Just got back from the US last May 18. One thing that amazed me during my coverage of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference is the importance given to blogging. However, if one maintains a website, discussion group, community board, maintaining a weblog is not easy for it seems like you've said almost everything already to people.
At any rate, it's 6:22 am today, I'm up quite early for I need to prepare for the Introduction to Data Mining talk this afternoon for the PANA group. Well, it's my first time to speak publicly about this topic so I need to prepare. Wish me luck!