An occasional blog to accompany the business news on BBC Breakfast.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Welcome to Declan's blog

Hi,

Here is my first foray into the world of blogging.

Let me know how I'm doing by posting a comment on my blog.

148 Comments:

Blogger John G said...

Declan, Are you actually going to keep in up dated?

6:53 AM

 
Blogger Steve Connor said...

Companies should definitely get online and respond to comments, criticism and feedback!

6:54 AM

 
Blogger incka said...

Where's Marxian economics gone to these days?

6:54 AM

 
Blogger Mutant said...

First post!

Great blog!

6:54 AM

 
Blogger Dom said...

I think you need to write more. :)

6:54 AM

 
Blogger Jon said...

Nice blog :)

6:54 AM

 
Blogger Melodysk said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of Bloggers Declan :)

6:54 AM

 
Blogger Deek Deekster said...

Declan - ask him to replace those "Edit me" links with links to sites like mine :)

Carry on blogging!

6:54 AM

 
Blogger neomilan said...

Hello declan, hope to see more on this blog

i am liking you and your business news
keep up the good work

-Milan

6:54 AM

 
Blogger Chris Barber said...

Declan you are a genius! Keep up the great work!

6:55 AM

 
Blogger Program.X said...

Declan, declanbizblog.blogspot.com is an Internet Address, not a email ;)

Glad to know you're openiong up for feedback. You da man!

6:55 AM

 
Blogger Mike Fisher said...

Hi Declan,

Love your first post! Looking forward to the next one :)

6:55 AM

 
Blogger mjmuk said...

Declan,

Great to see your blog.

Interesting set of jobs you did last week! Great segment of the Breakfast show.

6:55 AM

 
Blogger neomilan said...

oh and i also have my own blog
here

6:55 AM

 
Blogger Oscar said...

Woohoo first comment!

6:55 AM

 
Blogger Nick K. said...

I love Blogs!

I great example of freedom of expression!

Companies, BEWARE!

Nick K.

6:56 AM

 
Blogger AleB said...

Wellcome to the blog word! :-)

6:56 AM

 
Blogger Ern said...

The Scab

"After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab."

"A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles."

"When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out."

"No man (or woman) has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with. Judas was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself." A scab has not.

"Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. Judas sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver. Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commision in the british army." The scab sells his birthright, country, his wife, his children and his fellowmen for an unfulfilled promise from his employer.

Esau was a traitor to himself; Judas was a traitor to his God; Benedict Arnold was a traitor to his country; a scab is a traitor to his God, his country, his family and his class."

6:56 AM

 
Blogger Marcos Scriven said...

Hmmm - not everyone has prime time BBC advertising for their blog...

6:56 AM

 
Blogger Dan Hill said...

Welcome to the 'sphere Declan.

6:56 AM

 
Blogger Oscar said...

Damn. Not the first.

The title for fist Spambot is still available..

6:57 AM

 
Blogger Stuart Bruce, PR Consultant said...

Hello Declan. Your Newsnight business colleague Paul Mason already has a BBC blog. You should keep this up. But you need to move away from the free Blogger and use a platform that businesses could actually use!

http://www.stuartbruce.biz

6:57 AM

 
Blogger Julie said...

Looking forward to seeing more content, welcome to the blog world!

6:57 AM

 
Blogger Russell said...

Wow, it works. But companies should do the only reasonable thing, join in, disguss and have a good blogging.

6:58 AM

 
Blogger Chris T said...

This is my first time as a blogger too.

keep the fire burning

6:59 AM

 
Blogger Camulus_uk said...

WELCOM TO THE WORLD OF BLOG :)

7:00 AM

 
Blogger David said...

Nice blog

7:00 AM

 
Blogger theTrekker said...

Welcome online!

There is no question that companies who do not create and maintain a blogging response policy will fail in protecting their brand, values and customer service levels. Would companies allow people publishing any type of critisism in a paper without responding?

7:00 AM

 
Blogger Kevin Roche said...

Hi Declan,

Welcome to the Blogging world.

7:00 AM

 
Blogger Amanda Rose said...

Just seen your item on Breakfast. I've been blogging for a few months now. I just wish someone would leave some comments on my blog. Hint hint!
Good luck and best wishes. Amanda Rose.

7:00 AM

 
Blogger Lady Blogger said...

Declan, welcome to the 21st century. Now the trick is to keep it interesting!

7:00 AM

 
Blogger McP` said...

Inspiring!

7:00 AM

 
Blogger mum said...

declan - this is your mum, would you get some milk on the way home?
xxx

7:00 AM

 
Blogger michael said...

You always make biz sound like FUN - I'm sure it's not really!

7:00 AM

 
Blogger chaco or bust said...

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7:00 AM

 
Blogger McP` said...

Inspiring!

7:01 AM

 
Blogger Peter James said...

The hype and hysteria from corporations regarding blogs is completely out of proportion - just like the Millennium bug nonsense was. Now numbering in hundreds of millions, they are the refuge of the born complainer and the devious marketeer trying to promote products. Ultimately, they will be ignored. Just watch this space!
Peter James

7:02 AM

 
Blogger BobCesca said...

Hi Declan

Kind of annoying you chose a blog where you can't do anonymous comments...:(

Blogs can be really good, and i've read some that really let you know how terrible or how great a company is. However, when it's praising someone I tend to get a bit cinical and wonder if it's just covert advertising. Also, you can't trust everyone on the net and there are people who will just whine about anything, whether it's true or not.

Congratulations to blogspot for the free advertising, courtesy of the BBC

x

7:02 AM

 
Blogger DrDavid said...

Please dont forget to keep giving us the FTSE news - dont forget the basics of your breakfast slot

DrDavid

7:03 AM

 
Blogger Theo said...

Hi Declan,

Needs work! How much flexibility do you have with the site address?

7:03 AM

 
Blogger Robert said...

24 comments in 10 minutes? That's the power of BBC ONE.

Paul Mason does good work, but his blog is now hosted on TVC's own platform.

7:03 AM

 
Blogger Warby said...

Hey D,
This is my first view of a blog, on the face of it a great idea... but seems to fill up with rubbish pretty quick, don't you think?

7:03 AM

 
Blogger Chris Pittock said...

Good for you Declan. Keep up the good work, but don't forget to keep your Blog up tp date.

Later Dude 8-)

7:03 AM

 
Blogger Chris T said...

looks like another site i'll need to filter at school!!!

7:04 AM

 
Blogger Graham said...

Declan - well done but allowing open comment posting for a media promoted blog cannot work as a useful resource. Better to apply some,albeit light, control such as

7:04 AM

 
Blogger mc said...

Well done Declan. I do have a finance question which is as follows:

Can a Tax Free Mini cash ISA be a substitute for a non company pension scheme?

Cheers.

7:05 AM

 
Blogger Mags said...

Where are the photos Declan? ~wink~

7:05 AM

 
Blogger kevgroom said...

Hi Declan, Nice Blog! how do I forecast the stock market to make enough money to buy smart suits like yours please?

7:05 AM

 
Blogger Warby said...

Sadly I totally agree with Peter James @ 11:02 PM. Thing's on T'Internet move so fast I suspect Blogging will continue but never be a major article withing the Internet. Too much "SPAM" and whining I think, Bloggong will fade away to a minor function of the Net.

7:06 AM

 
Blogger Christopher Davies said...

You do a great job, and I'm sure Bill's ribbing is just out of affection, or 'cos he would really like to perform on his own rather than with Sian; no, can't believe that.

7:06 AM

 
Blogger Janet G said...

Good Morning Declan

i love your spot in the mornings and i look forward to seeing your wee smiling face when i wake up. Keep up the good work. Love the page.

7:07 AM

 
Blogger kevgroom said...

Nice Blog Declan! I just set up my own High Definition TV Blog inspired by this mornings helpful feature...Best regards Kev groom

7:07 AM

 
Blogger Tricia said...

Good Morning Declan

Love your website and carry on the good work.

I'm sure I'll have lots more comments in the future.

Kind regards

Tricia

7:07 AM

 
Blogger Donjos said...

hi Declan

Love watching you in the morning, your so informative and you keep the information straight to the point.


Will you keep this site going with useful info?

thanks DJ

7:08 AM

 
Blogger Spikey said...

Never blogged before either

7:09 AM

 
Blogger peter said...

I don't know. Tsk. Me, I'm one of the UK's A-List bloggers and you won't even let me comment here.

Naked Blog (It's not rude!)

Peter, Leith

7:09 AM

 
Blogger itantiques said...

hi declan,just seen u on bbc24,can i have youre autograph,now youre famous,so i can sell it on ebay.haveaniceday,patrick

7:10 AM

 
Blogger Carl Jokl said...

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7:10 AM

 
Blogger Nicky Mackenzie said...

Surely the times are wrong - the posts I just read say 10.53pm to just after 11pm. It is 7.07am and this blog only started less than an hour ago?!?

7:11 AM

 
Blogger Carl Jokl said...

Hi Declan

I know lots of people with blogs. Generally though they are people with too much time on their hands!

7:12 AM

 
Blogger ratcatcher said...

You're doing an excellent job Declan (ask the boss for a pay rise!) :)

7:12 AM

 
Blogger craig&emma said...

Hi Declan,

Great Blog. When are Moira and Dermot's going to launch their blogs or are they allowed to use yours?

7:13 AM

 
Blogger Mike Fish said...

Hey Declan
Can we have a bit more quick info on the markets in your early spots for us who have to leave for work early.
Thanks
Mike

7:13 AM

 
Blogger monkeydesign.nl said...

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7:13 AM

 
Blogger spizzenergi.com said...

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7:14 AM

 
Blogger Kryten said...

Hi Declan
I would be really interested to know how firms are dealing with blogs complaining about poor customer service.
One lady took out a cheap Google small add about her dispute with a large company. Her blolgspot outranked the official company website on Google.

regards

Godfrey Holdcroft

7:16 AM

 
Blogger Mr G said...

Sadly it's probably true that anything spent by companies to have sufficient resource to respond to all possible blogs, would result in the cost being passed on to the consumer.

7:17 AM

 
Blogger monkeydesign.nl said...

you should include a stock market report and declans tip of the day etc - even up to the min trading figures via rss feeds - http://www.monkeydesign.nl/

7:20 AM

 
Blogger Carl Jokl said...

As we are takling about Business Criticism. I could say NTL Sucks!
We canceled our service with them in January and then noticed recently we are still being charged by them. When we phoned up to complain, they denied all knowledge of our cancellation. They want to take our 30 day's notice from now. We don't want to pay for their incompetence. We are canceling the direct debit and going to battle it out with them.

7:23 AM

 
Blogger itantiques said...

hello again declan,ive got a blog now too,thanks to you,but NOBODY has left a comment,can i have some time on the bbc like you.What do i have to do to get airtime with the beep,anyway i thought the bbc wasnt allowed to advertise,can i get a discount on my licence fee,pretty please.haveaniceday and may the forcebewithyou.

7:28 AM

 
Blogger frankydoodle said...

hi declan :)

well done for creating your own blog!!!

7:28 AM

 
Blogger Ferretisgreat.com said...

i like Deek Deekster's idea...

My Blog

Have fun with all the blogging

Chris

7:29 AM

 
Blogger Graham Jones said...

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7:29 AM

 
Blogger Bloggers Home Page said...

Declan, put your blog on Bloggers Home Page.com. This is a website where you can place your image or logo on the homepage, with a link to your blog or personal website. It's free! Hope to see you soon.

7:30 AM

 
Blogger Zoe said...

Ever since some little girl said you reminded her of a hamster a few years ago i haven't been able to look at you in the same way since ! hehe sorry :o)

7:30 AM

 
Blogger Program.X said...

Heres an idea for your Deccers...

Sell space on your big screen behind you to us poor bloggers who can't afford TV advertising.

7:30 AM

 
Blogger Michael Radcliffe said...

Hi Declan!

I wish my blog got as many comments as this!

Great idea though - I'd like to add my welcome to the blogosphere.

Happy blogging.

7:30 AM

 
Blogger TopDaz said...

This has got to be the most boring blog on the internet...

7:32 AM

 
Blogger Snafu said...

Should a BBC sponsored blog really allow unmoderated comments to be added in real time!?!

7:32 AM

 
Blogger Shane & Carly said...

Congrats on the blog Declan..

So can you tell us, is the newsreader 'Louisa' as gorgeous in person as she is when she reads me the news and weather every half an hour?

cheers,

-spargo

7:32 AM

 
Blogger k-786 said...

Very nice and smart declan. I must say I'm impressed but did you actually do this yourself huh?

7:32 AM

 
Blogger Neil Downey said...

Hiya,

Nice blog - finally got me to set one up to post what I get up to every night with the various clubs & associations I belong to.

Off to see "Pierrepoint" tonight so will try to do a review before bedtime :-)

Have fun posting.

Neil

7:32 AM

 
Blogger Rachael said...

Wow! Lucky you! You've had more 'hits' and comments on your Blog in less than an hour than I've had in 6 months to a year. Can't think why...

http://machineknittingblog.blogspot.com

7:33 AM

 
Blogger Jon Nutt said...

Hi,

like the idea, good use of blogging!

J.

7:33 AM

 
Blogger Ferretisgreat.com said...

Oh, and is it just me or are everyone just using this as a country-wide blog promotion tool?!?

7:33 AM

 
Blogger Graham Jones said...

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7:33 AM

 
Blogger Aeowolf said...

with a blog, content and presentaton are crucial.you need it be updated regularly and keep it interesting to get people to come back, and make it easy to read when they are there and not swamped with ads or let down by bad design.

7:34 AM

 
Blogger Tess said...

Hello,
this is a good idea, it shouldn't be just for today because it helps us get easy access to news!

Hahaha!

7:34 AM

 
Blogger citywebmaster said...

Mr Bloggy returns ? well done Declan, welcome to the wonderful world wide web...

7:35 AM

 
Blogger Tess said...

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7:35 AM

 
Blogger Richard Honey said...

Not a bad blog Dec...
Can you answer a question for me please....?
Seeing as business is so important to all of us, why is your slot so short...?

7:36 AM

 
Blogger Spraggsy said...

Hey, Declan Baby!
Declan's Blog! Terrific!
I tuned in the day you were a Dinnerlady, and you were fantabulous, but I missed the day when you became a Nit Nurse.
How about posting some stills of you digging out dem cooties and painting the heads purple of the kids with ringworm!
You're absoulutely tops Dec'!
We Love You!!!!

7:36 AM

 
Blogger Richard Honey said...

Not a bad blog Dec...
Can you answer a question for me please....?
Seeing as business is so important to all of us, why is your slot so short...?

7:36 AM

 
Blogger Keith Wilkinson said...

Declan,

You are very funny, great blog. Kepp up the goog work.

Keith

7:37 AM

 
Blogger Showie said...

too much junk

7:37 AM

 
Blogger John Boy said...

Great site when are you going to have time to keep it up.


John, Neyland W.Wales

7:38 AM

 
Blogger Owen Sweetman said...

Well done Declan, great start, this will be a good conduit for giving you instant market feedback

7:38 AM

 
Blogger AMP said...

Great idea keep it up

7:39 AM

 
Blogger Keith Wilkinson said...

I think today this blog will be full of junk comments, but if Declan keeps it I think it will be a great communication tool.

Keith

7:39 AM

 
Blogger Claudia said...

I'm glad you've got a blog, declan! Because you're a cute cuddly teddybear :D

7:40 AM

 
Blogger Anthony said...

Declan, I sometimes wish you would only read out figures and statistics that mean something to ordinary viewers - ie Your pound is worth 1.46 euros which is an increase.

Great that you are into blogging. Keep up the ringing of the changes of where you report from. I thought the reports on service industried was absorbing.

7:41 AM

 
Blogger Ofum said...

Morning, Declan,
You forgot to mention my kids and ladies coat manufacturing company "Jingles" and Chamonix" based in Bolton! Maybe not the same profile as Easyjet but we all work just as hard as Stelios!
Lenny Mervin in Bolton.

7:41 AM

 
Blogger Showie said...

too much junk

7:41 AM

 
Blogger Raier88 said...

How about a story on how High Street Banks make higher and higher profits while the staff salaries on the front line barely increase. The Sun had a story yesterday on Lloyds TSB staff getting a profit share of 3% of salary in shares that they can't sell for 3-5 years. Plus that the chairman got 1.9 MILLION salary and £460000 in pnsion top up. what would you rather get 3% or 2.5 MILLION?

7:44 AM

 
Blogger Jason Taylor said...

Hey Declan! I'm just wondering why you needed to get that guy into help you? Half an hour with the Blogspot help pages would have don ethe job! Still I'm sure he's very nice! :-)

7:45 AM

 
Blogger laura said...

Good Morning, Declan.

Welcome to the world of blogging. Hope you keep it up :)

7:47 AM

 
Blogger shetlandpeat said...

Not bad, just signed up myself.

7:48 AM

 
Anonymous simon a said...

what"s it all about ,blogs? blogging? my head hurts!

7:50 AM

 
Blogger fact totum said...

Really liked your series on people who serve - perhapsyou could do it again and get into the public sector such as community nursing or policework.

Perhaps little titbits of information each day would go down well!

7:52 AM

 
Blogger Snafu said...

Only the BBC would employ external consultants to advise how to use blogger!!

7:56 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Declan,

I think you are lush.

7:56 AM

 
Blogger Angellica said...

Hi Declan,

keep up the good work :)

7:56 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one will want to download movies for 20 quid! its madness i tell you! maaaaaaaaaaadness!!!!! i must go now and download a movie

7:56 AM

 
Anonymous DTL said...

Mornin'

7:56 AM

 
Anonymous dawggy said...

Yo yo yo, S'appenin dawg?

7:56 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get Kate to start a blog too.

7:57 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work shorty!

And I enjoyed that series on customer service too. perhaps you should do something like that more often!

7:57 AM

 
Anonymous ellie toyn said...

Declan are you going to keep this blog updated and if you are then why r u going to ?

7:57 AM

 
Anonymous Adam said...

i am definetly going to get a blog like you

7:57 AM

 
Anonymous Christopher Moss said...

Hi Declan. I may only be 13 years old but I love watching Breakfast. It wakes me up in the morning. I love the show and I think this is a great Idea. Please can you mention this on air because I watch till 8.00 Thank you Declan.
From Christopher Moss

7:57 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent Declan, keep it going

7:57 AM

 
Blogger mjmuk said...

The death of a blog is always sad, it was nice seeing this one through its short life!!

7:58 AM

 
Anonymous Chris J said...

On the first day of FTSE my stockbroker sold to me, two turtle doves and a parsnip in a pear tree.

7:58 AM

 
Anonymous Tony Rotherham said...

Hiya
Blogs are a good way to get communication going. However they should always be well maintained.
Does this mean I appear on TV?

7:58 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Declan
I love it that you have a blog. I enjoy watching you every day on the news. Don't close the blog....keep it open. Great way for the public to interact.
Sherrie

7:58 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Declan.... i bet you keep this going.... its a great idea and very cool. i really enjoy your FT thing, coz i understand it, the way you present it. hope you keep this up!!!! take care!

peace! Cheryl

7:58 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get Kate to start a blog too.

She needs to be put down the bog.

7:58 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Declan, you make a boring subject interesting. Keep up the good work.

Carol

7:59 AM

 
Anonymous Wilfried - NL said...

Here some fanmail from the Netherlands, like the way you bring the "serious" financial/economical information and trends in an entertaining, humouristic and nevertheless not cheap manner.

Well done!

7:59 AM

 
Blogger Michael said...

Declan, nice blog but remember; the Internet is a visual medium, where are those photos to back up your daily news?

7:59 AM

 
Blogger steve said...

I just did an Internet search on "blog Tesco" and got 2.1 million hits - it is unrealistic to expect companies to identify and respond to all informal online commentary.

8:00 AM

 
Blogger Bob Cotters said...

Well now we know how to get traffic to our websites!
Great Blog!

8:02 AM

 
Blogger Ashley1992 said...

Hi Declan I am 14 years old and live in the south-west and I love to watch you at the Stock Exchange in the morning as I seem to have a good day when you have a laugh!! But believe it or not I like finding out how the economy/FTSE and currency conversions are doing!!

Cheers, Ashley, Yeovil, Somerset.

8:02 AM

 
Blogger tom murray said...

Hi, Declan, I am a Virgin mobile customer, should I worry about the link with NTL, they have a poor record of customer service, unlike Virgin.
This is also my first foray into blog land

8:04 AM

 
Blogger Roger Johnson said...

Not bad for a beginner

8:04 AM

 
Blogger Colin S said...

Great Blog. Good idea going forward.

8:06 AM

 
Anonymous BOOG!£ said...

all of these pr people working for the big media consortiums make me laugh.always telling us about "convergance",that we need it and want it.are we heading towards a time when we have a gadget that does it all:pics,calls,gps positioning,media player but does all of the above poorly.wow.cant wait.3g worked really well didnt it!?20 billions for the contracts,a world of promises and what do we have to show for it?SOME providers streaming tv.....SO WHAT?! id rather not kill my eyes by staring at a 2 inch screen.anyway,going to work.this blogging lark is fun isnt it.....over and out.all the best deco

8:06 AM

 
Blogger Graham said...

Air lines & weight - how about the total weight of traveller & all luggage is taken into account. Above a pre set level each extra kilo is charged at a preset value.
This if adopted worldwide travellers & airlines would all beaware.(Any bulky but light items will still need addressing).
Graham

8:06 AM

 
Blogger Johnar said...

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8:06 AM

 
Blogger aelthric said...

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8:07 AM

 
Blogger Ian in Ayr said...

I think you should keep this running each day Declan

8:10 AM

 
Blogger Spadeadam said...

Hi Declan, well done on your first blog......this is my first blog post, Regards Mark C

8:10 AM

 
Blogger Tom said...

What a shame it is not a permanent fixture

8:10 AM

 
Blogger Albert Ross said...

Declan,

I heard mention of companies using blogs as semi-official mouthpieces, as you're well aware many are just the opposite.

Have a look at insanecorp.blogspot.com

Regards,
Albert

8:11 AM

 
Blogger londonmilk said...

Hey Declan, welcome to blogging!

8:12 AM

 
Blogger procureNET.biz said...

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8:12 AM

 
Blogger robert-clark said...

Declan, instead of closing it down at half 8, how about keeping it going? It's good.

8:13 AM

 
Blogger spizzenergi.com said...

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8:14 AM

 

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