While I’m a few days behind in blogging it (I’m actually writing this on a plane and posting this via email so I can do it offline), I wanted to at least share a link to the Blog Council’s new Disclosure Best Practices Toolkit, online at http://blogcouncil.org/disclosure/ .
Who should read it: This is for any companies and agencies participating in social media. It’s focused most closely on blog outreach, blogging, and blogger relations. There’s also a section about people blogging from within the organization.
There are a number of convenient checklists. Since I first reviewed this a few days ago and it’s designed to be more of a wiki than a hard and fast document, it may have changed since I first saw it. In the version I saw, there actually seemed to be too many checklists, a couple seemed redundant. They did do a good job covering a number of situations, such as commenting on blogs and blog outreach, and the guidelines spend a fair amount of time discussing how to work with agencies who do the outreach on a company’s behalf.
They’re far more thorough than the WOMMA
Blogging still holds a pivotal place in the social media landscape, and the practice should be acknowledged as some sort of specialized discipline, as long as it’s clear that blogs are just one key part of the social media and digital media and even general media ecosystem.