I have also avoided a lot of the social networking sites where ever possible. The people I socialize with, I talk to on the phone or at least a minimal e-mail. And I have never seen the need to publicize my comments or 'blog' in the last decade.
But two things in the past two days have changed my mind.
The inauguration of Barack Obama and a workshop on electronic teaching tools. In both of these events it was clear that blogging seems to have a utility beyond just posting your thoughts for the world to see - and comment on.
And finally it seems appropriate to me as I start to develop a training schedule for the upcoming Climate Ride in September that it might be interesting for me to keep a journal. And since this is going to be a public endeavor, why not share this endeavor?
The internet is still one big soap box. But for now I think I feel that I can reenter the milieux.