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And…here we go!

1. It’s fun to ride a roller coaster.

2. A mess is easy to make.

3. I like to be active.

4. The reason so many people love drama, I will never know!

5. Something I’m very much excited about is taking ASL classes with Bea.

6. Buying a juicer and a magic bullet was well worth it.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching TV with the wife, tomorrow my plans include taking my Mom out to eat whatever she wants and Sunday, I want to hopefully be outside if the rain is momentary!

Making Blog Comments Social Again

Ever since I started to get serious about posting in the blog again I am faced with the problem that made me stop doing it as much as I used to… all the comments go elsewhere.

While it is easy to get a post into facebook for example, it is another story to get the people to come and comment on the actual blog.

I have been looking at plugins and alternatives, and it just does not seem to be simple. Part of it is that my facebook is not public, and only some people have adopted google+

While the blog still has readership besides the ones that I have that also use facebook, it seems that the vocal ones have moved on to that platform.

The other issue is the stream. Some people ride the twitter stream all day… I just never got a surfboard for that one. Mostly it is because it requires a lot of time, and depending on the number of people you follow, it can quickly get cluttered. Facebook’s stream seems a little easier to follow, but it faces the same issue other streams do, you miss the boat and you are last hours post.

Our internet usage seems to have a very quick attention span, so topics gets lost quickly and even though I really never cared about how many people read my blog, I do care that those that do get to interact with one another via comments. All of that is lost when the comments become fragmented between social media and the blog itself.

I guess I won’t worry about it too much, in the end what I want to do with most of the posts here is make people think, and if it does not spark a dialogue I can deal with that. I am going to keep my google+ pretty open for now (I am having fun with the circles features) and maybe I can figure out a way to merge comments without them being hosted somewhere else like discus. Let me know if you know of anything that can accomplish the daunting tasks of creating a seamless streams for the comments to be a attached to an actual post.

Friday Fill Ins 8/12

I guess it will help if I actually link the image they provide… lol, don’t pay attention I am just amusing myself.

And…here we go!

1. The only question is “is there a spoon?”.

2. Back pain coming in one day.

3. Three things on my desk: Humongous water bottle, Giant squeezable pill and a Suzuki Hayabusa .

4. Water is the one thing I HAVE to do today!

5. I love playing with friends. I think its time to trick people into a pictionary night.

6. Orange all over overwhelms the senses.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to chillazing with the wife, tomorrow my plans include helping a friend move and Sunday, I want to take my wife to see The Help!

Friday Fill-ins! 8/5

I am really trying to get back into the whole blogging thing, and one of the things that I enjoyed the most was having a Friday meme to post something, but not have to think about it too much. The Friday’s Feast died a while back but I just found Friday Fill-ins! it seems like it is still active and well, let have some meme fun

1. How can I resist the urge for coffee when I have a starbucks downstairs.
2. Stubborn weed always grows back.
3. My hair is ready for a haircut.
4. I did not attend my high school reunion, can’t really say I missed it.
5. My favorite summer fruits are strawberries… but are they really just summer fruits?
6. Some lady hit a guy that was changing a tire because she was texting … what was that?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to watching some TV with the wife, we are really getting into this Merlin show, tomorrow my plans include sleeping and probably going out for a walk and Sunday, I want to make sure Alicia has a ton of fun while here in Chicago!

Changing Gears

There have been a lot of changes in the last year, some of them actually affect this blog directly. My wife and best friend have moved most of their content creation away from their regular blogs. It seems that social media did take a chunk away from the blog world. Like my wife I even consider just moving parts of my blog where it makes sense. Leaving this as more of a professional space and moving the personal elsewhere. The more I thought about it though, the more I thought that the mixing of the topics is what made this space interesting.

Take my friend Barb for example. We have been friends through our blogs for over 5 years, but she has not blogged in over a year. We continued to interact with each other via facebook and go to dinner or the movies. The relationship that started in the blogsphere moved to the social network… but the blogs at that point become secondary.

As most of you know I started a new position. With my previous position I had started a move that I had planned for a while. I wanted to transition from a direct technology driven position to more of a leadership or business role within the organization. My current position while still very much related to technology, is more on the business side. In the almost month I have been here, I have been reminded in a positive way that I don’t have to worry about IT anymore. I am part of the business now. It is a very peculiar feeling specially from a cost perspective. IT is always looked at as overhead (but IT creates ton of value and cost savings) yet the business support roles like mine don’t get looked at that way.

It has been a significant transition to not have to be the one that gets a call when a system is not functioning. I can now see the e-mails flying around and just wait for a status rather than try to track people down to fix it, or have to fix it myself.

The reason this is related to the blog itself is that I now feel free to talk about the challenges of being part of the IT organization in the past. I think most of the people that read me are still interested on some of that perspective. Not to mention that the transition from one to another might be relevant for some too. It does make me think that maybe the blog should become more about that, more “professional.” There are trends now to separate your online life into buckets and in business circle is even recommended. It is tempting to move to another medium completely, specially with google+ now making it a lot easier to create content to share with very specific audiences (or circles).

I hope that blogs like mine that are about everything and nothing at the same time continue to exist. I am surprised that recently going through my RSS reader, all the new blogs that I have added recently have all been not just topic focused but very specific inside that topic. The latest blog that I subscribed to was not just about ECM(Electronic Content Management) but specific to the Documentum product.

The personal blog umbrella has never really fit this blog, and with facebook or google+ sucking that type of daily “I ate a grapefruit” or “visited the local art fair” kind of post, and places like yelp consuming the restaurant reviews, it seems like the content I produce here seems to have dwindled over time. At the same time with over 90 drafts already started, there might be a lot more content to be produced. I do plan to continue writing and hopefully a little more often than before, but I still ponder the question… have general blogs like this one become part of the past to make room for the more topic driven ones?

I guess most people (even me) don’t want to waste time and consume only what is relevant to them.

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