My fiancé has been reading and participating in various physical therapy blogs for about two years now...and for the longest time I couldn't figure out why. I honestly thought that blogs were around to allow people to discuss what they had for breakfast...or how they saved a kitty from the pound. I was surprised when he told me that people wanted to meet him at conferences because of his blog postings.
I had no idea that there was such a world of information, intelligence, innovation, and all kinds of other 'i' words. But more than that....these bloggers have found friends, held meetings, and thus networked all through the internet. Whoa...you mean I can meet potential colleagues year round and not just at a conference????
So my first question is: Why don't we teach about the usefulness of blogs at universities, industries, etc? They can be a wonderful tool that can aid in branching out and getting aquatinted with future collaborators/mentors/employers as well as learning about cutting edge research. So WHY NOT BLOG?? Is it scary?? Or just misunderstood??
And my second question is often debated among bloggers: Is it better to use your real name or a clever pseudonym?? I know that it depends on what you want outta your blogging experience...and as networking was a huge component to mine, i chose to use the name that my momma gave me...but i would like to hear ya'lls take on this issue. For example: Is it common to have both names...so that you can remain anonymous when need be but also have your real name around for networking purposes? Can you still network with a fake name?