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Reviving Mental Blabberings

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It's no secret that I've gone Google. As part of that move I had to leave the Philippines and get into temporary residences as well as get up to speed with the Google way of doing things. There's a lot for me to learn -- and I mean a lot -- but it's a good thing that I do have time. I've been doing some thinking lately though about my web presence and what Google knows about me on the Internet, and I see that I have been a loyal Google product user even before I joined the company. Just to give you an idea of what stuff I already have in Google, here are some links to things that you might not yet already know about me that Google already does:

  • My Profile -- this is technically the most comprehensive profile of me that Google has. I keep this maintained even more than my Facebook account.
  • My Web Album -- although I don't have much there publicly available, I use it a lot for backing up my pictures. If you know me enough I don't take many photos at all.
  • My Blogs -- this one included (no need to link to this). I've got other blogs up here but now that I think about it I must be writing more on this blog. I've got lots of content already served up here and I don't feel like sharing too much on my other blog.
  • My Videos -- I've got a few good ones over there but I think I ought to keep putting more of me out there.
You might ask why I'm getting this blog revived, and it's more to do with me wanting a more personal and intimate place where i can share what I think in well-thought out pieces. I would like to write more thought-out articles complete with photos and videos on this space.

Lockdown by mikebaird.
My other motivation is to fight the data isolation that other providers like Posterous have going on. Imagine how stuck I felt when I thought about moving out of Posterous into Blogger and saw that there is absolutely no automated way of doing this. Posterous is like the Facebook of blogging, being a silo where you can put your data in and not have the data portable to other platforms in an easy manner. And unfortunately, no, having an API is not enough.

It's been years -- two and some to be exact -- since I've written a post on this blog. Maybe it's time for me to get my act together and do more of my blogging here. Maybe if I have time to spare, I might try something like a Posterous to Blogger migration tool if that's at all possible to do and host my namesake blog over on Blogger too.

Thanks for reading and here's looking forward to more years on Blogger.

Cheers!

Comments

  1. In the meantime, while waiting for that Posterous-Blogger migration, maybe you can point your FeedBurner feed back here to Blogger? :D

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  2. Looking forward to your awesome content here Dean :-)

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  3. Thanks Nikki! Yeah I should do that. :D

    Jan, now I'll have to live up to the "awesome" claim! Thanks! :)

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