In response to: Personality on the job part 4: Perceivers meet JudgersI am a judger too :) Good write up.
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In my previous entry I have given few basic tips on managing your blogs. Lets explore more on this topic...
#1 Have you noticed +Advanced Settings section while you are writing a blog?
Try this - Save your draft and Expand Advanced Settings Section. This is how it looked when I saved my draft of this entry.
Notice the Specify custom URL edit box and the URL marked in red. This is auto generated by the tool and one can customize this url by editing it.
I chose managingyourblog_part2 as my preferred URL and the effect of which is
You can choose to Allow comments for specific number of days, By defaults comments are allowed for unlimited days.
You may be creating an entry on a Sunday and do not want your entries to get lost in other numerous entries which are pouring in on Monday. You can choose to delay the publish time. Choose Delay publishing the entry option.
#2 Save as Draft option
If you are writing an entry and think need some more time to finish up the work, you can save your piece by clicking "Save as Draft". You can view and edit the entry when you are ready to update. Open My Blog and click on Entries link. You can see all of your entries. You can see that Drafts are marked in pink.
You can modify the Title, custom URL and the content without having to delete and create a new entry.
#3 Update published entries
In the above image, notice Published and Updated column. One of my entries MyDeveloperWorks - My Wishlists (Updated) was created on 3rd Jul and was last updated today. Here is one more point to note. If you edit already published entry and click to Post to Blog, its considered as updating your existing entry.
Incase, while editing the published entry, you happen to save it as a draft and then chose to post , the Published date gets modified. In the above image you can see that it shows, My wishlist entry was created on Tuesday 14th Jul. While experimenting I had saved that entry and then posted. How ever, while I edited that entry today, I did Post to blog directly. I was also able to edit the title - Notice (updated) in my title. It wasn't the original title :)
Hope I am not confusing you :)
#4 Filter entries option
Care to notice a side bar in the above image ? You can filter to see entries in various stages - Draft only, Published only. By default All entries are visible.
You can also sort by publish time and update time
Did you know you can preview your entry to see how it looks before you actually publish it? Click on the Preview button and experiment yourself !!!
Be connected to see tips on browsing blog entries topic. Until then happy blogging and take care !
In response to: Top 10 Challenges to Software Quality - Do you agree?Good set of points to note. We do face the problem of Test data creation and defect duplication. Also, test environment creation and backup of various set of required environment is a challenge we face.
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In response to: Confession 23: Who buys green? Who builds green IT?Thanks for the links.
My father is a farmer and was a mathematical lecturer too. I have seen (even now) all sorts of vegetables in our garden and we just would go and pluck them when needed. Now I have moved to city for the sake of job and can really feel the pinch when I have to buy those vegetables.. not for the money sake but for the freshness and organic sake.In fact until recent I was not aware of this "Organic" word in the food field (Of course I had this subject when studying chemistry :)
Back in my village, we have this water stream which goes dry in the summer and every farmer in that area suffers water scarcity during summer. My dad being a maths guy, always applies those thoughts when in field. He got this small temporary water dam done next to our farm. This helps the water levels at the near by wells and ponds to go up and also helps to survive in the summer time. Rain water harvesting is one thing every one practices out there.
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In response to: Confession 11: I need a daily dose of My developerWorksI like the "She" part :) .. but in general I do feel the need to daily dose..so can we say My dW has succeeded in creating "her" bit of addiction factor :)
In response to: Google Customer Search Engines - WMQThank you Matthew. Though I search in Google, I have never known this option. I like the idea of choosing sites you want the results from .. I am going to try this option and thanks for this wonderful update.
Frances in his entry called Time Commitment in My dW CookBook mentions that "Every section of the cookbook should have some recommended guidance on time and resource commitments for setting up to maintenance. Giving the users an idea of the time investment. Perhaps recommendations from existing people....might be nice to have a comment such as "One way I manage my blog is to set aside 30 minutes every week on my calendar" or " To get my community going I spend 30 minutes a day adding new insights, checking in with message boards, adding new bookmarks" or " As my community became active, I spend 15 minutes a day reading and interacting"
I agree with his point of managing your blog. I set aside Friday's for posting one blog entry. The other days I may check the groups, message boards, respond, research on finding answers to the questions, rating and commenting other blog entries. I believe consistency matters. If you could set such trends, readers can expect an entry on a particular day/days, say Friday or Monday according to the time zone in case of me.
I was not accustomed to writing before. As Val says in her post, I am an extrovert and I used to spend most of the times talking out what ever I believed. After my 2nd daughter is born, I am working from home for around 8 months now and I completely miss socializing and talking out. Some how, my other attempts to blog in other sites haven;t clicked. MydW seems to be providing me with like minded people so I am able to continue to write. This gives me the pleasure of interacting with people as well as knowing their perspective along with sharing mine.
So, after my one post, I begin to think what should be my next post. Val's insights are very true - "Some of those efforts will flop. Not every blog posting will hit it big, not everyone will answer a question you pose in forum, or join in your group. It’s a process of experimentation – try to learn what works and what doesn’t. "
How ever, one should strive towards the big hit isn't it? So while I keep browsing for questions and insights over the week, I tend to get topics to write on. One of such questions was How to you easily locate the number of visitors to each blog posting?
Also Val posted How to Add links to your blog which made me think why not write a blog on managing your blog in My DW.
Here are few tips -
More tips on managing your blog.
So until next Friday take care and socialize !!
As I mentioned in my first post, I have grown older in IBM along with developerWorks. Not so long ago, when I joined my first team DB2 UDB in Bangalore, India, we were about 4 people in that team. I was just a new member in the team and I just had to bother about learning "What DB2 UDB was", "How to design the database and tables", "How to create SQL queries in DB2", "How to test DB2" "What test buckets meant" etc. My team lead would take care of communicating to the partner lab (Toronto team). We had to send all our queries to him and he would collate and send across. No worries at all :)
How ever, I grew and a day came where I had to start communicating on my own and that's when I started learning all about good writing. I am trying to put my learnings and tips and hints I got along my journey in IBM.
Note : By now, I have reviewed this content at least 3-4 times and have rearranged things :-)
Share your thoughts and experiences. Happy mailing !!!
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In response to: Building your online professional personaThanks for the post Val. I did go through the links you posted regarding Social Networking mistakes. Indeed they gave good tips. Thank you.
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In response to: 5 ways to find people who “know stuff” on My developerWorksHey Val, Recently, I found new people in "Recommended by" list of my blog entries.
"Man is a social animal" is what we all learnt in our school days.. "Woman also is" is what I have to add :)
We IT professional because of our work have been socially challenged and are more closer to our computers.But our crave for being social hasn’t stopped and hence Social Networks are being important aspects of life today.
This is how I started my talk at Infosysy Bangalore @ MydW Launch.
So I was talking about social networks. As humans its not enough that we just social but we do have varied interests and goals in life. So naturally we search for like minded people to network with to get something done.
Lets take an example of blood donation. How many of you have donated blood? How many of you have arranged for blood donation
In our apartment we do regular blood donation and we do have set of people who drive this. We have a community which has set of people donating the blood, arranging for blood camps etc. Basically communities are platforms to bring like minded people together with some vision. Just forming a community isn't enough. Only if people participate and passionate about the vision then the community sees success.
As a software professional we all have varied goals in our professional life. As a developer I want to learn a new technology. I want to get mentored. I want to see if there are existing projects which I could see and learn from that As an expert I may wnat to help some one with his problems, answer his queries and mentor. As a professional I want to expand my network and be known not only in my team but outside as well and increase my visibility.
So communities give me the opportunities to learn, discover , collaborate and connect with people.
This was the way I was trying to reach out to people to explain the importance of community. I was speaking as an Evangelist @ Infy.
The slot was only for 30 minutes. Before I went there I was wondering what will I talk, how will explain them what communities meant, what would they benefit so on and so forth ...My friend Manoj knowing me for 5 years now said - 30 minutes isn't enough for you Suma for the length that you speak. I am bit talkative .. OK I confess . not a BIT but a GIGA BYTE talkative :) ...Thanks Manoj. You were right ...:)
I enjoyed that session thoroughly ..I saw people tuning into my thoughts nodding their heads agreeing to the points that I was mentioning. There weren't much people, Some 20 odd number was the crowd strength.. but they were able to connect to me. There were some interesting questions -
Why would IBM want to do this?
Would this not affect its proprietary products?
What would IBM gain out of it...
Don't we want to give back to the society at some point in time? I always have this feeling of doing my bit to the society. As individuals if we feel this way, an organization which is made out of such people ...would it not feel the same way --- Isn't it time to give back some thing to society, community ?? After all community is not about ONE but MANY.
I am sure some atleast agreed to this in that crowd ...
Thank you dW for giving that wonderful opprtunity.
I have been thinking about process we have in publishing the articles in developerWorks. Have got couple ideas where we could make it interesting to the people who wants to read/contribute/develop.
The other day I was at Infosys Bangalore at My developer Works launch. while the talks and discussions were on, mention of a point drew my attention. developerWorks completed 10 years. I just felt I kind of grew up along with developerWorks. I am just an year younger to developerWorks @ IBM. It's my 9th year here.
Coming to think of it, my association with developerWorks started with me searching for somethings in Google and it resulting in developerWorks articles and today I am posting my own blog here.
From there to now it feels like a long journey :)