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April 13, 2006
Blogging at Carnegie Mellon
Yesterday, in the midst of math interviews at Carnegie Mellon, the pr people asked me if I could talk to them about blogs. Blogs? I thought. You mean I can switch from math to something I actually know something about? I gave them my spiel. But maybe you could help. This university produces reams of research and projects. They're huge in computer science, robotics, machine learning, but also have an important school of fine arts and theater. I told these people they should be blogging in these various areas, and they looked alarmed, as if to ask: You mean we have to blog, too?
So who should blog at a research university? Just whoever feels like it? Should the university establish a blogging policy and push people to blog? Hire people to blog? These are the questions they're wrestling with at CMU.
I think all companies, universities and gov'ts, associations, etc., should have an Internet/blogging policy as part of its HR policy. That's not to say your employer can regulate what you do on your own time, but if you rag on your employer through something like a blog -- even a personal one -- that's not good.
Otherwise, in relation to their role at CM, teachers, students, admin, etc., should be encouraged to blog. Specifically, it would be nice if a "champion" could be found for each department to spearhead the blogging.
The blogging field is still pretty vacant, relative to what it'll be in a few or five years and beyond. So, CM can stake out a pretty good voice by being active now . . . assuming blogging plays into its larger, on-going communications plan.
Posted by: Mike Driehorst at April 13, 2006 08:46 AM
Seems as though there is always a lot of mental masturbation that goes on...why not just try it / do it. :-)
Start internally/privately if necessary.
Posted by: PXLated at April 13, 2006 09:37 AM
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Posted by: Jim Dermitt at April 13, 2006 09:39 AM
I find it odd that universities like CM were way out in front on the building of the internet but now appear to be lagging behind in blogging. Is that the case or is it just certain departments of the university that haven't gotten on board? It does seem as though the pr people would be early rather than late to the blogging party.
Posted by: dan at April 13, 2006 02:52 PM