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I'm Ryan Lowe, a Software Engineering graduate living in Ottawa, Canada. I like agile software development and Ruby on Rails.
I write this blog in Canadian English and don't use a spell checker. Typos happen.
» Full-time Ruby on Rails freelancer
» Full-time with Rails since May 2005
» Former committer for RadRails (now Aptana)
» I also have a few Rails side-projects in development:
1. wheretogoinTO.com Toronto nightlife
2. Hey Heads Up! TODO list and sharing
3. Layered Genealogy family history research
4. foos for foosball scoring
5. fanconcert for music fans (on hold)
Hiring Rails developers? I can telecommute by the hour from Ottawa, Canada
»» Email: rails AT ryanlowe DOT ca
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Derek Lowe's (Ryan's older brother) words at Ryan's funeral
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Sarcastic Dictionary (Part 1 of Many)
Twisting Rails is Risky Business
Risky Business? My Take on Early Alphas
Whoa, it's August 2007
A Postscript to "Growth at the grassroots"
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Empathize with your Blog Audience ... if you want
There's no specific spirit to blogging, and that's probably the point. It's the freedom to be able to publish whatever you want to say on the Internet for anyone in the world to read. Now that's freedom.
Then some bloggers gain an audience, either because the content of the blog is interesting or their friends and relatives are curious and want to read it. Sometimes knowing you have an audience affects the content of the blog and sometimes it doesn't. Some people can blog like no one is watching, as it were.
A really interesting use of blogging is by celebrities, often misquoted or misrepresented by the press, who want to set the record straight in their own voice much to the horror of their PR reps. With a blog they can get straight to their audience. Examples are Mark Cuban and Billy Corgan.
If your intent is to get down your own thoughts despite your audience, that's cool. Your blog then becomes a searchable and highly accessible notepad. But if you're trying to communicate an idea to your audience, you have to empathize with them. You need to explain the back story, expose acronyms, technical details and confusing parts. Try to make your posts explain themselves, even if it's just linking to old posts or other places where people can read up on specific background information.
This kind of thing takes a lot of work -- I'm not that great at it either but I'm working on it. It takes more work to prepare a post this way, sure. But doing it will make your blog better for your audience.Posted at August 08, 2004 at 07:55 AM EST
Last updated August 08, 2004 at 07:55 AM EST