclosing any kind of affiliate links or business partners but, in truth, I can’t be arsed so, instead, I’ll simply quote ShoeMoney:

You should assume I have motivation for linking to everything on this page and will benefit from it somehow. You should assume I am no better then you are and your opinion has just as much weight as mine. You should question everything. You should come up with your own thoughts and opinions and not trust some stupid blogger.

The fact is that sometimes I will link to products, services or websites which reward me for introducing new customers. An out of work actor has to eat, right? However I can promise you that I won’t link to any product or service that I don’t personally vouch for. Fair enough?

As I said earlier, I’m not going to write every day. Some days I’ll have something to say, some days I won’t. Consider the blog to be an extension of my Twitter feed with more than 140 characters. If you enjoy that, I hope you’ll enjoy my new blog. Following on from my own advice, the aim is to follow the Four E’s:

  • Educate
  • Entertain
  • Enlighten
  • Empower

With any luck, I’ll manage to achieve at least one of these per post. I’m sure you’ll let me know if I’m miles off track :)

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like the look of the site. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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