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BlogTalkRadio 101 and BlogTalkRadio Insider: Good for Beginners

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If you’re new to BlogTalkRadio, you no doubt have already visited the BlogTalkRadio Learning Center, with its useful tips and screencasts. Did you know there are also a couple of shows you can listen to that will help you get started?

BlogTalkRadio 101

The first, BlogTalkRadio 101 is hosted by Nikki Starr. Nikki answers all of your questions about BlogTalkRadio, especially those that have to do with getting started. Each week, Nikki  takes calls, answer questions from chat and touch on issues having to do with equipment, switchboard, chatrooms and the legalities of using music for your show.

No question is too small or too silly and Nikki answers in a thoughtful, easy to understand manner. If anything about BlogTalkRadio confuses you, or if you just have a question, stop by. You’ll be happy you did!

BlogTalkRadio 101 airs every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. EDT, but don’t worry if you missed the live eppy, you can also catch the archived episodes on demand.

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BlogTalkRadio Insider goes inside BlogTalkRadio and brings you interviews with the folks who work all our behind the scenes magic.  Co-hosted by TV Talk’s Shaun Daily and BlogTalkRadio’s Community Manager, Deborah Ng, Insider interviews a member of the BlogTalkRadio team and one of our hosts each week. Learn what it’s like to work for our tech or host services department, or about the day in the live of a BTR staffer, or tune in to find out our hosts’ favorite equipment or traffic tips.

BlogTalkRadio Insider airs Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. EDT, and again, all episodes are available on demand for later listening.

Do You Need a Thick Skin for an Online Presence?

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Negativity should be treated like water off a duck's back

An interesting discussion on BlogTalkRadio Insider yesterday carried over into the chatroom. The topic was chatroom etiquette and the discussion was whether or a not a thick skin is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to maintain an online presence.  We talked about disagreeing with others.  There are ways to do it, that aren’t acceptable – calling names, for instance. There are also ways of disagreeing so that respectful conversation ensues. It was suggested that many online personalities took respectful disagreement as a personal affront, when in reality it’s nothing more than a difference of opinion.

As someone who has had an online presence for a decade now, I can say I’ve seen all types. Those who agree or disagree respectfully, those who use anonymity to give them “keyboard courage” as fuel for trolling, and those who have no idea how to debate without resorting to name calling or personal attacks. As I moved up in the blogging and social media world, my skin did indeed grow thicker.

No one deserves to have a negative online experience, especially if they’re presenting their point of view in a respectful, thoughtful and intelligent manner. Not every disagreement is an attack, however.  It’s like being a duck and letting it flow off your back. Positivity breeds positivity and negativity breeds more of the same.  Yes, a thick skin is necessary for an online presence, but that’s not a negative thing. It means you have the ability to remain upbeat even when presented with a situation that’s less than ideal.

Here are some rules of thumb for when others disagree:

  • Consider the tone – is the other person really picking a fight or he is simply presenting another point of view?
  • Consider your community – how will they feel about all the negativity? What message are you sending them when there are constant heated exchanges? Who is worth more energy, the person who disagrees or the people who come to hear or read what you have to say everyday?
  • Before responding in anger take a little time - think about what was said and consider what kind of response is needed. When firing off an angry comment, sometimes it’s best to write what you want and walk away before pressing send.  Coming back a few hours later may present it all in a whole other light and you’ll probably reconsider an angry retort.
  • Disagreement is not a personal affront or insult – If people are a part of your community or coming to read or hear what you have to say it means they respect your opinion. By responding to their comments in a thoughtful manner, you’re offering that same respect in return.

I’d love to read your thoughts. Is a thick skin necessary for an online presence? How do you respond to someone who disagrees with your point of view?

Discuss…

Holla if You're a Long Time BlogTalkRadio Host!

Today on BlogTalkRadio Insider, Shaun and I are hoping to talk with some of our “older” BlogTalkRadio hosts. If you have been with us for some time and would like to compare BlogTalkRadio as it is now to as it was “back in the day” we hope you’ll call in!

Even if you’re not a long time host, we still love to hear from you. Drop by to chat with other members of the BlogTalkRadio community, and tell us about your shows! BlogTalkRadio Insider is your show – where we allow all of our hosts a little shameless self promotion and talk about what’s on your mind. We look forward to seeing you today at 4:00 EST.

Holla if You’re a Long Time BlogTalkRadio Host!

Today on BlogTalkRadio Insider, Shaun and I are hoping to talk with some of our “older” BlogTalkRadio hosts. If you have been with us for some time and would like to compare BlogTalkRadio as it is now to as it was “back in the day” we hope you’ll call in!

Even if you’re not a long time host, we still love to hear from you. Drop by to chat with other members of the BlogTalkRadio community, and tell us about your shows! BlogTalkRadio Insider is your show – where we allow all of our hosts a little shameless self promotion and talk about what’s on your mind. We look forward to seeing you today at 4:00 EST.

BlogTalkRadio Insider Returns Today!

BlogTalkRadio Insider, the talk show for the BlogTalkRadio community returns today. Join Shaun Daily and me, your Community Manager, as we discuss issues affecting hosts and listeners. Feel free to call in with any questions or join us in the chat. This is a great opportunity to tell us about your shows too!

Hope to see you today at 4:00 p.m. EST.

What’s Going On? July 10, 2008

The Real World's Kimberly Alexander

The Real World's Kimberly Alexander

There’s so much going on today I don’t even know where to start! We have rappers and reality stars and even Yours Truly, so rather than waste your time with the small talk, I’ll get right to it.

Kimberly Alexander, one of the stars of The Real World on MTV, is a guest on Hollywood Hits today at 2:00 p.m. EST. Kimberly will talk about what went down in the house and offer her perspective about certain events. Don’t miss this EXCLUSIVE.

On BlogTalkRadio Insider today Shaun is offering tips for hosts and a look at some of the behind the scenes action here at BTR. Oh and did I mention I’ll be a guest? Stop by and say hello today at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Don’t miss the FlyLady & Friends hour today at 2:00 p.m. EST. Take a listen and see why Marla Cilley is one of our most popular hosts.

On Buzzworthy Radio today Scott Bryce, former Craig Montgomery on CBS Daytime’s As the World Turns, will be stopping by! Hear him speak about playing the character of Craig off and on for over 20 years, as well as his recent portrayal of the character this past year. Also, fans/listeners will be able to participate in this event. Call in at (646)595-4228. The fun begins today at 4:30 p.m. EST.

On Spotlight today everything you wanted to know about identity theft but were afraid to ask. Guests include Jay Foley from the Identity Theft Resource Center and credit reporting expert Attorney Robert Sola, with the National Association of Consumer Advocates. That’s at 1:00 p.m. EST.

On D’Antoni and Levine we’re digging into the Netroots. What influence will the Netroots Nation Conference have on the upcoming election? Join Art and Tom and their guest Isaiah J. Poole, executive editor of OurFuture.org, the website of Campaign for America’s Future. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years, most recently at Congressional Quarterly, where he covered congressional leadership and tracked major bills through Congress. Listen in today at 5:30 p.m. EST.

Glosslip Radio will be doing a special two-hour show featuring author, sex and relationship columnist and TV personality, Anna David. Anna’s book Party Girl was released in 2007 and her next book Kept Waiting will be released March of 2009. In their second hour, they will feature “Martin” a member of Anonymous and a lawyer who will be discussing civil rights, freedom of speech and how to stay legal during protest against the Church of Scientology. They’ll be taking calls too! Don’t miss the extended programming beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Don’t forget, all of these segments are available on demand immediately following the live broadcast!

Enjoy your day, listen while you work.


What's Going On? July 10, 2008

The Real World's Kimberly Alexander

The Real World's Kimberly Alexander

There’s so much going on today I don’t even know where to start! We have rappers and reality stars and even Yours Truly, so rather than waste your time with the small talk, I’ll get right to it.

Kimberly Alexander, one of the stars of The Real World on MTV, is a guest on Hollywood Hits today at 2:00 p.m. EST. Kimberly will talk about what went down in the house and offer her perspective about certain events. Don’t miss this EXCLUSIVE.

On BlogTalkRadio Insider today Shaun is offering tips for hosts and a look at some of the behind the scenes action here at BTR. Oh and did I mention I’ll be a guest? Stop by and say hello today at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Don’t miss the FlyLady & Friends hour today at 2:00 p.m. EST. Take a listen and see why Marla Cilley is one of our most popular hosts.

On Buzzworthy Radio today Scott Bryce, former Craig Montgomery on CBS Daytime’s As the World Turns, will be stopping by! Hear him speak about playing the character of Craig off and on for over 20 years, as well as his recent portrayal of the character this past year. Also, fans/listeners will be able to participate in this event. Call in at (646)595-4228. The fun begins today at 4:30 p.m. EST.

On Spotlight today everything you wanted to know about identity theft but were afraid to ask. Guests include Jay Foley from the Identity Theft Resource Center and credit reporting expert Attorney Robert Sola, with the National Association of Consumer Advocates. That’s at 1:00 p.m. EST.

On D’Antoni and Levine we’re digging into the Netroots. What influence will the Netroots Nation Conference have on the upcoming election? Join Art and Tom and their guest Isaiah J. Poole, executive editor of OurFuture.org, the website of Campaign for America’s Future. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years, most recently at Congressional Quarterly, where he covered congressional leadership and tracked major bills through Congress. Listen in today at 5:30 p.m. EST.

Glosslip Radio will be doing a special two-hour show featuring author, sex and relationship columnist and TV personality, Anna David. Anna’s book Party Girl was released in 2007 and her next book Kept Waiting will be released March of 2009. In their second hour, they will feature “Martin” a member of Anonymous and a lawyer who will be discussing civil rights, freedom of speech and how to stay legal during protest against the Church of Scientology. They’ll be taking calls too! Don’t miss the extended programming beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Don’t forget, all of these segments are available on demand immediately following the live broadcast!

Enjoy your day, listen while you work.