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What's a Blog, Again?

11/20/04 | by JAdP | Categories: TIA Life

Haley Suitt's "How to Build a Blog" and this article by Steve Cooper, "Blogger's Block", which led to Debbie Weil's blog on business communication, has me once again thinking about what truly constitutes a blog, and why is there so much controversy about it.

There are many slants to this question as well.

Some relate to content. Are blogs journalism? Are they personal journals? Is a blog "pure", i.e. no commercial agenda such as advertising or business related? Halley Suitt is planning to look at blogs that are little more than links vs. blogs that are mostly original material.

Some relate to purpose. Are blogs for communication to a general audience, to a specific audience, among members of a group (no matter how far flung)? Are blogs for voicing one's opinions? Are blogs another form of advertising? [Also see "Blogs as Viral Marketing"] Are blogs an online newsletter?

Some relate to the technology. Are blogs discussion forums on link steroids? Is blogware another form of content management software?

Being a mathematician and scientist, my first tendency is to think about the technology. Being an executive and an entrepreneur, my first tendency is immediately followed by thinking about the purpose and use. Being a philosopher, generally merges those tendencies into thinking about the process.

wiki(blog,Blogging) allows people, representing themselves or an organization to share their interests. wiki(Blogware) is the tool. The wiki(blogosphere) is the medium. And I doubt that anyone agrees that this qualifies as definitive. I'll be looking forward to the results of Ms. Suitt's [May I call you Halley?] analysis.

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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