Do you feel ghost blogging is fraudulent?

Today we sort of answer Karri’s question…do you feel ghost blogging is fraudulent?

Karri Flatla, AlphaWAHM
Dy Larson, InkThink VA

About Candy

My name is Candy and I own OffAssist. I've been a VA since February 2002 and work full time with my husband at it. We have been very successful and I am always being asked for just 2 minutes of my time. This is my way of giving everyone... "just 2 minutes of my time". Enjoy and please ask away!

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2 Responses to Do you feel ghost blogging is fraudulent?

  1. Karri Flatla March 24, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    “A good ghostblogger can use your voice.” Indeed! And to capture your voice requires the ghostblogger to know and understand your point of view on a very specific, intimate level, as you elude to. The key is engagement between the ghostwriter and the client (person who owns the blog). You have to be engaged with your content.

    Thanks for the mention, Candy :) And for helping us see that it’s not a black or white type of issue even though it appears so on the face of it.
    .-= Karri Flatla´s last blog ..Humility and Outsourcing: How to Be a Better Entrepreneur (and Person) =-.

  2. JustinR March 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    I’ve done what I guess are two “types” of ghostwriting for blogs. In some, it was simply a series of uncredited articles – it wasn’t that the site owner had their name at the top of each post, but rather it was as though it was the company itself speaking. Sometimes, though, it is literally putting words into someone else’s mouth. Some have been like Candy describes, taking someone else’s thoughts and giving them form.

    In one case, I subcontracted a job where I did it from start-to-finish. It was a corporate blog for a rather large (think household name) company which shall remain nameless, and a reasonably visible person within the firm. Neither I nor the person I was subcontracting for ever talked to the person whose name was on the posts – our contact was always with the PR department.

    There was very little idea-generation on their part at all – at it’s most specific it was things like “How about something about Twitter?” We wrote 1-2 items a day for them, and to be honest, we got the impression that they didn’t even read the items before sticking them up. It was a common joke between us that we’d better brush up on ventriloquism, because if the person was ever asked to speak on the subject, we’d have to do it for them.

    Do I think it was fraud? No. (I wouldn’t have done it if I thought it was.) Ghostwriting has been going on for years – there’s even speculation that Shakespeare didn’t write his plays. Sometimes it’s well-known ghostwriting (for example, anybody who thinks the President writes the State of the Union himself needs a reality check) and sometimes it’s not (the Nancy Drew books were written by a team of ghostwriters).

    Do I think it’s disingenuous? Sometimes. I don’t think there is anything deceptive about totally uncredited work, and provided the person “saying” it has reviewed what they’re “saying”, I don’t think there is about having someone else put your thoughts into words. I do think that having someone else come up with your ideas, write them, and post them without you ever reading them is extremely disingenuous – not to mention stupid, because eventually someone is going to figure out it isn’t you an you’re going to look like an idiot.

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