Naked Conversations

February 25, 2006 by

Naked ConversationsWhen Robert Scoble and Shel Israel sat down to write a book on blogging, they started with a blog. They posted chapters of the book online as they wrote them in order to get feedback and refine their work. They had a continuing conversation with the blogosphere about the blogosphere, and the results are a pretty well rounded book on blogging, Naked Conversations: How blogs are Changing the way Businesses Talk with Customers.

‘Well rounded’ meaning they cover lots of different perspectives on blogging and have lots of real world examples. They’re basically in love with blogging. It’s not until page 133 when they say something negative about blogging, and then it’s three pages of talking about how mobsters, FBI agents and Enron executives probably shouldn’t blog. You think?

But their basic premise that in today’s Web 2.0, content-by-the-people world, marketing has to be an authentic conversation and blogs are the best way to do that is right on. And this is where the church needs to pay attention. A spiritual journey is all about conversations, so what better marketing tool could the church turn to then one that promotes conversation?

And if you’re unsure about the church connection, turn to page 70 for a story on Fellowship Church and the guys who are working on their own blogging book, Blogging Church.

Throughout most of the book Scoble and Israel make arguments for why people should blog. That’s all well and good. They’re good arguments, but where the book really gets helpful is when they talk about how to blog.

The five success tips on page 79 are a good start:

  • Talk, don’t sell.
  • Post often and be interesting.
  • Write on issues you know and care about.
  • Blogging saves money but costs time.
  • You get smarter by listening to what people tell you.

You can also turn to the chapters “Doing it Wrong,” “Doing it Right,” and “How Not to Get Dooced” for practical pointers.

The why of blogging becomes obvious. But it’s the how that trips people up. Blogging is just like any other tool. While it enables open communication, it only happens if you do it right. The how is vital.

Blogging can be a powerful tool for churches, if it’s used wisely. Naked Conversations can help you get there.

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Kevin D. Hendricks

When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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5 Responses to “Naked Conversations”

  • effective web ministry notes
    February 25, 2006

    Naked Conversations

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  • Shel Israel
    February 26, 2006

    Thanks for these very kind words I believe religious organizations can change enormously for the better through blogging. You were right in saying that Robert and I came up with a pretty short list on who should not blog–but you left out ur favorite. Sadam Hussein should not blog. Since writing Naked Conversations, we’ve come up with one significant add-on. Sales excutives probably do not have to blog because they still enjoy the benefit of face-to-face conversations, the one thing that blogs cannot beat.

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  • Chris
    February 27, 2006

    I’m currently reading Naked Conversations (thanks Shel and Robert, excellent book), and can only echo what Kevin says about the church needing to pay attention to the desperately-needed revolution.
    The church is currently undergoing an identity crisis. If we’re not seen as ineffectual and irrelevent, we’re seen as dangerous fundamentalists. Reconnecting with people is key to stopping this trend, and what better than blogging to exactly that. Blogging must be real, heartfelt and genuine; people can tell a fake a mile off, just like we have learned to filter out those fake advertising messages on TV. And must also be personal – a true conversation, as the book explains.
    In fact, blogging may just be part of the answer to the question “How can Jesus be made relevent to the modern world?”.

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  • thoughts
    February 27, 2006

    This is Why I Love Blogging

    When the author of a book I’m reviewing comments on my review….

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  • We Like Sheep dot Org
    March 6, 2006

    Church Mission Statements Suck …

    So I went to a meeting at our church tonight titled: "Setting the Route" the billed purpose was to examine the reflections on the nature and purpose of our church that were collected in the special service a few weeks ago. Instead what was prosc

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