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When this blog got started on Jul 25 2007, there were a few things I hadn’t anticipated about jumping with both feet into the Social Media ocean. I would like to thank publicly and recognize some real life folks who have answered questions, patiently explained things and told me I could do this Web 2.0 stuff, over the past 12 months: Bertalan Mesko (his blog is Scienceroll), David Rothman (his blog), Steve Chan, radiologist and chief RadRounds blogger and Surfactant whose beautiful images have inspired me to post ever more radiology and Emerging Technologies Librarian and educator par excellence, P. F. Anderson. Your advice has meant a great deal to a newbie.
So… 18,949 hits, 212 posts, 26 categories, 108 comments and 14,142 spams later here are a few things I think I learned:
~ Pre-Blog: Del.icio.us is a what ? Now: Many people are much better at meta-tagging than I am, and all of us can view their hand-picked sites. (I am KerC on del.icio.us). Thank you for sharing all that work.
~ Pre-Blog: Didn’t use RSS readers such as Bloglines or Google Reader to ‘collect’ blogs of professional or personal interest. Now: It is a most convenient way to see what others are buzzing about online, check out trends, read about who is covering what. Visit the account weekly.
~ Pre-Blog: YouTube is a source of entertainment. Now: Recognize that it is an essential reference source. Where else could I find all those medical student videos?
~ Pre-Blog: Little use or interest in virtual environments such as Second Life. Now: Realize that a great deal of quality learning and instruction can take place in virtual environments, which represent a democratic, efficient, equalized way to distribute information or share knowledge regardless of physical location, geography, socioeconomic status, level of education or physical limitations.
Your online avatar can be studious, a hottie, alien-like or otherwordly. Flying as a means of transportation is highly recommended. A medical student in California can participate in the same real-time Second Life learning forum as others in Hungary, Korea or Iceland. Participation in Second Life can be free, or for a nominal charge in Linden dollars, or you can spend bundles of money buying land or dressing up. Second Life opens your eyes to possibilities not possible in an analog world. Now how cool is that!?
~ Pre-Blog: Never had to fight with my family members over who is using the Mac at home. Now: We use a lottery system… and then fight over whose turn it is to use the computer.
~ Pre-Blog: Friends are people you see often, talk on the phone with, go over to their house. Now: Have never met (in the face-to-face sense) people with whom I communicate often about technical blogging issues, ideas, conferences, subject/content for clinical use, etc. We may never be together in one room… but we’re still friends!
~ Pre-Blog: Had one email account, one password and checked it daily. Now: Bought a binder to keep all those various online accounts, emails and passwords up to date. Online persona is multiplying. If this account/passwords binder ever went astray… total meltdown.
~ Pre-Blog: Writing a Blog? Piece of cake! A no-brainer. Now: Everything looks simple from far away (to paraphrase a song). Being a gatherer of facts, a writer, an editor, a fact-checker, a punctuation-ist, primitive HTML-coder, digital illustrator and self critic is actually quite a daily challenge – but also highly educational. It forces one to become a critical analyzer of the information overload. If you’ve read this far, I hope you (the reader) would agree that I’ve learned something about assembling, packaging and presenting material for others’ intellectual “consumption” over the past 12 months. Some of those early posts look primitive.
~ Pre-Blog: Blogging is easy. Now: Nope, blogging is not easy. It is time-consuming. Staring at a screen for hours daily wears on your vision. People who blog begin to look at events and habits in their professional or personal life as potential material for blogging about and that is scary. Have wireless at work, now need wireless at home. Cat gets lonely, gardens neglected. And Forget about cooking.
Thank you for reading this blog.
And to finish up…when you’re a Blogger, every day is a Brand New Day !