Aug 10 2007

Weekly Update 9th August

Published by at 11:02 am under weekly updates

Weekly Update

1. New blogs debuting in the Top 100 Australian Blogs

2. New blogs on the Australian Blogs Community

SEO Blog
Facibus on Blogging
The Canberra Blog
Faz the Cat
Business, E-Commerce and other Musings
On Blogging Australia

Reminder: Anybody who would like to add (or update) the Aussie blogs from Bumpzee to their blogroll can find an A to Z list and a downunder version (Z to A). Snoskred keeps these updated weekly.

We now have 120 members, 144 blogs, 7393 entries and some really great discussion. Is your blog there?

3. Aussie Blog Post of the Week & 4. Spotlight on an Aussie Blogs Community Blog (Bumpzee)

This week I’d like to introduce you to Lori who has a blog called Lori’s Cubes. Lori has been blogging since 2000, so you could certainly call her an “early adopter”! She writes about a range of topics including blogging, her work, family and friends. She writes well, with an easy to read style. Her blog design is one of the most visually striking I’ve ever come across.

Lori is a call centre team leader at a major telco. This means she often has to take escalated calls from dissatisfied customers. Lori wrote a post the other day highlighting how stressful it can be for customer service representatives. This serves as a poignant reminder that these reps are just doing their jobs, they’re real people with real feelings. If their employers do not provide adequate numbers of staff to reduce waiting time, it’s not the employees fault. Please keep that in mind before you verbally abuse the Lori’s of this world. From “Post Lag

Newsflash – we know the call queues are long. We know you have been on hold for 45+++ minutes, we’re sorry. Very Very Sorry. Shouting at call centre staff about the wait does nothing but make them and sometimes, me, want to cry after being abused for 10 minutes on the phone. Thanks to the woman who screamed at me for 20 minutes over $1.80 that wasn’t refunded back to her account. I’m very glad then you got that off your chest, now please, hang up, and let me try and pull my shattered self together so the consultants sitting near my desk don’t see my face and how I feel, since I have to keep them motivated and flying the flag.

5. Other News

I took my own advice and registered the business name “Blogpond”. I also looked at the options for registering your own domain and dealing with copyright and plagiarism.

I suffered from an email address spoofing attack (on another of my websites), which sent me back 1,200 “undelivered messages” in 4 hours. This is called backscatter.

Goodness only knows how many emails went out – these were only the ones that were not delivered. Certainly makes a case for NOT having a “catchrest” email account.

6. From the Aussosphere

John Lampard interviewed me as part of his “Five Questions” series. Thanks John for my first blogger to blogger interview!

Ross Dawson wrote an interesting post looking at The 9 Motivations to Participate in Networks.

Darren Rowse at Problogger has unveiled his fresh new design and logo. It’s completely different to what it was!

Des Walsh is hanging up his hat at Business and Blogging. B5Media are looking for a blogger to take over.

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Weekly Update 9th August”

  1. John Lampardon 10 Aug 2007 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the shout out Meg, and your awesome work compiling the index! :)

  2. Snoskredon 10 Aug 2007 at 5:30 pm

    Yay! I’m number 100.. Hehehe 😉

    The lists have now been updated, I was a bit slow this week! 😉


  3. Megon 10 Aug 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Congrats Snos! Thanks for updating the lists.

  4. Megon 10 Aug 2007 at 6:23 pm


    No worries mate! Thank you :)

  5. Jenniferon 11 Aug 2007 at 10:39 am

    The spoofing attack sux….. :(

    I thought you already needed a business name to have a name?

  6. Megon 11 Aug 2007 at 11:05 am

    Hi Jennifer

    Sure did, it’s more having to troll through them all, and retrieve the legitimate ones, that was annoying.

    Regarding the business name, I already had another business name and an ABN, but I decided to register “blogpond” as well. Astute spotting :)

  7. Lavenderon 11 Aug 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Hiya Meg,
    Is the only copy of the list at the A-Z (or Z-A) or did I miss another copy of the list…
    curious as I dont find my blog on the list The Birds & The Beads
    (I hope it wasnt something I said! LOL)
    Cheers, Lavender

  8. Megon 11 Aug 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Oh Lavender, I’m so sorry. That’s my fault. I make a list of the new blogs each week and send it to Snos. I missed including yours that week (hence I didn’t mention it here in my weekly update either)!

    Absolutely nothing you said, just a victim of human error… But I should do a reconciliation and make sure that I haven’t overlooked any others. I’ll let Snos know.

  9. lorion 12 Aug 2007 at 5:51 am

    Hi Meg,

    Just wanted to say thank you for thinking of us call centre workers :-) and asking for people to ease up a bit. Thoughts like yours are very important to people like us.



  10. Lavenderon 12 Aug 2007 at 8:12 am

    Oh Thanks Meg! These things happen, hope mines the only one so you dont have to hunt around for long. Hope to see my blog make the Top 100 one day. Have a great sunday, Cheers!

  11. Megon 12 Aug 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Lori

    Thanks for writing so honestly about your feelings, and letting me share your story.


    I definitely have you on THAT list for checking :) And I’ve had a lovely Sunday thanks!