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Why I Don't Blog

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Why I Don't Blog

Lack of material is the first reason. I work in a manufacturing plant
in the southeastern U.S. The majority of our manufacturing employees
have limited computer experience or training. Most of the questions I
get asked during the day are relatively simple questions with answers
that wouldn't be of interest to anybody who's been doing tech support
for more than three months. I don't think the web needs another site on
the subject of "Stupid User Tricks".<br />
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Lack of specific knowledge in depth is another. We've got experts in
lots of disciplines at our IT headquarters. I've spent my career as a
generalist at a remote site. I don't consider myself a subject matter
expert on too much besides the care and feeding of the average Windows
end user.<br />
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I don't want to take the time to do it right. I'm something of a
stickler for details and verbal accuracy. I feel it would take longer
to get my facts straight and express them clearly than it would really
be worth.<br />
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Opportunity costs are also a consideration. I already feel a bit guilty
about the time I spend on this site while at work, but I can justify it
to myself as professional interaction. I don't feel the same about
original authorship on company time, and I'm not going to do it on my
time at the house.<br />
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I don't have any motivation to start a blog. I can't believe anyone
would be interested in my rantings. I'm always surprised when I get a
response to a posting here. I don't see any reason to try to compete
with other blogs for a share of the reader pool; there are better
authors than I. If no one else is going to read it, why am I writing
it? I occasionally benefit from writing ideas down so I can brainstorm
them, but I don't feel the need to do that in a public forum.<br />
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There are people who start blogs because it's the cool new thing to do,
just like vanity web sites were a decade ago. Feelings, personal
activities, family stories? I'll keep them to myself and out of the
media, thank you, and I wish others would do the same. Nobody gives a
rat's fanny about your Aunt Mabel's hip surgery.<br />
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---Heck, I didn't even create the above text fresh for this blog. I
copied it from a comment I posted to an earlier discussion.---<br />
---Then I had to go back and edit the sentence above for clarity based on master3bs' comments below.---<br />

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Why I Don't Blog

by tejaaa In reply to Why I Don't Blog

Hey Buddy,<br />
                
The good news is I read your rant and i am happyily commenting here.
Initially I thought I will link this post on my blog, but then I
thought of just putting a comment here ( I am not sure if you would
bother tracking your post).<br />
<br />
Now I don't think blogging is all about ranting about one's personal
life. I maintain few blogs and I only occassionaly write about personal
stuff on them. My main blogs include <a href="http://www.itejas.com">www.itejas.com</a> & <a href="http://www.softwareandtools.com">www.softwareandtools.com</a>
. And you don't have to create your own specialised stuff as well. You
could write or link to others good IT related articles that you find.
Ah, your blog does not even have to be an IT Blog. It can be about
fishing, walking or whatever else you like talking about (remember,
they can still be away from your personal life).<br />
<br />
As you know, there are millions of blogs on the Internet, but almost
all have something to give to their readers. You could even create a
blog where you write about the IT Problems you have faced in the
company and what steps you did to troubleshoot. I am sure many of us
would be facing the same problems as you did and then we have a place
to refer instead of keep on troubleshooting. You can make your company
users read it before they approach you (kind of FAQ's). <br />
Time is something that you have to manage, but by the looks of it, you
must be doing a fair bit of online readying anyway. Start writing about
something that you are really passionate about or something that you
really hate but want to explore that subject. This will keep you
motivated :).<br />
<br />
You can contact me if you want more motivation on starting a blog.<br />
<br />

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Why I Don't Blog

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Why I Don't Blog

I replied to tejaaa via a TR private message, not because any of the
content was private, but to be sure he received it without having to go
looking for it.  Since he did make his comments in a public forum,
I felt it appropriate to also respond here.  Here's the content of
that message:<br />
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Thanks for your response.  As I noted, I'm astonished anyone would wade through all that bilge, much less comment on it.<br />
<br />
"And you don't have to create your own specialised stuff as well. You
could write or link to others good IT related articles that you
find."  I don't get the point of having links to other articles in
a blog.  I get annoyed when I Google a subject and three-quarters
of the results are blog postings pointing to the remaining
quarter.  If I want to go back to an article later, I create a
favorite / bookmark.  If I want to comment on an article, I do it
on the article's site.  More of the article's readers will see
it  there, and I'm more likely to get a response from the
author.  Using a blog to comment on an author's content strikes me
as a way of trying to get the last word.<br />
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"It can be about fishing, walking or whatever else you like talking
about ... Start writing about something that you are really passionate
about .."  I'd rather be fishing, walking, or whatever I'm
passionate about(gardening, reading, and watching stock car races) than
blogging about it.<br />
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"there are millions of blogs on the Internet, but almost all have
something to give to their readers."  Most of the non-technical
blogs I've read seem to have more to offer the AUTHOR than the
READER.  Maybe I'm just too uncaring to be interested in reading
someone else's musings on fishing, walking, gardening, reading, racing,
or whatever.  Maybe I'm just not interested in wading through all
the various opinions when I could be doing something else.<br />
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"You could even create a blog where you write about the IT Problems you
have faced in the company and what steps you did to
troubleshoot."  As I noted, most of the problems I deal with are
elementary stuff.  Many of the rest are solved after searching the
web for solutions.  Why duplicate what's already out there,
clogging the search results for others?<br />
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"You can make your company users read it before they approach you (kind
of FAQ's)."  We can't get users to read the FAQ's, "How To's", or
other forms of on-line already available; they won't even click Help on
a menu.  This may be due to poor web site design on our part, or
that it's easier for end users to call for help than to search for
it.  Besides, if they start solving their own problems, what do I
do :-)  I'll make you a deal: if you can tell me how to
successfully get end users to use on-line help, I'll be happy to post a
blog entry here describing the method and giving you full credit for
the idea.<br />
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Blogging isn't like writing a term paper or working out.  I don't
need motivation since absolutely nothing depends on my doing it. 
I posted the initial entry only because I got tired of being asked
"Where's your blog?"  Okay, now I've got one.  Maybe I just
express myself better in individual conversations than untargeted
broadcasts.  I'll be happy to converse with you (or anyone) via
e-mail, but please, don't waste your time checking back on the blog. <br />

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Why I Don't Blog

by illilli In reply to Why I Don't Blog

<p>Hey buddy, now you got another person reading your blog...WOOT!</p>
<p>I think bloging is about saying what you feel, when you feel it.  I really enjoyed reading about how you felt about blogs because now, I know a little more about you.  If you were to post an article about something, I might check out your blog and then see what kind of a person you are.</p>
<p>I blog to release tension truely.  I think it is therapuetic (spelling?).  I don't care if anyone else reads it or not.  I read my own words every once in a while and I either laugh because I think I am funny (which is probably debatable), or I relive how I was feeling when I wrote it.  It's just for me, but I have shared it with you....just in case you want to know what I think or how I feel.  You might read my blog and decide you don't like me also.  In that case, you've learned something too.</p>

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Why I Don't Blog

by master3bs In reply to Why I Don't Blog

What is ironic is how many people have already read this blog that you
didn't write.  (If nothing else you are at least responsible for
the
<em>---Heck, I didn't even create the above text for this blog.  I copied it from an earlier discussion.--- </em>portion of the blog.<br />
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If you keep not blogging, maybe other people will keep reading what you don't blog?  wha?<br />

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Why I Don't Blog

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Why I Don't Blog

CLARIFICATION - Juggler, I wrote all of it.  My point was that I
didn't write it fresh or specifically for this blog.  I copied it
from an earlier comment I posted to another discussion.  See my
point about how I like to be precise in my writings; apparently I
failed again.<br />
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illilli, I'm not into introspection or self-study, but if it works for
you, more power to you.  I'm not picking on you, but statements
like "I don't care if anyone reads it" strike me as a bit
hypocritical.  If you didn't care, why would you do it in a public
forum on the web?  Why not a freeware diary-style utility that
stores the file privately?  Heck, why not text file?<br />
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Back to you, Three Balls.  So far I think this is a discussion in
blog's clothing.  I'm not adding posts on new topics; there are no
links to anything else.  I'm responding to the comments by private
message where possible.  I'm only copying the messages here so I
can keep track of what I said.  I can't figure out how to carbon
myself on the private messages.<br />
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Why I Don't Blog

by illilli In reply to Why I Don't Blog

Guilty as charged Palmetto!  I guess I am a hypocrite and do care to some degree.  I should have said, that I don't care that much.  I "may" want someone specifically to read it and I can link them to it, if so.  I think this discussion in blog clothing is a lot fun at any rate.

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Why I Don

by tshinder In reply to Why I Don't Blog

<p>Hey guy,</p>
<p>You don't have to be a writer to do a blog. you don't have to write long posts. My favorite blogs are those that have a paragraph or two on a very specific issue or idea. No need to get deep or have it time consuming. Just think of it as a way to share some ideas with the rest of the world. If no one reads it fine -- at least you have a journal of tips and tricks for yourself, which you'll be able to search through Google to remind yourself! :)</p>
<p>HTH,</p>
<p>Tom</p>

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Why I Don't Blog

by lmedwards In reply to Why I Don't Blog

hehehe, for not bloggimg your sure did a good job of it. I
like blogging. I don't do it a lot but it is very thearapeutic
and the reason I blog my diary is in hopes that someone might learn
from my mistakes. Or maybe it will help another just to know that
somenoe else may be going through something similar or even
worse. I also made a great friend through a blog. Funny
huh? I posted to a blog on the net and about a week later I had
this guy write to me regarding my blog and we have been great e-mail
buddies every since! He lives across the country but I'm hoping
maybe one day we might even meet. :-) I don't think blogs
are such a bad thing. So what if it is the "cool new thing" or so what
if it is touting ones own life. No man is an island and if blogs
are helpful to others then I would say that's a good thing. <br />
<br />
Blog on!!<br />
<br />

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Linux Installation (RH9) - Distro choice

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Why I Don't Blog

At jdclyde's suggestion, I'm going to post log entries on my latest attempt to learn something about Linux. I'm not comfortable with the web log format, so if I don't see any personal benefit pretty quickly I probably won't keep this up.<br /><br />I've got a choice between Red Hat, Knoppix, and SUSE. Why those three? Because I already have them on CD; other than that I have no reason to select any of these over any other distribution. The Red Hat 9 is on a set of three CD's my department manager burned two or three years ago. The Knoppix 4.0.2 is a single CD whose origins I have forgotten. The SUSE set of four CDs initially mystified me; see my Q&A at <a href="http://tinyurl.com/ktle5"><b>What's on these SUSE Distro CDs?</b></a> <br /><br />The Knoppix CD boots. While I'm sure it can be installed to the hard drive, a quick scan didn't reveal an fast easy way to do this. My reasons for selecting RH over SUSE are detailed in the Q&A referenced above. They're trivial, but at this stage it doesn't take much to influence me. End of distribution discussion.<br /><br />The system is a Compaq with a Pentium 600 (specifically, an <font class="contentText">EPa/P600e/10b/9/128c), an appx. 7 year old box with a 10Gb hard drive, 512Mb of RAM (the max the system will support), 3.5" floppy, and CD-R. </font><font class="contentText">No burner, no DVD. </font><font class="contentText">The only card added to the mother is a 3Com 3C509 NIC; video, drive controllers, audio, etc. are all on the mother. Keyboard, LCD monitor, and mouse are connected via a KVM switch, not directly to the system.<br /><br />My initial goal is to get some familiarity with the command line. Next I'd like to add this system as a client to the Windows domain where I work and access shared network resources and the Internet as confidently as I do with XP systems. I am not interested in building any kind of server or running entertainment applications. This is strictly an attempt to replicate the functionality I have with most of the workplace XP desktops I support. These goals probably don't sound very ambitious to those with Linux expertise, but I've failed in two previous attempts.<br /></font><br />Edited to remove manually entered "Entry Date". I didn't realize the software did that for me automatically. I told you I wasn't comfortable with this format. Edited to include hardware specs and goals.  Edited to include more descriptive title.<br />

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