My friend and former roommate, the great Kyle Keller, ask me a few questions about blogging the other day. I enjoyed responding. Thanks Kyle.
1. How would you describe your blog (what do you blog about?):
I generally blog on topics that are of interest to me. For example: social networks, social and collaborative software, surveillance, identity and reputation systems, social entrepreneurship, semantic web, mobile communication, and the like. My blog is not a â€œhow am I feelingâ€ blog. I try to present all posts and content in a quasi-professional manner.
2. What software do you use? Why do you use it (what features does it have that other software might not)?
I use WordPress 2.0, installed on my server. WordPress is an absolutely amazing, as wordpress.org calls it, â€œsemantic personal publishing platform.â€ The administrative interface is killer; think Windows XP vs. OS X. Additionally, the WordPress user base is enormous and very active, resulting in thousands of easy to install skins and plug-ins.
3. How often do you update your blog? How hard is it to stay motivated?
I try to update optimal experience at least once a month. I have found it to be challenging. For one, I genuinely have no time to be blogging. Two, Iâ€™m a very slow writer — one post will often consume me for several hours (generally late at night).
4. What satisfaction do you get from your blog?
I love looking back at past posts. I seem to be hyper passionate about one or two topics every two or three months. This passion is likely the result of fresh discoveries, generally via a new book or a person Iâ€™ve met. Getting to the root of why I started blogging, I believe it is important to chronicle these discoveries for reference and narrative purposes.
5. How has blogging affected your social networking, awareness of local issues?
Social networking has been decent. Of the few people Iâ€™ve met through my blog, they have been fantastic individuals, of like mind.
Local issues, I guess Iâ€™m not sure what this means. I would have to say that my awareness of local issues has not increased because of my blog.
6. What advice would you give to someone who is just starting to blog?
It depends why they started. If you started to make money, read problogger.net. If want to keep a personal diary online, consider what your Mom would say about your posts â€“ donâ€™t think she wonâ€™t find them. If you started because you understand that a blog can get you more places than a traditional rÃ©sumÃ©, Iâ€™d say smart thinking, keep it professional.