The general theme for this months Blogging in Archaeology seems to be about the nature of blogging itself.
1) The Good
The good part for my blogging is that I am reading a lot more about GIS and it is keeping me up to date on trends and emerging technology. I am also writing a lot more than I have in the last few years. Keeping my writing skill active is pretty important to me. I have definitely shown progress on it. It used to take me hours to get my post 'just right' and these days I can bust adequate ones while drinking my coffee. I wrote one the other day on my phone while at a layover. I also read a lot of blogs. I compare how they write. I keep up on CRM from the people I know in the industry. I see how the general opinion of CRM is changing.
2) The Bad
The bad part is coming up with new content and keeping up on my schedule. I post 1-3 times a week and they are pretty short by comparison to other blogs, but the frequency can be a bit overwhelming. And we all have those days where we do not want to do anything. And sometimes I feel bad when I see these amazing blogs with real in depth content and well written and awesome links and...
3) The Ugly
I am pretty lucky to have not experienced anything really awful. I do not think I have the readership to support something like what other people have talked about. I do not include a lot of details about my work and most of my coworkers are oblivious to my existence anyway so I do not think that I will get in trouble on the level that Chris did over at RAOS.
Here is the article for today.
Why utilities are terrible at GIS (and where to get help)
Any and all of these points are applicable to any industry. I have certainly seen my share of issues through utilities. I think the biggest way to avoid these issues is a well developed continuing education program within the company. I think everybody gets complacent and falls into doing the same tired workflows and never updates them as technology progresses.