As part of a summer-long project to abate my Google addiction, I have moved from Google-owned Blogger to WordPress.com. The fact that another “Analog Girl” had taken up residence at Blogger only hastened my decision. The tenor and tone of her blog is quite different from my own, and, not wanting any room for confusion, I thought it best to pull up stakes and relocate.
While I will miss being “Analog Girl” and sharing association with the wonderful song performed by Texas singer Guy Clark, I am excited about the new title. It was born out of a recent post in which I lamented the loss of “think time” in the sometimes frenetic atmosphere of the read/write web. (Teacher trainers and those who trade in pedagogical catch-phrases will recognize the term.)
The name change also signals a shift in attitude — a gradual coming to terms as these transformative tools become more and more integrated into my personal and professional practice.
I will end this post in typical blog fashion, by crediting an author who in turn credits another author. Mike John, a graduate student in Wales, posted this insightful description of blogs, which he found at Wired magazine’s blog network:
Blogging is not about making friends, it’s about expressing yourself truthfully and in the process providing some hitherto unforeseen insight into an important issue or topic of the day. If you make friends, that’s a bonus. Real bogging is about shedding the politics and letting it all hang out. Sometimes that honesty yields less than enjoyable results, but other times the honesty of certain blog posts can inspire us all into action or thinking about important issues in a different light.
What do you think?