A year of blogging

by | Thursday, January 01, 2009

It was exactly a year ago, on the first of January 2008, that I began blogging (see first posting here). When I started I wasn’t sure how well this blogging thing would work out.

Now 12 months and 376 posts later – I have to say that I have truly enjoyed this. I had set a goal for myself of making 30 posts a month, and for the most part (June being the biggest exception, followed by December) I met these goals (actually ending up with more than a post a day on average!).

The design of the site has pretty much stayed the same, some minor tweaking aside.

More importantly I have come to enjoy blogging. I know a couple of people who have been following my writing – and that is great. But the greatest gain has been personal, providing me with a space to put my thoughts into words – sort of half-way between the inchoate thoughts that flit through my mind and more formal academic writing. [I wrote about the three kinds of posts I tend to generate, and how that influenced the design of the site here.]

This is what I would like to expand further in the year to come. So one of my new year’s resolutions is to blog less frequently but more seriously. So fewer links to cool sites that I run across but a greater number of mini-essays on technology, learning, creativity and play.

Here’s to 2009!

Topics related to this post: Blogging | Fun | Housekeeping | Learning | Personal | Technology

A few randomly selected blog posts…

The Postman always rings twice: Unpacking McLuhan (3/3)

The Postman always rings twice: Unpacking McLuhan (3/3)

This is the third of three blog posts about how media influence our thinking. This is the second of three blog posts about how media influence our thinking. The first post, uses the invention of writing and print to unpack the meaning of McLuhan’s statement, “The...

Brilliant stop motion

Just came across this on Nina Paley's blog... and it just blew me away! [youtube width="425" height="355"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_HXUhShhmY[/youtube]

The gullibility of experts

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Thanks Wipro & Microsoft

#MSUrbanSTEM Thanks Wipro! #MSUrbanSTEM Thanks Microsoft Over this past summer I have had one of the best teaching/learning experiences of my career. Through a project funded by Wipro (and with support from Microsoft) we have the opportunity to work with 125 teachers...

Sketches of life

I have had a Wacom tablet for a while now but haven't really gotten down to playing with it... till a couple of days ago. I started with rough drawings / sketches of friends and family. Take a look and let me know what you think.... You can click on the images to see...

Jared Diamond on creativity, innovation and wealth

Jared Diamond has an article on edge.org, somewhat provocatively titled: How to get rich? The question his after is simply, "what is the best way to organize human groups and human organizations and businesses so as to maximize productivity, creativity, innovation,...

Darwin Day & A new Gallup Poll

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Dr. Karin Forssell, New TPACK dissertation

I met Karin Forssell back in 2008 at the Las Vegas SITE conference when she was a doctoral student at Stanford University. She came and asked me if I was working with anybody at Stanford and I said, something along the lines of "not yet, but send me an email,...

What can design do for you?

TPACK involves understanding the capabilities of technology - understanding how we make meaning with it, how we can manipulate it to communicate, engage and teach. I include below an extraordinarily powerful use of media, created with the simplest of tools, one...


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