SwimGeek Chapter 2

“Only the mediocre are always at their best.”
— Jean Giraudoux

Warning, this contains Blogging about Blogging.

I took a month off from the Blogging Thing. I was busy with other things.. Looks like I’ll equal my last number of games watched in a cricket world cup.. Zero.

Not sure what I’ve been doing in the evenings.. mostly researching multi million Rand Ethernet switch fabrics and working late.

At the beginning of Chapter 2, we look back at what I’ve learnt over the last six months since I first created this blog

  • Try to blog responsibly, don’t drink and blog. There is actually a hidden code to blogging. Don’t piss too many people off (too much).. it just gets messy.
  • I’m not allowed to watch any Kate Beckinsale movies it seems after this blog entry.
  • WordPress kicks ass, I upgraded to 2.1 this week and it was pretty easy I just looked at my SVN diffs of all the changes I made and added them to the new version. Frogfoot is busy moving it’s whole website to a WordPress system.
  • “Scratch your own Itch” development is better than guessing what users want.
    “By the geeks for the geeks”. WAPA is busy moving all it’s content out of Joomla and into WordPress. WordPress is “Scratch your own Itch”.. give me the basics and I’ll make it work for me. Joomla is “guessing what users want” and guessing badly, making it too complex and adding lots of useless fluff.
  • Blogging takes lots of energy. I found myself thinking of everything as a story.. it gets worse with a compulsive need to keep notes of ideas for blogging. I have a new found respect for people with the discipline to blog once a day.
  • Photo blogging is easy, writing content is hard. I did not really stop blogging for a month, I just took the easy option of only updating my photo album (which has an ATOM feed). Even that takes time.
  • I think these are still the early days of social media. Lets hope we don’t lose interest before the bulk of people adopt the technology (:
  • It’s all about communication, people want to talk.
  • We need to co-market all these social events. Cape Town is really spoilt at the moment with all kinds of cool social networking events. The geeks seem to be very very very social. Clug, two Geeky dinners, Open Coffee, ISOC, iCommons etc. It takes time to spread the word about these things.. maybe we should aggregate event info.
  • Cape Town is clicky.. and you can very easily spot the GeekGeeks and the GroovyGeeks at all the social events… but it only takes one mutual friend or interest to create a connection and grow the network.
  • I’m enjoying the new culture of openness and sharing of ideas, pre-release beta, just put it out there, real artists ship.. don’t try to hold on. Less control, more innovation.
  • I’m wondering how the Blogging Thing and social media geek community will scale with numbers. If this new community had 20 times the number of people.. would it still be interesting and would it be harder to make new connections?.. I think there are a few “stars” in the community and they create points of higher density in the social fabric. In the end everybody has limited time and attention.. so would the dense points become more dense or will we have many new dense points. My feed reader can only keep track of some.
  • Last point.
    What is a blog? My latest answer is that it must be a site with subjective content. It must have a personal touch and style.. it must offer insights and opinions. Publisher to Reader, Reader to Publisher. It must create dialog and conversation. A Blog is not about technology.. yes, an XML feed is nice, but it’s not really part of the criteria for making a site a Blog.

2 thoughts on “SwimGeek Chapter 2

  1. One more idea on social event aggregation. How about an iCal / WebDAV calendar shared by the organisers of the Cape Town events?

  2. Very nice post!

    I’m a huge fan of the ‘scratch your own itch’ philosophy.

    And you already know what this Google Fanboy will have to say about shared calendars…

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