Web 2.0 Challenges

I can’t even believe that it’s been so long since I last posted. I mean, where did the month of May go? I have found that blogging has become a challenge for me. I mean, I’ve never been one of those people that blogs all the time, or that has tons to say. I do enjoy blogging though. I like sharing what I’m doing with my life with my family and friends. I love learning from others and finding new, fun things from others.

Ok, I have to start this post by saying I LOVE Web 2.0 (yeah, I hate the term too!) technology but I’m finding it a challenge too. I am the sort of person that’s good at multi-tasking, but there’s so much. You’d think this would mean I would be great at reading blogs (yes, I use Google Reader), posting to my blog, and just generally keeping up with things. I feel like a “techie geeky girl” but then I feel at other times like I’m not even close.

So here are my challenges. I’m looking for ideas here on how to deal with things.

Challenge 1: Keeping up with blogs

  • I really love reading blogs and what others have to say. I just find the challenge in keeping up with it all. I want to, really I do, I just don’t know how. I’ve cut my rss feeds down to something like 200, which is pretty good for me. I have found that there are some posts I read throughly and others I just scan. I just have that, “if I don’t subscribe, I’ll miss something” feeling. I just want to keep up with the things I’m interested in. I think it’s important to keep up with my industry too and learn what others have to say about eLearning and instructional design. I have found I’ve gotten in the habit where the number of unread posts will get so high I just hit the “mark all as read” so I don’t feel like it’s staring me in the face, but at the same time I feel guilty because I’m sure there was something great in some of those posts and I missed them. Argh!!! I can never win.

Challenge 2: Writing to my blog

  • I have never been a writer. I mean, when I was a child I always wanted to journal, thought I should journal but I’d only get a few entries in and then I wouldn’t do any more for a LONG time. I’m finding that same challenge as an adult. I’ve tried to post when I have something to say and not put the added pressure on myself to always post once a week or some frequency.
  • I often find myself going through the day and composing a blog post in my head about neat things I’ve learned that day or something I want to share. Sadly, it doesn’t get put down and I find that it’s the end of the day and I can’t remember what I wanted to write, let alone do I have the time to write it.
  • Another issue is that I’m hypersensitive about my writing. Ok, what do I mean? Well, I know I’m not a great writer. English has never been my strong suit. I mean, I don’t care about dangling participles and things. I care about the message. Bad, I know. It didn’t help that recently, when I was interviewing for a job, the manager asked me this, ” I looked at your blog and noticed a lot of writing errors, is that an indication that you lack attention to detail?” I so couldn’t believe that. To me blogging is all about getting the idea down and sharing with others. I consider it more of a free writing space. If I was writing a formal article for a newspaper, or other publication, then my all means I agree that the write needs to follow English rules but a personal blog… I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something.

Challenge 3: Finding time

  • Who doesn’t have this challenge? I find it so difficult to make the time and find the time to read, write or post. I also find it difficult to keep up with all the places I am at. I mean, I have a Facebook account, a Linkedin, Squido, Goodreads, and more. I’ve often thought of making some sort of mashup that is a page that has all of these things I’m in, just so I can keep them all straight. I know, it’s crazy to be a part of all of these things but, at the same time, isn’t that part of social networking? I mean there’s a reason I’m part of each. Everything from having friends there to meeting people professionally in that location and more.
  • I do know that if I reduced other things, like scrapbooking and my hobbies I might have more time for reading, but i don’t want to do that. I love being creative, it’s really my outlet and stress reliever. I think I just need to turn the tv off more and read or something.

So there it is, my challenges warts and all. Does anyone else face these challenges? How do you deal with them. I welcome ideas and would love to chat more about fitting technology into your life.

Web and Social Networking

You know I’ve been a blogger for several years and really like the idea of the whole thing. I love that I can share with my family what I’m up to and how things are going. It’s a little passive, I know, but it’s great because I stink at making the monthly or weekly phone calls to family to tell them what I’m up to. So… blogging.

When I moved to a new group in the company I once worked for I was challenged by a colleague, who was an early adopter of technology and rich media, to put my professional thoughts down on topics. She felt I had something to share with others and really encouraged me to share in this webisphere. So I did, and here it is.. of course this is the second version of it all.

So where does this lead? Ok, my point is this. I love the web and social networking. Because of this medium I’ve had the opportunity to hook up with some great people. I’ve been working on a project for the company I now work for that entails determining authoring tools for us as a group. Because of this medium (the web etc) I’ve been able to hook up with some great people like Steve Case and talk with him about different authoring tools and LMSs and LCMSs. He in turn has led me to other people that use LMS’s etc that I can talk to and get a real commentary on the tool(s) they’re using. It’s so much more valuable than just talking to vendors because they’re always going to tell you their tool is the best. I’m just so excited about this all. It’s great to be making connections with people around the globe and networking with others with common interests. It’s great too because I have to wonder, if not for the web and blogging, would this have been possible? Would our spheres of contacts really reach as far as they do? It’s an exciting time for sure.

Links to Remember

I don’t normally do this but I’ve found a bunch of cool links to share and remember so here goes. Keep in mind I haven’t had the opportunity to check all of these out yet. If you’ve got thoughts or a review, feel free to share. What I love about all these places it the social bookmarking, tagging and sharing.

http://www.bubbl.us/Brainstorming made simple
http://www.grandcentral.com/A number tied to you, not to a phone or location and more.
http://www.librarything.com/ Great location to keep track of books you’ve read, share with others and get peoples suggestions on books
http://www.rememberthemilk.com/Task manager
http://www.shelfari.com/Post books that are on your shelf. Share, explore, chat.
http://www.sixdegrees.org/Create a badge for your site to encourage others to donate to a cause important to you.
http://upcoming.org/Social events calendar
http://www.yelp.com/Restaurant reviews and more, sort of like citysearch

Great Web 2.0 Summary

I found this the other day, don’t remember which blog, sorry, but I really like the sumary.