Now and then I need to clear out those saved entries from by Bloglines RSS feed. Welcome to my scrapbook...
Two of my favorite bloggers have lately taken to commenting on the size of their blogs. Personally, I think this is unbecoming and invites Freudian-like speculation about what these gentlemen may be compensating for. Big cars, big boats, wives with big, big... hairdos, big antlers, and now big blogs. Guys!
A more interesting question than "so just how big IS my blog audience" is "so just what percent of educators actually read blogs?" One can have a number one education blog but if fewer than 5% of all educators read blogs (my guess), so what?
David Warlick at the 2 Cents Worth blog challenges librarians to share their 30 second elevator speech about why schools need them. Mr. Warlick has become a genuine advocate for school librarians lately (I like to think after visiting our MEMO library conference here). Shoot a message his way to say thanks.
"My job is to make sure all students have the information, technology and critical thinking skills they will need to thrive in a post industrial world, and that they don't just know how to learn, but love to learn."
That would be mine. Today anyway.
bLaugh - the (un)Official Comic of the Blogosphere is clever in a nerdy sort of way. Feel guilty about spending too much time online if you get the jokes.
I've really been enjoying Pete Reilly's Ed Tech Journeys - probably because I can identify with many of the same issues he writes about as a tech director. Always insightful. Add it to your aggregator.
Librarians, if you are not reading Rob Darrow's California Dreamin', you're missing out.
Need photos of old technology? Check this at Kathy Schrock's blog. (I'll start writing the name out when she makes it easier to spell.) The rate of change graph on John Pederson's pedersondesigns is a keeper.
Interesting entries that talk about ISTE's adventures into Second Life: by Minnesota's Tim Wilson at The Savvy Technologist; by Singapore's Jeff Utecht's The Thinking Stick; and by Australian librarian Judy O'Connell's HeyJude. The owner of Thinking Out Loud chimes in too. A bit mixed, but generally positive reactions. Of course after the LWW reads Joel Stein's (very funny) "My So Called Second Life" column, that environment may no longer be an option for me.
I first encountered Seth Godin's ideas when writing a talk about marketing and stumbling across his concept of The Purple Cow (What is it about your business that makes it stand out from all the other businesses?) For some reason it has taken me forever to find and start reading his Seth's Blog. He probably has more original ideas in a week than I'll have in my lifetime. Pop, pop, pop.
I liked one of his recent entries, Levels of Effort. (He asks that people not blog about the entry, but puts it on his blog?) He lists four levels of marketing effort, ending with "No (Apparent) Effort." I had always thought I was just too lazy to actually market my speaking, writing and consulting services. As it turns out, it's just a "zen" thing. Of course it's easier to look nonchalant about getting such work when it is mostly beer money, not the mortgage payment.