A looooooong time ago, Leeann asked me to write a post about blogging about internal audit, so here goes. Most of this post applies to blogging on any subject, too.
First of all, there is a dearth of good internal audit blogs, and even less good IT audit blogs. So if you’re thinking about, we sure could use you in the blogsphere!
Writing a blog is hard work, and you often get tired of it. Life finds a way to get in the way. This is my 11th year of the blog (see the first post here), which, ironically, was written by skyyler. Fortunately, we’ve gotten better since that first year.
Blogging about internal audit is like a moon shining in a dark place… here’s my 10 tips…
Filed under Audit, Blogging
Have you ever wondered why I selected the picture above to represent my blog?
This picture illustrates so many aspects and nuances of this blog’s theme.
Here’s your chance to put on your thinking cap, and based on what skyyler and I have written about over the years, tell me what YOU think it represents.
As the comments roll in, we’ll comment on them.
Then, after a few weeks, I’ll peel back my brain and give you a peek inside as to what my reasons were.
Not sure how many of you will take me up on the challenge, but here goes…
Here’s the blog posts that all of you
liked best in 2014, based on hit count.
I’ve also included the most popular
posts from earlier years.
See if you missed any.
Filed under Blogging, Top 10
I occasionally blog about blogging, so to make these posts easier to find (and link to), here’s a list (index) of all the blogging posts on this blog, in alphabetical order, and by most popular.
I’ll add other posts as they are written.
I checked my personal email account and found I had 3 out-of-office replies from people who obviously belonged to the same organization. However, I had never emailed any of them.
At first I thought they were some kind of a malware emails, but they were text only and contained no links. So I just left them in my email box and wondered about them every time I saw them. Then I figured it out.
If you have a comment or criticism, sock it to me. I can take it. I want it.
Some of you have been great commentors and I appreciate it. For those of you who haven’t commented or have held back a bit, check out my reply to one of my critics (the Cow):
Using great titles and intro sentences are so critical to the success of your blog. Not only do they grab the attention of your reader, great titles and introductory sentences seduce search engines like Google into sending you even more readers.
See my update at the bottom….
I just noticed this alert in my blog admin console:
Howdy! Your current theme, PressRow, will soon be retired and your site will be upgraded to a brand new theme, Pilcrow. For more information on the switch, please read this announcement: Details on PressRow replacement, Pilcrow.
If you want to try out the cool new features in Pilcrow before then just header over to Appearance→Themes and activate Pilcrow—or check out any one of the other fantastic themes we’ve been adding lately.
I like PressRow, but I previewed how the blog would look with this new theme. Although others are complaining about changes, I didn’t see how this would change my blog. So why bring it up?
Top 5 Posts
Here’s the top 5 posts between January and June, 2010. If you missed one of these posts, you might want to check it out.
Teach Yourself ACL
This post about Audit Command Language (ACL) software gets twice as many hits as any other post. If you want to know why this bothers me, see the January 2010 review.
PWC Resignation Letter
The popularity of this one really surprised me. But then again, it’s funny, sad, and really hits home if you’re an auditor (or a recovering one).
Top 10 Pay-Boosting Tech Certifications
In addition to the list published by Dice, I added some comments, and describe how the CISSP has affected my salary.
Bloggers want to increase blog traffic and many are frustrated that people land on their home page but seldom seem to click on their posts. Other bloggers are frustrated that they don’t get more clicks.
The good news is that one simple change can solve both of those problems. I’m no TycoonBlogger, but it amazes me that more bloggers don’t know this simple secret. Every blogger that I’ve revealed this secret to has followed this simple advice and loved it. Want to know what it is?
I just realized that this blog is already one year old.
If you’re a blogger, have you saved your blog lately?
WordPress makes it easy. Here’s how to do it if you have a free blog:
Thanks to TycoonBlogger (my favorite “blogging” blogger), I finally know what this blog is about.
Based on his Find out your blog’s personality type post, I found and ran the Typealyzer tool against my blog. It analyzes a blog and provides its Myers- Briggs Type. Here’s what it said about this blog:
The analysis indicates that the author of https://itauditsecurity.wordpress.com/ is of the type:
You can be notified via email when I add a post to this blog. Just look to the right under Email Subscription and click the Sign me up! button. Enter your email address and I’ll do the rest.
If you have a blog of your own, I’d urge you to add this widget. It will help drive readers who haven’t checked back in a while that you’re still up and kicking.