*Before you start reading my very first blog post, note that i really have no idea how to blog properly, therefore, feel free to leave me comments afterward and direct me to the right way of blogging :) Cheers.*
Yes I have heard of those terms, but if you were to ask me the meanings, I probably would have told you, “Online journals? Diaries?”….but what i have been told recently is that in fact, blogging isn’t just that.
I found out that blogging is a way to express your personal thoughts to the world, on some particular topics/interests. Not only famous writers allow to write reviews/articles on things, but “ANYONE” who can get access to the world wide web.
“We no longer have technological experts programming the web; we now have users that have taken control over the web!” (Tim O’Reilly, 2006). This has shown that Web 2.0 tools allow users to have the power to control over web spaces, they are no longer just readers, so it is very clear that basically everyone these days can read AND also write on the web. Web2.0 can be referred as the second generation of web development and secure information sharing (Annemarie Hunter, n.d.). It concepts have led to evolve social computing sites (Facebook, MySpace, bebo etc.), video-sharing sites (YouTube, Youku etc.) and blogs (Xanga, Yahoo! Blog etc).
The useful thing about blogging, to me, it seems not only to be a platform to express ideas and thoughts but it also allow us to build a community within the “WWW”. An example would be Sacha Chua’s blog. I found that she has used quite a lot of techniques on blogging, to increase the awareness of her activities to the world.
I am not too sure if i am correct, but one thing i found very interactive with her blog entries, is that she uses quite an amount of sketches/pictures to describes her ideas/thoughts on some particular topics. Also, she presented the blog in a way i am not too sure how to call it, but in a way that we normally would (should) present during orals. She interacts with the blog readers by asking questions to keep them interested and also to feel part of the community she is building. Below has an example:
Large team challenges, an Enterprise 2.0 related blog entry where Sacha blogged about the challenges large teams face within an organisation.
She also has heaps other very interesting enterprise 2.0 related blog entries, i highly recommend you to check out her blog if you are into this area. :)
As i have mentioned before, this is my very first blog post. I probably haven’t done quite a good job on completing this activity i was given, but I really would LOVE to read comments from you based on this blog entry and how i might improve in the future. Thanks. s2