3 interesting Sri Lankan geo bloggers


Geo blogging humanises geography. It does by plugging in tools like geo tagged photography, Google Earth or Google Maps with blogging to share personal/human context/meaning of places that are otherwise just impersonal symbols on a map. It adds (hopefully) a human/cultural layer into maps. Something that’s been impossible at a pre internet/social media scale. I’ve been doing something like that in my usual sloppy way as listed on my Google Earth Sri Lanka page which I have neglected to update (I have my unapologetic excuses).

Obviously geo blogging sounds like a fluffy way of justifying wasting time slithering around the web when there’s more important things to do than wasting time on social media. Unguarded geo tagging does have its privacy issues. However I have identified 3 bloggers whose unique approaches to blogging adds value to Sri Lanka’s digitised geography. They of course don’t that they are geo bloggers which is ok.๐Ÿ™‚

Janith’s blog

I think he’s Sri Lanka’s ultimate geo blogger though no one including the man himself realises this. He’s already taken maps & info to the ultimate level with his is Colombo Bus Map which began as a blog post has evolved into an online mobile friendly app.ย  A variation of this is his interesting Google mapped post of what can only be described as personalised walking tours of Colombo. As a

Kirigalpoththa (the unofficial official hiking blog of the Sri Lankanosphere)

Kirigalpoththa is a great resource on hiking in Sri Lanka. He’s got the geo blog thing going with an extensive Picassa web album of hiking location in Sri Lanka. If there is a next step, its to plug the geographic info into his blog posts. But I’d prefer he spends that time hiking or finding the time + money to hike๐Ÿ™‚

An image a day blog

Nazreen Sansoni’s an image a day blog takes geo bloging to a more personal level and photo blogging to the next level. Plugging in interesting places such a this abandoned house on the island of Kayts, or a more publicly assessable view from the Galle Fort ramparts adds interesting ground level views invisible on iconified maps. There’s also atmospheric shots like this one which is hard to pin down. Mixed in are a gob of bravely public personal photos which for reasons of privacy only belongs on a private map of the photographer.

Yes they are all subjective, highly personal and most likely unmonetizable. The most interesting manifestations of social media usual tends to be that way.

If you have spotted a blogger that you think qualifies as a geoblogger comment me a link (flickr sites don’t qualify as “blogging”).

7 comments

  1. I was looking at some amazing film images you took, thanks to that Google Earth link. Re-discovering the pre-digital panorama of Pidurangala is amazing.๐Ÿ˜€ There should be a script that randomly tweets an interesting old post of yours every day. There’s so much to see here.๐Ÿ™‚

    I do love maps.๐Ÿ˜€ I should make a conscious effort to geo tag whenever possible from now on.๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Aha! a convert!๐Ÿ˜€ (multiple Banzais)

      The closest I’ve come to digging up random posts is the ?random link on wordpress : https://cerno.wordpress.com/

      As long as you avoid the privacy vulnerabilities geo tagging interesting things is the way you go. Though I think you are already adding another layer to it with code. Hope that bus app of your keeps growing. Maybe the next app should be a train app? Or better yet a SL domestic air travel app (perhaps Air Taxi will buy it๐Ÿ™‚

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    • According to the sub committee regs that governs these things you’ll need to combine the two into blog posts. Even when the A level in Geography is an A.

      Alternatively, you could file an application under the Ceylon Geoblogger registration act (1902). Involves lots of paper work which must be submitted in person to the Assistant Government Agent (AGA) in the district where your paternal grandfather was born. The hardest part is finding the required 2 rupee stamps which are now rare collectors items worth millions.
      ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. Hi Cerno,

    Thanks for the mention.

    Think you led the work in the Ministry of Geoblogging..for a long period of time๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d love to plug the geographic info into blog posts, but couldn’t do due to time factor.
    Infact i was thinking of doing geotagged photography for central highlands, that will be a project itself.

    BTW I have seen real professional stuff from this interesting blogger – http://ianlockwood.wordpress.com/

    His photography is out of this world and he has done a lot of work in GIS development.

    Best,
    K

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    • ๐Ÿ˜€ well the Ministry of Geoblogging was never wel funded by time but I putted about with the minutes I had. I think if you are ever going to get any geo tagging done it will have to be tagged onto other stuff you are doing. But I think an acceleration of informally gather data will lead to something monumental. Hope you got geo tagging capable camera๐Ÿ™‚ for your next hike.

      Thank you for the Ian Lockwood link. His stuff is so jaw dropping I feels futile to take another landscape shot๐Ÿ˜‰

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