Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Ghouls and Goblins on Halloween


Hi there, the skeletons are out to do damage today so look out. Lots of nasties! For example, read this message board thread and then come back to this blog to read what i have to say about it. Here is the link to the thread: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147242-i225-k853230-Adventure_Antigua_The_Blog-Antigua_Antigua_and_Barbuda.html

One of the very nice people who enjoyed my tour and who has made comments on my blog decided to post about it on trip advisor. The funny thing is that i have not asked anyone to post my blog link anywhere but people have done it on several message boards.

Ahhh the words "blog and message boards or forums" together....... for the benefit of Terry and others who seem to have a big sleepless night problem with me writing a blog, i will just enlighten them on the definition of a blog and explain the difference between blogs, message boards and forums.

Here goes: Blog is short for weblog. "A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site."
www.bytowninternet.com/glossary

Ok guys here are some definitions i found on google for what a message board is: "An application that allows users to post and reply to messages from other users and review the flow of a discussion. Also known as a discussion group."

What about a "forum": "An online discussion group, where participants with common interests can exchange open messages."

Well i know that even a ghoul or a goblin would be able to see how a blog is different from message boards or forums.

The kids these days love to say something like "dont be a hater".....and i think that this phrase is so perfect here. I am not trying to "spin" anything or mislead anyone. Please check the title of this BLOG and it's description. It is totally clear what the intention of this blog is. It is part of my website and company. It is not a message board or a forum terry. I have the moderation feature to make sure people don't post links to porn sites or other crap that would be so easy if it was an unmoderated blog.

It is incredible that some who are rated as "local experts" on trip advisor would be so negative about about this blog and in one case about my family. "I don't mean to be disrespectful", but if you actually lived here in Antigua you would be more tolerant of what i am trying to do. I do have a commercial interest in my blog for sure and i am not saying otherwise. Its up to you if you want to read it or post a comment.
I didn't post the url for this blog anywhere other than on my www.adventureantigua.com site, and i don't go on message boards using either of my urls in my signature. Many businesses promote the hell out of their own companies on these "free message boards" using their emails and web site urls without people asking for it.
Again for the benefit of the ghouls and goblins who didn't see the title of the description of this blog......here goes:

Adventure Antigua - The BLOG!!!!!!
This is a blog set up by Eli Fuller (me) to help the company keep up with the times and to promote our little country to prospective guests. It's also to make sure that new info is passed on quickly and also to receive feedback in order to make our company the best it can be in this extremely competitive little market. Make comments anytime you want, but if you want to book a tour please goto the main site.

4 comments:

Stupot said...

Congratulations Eli, I hope that's put 'em in their places. I understand what you are trying to do, and have been following your BLOGS with much interest. It's so unfortunate you have to deal with some old cynics that do not understand what you are trying to achieve.

Personally I have probably gained more information from you sites (about Antigua) than I have from Antigua Tourism.

I really couldn't give a toss that you are promoting your business. I have a business employing several people (on a small island) and I'm only too aware of how important raising my own company's profile is, something your fellow countryman obviously DO NOT understand. They were either born with silver spoons in their mouths - or have no idea of how to run a business or the resposibility you have to your employees.

Still enough of the whining . . . You keep up the good work Eli and don't let them get to you !!

Best regards

Stuart (Guernsey, Channel Islands)

jenny said...

Good comments, enjoyed tours, great blog My tripadvisor post 'mun' was
intended to be a positive acknoledgment that your blog is a clever
advertisement for your company it also allows visitors to have a feeling of
belonging. I apologise if you took offense to the term 'spin'. Good
luck, keep posting.

Antiguan_life said...

Sorry to hear that comments were made about your family. how "disrespectful" of them!. Most people that are envious of your success will have nothing good to say. I recently encountered this myself. I attended the Home Expo Design show last week and was introduced to other designers and architects. Once I mention my name - the shocking response was "oh you're Vanessa!" to find out that a particular retailer has thrashed my name within the local Kitchen Design industry - need i say who! Furthermore, my clients are not local so this doesn't affect me but since I am the only qualified Kitchen Designer on island, it's a threat. Especially when their clients have contacted me to revise nonfunctional Kitchen drawings designed by the so said "Kitchen retailer/designer" . I guess what i am trying to say is this won't be the last of it. Chin Up and continue providing a great service._V_

AdventureAntigua said...

thanks to you all. it was a long flight to miami with lost bags and all, and when someone sent me the trip advisor link i had to vent. mun, stu, and v, thanks for the words here.