Monday, June 28, 2004

Journal entry 28/06/04

This morning we had a Fab session on and lots of nutritious info on how to cross the border into webhosting and domain names.
And hey, have you seen the headlines:
Pope too busy to bless, prefers to blog

Did you notice a small white clad man muttering in a creole of Polish & Latin in the corner of NG.23? Neither did I, which leads me to believe that someone in our class has set themselves up as HHPJPII's official blogger.
See for yourself:
Pope's blog

Thanks Wendy & Sean for an Intensive but stimulating series of workshops. The few days I have off when I am not in the shop during the holidays will be spent honing my skills before they are lost in time.

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At 28 June 2004 at 10:16 pm, Blogger Wendy Zammit said...

Thanks Elizabeth for your encouraging feedback. I'm dying to read the Pope's Blog but couldn't get the link to work.

At 29 June 2004 at 8:31 am, Blogger Sean said...

I'm not sure which bits of your post are satirical, so I'm unclear whether the headline "Pope too busy to bless, prefers to blog" is real or not.

Combined with the reference to "HHPJPII's official blogger" the impression given is that this site is in some way related to the Pope.

Please quote your sources! You're in the blogosphere now and will be hounded by the new level of accountability that blogging provides. :-)

While the Pope Blog looks like the project of a student at The University of Notre Dame, a little more digging has revealed it is actually the work of a pair from Jimandi Corp - a marketing company - according to this article on PR LEAP.

Despite the fact that "A representative from Jimandi Corp stated that the company would not attempt to secure any revenue from the Web site" and the site is only inspired by an interest in the Pope, the cynic in me can't help but think this is a clever way of getting some exposure for their company.

However, there aren't any links back to the Company's site from the blog, so maybe I am being a bit harsh.

BTW - this is a common marketing strategy on the Web - provide a free service or site that is really useful or interesting as a way of creating exposure for a (sometimes totally unrelated) business.

And thanks for the postive feedback about the session!


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