MAGS will be having an event at 6:30 on January 29th 2014 CANCELED DUE TO SNOWPOCALPYSEMax Lager’s
320 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
When I started the company the “web” was one of those things I didn’t understand. I went through several iterations of the website: Static HTML, Drupal, Joomla. and finally wordpress. As if you couldn’t tell – this website runs off wordpress. Through all of theses iterations I quickly determined I wasn’t a “web guy” – I’m a “gis guy” and wordpress just works for me.
I’ve always like to write – so I spent an inordinate amount of time tweaking and changing things – after all I need this business to look uber professional (that’s a joke). The blog became an accidental outlet. I could talk about work and life. So posts that show up here may have squat to do with GIS and more about life. As of lately my posts have focused on QGIS (my new GIS desktop love affair) and less about ArcGIS. More on life and how it changes. I post news up here – I post things I find interesting.
So I tried to do some sort of wizardry and pull the number of posts per year out of wordpress. After 15 minutes I stopped. I end up at about a blog a week. Some weeks more and some less. Overall I guess I have slowed down on the technical end of GIS and have been more about the stories end of work. The US Virgin Islands. Some crazy client oriented activities. My own personal belief over the last few years is that GIS people care little on hearing about maps – they do like the story behind the project. The why and the who. I chuckle over ESRI’s current map story initiative. I spent 16 years at TVA – The story isn’t being told by a map – the story is how the map got here. The map should tell it’s own story. Kinda like this company.
So ultimately why do I blog:
1. I’m not quiet. I find things and I talk about them. Be it personal or business related.
2. I want to give back and provide some focus. GIS is a mess right now in my opinion. There is innovation at every corner. People still struggle with pulling acreages out of polygons (or at least my clients do).
3. It’s just fun.
4. Advertising: It’s cheap. I pay $100 dollars a year for hosting through Dreamhost. I blog. It gets tweeted. It gets posted to Facebook. I cross post to Google+. Does it make a difference? Yes. Will someone take a class or hire me because of a blog post/website – it’s happened. I hope it happens again.
Why is there a downturn? Atanas is right – there is one – and I think it’s ultimately:
1. Facebook. I’m really growing to not care much for facebook. So many companies pour time and effort into it – and I ultimately believe only one person gets benefit out of it – the owner of the company. FB I think probably did more to kill off blogging than any one thing.
2. All other forms of Social Media: Google+/instagram/twitter/linkedin. Yeah – Google+ is a wasteland out there – but if there is a FB killer it’s this one. I’ve been spending more time up there as of late posting and trying to increase my visibility. Ultimately Google is benefiting from me being there – but I think less so than FB. I love twitter. If you’ve read some of my tweets – I’m sorry. I do have fun up there and have made several tweeting friends.
3. Time: we are way too busy. I am. I’ve got 5 things I need to be doing right now.
Bill is right – communication is changing. I think we’re in a hyper mode of communication change. My phone does way too much. I cut my land line 5 years ago. I can tell everyone where I am with two clicks of my phone. The way we interact is changing every year. I don’t see that stopping for a very long while.
Is GIS blogging dying? Maybe – I ain’t stopping though. I enjoy it too much. I hope all of you enjoy reading the insanity.
The question being “Hey – What are you doing in Chattanooga?” and the answer being “Squat as of today”. So sorry – I’ve been not here more than I’ve been here – I’ll probably do something online. It just won’t be organized. If you feel the need to get organized – BYOB at my house (email for directions) and we’ll map here. You can also help me clean the place up.
Join us next weekend for the US Summer #editathon, on Saturday and Sunday July 20 and 21, for two days of improving the United States on OpenStreetMap.
This summer, there are 8 participant cities where people come together to map in libraries, coworking spaces, offices and the outsides. But really, you can join this event from home and anywhere in the world, the only rule is to save your improvements with a comment containing the hash tag #editathon and our focus is on improving the US map.
You can really work on anything OpenStreetMap you’d like to, but here are a couple of ideas:
Here are the participant cities of this year’s #editathon. If you’re joining from home, we’ll be hanging out on #osm-us on irc.oftc.net, poke your head in. Hosting an #editathon is easy. If you’d still like to add your city to this list, it’s not too late, get yourself on the Wiki and drop us a line.
MAGS is having a meetup on Feb 21 2013 – From the email
Come and meet us at Marlow’s Tavern in Midtown this month. Thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Southeast Chapter of the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA), there’ll be h’orderves to satisfy your appetite and a complimentary drink to quench your thirst. You can learn more about GITA directly from some of the board members at the social. In the meantime, read about the organization at www.gitasoutheast.org.
Please RSVP to receive your complimentary drink ticket at the event. Looking forward to seeing you!
Straight from the openstreetmap.us website . Check them out for updated information.
Come join us for an afternoon of mapping on January 26. All over the US, starting at 12 noon Eastern going until 6PM Pacific and longer, we will be improving the US map. Join us at one of the locations below or virtually on #osm-us irc.oftc.net. If you haven’t ever mapped, this is a good time to come out and ask someone to show you – it’s really simple!
You can contribute in a number of ways:
We will be using #editathon for our commit messages to create a visulization of our changes afterwards.
We currently have groups scheduled to meet in
and hope to add more locations before the 26th !