Blog Digest

4 Jul 2008

From fashionistas to comics and comedians, the Blog Digest offers a peek at the weird and wonderful world of the blogosphere.

The Small Business Blog

There is a lot of information out on the web that could be crucial to your business intelligence as an SME owner/manager but where do you find the time to go googling and keep track of it all?

But never fear as Stefan Topfer, CEO and chairman of WinWeb, can do this for you. He does a regular news roundup hitting all the major Irish and UK newspapers as well as specialist business sites. Some of this info is related to the online aspect of running your small business but it also covers EU regulations, banking and economic issues.

Still don’t have time to read through all of Topfer’s news items? No worries because each one comes in a podcast version so you can listen in the morning while ironing your shirt, feeding the cat and catching up on email via your BlackBerry.

Bscene Social

Whether you’re a fashionista or not, it’s always tempting to keep tabs on the beautiful people, which is why we always sneak a look at the gossip section of the Sunday papers whilst proudly proclaiming we would never be caught dead reading Heat or Hello.

The Dublin-based model agency b scene is hip to this and Sean Montague updates religiously, keeping us abreast of the latest fashion shoots and launch parties b scene models and employees have attended, and giving us lots of insight and a bit of gossip along the way.

By Marie Boran

Clamnut comix

The fortune of the comic could well be revived by the internet. Image-conscious businesspeople may not want to spend their lunch break poring over the adventures of the Green Lantern or Strontium Dog in Easons but having a sneaky peek at their childhood heroes online is a safe way to partake in this guilty pleasure.

The short, sharp, shock provided by the comic strips of Dublin graphic artist Bob Byrne is a quick fix for the office blues. His website and blog contain a range of free downloadable comic panels, all of them well-written, well-drawn and often explicit. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but will appeal to the lapsed comic reader amidst many jaded white-collar drones.

Why, That’s Delightful (pictured)

Father Ted co-creator and The IT Crowd writer Graham Linehan doesn’t need to blog – Channel 4 stuffs wads of crisp sterling notes through his letterbox whenever he commands – which is the reason that Why, That’s Delightful is the perfect example of what a blog should be.

Linehan uses the site to share what he’s doing and what he finds funny with his readers. He genuinely seems to get a kick out of interacting with his fans and if the blog helps him pick up a few new ones, all the better. He also says he sees it as a way of keeping his finger on the pulse and stirring his creative juices, a good lesson for any artist or businessperson out there.

By Niall Byrne