Practice makes perfect.
O.K., I think I have just found out how to add to this blog. I am not quite sure how I found it but I will continue to practice, practice, practice.
I am relatively new to the Tech Comm world. I like to write but had no idea I could make money from it. My first passion was to follow in my parents footsteps and become a nurse. But, I had a job at AT&T I could not leave because of the 25 years invested in my pension (30 years is soon to come...yee haw!). I am now working on my second career.
I am no techno geek but I am familiar with the internet and intranet. I have dabbled in Facebook and My Space, Wikipedia, and my son's blog (now there is a techno geek). As I started the readings, the fear-inducing questions that popped into my head was what is a Wiki, Flickr, del.iicio.us, and Twitter. After reading the first chapter of "Wikinomics" I now have at least a basic understanding of what a Wiki is. I looked on the websites for the other items and am now consuming myself with trying to figure them out. This may be a slow process for me, but I am gung-ho about it all.
I can relate to Peter Druckers definition of Knowledge worker. I work for a Fortune 500 company. I abide by their rules and regulations. I am only allowed to use the resources they deem fit for us. While there are a few web-based applications we use, they are predefined and include a firewall. All of our information is proprietary and we have the busyness of step-by step processes in place. Everything revolves around time and money (Zelenka, 2008, p. 3).
I am aspiring to become Om Maliks Web Worker. In addition to the knowledge work I will continue to accumulate through my 30 years with my current employer and my schooling, being able to interact on a global basis on my own schedule is extremely appealing. Having a search engine at my fingertips bestows upon me the power to create what I want to create when I want to create it (keeping in mind there are deadlines to hold up to).
Even though I am used to doing "busy" work, I want to be busy in a bursty way. I am very capable of forming relationships and doing so in a new way---via the web---excites me. Sharing my work along the way, as in the story of the goldmining company, opens possibilities for enhancing my knowledge and possibly my future earnings. How many times have I thought, "you know, if I could just get someone to see this idea I have, what could be done with it?". The openness of Wiki's makes it possible to share those ideas with people from many walks of life and many geographical locations.
So, as Krista said, and away we go!