The Chain Letter Blog Post Craze

I have been tagged by Alex Bellinger at SmallBizPod in the chain-letter blogging meme.

Here is the way it works. I have to answer five questions. Actually, I understand I can change the first four if I wish, but I must answer the fifth question exactly as is. Then I get to tag five other people to answer the questions. They in turn can tag five others. (That’s where it resembles a chain letter.) And so on.

So what’s in it for you? Reading the answers is a good way to get to know other people online.

Here are the five questions and my answers:

1. What have you learned so far from visitors to your blog?

  • Readers — that’s you I’m talking to — hunger for a personal connection on the Web. The blog style of writing provides that personal connection, with the glimpses of personality that peek through. Blog writing appeals in ways that more formal styles of writing do not.

    I spend hours and days writing polished, professional articles each month for magazines and various publications and I am proud of the care I put into them. But I usually get the biggest reaction from my blog posts, with their informal and personal style of communication. Call it social media at its finest.

2. If someone would offer to pay for a course (or more) for you, what would that course be?

  • I would take a course from a speech coach — a really intensive course from a world-class coach — for public speaking. When I moved my radio program over to, Lee Mirabal who is the host of Entrepreneur Radio, gave me a one-hour coaching session over the phone on how to be a radio host. It was the most beneficial hour I’d ever spent. In a similar fashion, I’d like to get coaching from a good public speaking coach. Professionals like that are attuned to nuances that most of us do not even realize exist unless pointed out.

3. Are you satisfied with what you’ve achieved in 2006, in general?

  • In some ways I am satisfied, but I always keep striving. I have several new goals for 2007: get McGraw-Hill to offer me a book deal; start a paid subscription newsletter; find additional sponsors for my radio show.

4. Has blogging changed your life or your personality in any way?

  • Blogging and podcasting have changed the shape of my business and given it higher visibility. I don’t think that blogging has changed me as a person, however. Hey, I am as big a fan of blogging as the next person, but let’s not go overboard.

5. If you had the opportunity to meet one person that you admire the most in the world, who would that person be?

  • There are dozens of people I would love to meet. Near the top of the list would be Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, whose products have changed modern existence in so many ways, and his wife Melinda. She obviously has played a huge role in turning billions of dollars toward good works.

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Now it’s time for me to tag five people to answer these same questions on their blogs. So I tag: Steve Rucinski; Anthony Cerminaro; Shawn Hessinger; Kirsten Osolind; and Noel Bautista. And just for good measure, I will add in Becky McCray.


Anita Campbell - CEO

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses, and also serves as CEO of

5 Reactions

  1. Anita, I love your intended goal for 2007 “get McGraw-Hill to offer me a book deal.” Pursue that goal wholeheartedly! It’s a fantastic idea and I wish you luck!

  2. Hi Anita,

    I like your second point about getting a coach for public speaking. I noticed it did not appear in your goals for 2007 😉

    If you want to get some tips t improve your public speaking, please visit my website there are a few tips there that can help you. If you want, send me an e-mail through the website and I will add you to my newsletter.


    Darren Fleming

  3. Anita Campbell

    Thanks, Darren! I went over to your website and reviewed your article, Stand Up and Speak (I think that was the name). Very nice. I especially liked the part about setting your mobile phone’s timer on vibrate, to remind you when your time is up. Quite innovative.


  4. Thanks. I’m glad you liked it.

    Good luck with your public speaking!


    Darren Fleming
    Public Speaking Coach

  5. Anita,
    I liked your response to the first question. You just talked like a professional blogger. I think this is the success mantra of blogging. You have to have the spirit to connect with your readers or else blogging is useless. Wish you best of luck!!!

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