One of my favourite blog posts to write comes out every Friday. I call it “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” and there have been well over 200 of these posts.
It’s my opportunity to help promote the great thinking and writing of Ontario educators. As we know, the internet is huge and full of bloggers but I think it’s particularly important to recognize those from within the province. I think that it’s the humility of our psyche that thinks that we need to stand second in line to others at times. It’s my belief that nothing could be further from the truth. Ontario thoughts need to be honoured and shared.
So, for a while, I’ve been keeping an eye on new followers or people in discussions and, if they have a blog, I add them to both of these places. Bloggers can also self-enrol by completing the Google Form on the landing page.
- Scoop.it Collection – where the blogs are arranged by date – most recently added first
- LiveBinder Collection – where the blogs are arranged by author type and then alphabetically
It sounds like a lot of work and, perhaps it was in the beginning, but now I have a routine. The biggest challenge is determining where the blogs go in alphabetical order since folks have the darnedest names for their blogs.
So, here’s my dilemma.
Having a blog is a good thing and people have created them for a variety of reasons.
- Sharing their thinking and learning
- Sharing resources
- Sharing your reflections on education or other things
- You need one to prove you’re a 21st Educator (whatever that is)
- It’s a requirement for an AQ course
- It looks good in a professional bio
- …who knows why?
I’ve always found it easy to blog. I use it as my way to comment on things or, as we all know, we learn by doing. So, I’ll experiment with something and then write a post to keep track of my thoughts.
My concern lies with those bloggers who haven’t blogged for a while. There are a number of reasons to stop or abandon blogging and that’s OK. It’s always a personal decision and theirs alone.
What do I do with the link to their blog though? One of my pet peeves is reading a post “Top 10 Blogs to Follow” and then one of them hasn’t added anything in years.
For a while now, as I see a blog that hasn’t been posted to for a while, I’ve been dropping three asterisks next to it in the LiveBinder.
Should I do more? Since they’ve become dormant, is having the link there more of a bad thing? I know that I get frustrated when I visit a resource that’s been seemingly abandoned.
If it only was that simple.
The moment that I get the urge to delete – I take another look and, while the date may be old, it may have been a great thought or resource at the time. We all didn’t start on this learning train at the same time. Perhaps there is still the same value for the new blog reader. So, I back away from the delete key.
I’d be curious to hear your thoughts if you can spare a moment.
Of course, it would be easiest if the original blogger just dropped a line and asked to be removed. It’s happened once.
What would you do? Keep building the list even though there are some dated resources or set up some sort of rule that indicates that, after a period of time, remove it.