Sunday, February 18, 2007

Welcome to the world of blogging!

In this world of high technology--fast phone calls, fast photos, fast Internet--it feels good to ratchet things down a bit and just write. Of course, I will be typing, because I don't want to ratchet things down that much.

Folks who know me, know that I am a bit of a techie. Since they are always asking me questions, I would like to share some of the real life things I have learned about how technology can help you out. It really is quite simple.

The biggest thing you need to know about technology is that it is just another tool designed to make your work easier.

Sure there are days when you want to throw your computer out of the window, but for the other 350 days a year, the darned thing just works and saves us so much time.

The first tip I will discuss is: Blogging.

Blog is short for "Web" and "Log". My blog, Isidra Gadget, starts now.

If you are interested in blogs that others have written, simply "google" the word and you will be amazed at how many already exist.

Why blog? The first one I ever read was by the producer of the Oscars--a behind the scenes account. It was a way to focus interest as the show grew closer. Many companies blog because it is a way to put a human touch on their companies without incurring extra expenses from their webmasters. It is an easily changeable page that keeps customers informed.

You can also upload a photo, or, in some cases, video to spice things up a bit.

Since I teach classes titled Business English and Business Communications, I recommend this blog: . There are many about whatever subject. To view a wide range, visit this directory:

There are many free blog hosting site. This is one . Another is .

The thing you will find about many blogs is, because it is nearly impossible to thoroughly edit your own work, manyblogs are full of typos because bloggers rarely have a fresh pair of eyes willing to edit their stuff. My students will be editing mine, and I will return the favor. It's good practice and I am a whizz at making typos, because I am usually in a rush.

If there is a tech question you have, I would be happy to entertain it here. Email me at If I don't know the answer, I will ask my circle of geeks, time permitting. Thanks for reading!