This is my first REAL blog post, so if it seems over-edited, cut me some slack. I was trained as a journalist, a style that may be a bit “smooth” for the blogosphere. Don’t hate me for understanding the comma. I have this unnatural respect for the language—even if my proofreading skills are lacking sometimes.
Why does a 52-year-old college prof wait so long to blog? Guess I couldn’t see the return on investment, and there HAS to be one. That’s my rule. And to be honest, I still don’t see what a blog will do for me. But I’m diving in, hoping to learn something from the experience.
I’m not ignorant about blogs, just inexperienced. As an educator in the field of public relations at Kent State, I’ve been casually reading blogs for more than two years. I’ve read 4-5 books on the topic. And every day, even before I check e-mail, I pull up Newsgator to check my favorites. I’m even one of the old farts with a page on Facebook! (Wanna be my friend?)
When I call this my first REAL post…well, that’s not entirely true. I attempted this project last weekend on Blogger. It was up about 18 hours when my frustration with the software (and suggestions from a few veteran bloggers), led me to take it down. I’m starting over at WordPress where I found that posting a picture doesn’t take a degree in computer science. That said, I’m still struggling. It took me a full day just to figure out how to insert links. (I love what technology can do for me, but I don’t want to know how it works.)
I’m skeptical about the long-term impact of blogs on my field, public relations, and on business in general. But I’m convinced that blogs in some form or another are here for the long haul.
Blogs are part of that online social network that everyone is yakking about. They’re cool and they’re fun. But are blogs important? Maybe I’ll find out.
I hope to post to this site regularly, but I also hope to avoid blog addiction. Dino Baskovic, a former student who talked me into this blogging thing, tells me the process is heroin-like. I’ll try to do it in moderation, but that’s never worked for me. My motto: Everything to excess!
Thanks to Dino for pushing me along. Now all we need is an audience.
Also a tip of the hat to Shel Israel, co-author of Naked Conversations, the book that inspired me to start blogging. Shel is one of handful of folks who caught my first attempt on Blogger last week and sent a welcoming note. I’m back, and I think a bit more focused.
What’s next? I’ll let you know in few days.