initial insights on blogging

My introduction to blogging has been in the form of micro blogging mainly with twitter (twitter.com/wheatley) & facebook to keep in touch with friends and family as full time work and study tends to eat away at my “social” time.  Strangely enough this makes catching up with people face to face difficult… “i know i saw it on your twitter/facebook page…”

Reading blogs on the other hand has become a major part of my general web use; catching up with the latest techonolgy on gizmodo/engadget, social engineering on lifehacker.com, following developers on codinghorror.com and spadgos.com and seeing what my favorite celebrities are up on kevinrose.com

Blogging is a quick and easy way to allow an audience to “catchup” on your insights on a wide variety of interests.  It has been a major criteria for any one/company that has had an internet based audience, but we are finally starting to see blogging filtering through to everyday forms of media and the general public.  It’s hard to turn on the TV or listen to the radio without hearing the magic T word “via twitter john thinks this latest song … rocked!” on triplej or “and a question from twitter…” on ABC’s Q&A.  Blogging is an important tool that corporate environments need to take advantage for the positives while trying to minimize the negatives.

Blogging now for me will provide a good medium to show my work interests, for development and social engineering, together with my personal life.  Through my current studies this semester I’ve really changed my view point on information from being something that you need to keep to yourself and use to your advantage, to something that needs to be shared and blogging seems to be a good way to start.

Sacha Chua as put together a balanced blog between work and her personal interests which has help her appeal to a wider demographic. Sacha has also taken advantage of social networking through friend feed and twitter to build a community and increase awareness of her activities.

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