Mondayâ€™s quotes are here, again early this weekâ€¦ But before we begin, hereâ€™s some news from a blogging perspective.
Iâ€™ve gotten more than half of my monthly visitors in the past 48 hours thanks to a nice wink on my FEMA thoughts from Wonkette, one of the top 50 most visited blogs in the country. Thanks, Wonkette, even if you do think VA is for the birds.
Getting much more detailed viewing reports from AddFreeStats, something fellow blogger WineSmith turned me onto. BTW, if you havenâ€™t read this weekendâ€™s Washington Post article on product placements via blogs, check it out. WineSmith is featured. The article really calls into question the ethics of using blogs on behalf of companies.
Personally, I think companies should try to get product placement and mentions via blogging. Itâ€™s even more credible than a PR story, unless of course the blogger is known to be a complete sell-out. But the key is to get the blogger to write about you. Some may want to, and some may not want to, and thatâ€™s their first amendment right.
Of course trying to tag product in comments is weak. Several folks have tried to post links to their product sites on my blog. And you donâ€™t see their comments posted either.
One thing about AddFree is you can see where some of your readers visit from. Hereâ€™s the most unusual one, the one Iâ€™d least expect: Mainstream Baptist. From the Baptists to a Jewish Ad guyâ€™s posting about getting his company launched, right on! Mainstreamâ€™s main gig is the separation of church and state. Hmmm, maybe certain presidential administrations can take a cue from that.
Well, back to the launch. We lost that big Fortune 100 pitch, and yes, the #1 competitor in the market is the favorite to take it (two cos are still in the running). They already had a division, so not a surprise, but definitely a disappointment.
It always takes me a few days to get over a bad loss. But if you pitch enough business you lose some, especially the bigger deals. You have to get up and keep plugging, developing and pushing. Which brings me to this weekâ€™s quotes:
â€œYou can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another.â€?
â€œThe greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.â€?
â€œLet me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.â€?
– Louis Pasteur