Reterritorialising Social Media: Indigenous People Rise Up – My work-in-progress notes

I’m presenting next week at the University of Woollongong next week at the Reterritorialising Social Media: Indigenous People Rise Up.

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Clearly … purple is my favourite colour!

I spent most of Saturday on the computer creating graphics for the inaugural Deadly Bloggers Blog Carnival. I’d been thinking about doing something for ages but I just couldn’t work out the structure. Then it hit me part way through last week.  
On Saturday, I spent the day writing and updating posts and creating the graphics. It’s so bloody purple!! When I moved Deadly Bloggers to its own site from Blogger, I had to decide on a colour scheme – and purple it was. 
One of the joys or being the owner of it, is you get to decide. 
If you read this blog, I hope you’ll take some time to visit and follow Deadly Bloggers (the blog) and all the deadly bloggers who make it up. 
And if you’re on Twitter, the hashtag is #dbBC

Why I began blogging?

One of the participants last week at the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, asked me why I began blogging.

I originally began in 2008/09 after I attended a workshop, facilitated by Edgeware, but run by Eddie Harran. In that probably only one and a half hour workshop, Eddie explained everything from blogs, MySpace (was dying but not quite dead), Facebook, Flickr, Blogger, WordPress, RSS, Twitter and more. He gave context to the different platforms. I began to understand what things meant, in what order they happened, and importantly, how I could use them for my work.

But really, the answer to the question is, I began blogging for business. I wanted to share ideas about Indigenous education that I felt were being missed. I mean, it’s easy to talk to a group of pre-service teachers, but once they’ve graduated? It’s much hard to capture them. The odd after-school professional development session doesn’t really help people who know so little.

I had built websites from templates before Eddie’s talk. The first I probably built in the very early 2000s. It looked terrible. I continue (mostly) to build my own. I care less for the look of a site, than I do for the site’s organisation of information and the quality and usefulness of its content.

Why do I blog now? I still blog for business, but on this space in particular, I blog for myself. I rarely tweet out what I’ve written, I don’t count or measure the statistics. And the odd person or two eventually finds their way here.

Here. I blog for me.

Update: I was cleaning up the categories on Deadly Bloggers, and found this post I wrote in 2012. It relates.

Deadly Bloggers Challenge 2013

During the second last half of the year it occurred to me that I needed to be blogging more. My output for 2012 was decidedly lower than in the previous years. I look at folks like Anita Heiss – a prolific blogger – and I cringe at my efforts. Continue reading “Deadly Bloggers Challenge 2013”