Blogging has been around for some time now. It was used by individuals and companies as a way to communicate and share information on the web, and became somewhat popular, even before being recognized as part of the “Social Media” craze.
Blogs can be an important resource for finding information and current news in any industry, including the AEC industry. For example, there are blogs out there that report upcoming building projects, discuss new techniques in the installation of building equipment, review rules and regulations for specific project types, as well as blogs that forecast the economics of the industry. Whatever your interest is, you’re sure to find someone out there blogging about it.
Keep in mind not every blog you find on the web is going to grab your attention. The important thing is to find two or three sites that consistently post relevant and interesting content that you can use. Become active in these sites by participating in the discussion area. It’s a great place to offer your expert advice, or maybe find a solution to a problem that your company is currently dealing with. Most importantly, it gets you networking with others in your industry.
Whether you are looking for information on a certain topic, or a place to exchange ideas, blogging sites are a great reference and should not be overlooked.
Here’s a short list of some of the AEC Blog sites that we found interesting:
Design and Construction Network http://mydcn.com
Tar Paper Crane http://www.tarpapercrane.com
Construction Marketing Ideas http://www.constructionmarketingideas.com/
The Konstructr Network http://go.konstructr.com/profiles/blog/list