CAD Blogging and CAD Journalism

By MarkBurhop

The CAD part of the social media world is buzzing with a debate between CAD blogging and CAD journalism. Its not a new topic on the internet – we all know about the difficulties newspapers are having.

What kicked off the CAD version of this discussion was SolidWorks flying a number of SolidWorks bloggers to their headquarters to see what was new in their upcoming version. One of the rules for businesses using social media is to find enthusiast using your product and help them be enthusiastic about it. I understand why they did it and it seemed like a good move at the time.

Deelip Menezes took notice of these “Changing Times for the CAD Media” and wrote a spicy* piece to trigger some debate in comments and twitter. I engaged in a bit of twitter discussion with Jim Brown but I think we both realized you can’t have this deep of a discussion when limited to 140 character comments.

Yesterday, I found Roopinder Tara’s post, “Make the call, is the old CAD Press dead?” and Leslie Gordon’s and Martyn Day‘s well crafted replies. While I think what is going on with CAD reporting is hugely important, I’m not sure how to answer Roopinder’s question. It is clear from the boom of CAD focused, social media based perspectives that CAD media will continue to change.


*social media technical term grin

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