Preaching to the converted: Reading blogs at work

Original post from http://blog.e.govt.nz/index.php/2008/10/06/

Listening to the internet

While reading blogs at work last week, ironically, I read this article about reading blogs at work.

Now as you can guess, I’m converted: I think irrelevant of the medium, you should be keeping up with developments in your respective field. I would say that easily more than half of my research is done on regularly updated websites (whether they be wikis, blogs, or traditional websites with web feeds). If you’re reading this between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, we could speculate that you too are one of the converted. However an interesting question might be: does this really apply to all fields of work? Or perhaps which fields does this not apply to?

If we put our minds back in time to 2005, it was difficult to find much professionally relevant content on the blogosphere (population 10,000,000). Most of it was political punditry and “cat blogs”. Have things advanced sufficiently in 2008 (133,000,000 blogs created)? I think definitely in the field of ICT (and I am talking about both information

and communications); blogs are now the status quo. I do wonder if other fields are as advanced. In some ways the actual answer might be irrelevant, the trend is inevitable. Just as once people protested “we don’t need a website”, one day soon “we don’t need a regularly updated site that allows comments from outsiders and our own staff” may sound just as silly.
I would be most interested to hear from individuals who do read blogs at work, but do not work in communications, ICT, or anything else which relates directly to the medium of blogging itself. In addition, if New Zealand public sector are gathering information from blogs, which ones are they?

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Profile Photo Steve Ressler

I agree. New technology often seems ridiculous to most people at first. Companies used to say “Why Do I Need a Website?” Now the local pizza shop better have some Internet presence so I can at least get a menu and number. I feel blogs, Facebook, and Twitter are similar. It’s hard to explain their value up front (especially before they have reached mass popularity) but they are essential. Same way with explaining the value of texting vs calling. I used to think texting was dumb – it cost me money when calling was free and it took me awhile. Now I do it all the time.

Profile Photo Steve Ressler

I think video and video blogs have a lot of value say over traditional blogs. Seeing a person’s face and personality I believe is valuable. I’ve gotten more good feedback for my GovLoop welcome video which was an experiment (and pretty lame I think) than most of my blogs.

Profile Photo Michelle McClellan

Yup, I read blogs at work. Why? Because people I respect and trust have blogs they update. They don’t run newspapers or magazines, they have online blogs. Take a look at things like A List Apart, RWW, Gerry McGovern etc. They are full of information which is relevant to what I do. I can take from them and use the info.

Then there are the other types of blogs, which make you stop, think, and then contribute. Like the e.govt blog.

Outside of our field? Our library staff use blogs as resources all the time. I know economists and policy analysts here at MED who really want RSS at the desktop so they can keep up-to-date with their blog sources. There are a lot of fascinating ones out there about radio engineering, electricity, sustainability etc.

Profile Photo Alexander P. Meimand

Rekindling the convo here…

I’m part of an Enterprise Unit for the US Forest Service called Organization Development Enterprise (ODE) and as part of my job, gaining insight into an organizations culture, or a teams culture and “way of being/functioning” is invaluable. Part of an organizations culture is visible on the web, especially through blogs and videos posted by individuals within those particular teams. I’m currently searching for video’s and blogs being streamed by millennials that pertain to their field experiences and adventures, especially hazardous and dangerous jobs… rangers on trails with chainsaws, firefighters near death/injury experience on the ground, etc…