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Paul McNamara @meta4RN
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@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview No pressure at all. 🙂

Gather around children, Uncle Paul has a little story to tell.

No! Wait! Don’t block me! I’ll be pretty quick. Promise.
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview Back in the olden days when the internet was just a pup, there was no Twitter, Facebook or Google. Even MySpace (RIP) wasn’t invented then.

They were dark days, my friends. “Just Jeeves” and “Alta Vista” were crappy search engines plagued by porn pop-ups. #embarrassing
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview Correction. Hashtags weren’t even invented then. #darkdaysmyfriends
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview People still communicated with each other via discussion boards. It was cool how people spontaneously repurposed sites like LonelyPlanet to use their discussion boards for funny, serious and mystical exchanges of ideas. Often all the same time. Humans seem to like conversation.
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview In the late 1990s a couple of platforms were released that allowed ordinary people people with no coding skills to write about stuff that interested them online, on their own page. “OpenDiary” and “Live Journal” were amongst the first.
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview It was a paradigm shift. Before then anything called a “diary” or a “journal” would’ve been kept private. These people were intentionally sharing stuff about their lives/interests with anyone who dropped-in online.
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview That sort of platform was called a “Web Log”.
The community that used them started played with the words, and said “We Blog”.
TaDa! In 2004 “Blog” was Merriam-Webster Number 1 Word of the Year 🙂
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview Bloggers had humble beginnings as an online diary/journal, eg:
1️⃣ “Yesterday was an especially shitty day...”
2️⃣ “I learnt something about myself at work today...”
3️⃣ “Andrew McLeod is the smoothest footy player in the history of humans...”
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview Bloggers have probs become a bit more sophisticated in relation to boundaries, and blogs definitely look fancier nowadays. But blogging is still a humble craft. As with the pioneers you learn by doing.
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview Learn from the mistakes of others though. Naming employers or workmates is bad for job security, especially if you’re being negative. @AHPRA have a policy nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelin… it’s mostly pretty common-sense stuff.
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview @AHPRA My recommendation is to be clear re boundaries. Is your blog going to be Personal, Professional or Official? My definitions here: ausmed.com.au/twitter-for-nu…
Choose one.
@KatherineFaire1 @FewingsBj @notesforreview @AHPRA @Ausmed I used my “About” page (here: meta4RN.com/about) to clarify boundaries that suit me. Maybe start with a similar idea - think about and articulate what you want the blog to become. Then go for it! 🙂
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