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Monday, December 29, 2008

Check Out The Smith College Alum Blogs

First, to those visiting from the listing of Smith College Alum Blogs, Welcome!

For those of you not familiar with this listing, I encourage you to learn more about a fascinating project described in the recent Smith Alumnae Quarterly in an article titled "Calling All Bloggers."

Two recent Smith College alumnae - Sarah Winawer-Wetzel '05 [an MBA student who blogs at Stalking Sarah] and Amanda Hanley '06 [a social media consultant whose blog is Come the Revolution] - decided to compile a list of all of the blogs created by Smith College Alumnae [it almost sounds like a project worthy of Guy Kawasaki's AllTop...].

I heard about it through the article above.  I was curious.  Who from Smith is blogging? Is blogging that prevalent? 

I was taken aback at what I discovered.  Imagine.  The graduating class of 1960 is the earliest class to blog with three blogs! The classes of 2004, 2005 and 2006 are the most prolific - so far. Notice how class blogs appear as early as 1993. No surprise, the latest class with blogs is 2008.

I submitted all three of my blogs [Flooring The Consumer, The Carpetology Blog and The Smoke Rise Blog], but was shocked to realize that -to date- I am the only class of 1983 blogger.

Blogs are indexed by year. A few years don't yet have representation.  So, if you know of any Smith College Alumnae who blog - particularly for years 1962, 1964, 1966, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1984, please do encourage them to submit theirs to the list.

Topics so far range from travel, politics, food, knitting, going green and juicier... With my additions, they now include marketing, carpet and Northern New Jersey related local history, community events and hikes.

Launched in March 2008, the site now includes 275 blogs, spanning 5 decades with only a few years not yet represented.

I consider this impressive, humbling and really fascinating.

And, by the way, chances are these are your customers.

Thank you, Sarah and Amanda, for including me.

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