FROM THE TUSTIN NEWS, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005


THE DOC IS IN...

He joins in the blogosphere

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you gave a party and nobody came? I am beginning to feel a little like that after posting my blog.

This all started a couple of weeks ago at a Friday Coffee and Computers gathering. Some of the attendees wanted to know why we don’t have a blog. So I said, I’d try and put one together.

I visited one of the many web sites that help people put together so called “Weblogs” or blogs. www.typepad.com would give me many design options and act as the web host for my blog, all for roughly $50 per year. This was an offer I couldn’t refuse, so I signed up for a 30 day free trial. The name “coffeeandcomputers” was available so I got started. Using one of their many templates, I put together a first design and “published” my blog. Anyone entering “coffeeandcomputers.blogs.com” in their web browser would find my masterpiece.

One of the design features of a blog is that I can “post” my comments and elicit “comments” from readers. Each of my postings has a link to a page that lets the reader send me their thoughts. This can start a “thread” that others then can continue.

To begin with, I chose to post some computer questions that did not get answered during the Friday gathering. Then I sent out an email to the Friday mailing list and waited to see what would happen.

Interestingly, I did get a few comments and other questions. So we were off to a slow but possibly steady start.

From what I have been reading in the trade press, this response is not uncommon. Blogs have become “hot” with now over ten million on the web. Businesses have been encouraging employees to design blogs where they solicit comments from vendors and customers. This would start a two way dialog that would be beneficial to everyone. But guess what? These business blogs also have been getting little response.

Probably in the “blogosphere” there maybe are one hundred must read blogs. Many of these cover politics and other very timely topics. The rest of us ten million probably have very little of interest except to a very small audience.

Never-the-less, it is fun putting together this blog. I check it probably twenty times a day and try to answer comments as fast as they are posted by readers. I haven’t yet decided if the effort and response is worthwhile. I’ll wait until the 30 day trial is finished.

So, I invite you to join me in the blogosphere by visiting coffeeandcomputers.blogs.com, that funny address that will take you to my blog. This may open up a whole new dimension and you will find yourself visiting www.google.com and searching for “weaving blogs” or other of the thousands of possible topics. It’s a whole new world out there.

If you would like to hear more about the blogosphere, or other computer topics, visit “Coffee and Computers” at the Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 S. ‘C’ Street, any Friday morning starting at 9 a.m. Bring your questions or just come in and visit.

In the mean time, keep the neurons happy, synapses snapping and enjoy computing.

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Dr. Art Holub is a long time resident of Tustin and teaches computer and Internet courses at the Tustin Area Senior Center and the Tustin Adult School. Visit his web site at: www.arholub.com. This column is written to address the computer adventures and concerns of older adults. If you have comments, questions or suggestions for future columns, Email HIM at: doc@arholub.com.


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