My first observation was that although I thought this would be a pretty serious book, I was laughing! Not just smiling, but actually giggling on a fairly small plane of people doing the short hop over to Amsterdam. I saw a few people trying to read the cover to figure out what this great comedic tome would be :)
I'm seeing increasing numbers of my friends and peers announcing that blogging is coming back into fashion, which came as a surprise to me since I didn't realise it had gone out of fashion and I've been blogging regularly without realising how uncool that was! With twitter managing to annoy everyone in the last week or so either with a new client, bad behaviour towards existing 3rd party clients, or reassigning twitter names, change is in the air.
Personally I like to blog, it's a platform that I control, and I'm always too verbose for 140 character limits (which is a nice way of saying that I talk too much - if you've met me in person then you knew that already!). The blogs, and perhaps more importantly their comments, are the best way I know of sharing ideas and having those accessible and grouped together if you want to refer back to them at any point in the future. They are also wonderfully asynchronous; I see some great posts coming past about technologies that I don't use, then find myself reading those articles a few months later when I'm onto the next project. Having the various blog posts, even those short ones that people think "don't qualify" or "aren't good enough", really help me get started with something new - and I try to leave the same trail on my own blog and in the comments of others' when I'm figuring things out that I think others might come up against later (where "others" includes me, if I have slept since writing the blog post!).
So - will you join us? Will pledge to blog, or to comment on blogs, in March? Here's to a revival of blogging (and some continuation from those of us who fail at being with the cool crowd!)
I'm coming up to my 5th anniversary of blogging and looking at my stats, I've written around 150 posts per year for most of that time, although in 2010 I "only" wrote 102 posts, possibly because one or two other things happened in my life. So many people tell me they want to blog, or they have a blog but can't find the time to write, that I thought I'd try to give some pointers for those resolving to blog this New Year.
As an organiser you should know exactly where you are going on the day and what you need. Namebadges (sticky labels and pen if nothing else) will be needed at registration, if you have tickets and need to tick people off then rope in lots of volunteers (it sounds like a lot but 3-5% of your total attendee count is ideal) and brief them, and spread out across as much space as you have so you can parallelise as much as possible - registration is always chaos because of course everyone shows up at once and causes a backlog! Continue reading