on the Pearson/edublogs brouhaha

So it looks like Pearson sent a DMCA takedown notice to edublogs and their hosting provider. And edublogs' hosting provider crumbled and took down 1.4 million websites in response. To be clear, Pearson didn't take anything down. I'm guessing a legal intern or bot followed an algorithm (search for known strings, run a Whois, send email…). And the hosting provider, who should have told the legal intern to frack off and take their silly misguided takedown requests with them, decided to turn off websites rather than having to risk paying their own lawyers to fight the request....

October 17, 2012 · 2 min

on leadership in the edublogosphere

There's been much handwringing about the "edublogosphere" not flocking to follow self-proclaimed leaders. That people are disgusted because other people don't clamor to follow someone else's lead because they say they are leading something. I'm not going to link, or point fingers, or name names. I'm going to keep this post short, because I could very easily devolve into full-on rant mode. Leadership is earned, not taken. You're not a leader just because you say so....

May 27, 2008 · 2 min

Not Really an Edublog

I just took a quick peek at the "Top Posts & Pages" stats for my blog, as calculated by the WordPress.com Stats system. I had it run the numbers for my most popular posts of all time, and was both surprised and dejected. Apparently, this is not an edublog after all. I'm actually not sure what kind of blog this is - my most popular post of all time was a comment on potential political/police entrapment of protestors....

April 1, 2008 · 1 min

Edublogs are cool!

I just got a note from Pito Salas over at Blogbridge, and it looks like my Edublogs Guide was the most popular guide on the service for the month of July! That Guide is the snapshot of my Edublogs reading list in BlogBridge, so it's cool to see that it's coming in handy for someone. Or, is someone just using it as a starting point for some Pipes/GoogleMashup/OPML automated coolness? Either way, Edublogs kicked ass and took names in July....

August 7, 2007 · 1 min

Edublogs Reading List on BlogBridge

I was asked to share my Edublogs reading list, which is published automatically by my copy of BlogBridge, in the BlogBridge Topic Guides website. It's basically a web front end for the .opml file generated by BlogBridge, but it might be a handy way to share the list. So, now I'm a "BlogBridge Topic Expert" - I'm rather uncomfortable with the term "expert" but it's their word, not mine. The new Edublogs Reading List is online, and (I think) should stay synced with my list in BlogBridge, so maintenance won't be a problem....

September 13, 2006 · 1 min

Edubloggers Unite!

I just checked in on Josie's map of Edubloggers, and has it ever grown! There are now 347 people around the world identifying themselves as "edubloggers". The pattern of distribution is interesting, too. Most of Europe and North America are saturated. Africa is basically unrepresented, and northern Asia (including all of Russia) is blank.

March 18, 2006 · 1 min

OLDaily Hiatus

Stephen Downes is taking a hiatus from publishing his awesome OLDaily resource. Stephen - I have no idea how you've managed to keep up the volume and quality of publishing you have done so far! You definitely deserve a break. I'll miss OLDaily while it's gone. I'm feeling a bit like Rob - our Gandalf has just disappeared into the depths of Moria, and we're now left to stumble through on our own....

March 6, 2006 · 1 min

Greg Ritter Returns!

This is welcome news indeed! Greg Ritter has returned from his long, long silence, and has begun blogging again! I'm guessing Greg found it easier to go underwater during the whole Bb IPO and WebCT shindigs, but now that those things have been dealt with maybe he'll be able to blog more often. Excellent news, Greg. I'd been keeping your old blog in my subscriptions Just In Caseâ„¢ and have already subscribed to your new one....

February 21, 2006 · 1 min

My Edublogs Reading List (now with OPML)

I just updated my copy of Blogbridge to the latest weekly (2.12) and in this version they threw the switch on OPML publishing of folders/guides of feeds. I took a couple of minutes to gather my education-related subscriptions into one guide, and tried publishing it as OPML. D'Arcy's Wild and Wacky Edublogs Reading List It contains 102115 feeds of edubloggy goodness. There are some stale feeds that I just can't bring myself to delete (you know, in case they ever post something)....

January 25, 2006 · 1 min

EduBlog awards shortlist

I think this might be the first time my blog has made it to a short list of anything. Josie just posted the "short list" for the 2005 Edublog Awards, and yours truly was nominated in the "Best designed/most beautiful edublog" category. Not sure how to take that, since I use the K2 template for WordPress and have only done some minor tweaks. I suppose it's a vote for a combination of navigation structure, and those funky panoramic banners I swap through the header....

December 6, 2005 · 1 min