New IBM blogroll
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Today on the IBM.com home page is a story about IBM bloggers (available in fancy format, plain format ... and even in PDF). This discusses not just the developerWorks bloggers, but also others -- like Ed Brill (who was already blogging when we launched the developerWorks blogs back in April of 2004, and who has a much much bigger following than I do with my blog -- and thus I remain grateful to this day for the time he referenced my blog from his blog). Included is perspective on IBM's blogging guidelines, plus a link to the guidelines document itself. It also has some IBM bloggers addressing topics such as the best (and worst) reasons to blog about your work/job/career, the unexpected benefits of blogging, and their favorite non-IBMer blogs.
Of particular interest in this story (aside from its mention of developerWorks and of dW bloggers such as dW community chief Rawn Shah, of course):
A new blog directory, or "blogroll," is also now available on ibm.com to help visitors find IBMers who are now using blogs in the normal course of their jobs. By voluntarily listing themselves here, these IBM employees have set their welcome mat out for anyone to stop by, ask a question, pose an idea, take issue with a position, and otherwise engage in a new level of collaboration and conversation for corporations -- and the very real people who make them work.
I am glad to see this new IBM-wide blogroll, and continue to be impressed by IBM's adoption of blogs, as well as podcasts and other communications tools. (Check out, for example, this recent podcast about IBM podcasting which includes comments from dW's own podcast guru, Scott Laningham.) Such activities are all the more impressive considering how big and, uh, venerable, Big Blue is.