The Wizard and I regularly debate the value of blogs. He's of the mind that blogs are at the epoch of the their popularity, and that there will be a vast majority of the population who will never engage in the activity. Moreover, he is convinced that blogs will ultimately die a slow death, and are simply a flash in the pan. He may be right. Sort of.
There is a generation who will never find the on-line bug. The bug that encourages you to try out new technologies, to invest in on-line applications, to immerse yourself in the greater atmosphere of the internet. Folks who won't use Skype, or IM or wireless. Folks who simply are grounded in web 1.0
That being said, there is the next generation, the newbies who are podcasting, and IM'ing with their phones, and setting up MySpace sites. The people who ARE sharing music, who are making maps of the best pubs in chicago. People who are attending conferences and live chats. My gut says that these are the people who are going to run the world some day.
A lynchpin in discussions between the Wiz and I is the debate of using your blog as your resume. Or, at very least, having your URL on your resume. He is adament that the day will never come. His peers are likeminded. Me, well, now that my indentity has evolved, and my online presence is gelling, I have a feeling that my next resume will indeed have my url. It's all about audience. And it's all about identity.
Finally people are starting to realize, with the internet, as with everything in life, you have to accurately portray yourself, or face the consequences.
What do you think - would you put your blog URL in your resume?
For Some, Online Persona Undermines a Résumé - New York Times
For Some, Online Persona Undermines a RésuméBy ALAN FINDERWhen a small consulting company in Chicago was looking to hire a summer intern this month, the company's president went online to check on a promising candidate who had just graduated from the University of Illinois.At Facebook, a popular social networking site, the executive found the candidate's Web page with this description of his interests: "smokin' blunts" (cigars hollowed out and stuffed with marijuana), shooting people and obsessive sex, all described in vivid slang.It did not matter that the student was clearly posturing. He was done."A lot of it makes me think, what kind of judgment does this person have?" said the company's president, Brad Karsh. "Why are you allowing this to be viewed publicly, effectively, or semipublicly?"