Hello, my name is Dramagirl, and I’m a webaholic …

Several of my latest posts here have focused on the flood of social networking sites I’ve been attracted to during the past few months. In fact, an entire theme has developed with these often apologetic posts. I’ve been a bit whiny really, using the sad excuse that such play aka experimentation is all grist to the mill of future posts.  Well that’s not going to cut it for much longer I can tell, and besides I and the blogosphere have changed for good.

For a start, the applications and services just keep coming. Oh yes, I could duck for cover or simply ignore the chatter about this or that new service that floats by, but it’s proving extremely difficult. You see the playing has brought new friends whose own interests lie in the social networking sphere, and so the chatter tends to orbit around this activity, if not entirely exclusively. Yes, blogging is not the same … at least it’s diversified beyond what I’d imagined when I began blogging 3-4 years back, and it’s all because of the technology.

This time last year I was recovering after the August 31 Day Blog Challenge. It was brutal folks! Yes, I survived along with other hardy bloggers determined to ‘get it right.’ There the focus was all on good (traditional) blogging: thoughtfully crafted posts, collegial commenting, shared tips on time management and sound GTD principles. During the month anxieties emerged from time to time … how long should a good blog post be, apologies for poor spelling, syntax and so on.

I also took part in a Comment Challenge in April this year. As you can tell from the title, it was about learning more about the art and craft of blog commenting, and sharing the conversation around.  Such a challenge is now showing its conceptual age, at least in terms of how ‘big’ bloggers and micro bloggers are commenting on one another’s ideas. Now it’s about short and fast, but hopefully not superficial responses. Posts and comments from services like Twitter, Pownce, Facebook, Tumblr and Jaiku sent from desktop, laptop or mobile phones now appear on aggregated sites like the mighty FriendFeed, where I daresay they are far more visible and engaging of diverse opinion and comment than here on the humble but still unbowed traditional blog post. And of course you can link your blogs to FriendFeed as well;  a cross-link to this post will appear on my FriendFeed site as soon as I hit the publish button here on Word Press.

But when it comes to speed of uptake, indeed turnaround in attitude towards traditional blog writing, what about Seesmic eh?  As you might be aware if you’ve come here before, Seesmic is the video conversation tool which has really engaged me for the past 6 months or so. There appears now … out there … to be a complete turn around in attitude towards what’s called video blogging or vlogging …ugh!.

Now, when I installed Seesmic video commenting capability here back in April and encouraged visitors to leave a video comment, I was at first disappointed at the lack of uptake, especially during a Commenting Challenge.  I got the distinct impression that most bloggers were not keen to do ‘barefaced’ commenting … indeed many declared it wouldn’t last and for all sorts of reasons, none of which frankly convinced me much. It set me thinking and has provided food for much thought and conversation. Now what has happened to the hive attitude inside 6 months … well, try Googling ‘popularity of video blogging’ and see what you get! Not the put-downs and pooh-poohs of 6 months back, but what comes close to a ‘told you so’ attitude. Well, told you so! And then yesterday, a new video commenting app called 12 Seconds was released out of invitation-only into public testing. This is video blogging or commenting on speed. Yes, 12 seconds is all you get to make your video comment. It’s kin to Twitter and its 140 characters. This is opening up conversation and comment to experimentation. I for one, am delighted to puddle around and see where this leads us.

Friday Factoid

Science Daily tells us that researchers now have a new gene pool of subjects to gather data from and to experiment with …  internet junkies. Apparently that’s about 10% of us. Oh well.

‘Hello my name is Dramagirl, and I’m a webaholic.’

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3 responses to “Hello, my name is Dramagirl, and I’m a webaholic …”

  1. Sue Waters Avatar

    Chuckling 'cause I've decided from reading this post you are more of a webaholic than me. You see I've never used Friendfeed and tried Seesmic only a bit — perhaps I could go far enough to say maybe I'm not an Internet Junkie?

  2. SarahStewart Avatar

    Well, I am also a member of the 10% 🙂

    I really like seesmic and remember having some fun with you a few months ago. But the barrier to me is my web cam is seperate from my lap top and by the time I fix it all up and find a descent light source, I've gone off the idea. One day…when I get a new lap top with an integrated camera, I'm sure I'll do more videoing.

  3. SarahStewart Avatar

    Yes right, Sue!!

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