Just got tagged by UK-based technology PR consultant Drew Benvie to participate in a My Week in Media meme, where we all talk about what we read, watch, listen to, and surf.
I noticed that all four of the categories talk about our consumption of media, but none really deal with our participation as media creators. So I've added a 5th category which (for lack of a better term), I'm calling 'Where I Participate.'
Where I Surf
- Twitter. I usually start the day by catching up on overnight tweets. Due to the number of people I follow (currently 628), it's impractical for me to keep up via SMS, so I usually leave my computer logged in to Gmail overnight and it collects the tweets via Twitter IM. I skim that in the morning, and make a note of links I want to visit later.
- Inquirer.net. One of our many local news sites. I track the headlines via Philnews on Twitter, and I click through to read the full article when a headline catches my eye.
Strangely enough, I rarely watch news on TV. And lately I've not been watching TV shows on their original airdates. Instead, I've been catching up via DVDs, and recent viewings have included Dexter, Commander-in-Chief, and Heroes.
Have also been trying, but not quite succeeding, to catch more movies in the theaters (my favorite movie-mate recently gave birth).
Online, I've started watching more videos on the web now that my home internet connection has gotten a bit more stable. Recent viewings include videos from Le Web 3 and TED.com. Have also taken to watching Seesmic videos, but haven't had as much time to do this as I would like.
What I Listen To
On my daily commute, I listen to podcasts. I can't read since I get dizzy if I read in a moving vehicle. There's also the fact that I drive to work. hehe!
The podcasts that I consistently listen to (in no particular order):
- Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
- IT Conversations (which is part of the Conversations Network)
- Marketing Over Coffee with Christopher Penn and John Wall
- New Comm Road by Bryan Person (though it's been a while since his last episode)
- On Point, with Tom Ashbrook because they intelligently cover things I know so little about
- PRobecast from Topaz Partners
- Mitch Joel's Six Pixels of Separation podcast
- This Week in Tech by Leo Laporte
When I'm online and I don't feel like listening to anything long, I log in to Utterz and catch up on what people have been talking about. (I've placed this under the 'Listen' category because I haven't created an utter of my own yet).
What I Read
I'm dependent on Google Reader and have also described in detail how I use it. And while I'm hopelessly behind on my feed-reading, I don't let that fact bother me so much.
I also have a bad habit of subscribing to every interesting online email newsletter I can think of, so I find a lot of reading material that way.
Offline, I subscribe to and consistently read Fortune Magazine. I've got a multi-year subscription, and I find it to be a great way to balance out all the Web 2.0, new media, social media content that I imbibe via the web.
For general enjoyment, I read a lot of fantasy, science-fiction, and chick-lit.
I also read a number of trade journals that are specific to my work (which I won't go into here since they're too targeted for general consumption anyway).
Where I Participate
Aside from the obvious (Twitter), I post photos on Flickr, use Facebook mainly to play Scrabulous, and have lately been answering questions on Get Satisfaction.
And now, the hard part. Who do I tag to continue this meme?
How about: online acquaintances Manuel Viloria, Chette Soriano (sorry, Chette!), and Connie Reece.