Friday 13 April 2012

Back to Basics for Me: Longer Form Writing about Media while Google Plus is for Simple Short Stuff ..

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It's ten months since I threw myself into Google Plus. I don't regret it at all, it's taken me places I never could have imagined. This blog suffered as the posts ran dry, but with over 1,500 posts at g+ you  knew where I was.

For me, it's time to return here, but with a slant that keeps this blog growing, +Mike Downes growing and most importantly of all writing growing. Short posts are killing creativity.

And those who do post to professional news blogs are sometimes writing drivel that is so dire that I think, sorry I know, I can do better. Back in the old days I was covering local news for Kenilworth and Warwickshire, UK (notice I put UK as I know this blog is read far and wide these days).

The topics here will be wider, but all to do with the middle ground that is media. For those who don't know, I define media is a cat stuck up a tree and how it gets to be news a few minutes later. Maybe, a reporter turns up, maybe a film crew, maybe a kid with a smart phone and Bambuser or tweets it out.

But get the story out they do. Anything that is a layer, a stepping stone, a middle ground is what I'm interested in. that's what I did as a teacher, took stuff passed it through me or the board and told the kids. that's what I do here. Only they seem to be grown up (in some cases). I ask obvious questions, get people to tell me stuff and react to it. why else have Google (and many others) come knocking on my door?

I seem to be looked at very much as a Media Guy, that's fine. I was recently called a Broadcast Media Specialist. No idea what one of these is, but I happy to tag myself.

Google Plus is very much at my core, but the post format there is not great for longer writers. You cannot set any inline links (text which link to stuff), you cannot embed many photos in a stream and cannot post more than one mini video player. There is plenty you can do but it's just short.

Back to g+ .. Let me leave you with a few g+ videos and links to the new design of Google Plus.. Watch  There's More to Explore then see Google+: Set Up Your Profile, About Circles and Reading and Responding ..

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