Richard Giles’ Top Blogging / Podcasting Resources and His Favorite Sites

This is the next interview in the continuing series of Computing Canada’s (CC) Blogged Down (BD) which is featured here “first” in the Canadian IT Managers (CIM) forum.

In part 5 of this blog series, we continue our talk with Richard Giles, an industry leading authority and pioneer in blogging, podcasting and new media (Web 2.0). Richard is also the founder of Clique Communications.

Today I put these questions to Richard:


Stephen: What are the best resources for those wanting to start blogging, podcasting, …?


  1. A book called Naked Conversations by Shel Israel and Robert Scoble. That sets the scene nicely.
  2. A news aggregator, to keep up with what the rest of the blogosphere thinks.
  3., which offers a free weblog platform, to start your own.
  4. Willingness to be yourself.
  5. Great content.


  6. Microphone and headphone (both don't have to be expensive).
  7. Recording software.
  8. An original idea, to cut through the chaff. There are still many areas open for people to podcast.
  9. Willingness to be yourself.
  10. Great content.

Stephen: Which are your favorite blogs, vlogs, and podcasting sites?

Richard: I currently read 152 weblogs, using a news aggregator, but one of my current favourite blogs would have to be , which is run by a marketing expert who is venturing into the virtual world of Second Life. Not only is it interesting watching a person enter the world, it's often a great laugh.

My favourite podcast of the moment is The Web 2.0 Show. For someone involved in starting a new Internet service, the people they speak to offer some fabulous insight.

Tiki Bar TV has to be my favourite vlog. Other than being very funny, I think it also demonstrates the potential for video on the Internet. A few friends creating a video, publishing it to the Internet, and recent reports suggest it attracts 200,000 viewers.

In the next blog, Richard will discuss the biggest online challenges/solutions, biggest issues facing bloggers and technical communities, and his predictions of future trends.

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Comments (5)

  1. Blake Handler says:

    How about a plug for Microsoft’s own free blogging service Windows Live Spaces?

  2. To blog, or not to blog....that is the question says:

    From Graham’s blog…

    What prompted this blog on blogging was the fact that I recently read a book entitled, ‘Naked Conversations’ (how blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers) by Robert Scoble (recently of Microsoft’s Channel 9) and Shel Israel. Scoble (Scobleizer) and Israel are unashamed bloggers and proffer a ‘blog or die’ business philosophy. Now, whether you subscribe to such an extreme position or not, Naked Conversations is definitely worth a read if you want to be enlightened about the world of blogging. If you are in business, you should at least find out what you might be missing and if you are already blogging get some advice on how to do it better. They offer a number of examples of where and why blogging has worked in business and some where it has not, again with the reasons why they feel it did not.

    Inevitably, as I read the book it made me think about my contributions to the CIM blog. After all contributing here was my first blogging experience and I really didn’t know much about the blogosphere and its expectations. The blogosphere has developed a culture all of its own, even to the point of starting to develop its own language shorthand, and it will readily shut you out and/or let you know about it if your blogging is ‘lame’.  On the other hand, currently there is no other way that an individual can readily and quickly reach a global audience. It is the modern day version of the ‘jungle drums’. When I was invited to be a guest blogger here, I was very flattered but then had what I can only assume is the first-time novelist’s nightmare thought, ‘what do I write about and, most importantly, will anybody really care?’. I am no stranger to speaking in public but writing in public is another story. It is also easy to feel the journalist’s pressure of needing to try and produce variety and quality on a fairly regular basis. It certainly can be time and thought consuming. On reflection, would I have chosen a different path? Not for an instant! I have always enjoyed ‘communicating’ and trying to pass on my ‘experience’. I guess that’s why I enjoy teaching. The opportunity to blog here has been yet another important step in my own personal development at a time in my life when it would be easy to think most of the ‘steps’ are over. Just think about the collective ‘experience’ and ‘wisdom’ that is out there and how we can all benefit from sharing it openly.

    So what comes next? Advancing technology will inevitably enhance our ‘conversation’ and ‘storytelling’ opportunities. Podcasting for example is gathering speed and has the advantage of suiting the mobile technophile. It is only a matter of time before video becomes more prevalent. There is already a name for video logs, ‘vlogs’; seems logical. An important point is that when technology meets the needs of human nature, it is a winning combination. When human nature has to adapt to technology, it will be met with ongoing resistance and criticism, and possibly abject failure. This connection between technology and human needs reminds me of something from my engineering career. When CAD (Computer Aided Design) started to become popular, the draftsman/designer recognized the speed and accuracy but did not like the new working environment. They had gone from a large drawing board, which had evolved to that point for very good reasons, to a small screen. About twenty years ago I told them that I was confident that in time they would be back to their drawing board size working environment when touch-screen display technology affordably permitted it. That cannot be too many years away now! The other technology which has become prevalent in the engineering world is ‘virtual reality’ representation. I don’t want to go too sci-fi on you but could it be that in time we will have ‘virtual’ campfire conversations and storytelling? After all, Star Trek’s Enterprise has the holo-suite :).

  3. jointer says:

    I am pleased to see that such a luminary as Richard has recommended ‘Naked Conversations’ as a useful read when it comes to blogging. I reviewed that very same book here some time ago ( As Richard says it certainly ‘sets the scene nicley’. As someone who was pretty new to the blogging scene I found it very illuminating.


    Graham J.

  4. Stephen Ibaraki, F/CIPS, I.S.P., says:

    Great tip Blake!

    Moreover, your rich "spaces" site is worth checking out on a regular basis–nice job.


    Stephen Ibaraki

  5. Anonymous says:

    Today’s posts seem to be following a theme.  Stephen’s post just finished telling you about Windows…

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