Life on the A-list

Somewhere along the way, I managed to end up as the hottest blogger within IBM, with over a thousand hits. I usually hover around third or fourth on the list of the daily top blogs. This is the first time I've ended up first, and that by a margin of around three hundred hits.

Some people at IBM have been gently teasing me about my A-list status. Stephen's one to talk: his blog post is currently the most-commented entry. Pranam made sure I blogged about his cool visualization and joked about how that resulted in such a jump in his hits. Mark isn't quite sure if my being a top blogger internally is a good thing or a bad thing, considering how little I've written for research. (Meep.)

I procrastinate by learning and writing. Now if only we could figure out how to translate that into research or business... ;)

Life on the A-list is cool, though. Because I read pretty much everything on the internal blogosphere anyway, I like being able to highlight cool entries and encourage people to leave comments. I wanted to help IBMers discover related blogs, so I added an ultracool Flash tag discovery thingy from another IBMer who actually spent some time fixing a few problems that came up when I tried it on my blog. And of course I love getting to meet people through my blog and getting feedback on my thoughts...

When I post about social computing on my internal blog, though, I'm basically preaching to the choir. No, not even that. I end up preaching to other evangelists. ;) I need to figure out how to extend beyond that. I owe my sponsors tangible results. That might be a good place to start.

What can I do to give back to IBM and do some research? Must think...

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Random Japanese sentence: 私は彼女におもちゃの猫を買ってあげましたが、彼女はそれに満足しませんでした。 I bought her a toy cat, but she wasn't happy with it. Watashi wa kanojo ni omocha no neko o katte agemashita ga, kanojo wa sore ni manzoku shimasen deshita.