Blogging good or hell?

blogit e-consultation

The Australian Federal Government is preparing itself to enter the blogging realm. An article in the online Australian IT titled Canberra plans citizen sample blog yesterday states “FEDERAL plans to enter the world of blogging are well under way, with a discussion paper due soon on the proposed “rules of engagement”.” The blog will be up and running by March and will be a place that the public can comment on policy, it wont be a free for all and genuine and constructive comments would be welcomed!

They have concerns that the lobby groups or other anonymous identities may infiltrate and manipulate the blog. Will this just be another place on the web that the government places information for us to read and if we wish to place a  positive/constructive comment then that comment may appear on the blog? Censored comments – that’s an interesting concept, we have the ability to censor, delete and even change comments that are placed on our blogs but most of us would only use these options if we get comments that detail illegal activities, pornographic, spam or are racist and discriminatory.

At the end of the day a blog provides a place for conversation and I would have thought that e-consultation would benefit from conversation not censorship, will we see a spin off of blogs that will continue the conversations? Just by denying it they will in fact make it flourish elsewhere way. I suppose that is just another case of  “not in my backyard”.

The article states that a spokesman for Special Minister of State Gary Nairn said ….”genuine and constructive comments”, I could not find another mention of this, a speech delivered by Mr Nairn in August mentions the possible introduction of blogs and talks about the things like the need for  moderation of comments would need to be looked at. I hope they do look at this and not take the Big Brother attitude and take the time to consult with people from the blogging communities both users and readers, not people who “know” about these things about do not “participate” in them.

I have tried to stay pretty much on track with this blog and that hasn’t been too hard as technology is a wide and varied field. I don’t want to get into political discussions (am I now censoring?) but as this does loosely relate to technology I thought I would place it here.


Wandering the Web at night

walk Tonight I had a wander around the web in between talking on twitter and gtalk, answering comments and sending emails. One of the things  I found was this great video on Social Bookmarking by The Common Craft Show.
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The Common Craft Show is written, directed, produced, etc. by Lee and Sachi LeFever using basic materials.  The Show is presented by Common Craft, a social design consulting company. Their videos are under 5 minutes and explain things like Social Bookmarking in easy to understand terms. They  call our format “paperworks” and think lo-fi is the new hi-fi.
I have several of their other videos on my What is that? page. I have just been introducing my students to and we will be viewing this in class next week. These are really wonderfully simple but get the point across so well. Well done guys!
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I also found that on the home page of if I selected tags like bb31days from the tag cloud at the bottom of the page it brought up all my posts about the Blogging Challenge. I selected a lot of tags that I had included on  my posts and could also see what other members of edublogs had written with the say tags. Very interesting way to be able to view post. This is a great tool Thanks James!
One of the other great feature that is on the home page of is the “Blog of the hour” of which Sue and I have been in several times over the past week due to our readers support. James also has an article to help you make your edublog frontpage news


31 Days to a Better Blog – Day 6

emailSand Email an Old Timer Reader

I am now about a week behind posting about my 31 Days to a Better Blog tasks but have been quietly getting them done in the background. This blog is reasonably new and has not hade many visitors (until recently) so the task of emailing an old time reader was not to difficult to under take.  Sue is my longest and most supportive reader so this is who I have sent an email to thanking her for her continued support and encouragement. Sue was the one who encouraged (nagged) me to become more involved in the online communities and create a blog and it has been a wonderful learning experience. Thanks to all who have come and visited and left comments, it is great to know that others are reading what I have written.


10 Things I Learned Tonight

I have been busy all week taking part in the 31 day blog challenge and thought I would have a look at some of the links on Problogger from the last time Darren ran the same sort of project. One article I read was about Social Bookmarking – Getting your Blog Noticed . I started looking around at things like Digg, Furl, Linkfilter. That is where I found some unusual and at the same time fascinating websites.


  1. Did you know that there is a place that will take your photos that you would otherwise delete? Deleted Images is such a place. I couldn’t find any information as to using these images for your own sites but if anyone knows more I would be interested to know. Some of the blurred ones like this one or this one would make great backgrounds for quotes to use on blogs or PowerPoint presentations  00278_deletedimages 00177_deletedimages
  2. Then there is the story about Facebook – the CIA conspiracy that talks about a conspiracy theory that links Facebook to the CIA and the US Department of Defence.
  3. Walking to the shops damages planet more than going by car the TimesOnline has a report that walking to the shops is worse for the environment because food production is so energy-intensive that more carbon is emitted providing a person with enough calories to walk to the shops than a car would emit over the same distance.
  4. The feel good yellow duck a giant yellow Rubber Duck that is supposed to have healing powers.
  5. If God was a programmer is very well done and will be appreciated by fellow programmers.god
  6. Can I have your badge number and the source code to your breathalyzer? A Minnesota man who was accused of drunk driving has sued to see the source code of the breathalyzer machine that busted him, and the state Supreme Court is allowing the request to go forward. This will be interesting to watch!
  7. Television Studios Embrace BitTorrent TV executives are starting to realise that leaking shows to BitTorrent can help promote them.Furl
  8. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING: 50+ Social Bookmarking Sites a list of more than 50 of the top social bookmarking sites available.
  9. FLICKR TOOLBOX: 100+ Tools For Flickr Addicts 100’s of tools to use with Flickr
  10. 7 Clever Google Tricks Worth Knowing Google tricks and search manipulation.

That is enough for one night, I could spend hours trawling through all these social bookmarking sites and reading stories, maybe I will make it a monthly thing to collect and post.


Thank You


I would like to say thank you to Michele Martin for her article  Why Frances McLean Rocks and How You Can Score Some Chocolate! where she details how the Chocolate Box are now sponsoring the chocolate challenge and I would also like to add that Sue Waters also Rocks and she negotiated with James Farmer for the donation from edublogs

So that means that Frances McLean and Sue Waters both Rock and make a pretty good team I think don’t you?


31 Days to a Better Blog – Day 5

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The fact that I have been a few days behind doing my tasks has meant that I have been able to see what tasks are coming up. This task of Conducting an About Page Audit has been looming for a while and something I have been putting off even before the 31 day project.

Evidently the About page is one that is regularly visited by new readers and I must admit that I do have a look when visiting a new blog to find who is behind it all.

So this is what I have so far and I will just keep building on it as I go through the rest of the 31 days. I will also have to dig out a photo to add.

Hi my name is Frances McLean  and I write My Technology Addictions. This is just a place where I can write about the things that I am interested in in the wide realm of technology.

I’m am Australian and live in Western Australia. I am married and have 3 teenage children. I work as a Information Technology lecturer at TAFE in Western Australia where I teach a wide range of subjects and levels. I also deliver PD(Professional Development) for staff members and have recently been involved in developing Assessment tools for staff to use on PDA’s(Portable Digital Assistants)

I have always dabbled in things related to IT from web development in the late 1990’s to software development. Over the past few years I have started developing software for mobile devices, specifically Windows based PDA’s (Portable Digital Assistants). This has lead to delivering this content to programming students at Diploma level at TAFE.

One of the best things that I have found with being involved in a blog is the feeling of community and the people you meet as I keep posting different articles. I decided early on that I was not going to try and post every day as it would be too much but on occasions you will see that I have done this. it is all a matter of when it suits I will post, if family or work commitments get in the way then so be it.

I have started a What’s That? page to help new visitors and people who are new to blogs. At the moment it has a few videos but will be building on this.