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I’m writing a Beginner’s Guide to Technobiophilia – what should be in it?

New book

Do you want to connect better with nature without giving up your wired life? If so, what kind of help do you need?

I’m working on a new book called ‘Feel Better Without Logging Off‘. It will come out as a Kindle this April.

This is the first time I’ve written a Kindle book from scratch and it’s a very interesting and enjoyable experience, although I must admit I’m struggling to get the right cover at the moment.

It’s time  for an antidote to that nagging anxiety about whether you should go on a  digital detox, throw your mobile away, live offline in a forest et cetera.

It doesn’t need to be like that.

So I’m writing a short practical guide to integrating the wired life with the natural world. It includes experiments to try, and it’s designed to be entirely guilt-free.

Background

In 2013 Bloomsbury published ‘Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace’. It was the result of eight years of meticulous research and covered a wide range of topics, with a tone geared towards an academic reader.

It has attracted attention from designers, architects, planners and all kinds of specialists interested in the future of nature, technology and wellbeing. But not everyone wants to read an academic book, plus my research has expanded hugely since it came out.

What do you think?

The book is almost done but I’d like to check I’ve covered everything that should be in there. So please let me know – what would you like to see included?  Please let me know in the comments, or via one of the following:

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Thanks in advance :)

“Introducing Dawn Chorus”

A museum-based alarm clock app. Looks great! I’m giving it a go..

“Mobile technology has changed the way we interface with museums. Nowadays, institutions are looking for compelling ways to digitize and deliver collections to users on the popular devices we carry with us each day. For example, museum visits can be simulated by browsing online collections or downloading audio guide apps. However, many of these approaches contain a high level of friction (discovery, download, etc.) and lack the basic elements of engagement required to draw users back on a consistent basis.”

https://studio.carnegiemuseums.org/dawn-chorus-ec5d2a25df7a

Start the New Year the right way – stop using the word ‘blog’ incorrectly!

Arg! Please pay attention! When you say ‘I wrote a blog today’ you are almost certainly using the term incorrectly. If you’re referring to having written all the content on a blogging website, that’s ok. But if you’re talking about writing a single post (entry) on a blogging website, you’re not using the word properly.

So please,  add this to your list of 2017 New Year’s Resolutions:

“In 2017 I will write a post, not a blog, on my blog.”

Post! The term is POST! Not blog! Aaarrgg!

This is why. The term ‘blog’ refers to a style of web design which allows authors to write smallish chunks of text with attachments if they wish, such as images, videos, audio etc,  and upload them to a website.  It comes from ‘weblog’, i.e. a log or list of entries placed online. That individual item is called a post  and the act of writing and uploading it is called posting. (Sometimes  the act is also called blogging, though that can also refer to the ongoing process of maintaining a blog e.g. “I have been blogging at www.suethomas.net since 2007″.

How did this misconception spread? My belief is that it was started in the early days by media outlets who didn’t really understand what blogs were. Even today you still often hear the BBC, for example, talk about an ‘online blog’, as if there were such a thing as an offline blog! Now we’re at the point where more people use the term wrongly than those who get it right.

So, okay, I admit that this is my petty grumpiness, and it’s probably already gone too far to stop it, but please can you just try to use it correctly so my blood pressure stops rising ?

Any of the following will do:

  • I wrote a blogpost
  • I posted
  • I wrote a post
  • I read a post
  • even ‘I blogged’ is ok
  • but NOT ‘I wrote a blog’ or ‘I read a blog’ (unless it was the whole blog). Please, please, stop it before I go insane!

And if you don’t believe me, check out the Wikipedia definition, which begins:

A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual[citation needed], occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and sometimes professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

Remember, it’s never too late to change a bad habit :)

So, Happy New Year! And I hope you have enjoyed reading this POST!

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