As someone who's been blogging for awhile now, one of the things I've realized is that skills and thinking that are second nature to me are not so visible to new bloggers. What I've been trying to do lately is to think about ways I can be more transparent in my processes, talking through decisions I've made, how I go about accomplishing various tasks, etc. This is also helpful to me because it forces me to take on more of a "beginner's mind" and think about the kinds of questions newbies may have about social media so I can get better at anticipating and answering those. Especially for those of us working in the technology space, this is critical for us to effectively work with those who are less skilled and comfortable with the technology.
In this video, what I wanted to do was trace the evolution of a blog post, from me reading an article in my feed reader, through me posting my own response to the article and the interactions that took place in comments at my blog and at the original post. I tried to be as explicit as possible in my decision-making process and discussing how I manage posts, comments, etc. This video also shows how I used Google Alerts to see how the original conversation was extended to another blog. My hope is that this more explicitly shows how reading, posting, and commenting all interact to extend knowledge about a topic and to expand the network of interactions.
For further reference, these are the articles I mention in the video:
- Does Blogging Substitute Real Action? (Perla Ni at Tactical Philanthropy)
- Does Blogging Replace Action? Sometimes It IS the Action! (Me)
- A Blogging State of Mind (Lisa Junker at Acronym)
One technical note--This is my first attempt at using Camtasia (which I love, BTW) and I was a little disappointed in the quality of the screencapture. I suspect that it's something I'm missing in the original recording or maybe in converting for use on YouTube. Despite this, I think you can see enough to get the main points--you just can't read the fine print.
I'd love your feedback--was this helpful or not? What questions should I have answered that I didn't? What questions could I have answered better?