Olympics: Competitors allowed to blog

Nice to get permission:

The International Olympic Committee has issued blogging guidelines for the Beijing Olympics. This marks the first time competitors and officials have been given the green light to blog — albeit with some restrictions. According to the IOC, the Olympic bloggers’ posts are sanctioned only as a “legitimate form of personal expression” and “not a form of journalism.” If the IOC should choose to leverage it, giving fans easy access to athletes’ blogs would be a great way to pump up pre-Olympic enthusiasm around the world. (from WOMMA)

Wow. Bloging as a “legitimate form of personal expression” and “not a form of journalism.” I wonder if they are capturing the blogs under one blog banner, or if they are free to wander off to blogspot and wordpress and other personal sites? If they do it under a banner, it’s not really a “legitimate form of personal expression” then is it? It’s a “form of marketing”.

So I shall create an Olympic blog post to tell you how my training and preparation for the Olympics are progressing:

  • Set the alarm for 5:30am. Realised there was no waaaay I was going to get up that early so changed it to 7:30.
  • Slept through alarm and stumbled out of bed at 8:00 – too late for breakfast.
  • Put on gym clothes, admired myself in mirror, sat down in front of computer.
  • Realised it’s 6pm, still in gym clothes, have only eaten 2 oranges, cold toast, a Mars Bar and a slice of last nights pizza. However, did switch to Extra gum (sugar free).
  • Finished second bottle of wine with Catriona, stumbling into bed just before midnight. Set the alarm for 5:30am…

Stop sniggering: how are YOUR Olympic preps coming along? Anyway, I think having the Olympic competitors blog is a great idea.
Fuwa Phone

Though the phones are every kind of wunnerful, too.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

2 thoughts on “Olympics: Competitors allowed to blog

  1. Hello,

    May I suggest a link related to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games?

    Our site:

    URL: http://www.2008chinaolympics.com
    Title: Beijing Olympics

    Please let me know if you want a link back.
    Many thanks for your reply.

    Best Regards,


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