By: Richard Brewer-Hay
… to yet another corporate blog.
Last month an interview ran on FORTUNE Small Business online that captured a discussion I had with beat reporter Brandi Stewart regarding the launch of the new eBay corporate blog you are now reading. In it, I emphasized my goal to be as honest and open as possible – and to be upfront about my experience (or the lack thereof depending on the topic). Obviously, sometimes this honesty will generate cries of “What the…?” on both sides of the office windows. So no matter what your opinion of me – or eBay overall for that matter – it’s going to be a wild ride from here on out.
But lets put things in perspective before I open the floodgates of discussion. First off – this is nothing new to many of the company’s key business units. eBay has been involved in social media/blogging as an organization for a number of years now. Starting with the eBay Developer blog back in 2004 and through today, you’ll find multiple, existing official blogs in our blog roll at the bottom right of eBay Ink’s homepage covering key aspects of our business, community and technologies. We’ve also created a section to the left of the blog roll called “we say…” that captures the most recent posts made on all of those blogs to keep you abreast of what other official eBay bloggers are talking about, as they post in real-time.
There are a number of external discussions going on in the blogosphere that I want to highlight here too. From eBay Strategies and AuctionBytes.com to OnlyeBay and TameBay we’ve created a “you say…” section at the bottom left of the eBay Ink homepage that captures some of the great discussions going on there. These modules, combined with posts from me and the guest authors of eBay Ink, create a one-stop repository of online conversation and dialogue for everyone; by everyone.
Comments are turned on so please tune in. If you have a topic you’d like me to tackle, an eBay employee you’d like me to interview, tell me what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong, please shoot me an email. I am 100% committed to this blog and therefore will do my best to respond to every email in a timely manner.
So, welcome to yet another corporate blog. A blog where comments are encouraged, feedback welcome, opinions wished for, external blogs highlighted and where yours truly will be found wearing a flak jacket as he types.