Sunday, May 29, 2005

Blog Taglines Experiment #1


which taglines do you like best? Posted by Hello


[An identical version of an article that is appearing simultaneously on my Vaspers The Grate blog.]



In a recent post, we examined together the post titles of selected blogs.

This time around, let's take a look at blog "taglines" or "descriptions".

Taglines are like slogans. You generally find taglines right under the title of the blog. Or some other prominent, upper region on the blog's main (index) page.

Sometimes it's not easy to determine what a blog's about just by the title. A tagline is usually used by the blogger to clarify the purpose or content of a blog.

Taglines can vary from a few words...to a lengthy paragraph or two.



SUGGESTION: I strongly urge every blogger to use a tagline on your blog. It can give your blog that little extra edge of clarification or intrigue that could prevent a first-time reader from leaving your site, due to not seeing any personal relevance.



Now...let the experiment begin.

Decide if the following taglines are accurate and compelling, i.e., cause you to want to go visit the corresponding blogs for which they act as sub-titles.




VOTE for YOUR Favorite Taglines:

Post a comment or email me
and let me know which
blog taglines you like best!

Thanks!



LIST OF
BLOG TAGLINES
(in no particular order)



(1.) Codeye
http://codeye.busythumbs.com

"A Mister and Missus photoblog where you decide who makes dinner."


(2.) Blog of Leonid Mamchenkov
http://mamchenkov.net/wordpress

"You just stepped in a pile of posts."


(3.) Blog Sisters
http://blogsisters.blogspot.com

"Where men can link, but they can't touch."


(4.) Dvorak Uncensored
http://www.dvorak.org/blog

"Personal weblog of columnist John C. Dvorak.
Inside information, backgrounders, the unprintable."


(5.) Radical Corporate Art
http://radcorpart.busythumbs.com

"Business-oriented motivational posters
with catchy captions and servile slogans."


(6.) The Deevy Report
http://thedeevyreport.blogspot.com

"Weekly news and commentary on emerging workplace issues."


(7.) Working Smart
http://michaelhyatt.blogs.com/workingsmart

"The alternative to working hard!"


(8.) Naked Conversations (formerly: The Red Couch)
http://redcouch.typepad.com/weblog

"How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers, a book by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble."


(9.) Blogspotting (Business Week blog)
http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/blogspotting

"Where the worlds of business, media and blogs collide."


(10.) The Big Blog Company
http://bigblogcompany.net

"Oh wow, that's a big blog you've got there!"


(11.) Pro Blogger
http://www.problogger.net

"helping bloggers earn money"


(12.) The Intuitive Life Business Blog
http://www.intuitive.com/blog

"Leadership for the 21st century: online strategies and communications."


(13.) NevOn
http://nevon.typepad.com/nevon

"Neville Hobson's weblog: comment and opinion on business communication and technology."


(14.) The EGR (Entropy Gradient Reversals) Weblog
http://www.rageboy.com

"where we write at night when we should be sleeping. and it shows."


(15.) Jefflundberg.com/blog
http://jefflundberg.dyndns.org/blog

"no fuss, just the blog"


(16.) Dracula Blogged
http://infocult.typepad.com/dracula

"Bram Stoker's vampire novel, published by its own calendar."


(17.) Hello World
http://missinglink.typepad.com/hello_world

"Miscellaneous, by design."


(18.) Waiter Rant
http://waiterrant.blogspot.com

"Do you want pomme frites with that?"


(19.) Crossroads Dispatches
http://evelynrodriguez.typepad.com/crossroads_dispatches

"The generalist synthesist weblog - quite often about innovations in innovation and marketing. Juxtaposing the right brain and left. Yin and yang. Analytical and intuitive. Technical and visceral. Future and in-the-now. Intersection of technology, creativity, innovation, leadership, systems, beliefs, and worldviews. Eventually, on-the-road coverage from a world journey to the emerging creative class centers of the world."


(20.) HELLO, my name is blog
http://www.hellomynameisscott.blogspot.com

"Scott Ginsberg is an internationally recognized author, professional speaker, and 'that guy who always wears the nametag.' In this blog, Scott shares techniques, stories, and observations from his speeches, articles and books on how to become an UNFORGETTABLE communicator - one conversation at a time."


(21.) Ensight Business and Tech
http://www.ensight.org

"A business and technology blog written by a business and technology diehard. Made popular by being the first blog sold, the Google IPO, and Lemmings Online. Kept popular by viewers like you."


(22.) Fred On Everything
http://www.fredoneverything.net

"Scurrilous commentary by Fred Reed. CAUTION: Parental Discretion Advised. Consult your psychiatrist."


(23.) Micropersuasion
http://www.micropersuasion.com

"Steve Rubel blogs on how weblogs and citizen journalism are impacting public relations."


(24.) Chandrasutra
http://chandrasutra.typepad.com/chandra

"everything speaks in its own way"


(25.) Corporate Blogging.Info
http://www.corporateblogging.info

"Your Guide to Corporate Blogging"


(26.) Business Pundit
http://www.businesspundit.com

"Analysis on corporate strategy, economics, some occasional neuroscience, and anything else that interests me."


(27.) BlogWrite for CEOs
http://blogwrite.blogs.com

"Debbie Weil on how to write a thought leadership blog: tips, resources and blog coaching for CEOs and high-level execs."


(28.) What's Your Brand Mantra
http://brand.blogs.com/mantra

"Musings on Branding, Marketing and the Ecology of Business"


(29.) Decent Marketing
http://decentmarketing.typepad.com/weblog

"Decent (adj.) 1. Respectable, worthy. (Away with marketing that is interruptive, self-absorbed adn sometimes downright awful) 2. Kind. (Here's to marketers who really do put the customer first. Who try to create a relationship, to forge a mutually beneficial bond.) C'mon, fellow marketing people! Get tough. Get smart. Get nice. Get DECENT."


(30.) Don the Idea Guy's Brain Blog
http://www.mybrainblog.com

"Brainstorms, Babblings, Rants, and Tantrums from Don the Idea Guy.



(31.) Diva Marketing
http://www.bloombergmarketing.blogs.com

"An approach to marketing that's fun, bold and savvy...but always strategically aligned with your brand's objective."


(32.) Brand Autopsy
http://brandautopsy.typepad.com

"administered by williams and moore"


(33.) Thinking by Peter Davidson
http://peterthink.blogs.com

"Ideas and Commentary on Advertising, Branding, Marketing, Technology, and Culture"


(34.) MarketingVOX
http://www.marketingvox.com

"the voice of online marketing"


(35.) Chief Blogging Officer
http://www.chiefbloggingofficer.com

"information archaeology
dig deeper"


(36.) re:invention
http://reinventioninc.blogspot.com

"a toolbox for women-led businesses"


(37.) Radiant Marketing Group
http://radiantmarketinggroup.com

"putting the power of blogs to work for your business"


(38.) Fresh Inc. [Inc. Magazine Blog]
http://blog.inc.com

"The Resource for Growing Companies"


(39.) Wonderbranding for Women
http://michelemiller.blogs.com/marketing_to_women

"Marketing to Women"


(40.) Blog Business World
http://blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com

"Blogs in business, marketing, public relations, and search engine optimization for successful entrepreneurs."


(41.) Nick Usborne Excess Voice
http://nickusborne.typepad.com

"Looking for the best in online writing."


(42.) PR Thoughts
http://prplanet.typepad.com

"Public Relations - PR Strategy - PR Practice - IT"


(43.) Church of the Customer
http://customerevangelists.typepad.com

"All about word of mouth, customer evangelism, and citizen marketers."


(44.) B L Ochman's What's Next Blog
http://www.whatsnextblog.com

"Internet strategy, marketing, public relations, politics with news and commentary."

"from whatsnextonline.com"


(45.) Contentious
http://blog.contentious.com

"News and musings on how we communicate in the online age."


(46.) Fast Company Blog
http://blog.fastcompany.com

"How Smart People Work"


(47.) Boing Boing
http://www.boingboing.net

"A directory of wonderful things."


(48.) SIMPLICITY (John Maeda)
http://weblogs.media.mit.edu/SIMPLICITY

"at the MIT Media Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts"


(49.) Peterme.com (Peter Merholz)
http://www.peterme.com

"Links, thoughts, and essays from Peter Merholz"


(50.) Kottke
http://www.kottke.org

"home of fine hypertext products"


(51.) JOHO the Blog
http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger

"David Weinberger's weblog. Let's just see how it goes."


(52.) Gaping Void
http://www.gapingvoid.com

"Cartoons drawn on the back of business cards by Hugh Macleod"


(53.) Don't Blog
http://dijest.com/dontblog

"Headlines from the Future of the Weblog Backlash (In Progress)"


(54.) Kurzweil AI.net
http://www.kurzweilai.net

"Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence News"


(55.) John Battelle Search Blog
http://battellemedia.com

"memories can last forever...cherish them"


(56.) The Vision Thing
http://www.thevisionthing.com

"Business. Process. Management."


(57.) Vaspers the Grate
http://www.vaspersthegrate.blogspot.com

"Web research. Web usability analysis. Blogology. Presented by Steven Streight. CONTACT: vaspersthegrate [at] yahoo [dot] com"


(58.) Blog Core Values
http://www.blogcorevalues.blogspot.com

"Blog ethics. Blog guidelines. Effective business blogging tips.
Blog Core Values = Authenticity. Passion. Transparency.
Credibility. Individualism. Creativity. Originality. Integrity.
I AM: Steven Streight. EMAIL: vaspersthegrate [at] yahoo [dot] com"


(59.) Half Bakery
http://www.halfbakery.com

[A rotating variety of taglines, including the following...]

"I think, therefore I'm thinking"

"Birth of a Notion"

"I see bread people"

"Bite Me"

"You think: aha! We go: ha ha!"

"It's the thought that counts."

"Almost as great as sliced bread."

"Nice swing, no follow through."

"But wait! There's less!"

"You gonna finish that?"

"actual products may differ from illustration"





vaspersthegrate [at] yahoo [dot] com Posted by Hello



Now...it's your turn.

Which blogs do YOU think
have the best taglines?

Have any of these blogs
inspired you to improve
your tagline?


Post a comment, or email me YOUR opinion.

Thanks a lot!



[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate aka Leopold the Told

3 comments:

BL said...

iFulfill.com president Paul Purdue's weblog about innovation, growth, values, and fulfillment in running a multimillion dollar internet company and still having a family life.
http://www.ifulfill.com/weblog/

B.L. Ochman's What's Next Blog
http://www.whatsnextblog.com

"Internet strategy, marketing, public relations, politics with news and commentary."

steven edward streight said...

Yes, that tagline for iFull.com is excellent, BL.

Hey, how are you doing my sister in blogging?

Thanks for stopping by. You have been posting some very interesting and vital posts recently. Smart.

Your tagline is also very good.

Why would any blog NOT have a tagline or description text?

A missed opportunity to clarify and promote and help orient readers.

steven edward streight said...

BL--

Oh. Sorry. Now I see. You provided your tagline, as it appears in the location bar at the very top of the browser.

On my Firefox browser, it's truncated, so I can't read the entire text.

I am going to correct your tagline text in my article, but consider putting it in the actual blog itself, or am I just not seeing it?

:^0