By Lynda Kelly
Co-Founder Museum 3.0
James has asked me to write a guest post on what I’m up to in the online world of vast social networks. Gives me a chance to reflect on where I’ve been online in the past 3 years and where I might be going in the future (apart from mad that is!).
I started the Audience Research Blog in April 2007 as a response to my frustration about not being able to post quickly to the Museum’s website (now about to be re-launched to fix that problem thank goodness). Working with Mel Broe, an intern from the University of Sydney, together we learned basic html and got cracking. I must say I felt I was kind of talking to myself for a long time as there were never very many comments left on the blog. Anyway I persevered using the many email questions I regularly receive to start a posts. Not only was it helping me answer questions, it also forced me to do further research of my own. It wasn’t until I added a Google analytics reader that I realised that I had heaps of readers from across the world, sometime over 1,000 people a month were reading my blog. In my view that totally justified what I was doing and helped me carry on.
Mel and I also decided to set up a wiki – again as a response to not being able to post documents on our website. This proved a really interesting learning curve for me as I must admit wikis are something I find really hard to use and not terribly intuitive. I also don't really think they are a community/social networking tool, but that might be just my ignorance. Anyway, whenever I got a query about a report or a paper I had written I would post the file to the wiki and direct people there. I also decided to upload parts of my thesis there too, again proving to be a really useful resource. So me and my wiki persisted.
Then I discovered the power of social networks, more on that next week...