I have been playing in the shallow end of various blogging pools for a while now, but, here, at the beginning of 2007, it feels time to at least strike on out into the deep end, making sure the sun is shining and I have a safe way back to the shore, should I choose.
Excuse the swimming and water metaphors. Here in auckland, new zealand/aotearoa we are now settling into some decent summer weather, unlike northern europe which, I'm informed, is now in the middle of winter storms. I still have family and friends in London, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, so I can sympathise. Not sure how much I can drag up for those poor Californian people who are seeing snow for the first time in 28 years. For example, check these winter pics submitted to the BBC on Scottish snow.
Back here in Auckland we have 2 weeks left of the school holidays, though most workers are back this week. Last weekend we had the traditional traffic stories of people trying to drive back to Auckland on state highways which struggle to cope with big traffic flows. But hey - that's New Zealand for you, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Even after 17 years , it feels a joy to be here.
But to our tale.
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The Alfie factor
If this blog has any use in the world it needs to satisfy some criteria. First, It needs to be a vechicle for me to attempt useful contributions, or opinions, on the online revolution that I have been privlidged to be a part of.
For me the Internet, the web , and now web. 2.0 , social networking, et al, are all ways of capturing a techncal and cultural revolution which continues to fascinate me. So to keep making, however small a contribution to its ongoing health and vitality is mandatory. End of story.
I'm also lucky that the small [but pefectly formed], web company , mcgovernonline, I started , with my partner Helen Smith, some 12 years ago has had the chance to make some contributions to this revolution, and, yep, on occasion, I am not going to hesitate to tell you what they are.
Also, by saying, "you", I am straight up saying that what I am writing is for publication, and that, for sure I am looking for responses and feedback, plus any contributions to some of the debates that might arise wether here or as a part of some other part of the web conversartion.
Arts, culture / libraries/ museums , et al
As to range and focus, I leave the option to talk about most things - however, there will be an ongoing interest in what the arts , cultural and library and museum space are trying to do with web.2.0.tools - and specifically, there will often be a New Zealand focus, albiet from the perspective of an expat Scot who spends almost all his professional live on and among international linkages and pathways.
So let us begin!