100. Confessions of a Geospatial Blogger

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'Content is called content because it makes me content.'

Thanks for reading geobreadbox so far - it's been a (fun) challenge so far and I hope it demonstrates that, when it comes to publishing Linkedin articles, there are no rules.


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'GeoKettle just didn't sound right!'
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Geobreadbox tries to bring something new to a geospatial industry which now relies on social media as its main communication platform. It's about my favourite 3 subjects: geography, technology and learning and this should explain why geospatial is mentioned so often. Geography is a powerful subject in the globalised world of 2017 and it helps us to make sense of lots of information. So, in order to keep it fresh and secure, I thought that a breadbox (which lies at the heart of most homes) would be useful.



'If only I had Jack Dangermond's marketing budget...'
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Geobreadbox is motivated by my belief that Linkedin could be a lot more enjoyable than it is. Some people continuously remind others that 'Linkedin is not Facebook'. Up to a certain point (e.g. not asking for dates), this is fair enough. However, when it comes to connecting and engaging with others in your network maybe Linkedin should be more like Facebook. After all, there is no rule to say that Linkedin should only contain armchair insights from former-CEOs, cheesey pictures from corporate teambuilding events, cliche stock photos, and 'blogs' which are actually thinly-veiled advertising brochures.



'Geography, Geospatial and Sci-Fi Comics'

Geobreadbox is also an attempt to reconcile my professional self with my inner-cartoonist. It is based on my working experience in the planning and energy industries and as well as on the extensive research of sci-fi comics during my younger years. Speaking as a geospatialist, I find that having a post-apocalyptic vision of the future can help when trying to solve, or at least visualise, social and environmental challenges. I'd like to thank Judge Dredd in particular for setting my expectations slightly lower...

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'Where are maps taking us?'

Speaking as a geographer who, before 2008, thought that a raster was someone who played reggae music, geospatial is a difficult field to understand. In fact, it's so hard to understand that most people who rely on it (including lots of technical people) don't even realise that they rely on it. 

That's not good.

When you consider the rise of fields such as agri-tech and 'smart cities' it's important for geographers and geospatialists to set the standard. In the same way that you probably shouldn't trust a planner to build your website, it's probably not a good idea to allow a software developer to solve your urban problems using sensor devices alone. Geospatial therefore needs to take back the wheel and help drive the industry into the mainstream.

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'Geospatial Makeover'

So here we are, 100 blogs later. Writing for geobreadbox has been an enjoyable yet time-consuming experience and it has attracted the readership almost 50,000 so far. I hope readers will now understand Smart Cities a little differently, that they'll get knitting those festive geospatial jumpers over the coming months, that they'll stay clear of geospatial zombies in the office place and that they'll understand the potential of cardboard boxes when explaining satellites.

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'Let's go deeper'

So far, having only scratched the surface of where this blog can go, there's lots of new topics to explore. In order to do so, I'll need to start using some new tools, and partner with new contributors so that I can keep the content coming at a slightly less hectic rate. If colourful and quirky is your thing then I hope you'll start tuned...

'Keep it real dude...lend a helping hand'

If you enjoy geobreadbox over the past 100 blogs and would like to help keep it free and independent, then your support would be welcomed.

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Here are three things you could do to help: KEEP IT RELEVANT by letting me know what type of topics you would like to see (either below in the comments section, via Linkedin or by email to conwayniall@gmail.com) or SUBSCRIBE (below), share, and/or follow on social media.

Here's to getting more fresh geographic content and ideas 'out of' the breadbox. Thanks for reading and peace out,


[UPDATE: 26 Sept '17 - contribute button removed.]

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