I also need more blogs

Ben Werdmuller wrote a post this morning on the value of blogs and regular longer-form writing. I 1000% agree with him. You should start a blog, if you don't have one already. There's nothing better for organizing your thoughts and socializing ideas. You don't have to labor for days over a post; blogs are often better when they're off the cuff. Writing in an interface away from the hustle of social media often allows you to express yourself more calmly (I certainly find this to be the case). [Read More]

Blogging, social media, and ambient humanity

Tim Carmody, posting on Kottke.org, about Dan Cohen's "Back to the Blog" post. …blogging either needs its own mechanisms of ambient humanity — which it's had, in the form of links, trackbacks, conversations, even (gulp) comments, all of which replicated at least a fraction of the buzz that social media has — or it needs a kind of escape velocity to break that gravitational pull. Gravity or speed. Or a hybrid of both. [Read More]

rambling thoughts on blogging and silos

Alec Couros posted a quick throwaway on Facebook (I'd link to it, but Facebook doesn't work that way) It got a lot of likes, and then the comment thread kind of exploded. I posted several comments and replies, and realized that was a silly way to post that particular discussion because it's exactly the kind of thing we are talking about as killing blogging and personal publishing. I've pulled my comments together below. [Read More]

Anil Dash - The lost infrastructure of social media

A great summary of various bits of tech that made the early blogosphere1 so alive and vibrant in ways that hasn't been captured or reproduced since. How can tools give individuals control over what they create, where they publish, who they follow, what they read, and how they share? These are currently controlled almost exclusively by one of two companies for the majority people on the modern internet. Something amazing, powerful, and enabling was lost in that transition. [Read More]

Notes: Clarke & Kinne (2012). Asynchronous discussions as threaded discussions or blogs

Clarke, L, & Kinne, L. (2012). Asynchronous discussions as threaded discussions or blogs. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 29, 4-13. The article looked at students publishing online discussions using Blackboard and WordPress, and their reported sense of community, etc… Kinda perfect for use in my thesis. But the article is embargoed from our library collection, and the ISTE website for the journal locks it behind a broken paywall. [Read More]

Dave Winer on hamsters and sharecropping

On why he won't be posting stuff to the new Branch semi-private conversation thingy (the one I linked to earlier ) Anyway, I can't just use it, because then I would be breaking a rule, one that keeps me from using services like Quora and Google-Plus. I'm not going to willfully put my writing in spaces that I have no control over. I'm tired of playing the hamster. The business models of these companies, if they become successful, keep them from being part of the web. [Read More]

(How) do blogs need to evolve?

Interesting discussion about the nature of blogs, blogging, and where this stuff might be going. Some comments jumped out at me: Paul Bausch: The whole idea of comments is based on the assumption that most people reading won't have their own platform to respond with. So you need to provide some temporary shanty town for these folks to take up residence for a day or two. And then if you're like Matt--hanging out in dozens of shanty towns--you need some sort of communication mechanism to tie them together. [Read More]

raj boora on course blogging

Raj Boora just posted some thoughts on setting up a courseblog with a prof., and they echo many of the same things I've found on my campus: let's understand that students are as likely to be blogging for the class as they are to be pulling their own teeth – they are going to do it because they need to. You might get the odd student who is really digging it and wants to keep reflecting on it once the class is over, but for most, like pulling teeth, they are only going to jump the hoop once. [Read More]

the twitter effect

Rereading Alan's post on his blog hiatus, where he takes a month off of posting on his blog to comment elsewhere, I was struck (as always) by the patterns in activity he described. I decided to take a closer peek at the activity on my own blog - I've been thinking a lot about discourse analysis lately, so it's at least partially non-navel-gazing. Here's the graph for the first few years of life for my blog. [Read More]

private and group blogging with WPMU and WP-Sentry

I just pushed the latest version of the WP-Sentry plugin out to general use on UCalgaryBlogs.ca - any site can now enable it to have the ability to create groups and to set the audience for posts and pages. A site admin can create groups and put members of the site into any number of groups - which can also be hierarchically arranged - and then the members can decide who should be allowed to see the posts that they publish. [Read More]