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This is from the May 2008 RV.NUG newsletter

User Groups and Blogs

Keeping current with technology continues to be a daunting task, especially if your job does not lend itself to tasks that help keep your skills current. One way to benefit from the trials and tribulations of others is via blogs. The blog search engine Technorati indexes over 112 million weblogs. With 112 million blogs from which to choose, how can you determine which blogs to use? More importantly, how can you determine which blogs are reliable?

First let's begin with the local user group. Are there members of your user group with their own blogs? This is a great place to start, because you have the advantage of knowing the blogger. If you don't know the blogger, someone in the user group will. Not only will this give you a reliability factor, you will likely have the opportunity to ask for additional information on posts of interest.

The next logical branch is to look for blogs for other user groups' members you have met (while attending other UG meetings or Code Camps). Once again, you can easily get a reliability factor. You might not see these bloggers as often as your local group, but you're likely to see them on occasion and likely to obtain an email address from them.

So how do you get to the high profile bloggers? You begin with your local user group and ask them which blogs they read on a regular basis. Then ask members from other user groups you know. Better yet, just read their blogs. They are likely to reference other blogs and/or have a blog roll. Then look for the ones that are mentioned most.

I have compiled a list of blogs using the above suggestions myself. If you would like to see which area user group members have blogs or which blogs their members are reading, check out the results on the RV.NUG web site here: RV.NUG Blog Roll.

Help us make this list more complete for the RV.NUG members by submitting your answers to the following questions to the newsletter at mailto:newsletter@rvnug.org

  1. What blogs do you read on a regular basis?
  2. What blogs do you consider reputable sources of information?
  3. If you have a blog, what is the link for your blog?

As always, the more you provide to your user group, the more the user group will provide to you!

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 7:44 PM RVNUG | Back to top


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