Today I have something for everyone.

First, to recap the week,

1) On Monday we talked about our online presence. That is, how do others “see” us. As witnessed in the comment section, our words hold more power than even a picture could.

2) Sunil, and his blog “Blogger’s Lab” was introduced on Tuesday.

3) On Wednesday I shared a sampling of favorite posts which are currently buried in the archives of some of the BWAB bloggers.

4) Yesterday we banned together to help Chase March who is struggling to build his blog. The ideas and suggestions shared in the comment section prove to be great ways for anyone to build their readership.

Joanna Young of Confident Writing showcased a free ebook written by Chris Brogan. It’s titled: “Personal Branding for the Business Professional”. Having read it (it’s 15 pages), I found it’s not only helpful to business people, but for bloggers as well. It’s a great read and would certainly add value to your library of blogging books.

Now for the Monthly Mini Meme (MMM). Remember this one? I share one random thing about myself and you’re invited to do the same. It’s my way of sharing a little more about me, and us learning more about you, too.

My random fact is: I’ve lived in six states. Of those, I lived in two, twice. They are: Michigan, Illinois, California (x2), Alaska (x2), Washington, and Oregon.

Today’s Assignment

1) Share a random fact about yourself

and/or

2) Share your answer to my question:

Do you use Twitter? If so, what are the pros and cons?


The floor is yours. You know the rules.

Questions, comments and concerns are welcome.

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  1. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    I’m curious about Twitter. Just don’t have the time.

  2. Scott McIntyreNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting questions, Barbara.

    My random fact is that I used to play the trombone- but I didn’t keep it up. I doubt I’d even know how to hold one now πŸ˜‰

    I do use Twitter, but sometimes forget to log in. As yet, it’s not become second nature but I do find it useful to find out the latest information and articles from around the web.

    Oh, and I downloaded Chris Brogan’s ebook a few days ago. It is very useful and has great information about branding online.

  3. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    1 – Robert Redford stepped on my foot when I was an extra on the Quiz Show (He was barefoot so it didn’t hurt)
    2 – I haven’t used twitter, but my friends tell me it’s how they make stuff happen behind the blog scenes.

    J.D. Meier’s last blog post..Social Loafing

  4. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I love these open Mic’s. I knew you’d lived in Alaska and Oregon, but I didn’t realise you’d lived in so many other places. Which state were you born in?

    I’ll do the same meme as you – but we call them counties over here, rather than states. I’ve lived in two in England: Cumbria and Hampshire. Also also two in Scotland – Angus and Ayreshire.

    I do use Twitter – although I must admit, I’m not very active on it – I just don’t have the time. I’m getting used to it now though.

    Pros: It’s a great networking tool and also good for sharing great things you’ve read or heard about. You can also plug your own blogposts – in moderation of course.

    And its another way to interact with your blog readers. I’ve found folk who I didn’t realise were even reading my blog, as they don’t comment, so it’s great to get to talk to them on Twitter.

    By the way – Michael Martine passed this tip on to me: Twitter works better if you download Twhirl and operate it from that.

    Cons: You don’t have an awful lot of room to say much in one message. It’s easy to send what’s meant to be a private message to everyone by accident. It can be addictive and if you use Twhirl – little messages pop up while you’re working and it can be distracting.

    Also, I like to add most folk who add me, trouble is, you sometimes get to see way too many messages and you also get folk who’ll spam Twitter with links to their blogposts and nothing else.

    Another downside is time differences. I don’t always get to chat with everyone I’d like to, because we’re all using it at different times of the day, due to living in different timezones.

    Cath Lawson’s last blog post..7 Questions To Ask Before You Launch A Business

  5. Ulla HennigNo Gravatar says:

    My random fact is that I live in Berlin and work at the Berlin University of the Arts.
    Regarding Twitter:
    I am using it regularly since July. I think the important thing is to know what you want out of it: I follow people who are either tweeting (that’s twitter speak for posting) about writing, learning or /and blogging. I read their blogs also. Sure, you can spend hours with twitter. But I don’t. I use it for posting my new blog entries, and for getting information about other blog entries. I have built up a sort of social web with Twitter, and I think that’s good for me and my blog, too.

  6. RobinNo Gravatar says:

    Trying to think of something random here… For a year, long ago, I did research into the chook pituitary gland (it was a biochemistry honours project).

    I’ve got Twitter but I don’t use it because I haven’t got time.

    See you Barbara!

    Robin’s last blog post..Feelings Are There To Be Felt

  7. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t twitter. I have signed up, but just haven’t had the time to really understand it. I hear good things. But I’m not there – to using it – yet.

    I’ll also do where I have lived: Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin. I guess I’m a midwesterner at heart!

    And, one last random fact: I have a thing for spreadsheets. I put everything (it seems anyway) into a spreadsheet.

  8. Random fact #1 > I bought a tandem bike yesterday and my & I biked into the forest. It was bliss.

    Random fact #2 > Where I have lived > Michigan, Israel, Vermont, Louisiana, Illinois.

    Twitter > I joined. I sometimes update. But overall, I just don’t get it.

    Stacey / CreateaBalance’s last blog post..9/11 Morning Pages

  9. Yes, I have started using Twitter, so have been tweeting for a week. I was skeptical at first, but I am making new and interesting contacts, discovering new blogs, and having my blog discovered.

    Gosh, another random fact, that I haven’t already shared? I am such an open book. I love my freckles. As a kid, I used to look at women who are the age I am now, and think “Oh lord, I hope my freckles don’t multiply into THAT many!” Well, they have and I LOVE them.

    Urban Panther’s last blog post..Food, friends, and life lessons

  10. “Do you use Twitter? If so, what are the pros and cons?”

    I do.

    Pros: fun, networking.

    Cons: none, provided you have enough discipline and don’t play with it too much.

  11. SpaceAgeSageNo Gravatar says:

    I tried Twitter, but I don’t have the time to develop it. Perhaps I don’t do chatty well enough.

    Random Fact: My favorite martial arts weapon to move to music with is the 6-foot staff, called a “bo.” I like working with the kinesthetics and physics of its movement and weight.

    SpaceAgeSage’s last blog post..What keeps you asleep at the wheel?

  12. Let’s see twitter first….yes I am on twitter and if you follow me and comment to me, I check on it about twice a day and go back and read every single thing that was posted the whole day long. I don’t post very often, I keep saying I will do better, but I don’t have a very long attention span for sitting around and waiting for a comment to roll in and I wander away….

    I love getting the post updates and new info though so it is a great way for me to find out something you might want me to know. I click on links.

    Random fact….I have been in a theater group for 32 years and have acted, worked backed stage or directed in more plays then I can even count anymore. Well over a 100 by now including scene work.

  13. A random fact about myself would be…

    I married my wife only 2 1/2 weeks after we started dating. Oh yeah, and nobody even knew about it until 8 months later when we had our ‘wedding’.

    I just started using Twitter a few weeks ago. To be honest, I haven’t really used it enough to know whether or not I like it.

  14. hyrcanNo Gravatar says:

    Hmm, random fact… I’m still in Osaka Japan…

    And I have Twitter, but don’t use it too much, but I can think of several good things to use it for…

  15. Fun idea!

    Random fact about me:

    I haven’t owned a comb since 1983.

    Twitter: Not yet

  16. Random fact: I’ve lived in MA, RI, Washington State and Italy. Another random fact: I have a BA degree in Italian Language & Literature; I thought I’d have an exciting and glamorous international career – what happened??

    I use Twitter a bit, but it’s a dangerous place; you can waste a LOT of time there!

  17. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    Barb,

    Random Fact: I love to take baths – they soothe me, help with pain, relax me – BUT – I must shower before I take a bath. I know, it uses an awful lot of water (sorry – I don’t do it too often), but I can’t relax in a bathtub unless I know I’m not sitting in any of my own “dirt.”

    It took me forever to bore Vered – I sure hope that my first try here is “random” enough!

    Rita

  18. Never used Twitter. If I don’t have the time to comment on other blogs I definitely don’t have time to mess with Twitter. I guess I’m not that social.

    Random fact about me:

    I love to travel. I’ve been all over the world and wish I had more time to travel even more (and $$).

  19. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Twitter can be set up from your wordpress theme to update your posts automatically. If you choose to follow folks, you can but it will bring you traffic! I believe it has helped in so many ways. I would add it to your list of things to join as it is free!

    A fact … that I love to hobie cat sail. Nothing like the breeze running through your hair and up on one pontoon! Yee haaaa!

  20. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    @ Robin – Do you mean chooks as in chickens? Was it interesting research.

    @ Rita – I love baths too. Sometimes I have to go in the shower afterwards because I put so much gunk in the bath, that I struggle to get it washed off.

  21. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Writer Dad,

    Time. I agree, we all need more.

    Hi Scott,

    Trombone? I haven’t heard one of those for years.

    Yes, the book is great for branding. That’s something I really need to be thinking about.

    Hi J.D.

    WooHoo, Robert Redford. πŸ™‚ Did he apologize?

    Hi Catherine,

    I was born/raised in Michigan. It’s looks like you’ve moved around, too.

    Re: Twitter. That could be embarrassing if you sent out a private message and it went public. I can also see how the time difference would be an issue.

    Hi Ulla,

    How exciting. I’m hoping you’ll share more about Berlin with us.

    Hi Robin,

    I’m going to have to look up the chook pituitary gland. Biochemestry? You must be a whiz. :0

    Hi Lance,

    I’m a Midwesterner at heart, too, although the west coast has been my home for many years.

    Spreadsheets are fun to work with. It’s a good way to crunch and analyze stuff.

    Hi Stacey,

    Wow, what a variety of places to have lived.

    The tandem bike sounds fun. I’ve only been on one, once.

    Hi Urban Panther,

    That’s a cute story about your freckles.

    Hi Vered,

    Oooh, I can see how Twitter could be another addicting “tool”, but it does sound fun.

    Hi SpaceAgeSage,

    A martial arts fan. I’ve seen very little of it performed. Maybe you can do a video and share it on your blog. Yeah?

    Hi Wendi,

    Oh my gosh! We have an actress in the community. That sounds exciting. Are you currently working on a play?

    Hi Eric,

    2 1/2 weeks? That must have been love at first site. I’ve seen a picture of your wife (on your blog), and you’re a cute couple. She looks very sweet.

    Hi Hyrcan,

    I hope you’re having a great time in Japan. How much longer will you be there?

    Hi Mark,

    No comb? Do you use a brush or just go with the tousled look?

    Hi Ann,

    It does sound like you had an exciting career planned? Did you ever get to do any of the glam stuff?

    Re: Twitter. The time factor is what worries me. I need more hours in a day, or learn how not to need sleep. πŸ™‚

    Hi Rita,

    That’s funny. You don’t want to sit in your own “dirt”. I actually do understand what you’re saying.

    Hi John,

    Maybe you’ll make a fortune with your webhost company and then you can travel and remote blog.

    Hi Linda,

    Hobie cat sailing sounds fun. That must be a real adrenalin rush when you’re up on one pontoon.

  22. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    i love basketball. Fan of the NJ Nets.

    do i twitter. yes and no. not personally, but for my basketball blog, which i will use to give my comments about the game as i watch them. otherwise no. i’m not a tweeter….my phone charges for email which means i can only tweet from a computer and well, i’m just not that intersting. πŸ™‚

    Natural’s last blog post..EntreCard Therapy

  23. chrisNo Gravatar says:

    Random Fact: I’m the only one in my house who drives but can’t drive stick shift.

  24. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Random Fact:

    I haven’t and don’t ever want to live land-locked. I’ve lived in NY and CA all of my life (except for one year in grad school in Boston) and have always lived within a half-hour of the ocean. Even if I don’t swim in it, at least I enjoy its beauty, power and inspiration from the seashore. Would hate to live in a state without an ocean or large lake nearby (no offense, anyone!).

    I’ve been on Twitter a while for fun and networking. Not in the eldercare niche, but in the internet marking & blogging niche. I’ve asked Darren Rowse, Jonathan Fields, Lynn Terry and others Q’s via Twitter and have gotten quick replies that way. I’ve also helped others out when they post a Q asking for input, feedback or resources on topics I can help with. I enjoy reading other blog friends updates, etc. Have been laying low on it lately though, b/c I’m trying to get through my reader!!

    Twitter can be a complete time suck though, so beware. I have to get going into the eldercare niche via Twitter next. I think it (and Facebook) are here to stay and are not a passing flavor of the day.

    Open Mic Q: How do you determine whether or not to mark as spam a pingback Akismet catches? I have one in moderation now that connects to an e-book (guide on caregiving), but I don’t know what the quality of the site or e-book is (and I don’t want to buy it!). From a quick look, it seems rather cheese-y! Would you allow it into your comments or mark it as spam? Not quite sure about how the pingback/trackback thing works — will have to search your archives, Barbara, over the weekend! πŸ™‚

  25. Random fact: I like to and try to wake up at 6 AM every morning whether I need to or not. I set my alarm to it. I love the morning.

    Bamboo Forest’s last blog post..How to Get Your Act Together and Accomplish Your Goals

  26. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    I signed up for Twitter today but nothing happened. It doesn’t seem to do anything. It makes no sense to me. It seems like it might be kind of like facebook. I was on there for a minute, didn’t like it.

    Chase March’s last blog post..Meet The Teacher BBQ

  27. LucasNo Gravatar says:

    Random fact about me: I love collecting calculators – scientific, graphing, and just about any other type of calculator.

    I have a Twitter account but I don’t really use it so I can’t identify the “real” pros and cons. πŸ™‚

  28. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    @ Linda, I’m the opposite. I prefer being landlocked. I’ve lived in Missouri most my life and now Kansas. I love to visit the beach, but I’m always happy to go back home! I just wish home was Missouri.

  29. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    @ Linda, I’m the opposite. I prefer being landlocked. I’ve lived in Missouri most my life and now Kansas. I love to visit the beach, but I’m always happy to go back home! I just wish home was Missouri.

    Debbie Yost’s last blog post..My Little Girl

  30. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    I am on twitter sometimes but it’s hard to leave it on. It’s very distracting.

    Random fact: I’m born and bred here in Singapore. I’ve lived here all my life but for a brief period of 6 months years ago, I was staying in Alabama in the States. Living in Singapore has not stopped me from venturing overseas every year though. I have been to as far north as Alaska and as far south as Key West in the States on seperate trips.

  31. I signed up for Twitter about a month ago but haven’t taken the time to use it.

    Random Fact: I have been a vegetarian for about 11 years and much healthier because of it. I have lived in Louisiana where I was born and raised, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, North Carolina, and Arkansas where I have lived the past 20 years.

    Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker’s last blog post..Name It, Claim It, Make It So—Intention To Hear Your Spirit Guides

  32. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    @ Debbie — Our differences are what makes the world such an interesting place. I guess you & I balance each other out. πŸ™‚

    @ Evelyn & @ Barbara — I’ve seen Alaska (via a cruise, so only a small part) and it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. It was so gratifying to see miles upon miles of undeveloped land and evergreen trees! It made my heart sing. I’m looking forward to going back and seeing the Denali area on our next visit. I’ve been to Miami, but that’s as far south in FL as I’ve been. The Keys are also on my “To Visit” list — actually the whole world I haven’t seen is on it. LOL Barbara, how & when did you get to live in Alaska?! It must be a very interesting place to live.

  33. CarlaNo Gravatar says:

    I do twitter, and one of the con is that I dont always have time to follow everyone all the time, ha! I do what I can; its still fun and a nice break for me during the work day sometimes.

    I am born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and dont know anyone else who was.

  34. Glee GirlNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been meaning to investigate Twitter but haven’t found the time yet. I’ve just set up my blog so I’m still getting my head around all that that involves. I think part of the reason I haven’t looked yet is because I belong to two other social networking sites and easily get sucked in and lose hours that could be spent in more worthwhile ways.

    Random fact – I am obsessed with crunching dead leaves on the footpath.

    Glee Girl’s last blog post..Miss Independent

  35. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Natural,

    I didn’t know you had a basketball blog. Being a lover of the game, that’s a great idea.

    I haven’t checked to see if my phone would charge for “tweets”, but since I rarely use my phone, I’d hate to have it on, just for Twitter. From reading the other comments, it sounds like it can be a distraction on our computers, too.

    Hi Chris,

    I thought most guys knew how to drive a stick. That’s what we had to learn on when I had Drivers Education. Once we had that mastered, we “graduated” to an automatic.

    Hi Linda,

    I agree, the ocean is awesome, but I’m further away from it than you.

    You’re echoing what others are saying about Twitter. It takes time.

    Re: the pingback. If you don’t like the site it links back to, delete it. Remember, it is YOUR blog.

    Hi Bamboo,

    I agree, the mornings are great, but I’m such a night owl, I have a hard time getting up real early. I need my beauty rest. πŸ™‚

    Hi Chase,

    With regard to Twitter, I have no idea how it works. You might try asking some who have tried it. It sounds like it’s not for everyone.

    Hi Lucas,

    Welcome to the BWAB community.

    I find that fascinating you like to collect calculators. There certainly are many different types, so I’m guessing your collection must be fairly large.

    Hi Evelyn,

    I didn’t realize you were in Singapore. How cool. Now I wonder what our time difference is. I’ll have to look it up. You mentioned you venture “out” every year, where will/did you travel this year?

    Hi Patricia,

    You know, I keep hearing that – vegetarians are healthier. It’s something I’ve thought about, but being raised on meat and potatoes, I’m not quite sure I’m ready to make the switch.

    You’ve live in a pretty part of the country. I’m hoping hurricane Ike isn’t affecting your weather.

    Hi Linda,

    Oh yes, Alaska is gorgeous. I loved the mountains and being surrounded by so much of nature. The Denali (Mt. McKinley) area is beautiful. Make sure you go in the summer months when the days are LONG.

    It’s a long story of how I ended up in Alaska, but in a nutshell, it was due a union strike that was lasting longer than I could afford (to be without an income) and me being at an adventurous time in my life. It was a great experience, but many have a hard time living there especially with the short days in the winter (about 6 hours of daylight). The summers made up for it though, as it never gets totally dark.

    Hi Carla,

    Welcome to the BWAB community.

    You’re in a beautiful area. I lived in Burlingame, and loved to drive into San Francisco at night. To me, it has the prettiest skyline.

    Hi Glee Girl,

    There is SO much to learn when we start blogging. I always tell new bloggers to take it a day at a time. If you’re in it for the long haul, you’ll have plenty of time to add more.

    I like your random fact. Walking and crunching dead leaves is such a neat sound. I can’t think of anything that compares to it.

  36. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    Barb,

    re: Twitter. When I first looked into it, it seemed a great way to get noticed, and to be brought to new and exciting places. It’s strange, though – I didn’t sign up for two reasons. The first is that it seemed WAY too time consuming, if used properly.

    The second is that it felt a bit “Big Brotherish” to me.

    Does anybody feel that way about twitter, or is my paranoia showing?

    Rita

  37. No random facts πŸ™‚

    As for the second question, well, I signed up with Twitter a couple of months back and yet to use it properly. I strongly feel that the twitter model may not be successful. They may not be able to monetize it in which case this concept may sink.

    Cheers,
    Ajith

  38. DavidyaNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve lived in one state 3 times – Iowa of all places. And I’m Canadian. Long story.

    Twitter I consider very curious. I looked at it. I’ve seen people twittering each other in the same room. But I simply don’t have the time or inclination. I prefer blogging as there’s room to complete a thought.

    Twitter seems to encourage focus on tiny increments of life rather than the bigger question of who is observing it. And that is a much more important thing to pay attention to.

    Davidya’s last blog post..Stepping towards Self

  39. @Linda Abbit: I’ve always loved the ocean as well. I live in Central Virginia so the beach isn’t too far away. But I usually only see it once a year during the summer. We go to Nags Head, NC. There’s just something inspiring and soothing about such a large body of water and the constantly crashing waves.

    I’d love to get some of your ocean pics up on my community page if you ever want to submit them. πŸ™‚

    As far as twitter is concerned, I already mentioned it but the fact of the matter is I just haven’t tried to use it enough to have people to tweet.

    So this is my pitiful attempt at getting twitter friends. So anyone who wants to help me get going in the twitter community, please feel free to tweet me. Is that how you’re supposed to say it? Anyway, great post Barbara. I love how you always find a way to word you posts for optimal commenting. That’s certainly what’s made your blog so popular. Well, that and the fact that you are a great writer and always willing to help the up-and-comers. πŸ™‚

  40. @Lucas: “I love collecting calculators – scientific, graphing, and just about any other type of calculator.” I’m like that with computers. As a technology consultant I come across a lot of old ones. I used to even pull ones out of the dumpsters and recycling bins and rebuild them just to see them work again. Not so much anymore, though. Now it’s just hard to get rid of them. πŸ™‚

    “Motivate Thyself”‘s last blog post..21 Simple Pleasures You Can Enjoy In A Moment’s Notice

  41. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara

    I am sorry for being late on this post (there is lot in store for me this week)

    Anyway a random fact about me, I am an idiot who have wasted good part of his life on forums and community board that don’t do any good to society,

    About Twitter: well i use it some times, but i love Plurk batter then Twitter. PLurk looks like a train station where commuter interact with each other while waiting for their train.

    where twitter is like a cell phone only you know what your friend is talking about.

    PS: i have invited you to Join me on plurk pleas check your inbox for invitation mail πŸ™‚

    Sunil Pathak’s last blog post..Bloggers confusion: How Long A Blog Post Should Be

  42. Do I use twitter?

    Yes and for awhile there I was getting quite addicted to it. That would be the con. Time wasting and addictive. The pros are it is great for a bit of chitchat in my lonesome writing day and it can be a really good networking tool.

    A random fact:

    I do a fearsome Haka! (I was raised in New Zealand for my first 10 years)

    Kelly πŸ™‚

    Kelly@SHE-POWER’s last blog post..Bloggers Unite for Darfur and Launch TrainforHumanity.org

  43. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Rita,

    I’ve never heard the term “big brother” used in conjunction with Twitter, but it’s something to think about.

    Hi Ajith,

    I wonder if Twitter is looking for a way to monetize. It will be interesting to watch.

    Hi Davidya,

    Someday you’ll have to fill us in on the long story of your life in Iowa.

    Re: Twitter. With the 140 character limitation, it would keep conversations to a minimum.

    Hi Eric,

    Thank you.

    I like your new community page. Letting people add photos is a great way to get to know each other better plus gives them a central location to do so.

    Being a technology consultant, you must see a huge difference between the old systems and the new. Progress. It’s amazing.

    Hi Sunil,

    I find that interesting that you said forums and community boards don’t do anything for society. Is that because of the content that was discussed, or do think they’re all that way?

    I like you analysis between Twitter and Plurk. I’m beginning to hear a little more about Plurk, but I haven’t checked into that either.

    Hi Kelly,

    You’re another vote for the time it takes to Twitter. I think of how my days are so full now, and having something else that eats into my schedule, is making me think twice about Twittering.

    Haka? I had to look that one up. Wikipedia says it’s a

    posture dance with shouted accompaniment, performed by a group

    Is that right? If so, you should share a video with us of you doing it. You think?

  44. SueNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t remember when I started using Twitter. The pros are that I can mini blog random thoughts and see the random thoughts of others. The cons are that I don’t have it set up to send to my phone, so I only see those tidbits long after they’ve updated.

    I’m Sue, by the way. I read Chris’ blog and apparently Google Reader figured I’d be interested in you. It was right, because this blog just engages me!

  45. Hmm, not so sure about that Barbara. I don’t really want the world to see me doing the Haka – it’s not very ladylike.

    The Haka is the traditional Maori warrior dance and it’s usually not done by women, but I was taught it at school and by Maori friends. These days most people are familiar with it because the New Zealand football players do it before a match.

    Here’s a link if it works:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eGCsEQ15L4&feature=related

    Kelly

    Kelly@SHE-POWER’s last blog post..Bloggers Unite for Darfur and Launch TrainforHumanity.org

  46. @Barbara: “I like your new community page. Letting people add photos is a great way to get to know each other better plus gives them a central location to do so.”

    Thanks! I’m really excited about it. Anytime I hear someone talk about a passion of theirs I’m always thinking, “Great, now let’s put some images up to show us what drives you, what gives you joy.” Because I know that many of us would feel the same and be able to share that experience. At this point, the only hard part is getting it going. As you know I’ve thrown up a few images of my own and one of my readers has submitted a few, but I know that it won’t be until a few more go up that others will want to get involved. It’s kind of like being in a big group when there’s silence. Everybody’s afraid to break that silence, but once someone does it, everyone chimes in. So I’m just waiting for a few more submissions to help get it rolling.

    I don’t usually drop links in a comment so this is completely for anyone curious about what we’re talking about. But if you are, here is where you’ll find it.

    “Being a technology consultant, you must see a huge difference between the old systems and the new. Progress. It’s amazing.”

    You start to get numb to it. After a while you stop saying, “WOW, check this out!” and start thinking more like, “OK, so I need to learn THIS now.” When you’re a ‘so called’ expert on the subject you start to feel like you’re on a treadmill. You keep learning just to maintain your position. If you stop learning new things you’ll be worthless to you’re clients in a year or so. But don’t get me wrong, overall it’s a fun treadmill to be on. πŸ™‚

  47. Ellen WilsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Random fact about me: I like dipping fries in Ranch.

    I’ve lived all over Michigan except the east side of the state. I’ve also lived in Colororado in the four corners area, and in England for a short while.

    It has been raining here in Michigan like a monsoon, so you’re not missing much! Our basement flooded and my husband had to suck up the water with a the shop vac. Seventeen gallons he said.

    Twitter is okay, but I get bored trying to talk to people who don’t want to chat. I’ve found the only people who will generally talk to you are people you’ve met in Bloggingville.

    But as a networking/marketing tool I think it’s okay.

  48. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    @Barbara i am not sure about all community board

    but all the forum i have been to offers no value to society, it looks like they are group of physco who love to still applications and games from hard working coders and programmers, it feels like they never heard about innovation or development

    Sunil Pathak’s last blog post..Bloggers confusion: How Long A Blog Post Should Be

  49. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Sue,

    Welcome to the BWAB community. It’s great to know Google (reader) recommended my blog. πŸ™‚

    Not having immediate access to other tweets could be a disadvantage. That certainly wouldn’t do me any good to have it on my cell phone as I normally have it turned off.

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for the link to the YouTube. I watched two video clips. That is a very expressive “dance”. I’m guessing the meaning behind all of the movements and words is a story (or a blog post) in itself.

    Hi Eric,

    I’m hoping your community page works out. Be patient and keep reminding others they can be a part of it. That was fine that you included a link. I’ll have fun watching it grow.

    That’s rather sad we would get numb to technology as it becomes such a time saver (at times). I do understand your point though of thinking, “…..I need to learn THIS now”. Being in the technology business, I can see how some days you must feel overwhelmed., but how exciting to be able to teach it to others. πŸ™‚

    Hi Ellen,

    Yum! Fries in ranch. πŸ™‚

    I don’t remember all that much rain in Michigan, though I do remember the snow. Bailing water out of your basement sure doesn’t sound like a fun job. Hopefully you’ll see a break in the weather real soon.

    Hi Sunil,

    How sad that others are just trying to steal applications and games from the developers. If those are the kind of people you were seeing on forums, I understand why you left.