I really like that blogging helps bridge the personal interaction gaps that are introduced as a result of being able to do almost anything virtually. It’s amazing how much you can learn about a person via their blog. When your teammates are globally distributed, maintaining personal working relationships can be a bit challenging at times…blogs can help.
For example, even tho’ I dial into a few common weekly meetings with Tim, had I not read his blog, I wouldn’t have known that he was struck by lightning. While reading another coworkers blog I realized that he’s not exactly a member of the Ashlee Simpson fan club. Through Rama’s blog I realized that although he has a somewhat serious work demeanor (based on my remote interactions with him), he’s actually quite hilarious. And, I know probably more than I ever needed to about Frosty’s favorite music through his blog. These personal glimpses are goodness.
Outside of co-workers, humanization via blogging of other people one might only have limited perspective on is alive and well…check out Rosie O’Donnell’s blog:
“i went to sommerville this weekend – a suburb of boston
to raise money for the public elementary school
they need books – in a public school – in america
it does not make the news”
It’s nice to know that she and I share a passion for public school libraries. Her blog seems to reveal more about the person she is than her talk show ever did.