1)Why blogging? – Why did you, or if it was a group- the group, start a blog? Several months ago I did a search on my own name. It is a pretty common name so anytime I did it in the past it always brought up other people in other parts of the world. However, this time it brought up a website that is being used by an archaeology company using the website as a way to attract clients. The website is very well put together and pretty effective. The problem though, is that it has my information wrong. It is wrong in several places by a wide margin. I was very concerned when I saw this because I knew that any job I applied for in the future would search my name and see the inconsistencies between my resume and this website. So I knew that I would have to control my internet presence. That is one of the reasons I started this website. When I was designing it I saw that I had all the tools to start a blog. But what to talk about? Well I work all day every day doing GIS in CRM, Environmental Management, and Right of Way. I am signed up for all these Listservs and Email Newsletters, so why not talk about those. I do not blog a lot about CRM, but most of the information I do discuss is applicable to the industry. I try every now and then to get something in specifically.
I blog to increase my writing skills and to keep interesting information out in the sphere. I do not get a lot of visitors, but maybe there is an archaeologist just starting out and is thinking of getting into the GIS side of things. Hopefully they see my blog and can learn something about my side of the industry.
2) Why are you still blogging? Honestly? Probably hubris. I think it is important that people have a creative outlet. I know that older generations might say that younger generations are vain for utilizing social media, but I think that deep down they are jealous. Some people in the past had the creative outlet they needed. The global population increased and I think everybody in the superpower world got lost in the hustle and bustle. Through social media people are recreating villiages, makeshift kinship networks, etc. Now, don't get me wrong there is some seriously vapid stuff out there, but who cares? Everybody should do their own thing as long as it makes them happy.
I keep blogging because I have things to say and no one has to read it for me to be happy with the fact that I at least said something.
3) Why have you stopped blogging? I haven't so we will skip past this.
So look forward to my blog on Saturday where I will cover the December questions.