iPod and Dog: BloggerCon III Emotional Life

So-so BloggerCon III presentation titled Emotional Life during today’s walk.  Interesting tidbits like a woman talking about the blog of her father who recently died and the blog being “that which was left“ of her father.  What we leave behind, of sorts.  The topic of blogging with a consistent individualistic voice in both work and home environments is something I can agree with.  One woman who has been at home for several years said that the things she has written on her blog have successfully disqualified her from at least four jobs before she were even to get an interview.  Funny. She said she would want to work in the company where an individual voice is welcomed.  You betcha. Like what Doc Searls said in the Making Money session I discussed elsewhere, blogging at Microsoft has humanized the company more than anything they’ve ever done.

A woman got to the mike and said, “I always tell my clients to NOT tell me anything private or confidential.  And ya know, they ALWAYS do.  And of course, I then go and tell other people what they told me.  I mean, there’s nothing private anymore…“  Funny bit.  You had to hear it in realtime, I guess.

This was a “touchy feely“ approach to blogging tailored to people who were building personal relationships with other bloggers (keyword, personal), who wanted to know their inner-thoughts, who wanted to connect, to move and to be moved.  I never understood those aspects of blogging.  Who gives a shit about my inner thoughts?  Or what moves me?  Or what I’m making for dinner?   Of these, the most interesting is what’s on the menu for dinner.  Definitely!

As for the session facilitator, I can’t tell you much about her other than she’s from outside of Seattle, that her cell phone rang TWICE, her pager once, and that she had her mike at an annoying location which picked up a lot of abrasion noise.  Oh yes, I can also tell you that she and her husband have been dealing with infertility issues over the last two years.  Hope they’re making progress there.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.