It’s coming up on two years since I shelved a book idea on the professional uses of blogging. What I mean by that isn’t paid blogging, but rather blogging that represents your professional identity, narrates your work, and connects you to colleagues, to clients, and to the world at large.
I shelved the plan because I didn’t feel confident that the message would resonate with the vast majority who live outside the web 2.0 bubble, and I think that’s probably still true today. But I’m still mulling the idea, and when I find good examples of people who are using the blog medium in the way I think a great many professionals could be using it, I add them to this list: del.icio.us/judell/professionalblog.
Although recent additions to that list include Mike Leavitt, former Utah governor1, now U.S. secretary for health and human services, and John Halamka, the superstar health CIO, I’m really more interested in tracking professional blogs by the kinds of folks I mentioned in my original posting:
- The coffee shop owner
- The public works engineer
- The middle-school teacher
If you know of good examples of professional blogs written by these kinds of folks, and are inclined to bookmark them or blog them with the tag professionalblog, I’ll catch them at this combined feed.
1 Former Utah CIO Phil Windley, a pioneer professional blogger, first introduced Mike Leavitt to the idea of blogging.