Much to consider…


Yes, I’m back from BLOGTALK, and no, I didn’t blog in Vienna the way I had hoped to; I ended up taking notes the old-fashioned way with pen and paper as speakers gave their presentations. I can hold a pen in hand and look up at the speaker attentively much better than I can type away at a keyboard balanced on my lap. I also find that with blogging I don’t really take notes the way I do on paper with my scribbles and scratch-outs and the knowledge that my eyes only will see the pages. Blogging’s public nature makes me want to shape things more, and I’m not yet ready, I guess, for realtime reflection. I’m a slower writer than that. PLUS– Shoulda taken those typing classes back in middle school…

Also once Leo showed me SubEthaEdit and the collaborative blogging he and quite a group were doing from various spots around the room, I became a little disenchanted with my solo blogging for the moment. Ah for and OSX update! I am hoping IT will come through with one soon, so that I can play around with collaborative realtime blogging for my students in the artswriting course. And the results of the blogging posted JOI ITO capture a good deal of each presentation, even mine with its PPT glitches (i.e. NEVER depend upon links in a PPT talk when the room is filled with bloggers hogging the bandwidth!).

Other excellent summaries of conference highlights inclide Roland Tanglao’s blogging (I am hoping to involve him in my Artswriting course this fall–more on that later) and the brilliant blogger/presenter/social software implementer Lee Bryant from England.

ASIDE–I am torn. Do I provide just a glimpse, a smidgeon if you will of my thoughts on BLOGTALK in this “entry body” and then leave the bulk of it to my “extended entry”, or do I write the whole damn thing here, so people see how much I have to say? Interesting choice. And it is one of the features of MT that distinguishes it from Manila. I need to study other Blogs to see what works for readers as well as writers.

For more on BLOGTALK, see the extended entry.

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