Followers of me (@dougpete) on Twitter will know that I have, for a long time now, used the services of Paper.li to create newsletters and share some of the great stories that are being shared on that platform.
Recently, the regular posting of the stories had stopped. So, I went over to see what the problem was. As we all know, it’s not uncommon for a service that we use to go away.
It was worse than that. Apparently, there had been a fire in their data centre and they were in the process of recovering. Yikes. I’ve never owned a data centre except for this corner of the room but I was manager of one for a while. Regular off-site backups were the order of the day. At that time, the actual backup had to be transported to the backup location. These days, we have the luxury of backing up to “the cloud” which really isn’t cloudy – it’s another data centre located somewhere else.
I had come to rely on the newsletters to give me a sampling of what was happening around me. Paper.li lets you choose the source for your newsletter which was perfect for me. In particular, I have a number of Twitter Lists of Ontario Educators. At the time, I had six of them with ~500 names and was working on a seventh. Once that hit about 100 names, it would get its own newsletter.
You can check out my lists here – https://twitter.com/dougpete/lists/
Rather than following everyone, I find it easier to keep people filed away on a list. I have a number of columns in Tweetdeck and Hootsuite for these lists. It makes doing #FollowFridays a piece of cake. It would be interesting to see if I could cross-populate names but how to do it eludes me at this time. Perhaps on a rainy day.
I was excited to see that the newsletters from Paper.li restarted over the weekend. I logged in and, rather than the limited access that was there during their recovery, I was able to create the seventh newsletter. While I was there, I noticed that I wasn’t consistent with the format of the title of each and there was no rhyme or reason as to when Paper.li would publish each of them. So, I believe that I was able to tidy that up and spread the publications of each of the newsletters out.
- The Best of Ontario Educators 1 Daily – 12:00pm
- The Best of Ontario Educators 2 Daily – 1:00 pm
- The Best of Ontario Educators 3 Daily – 2:00 pm
- The Best of Ontario Educators 4 Daily – 3:00pm
- The Best of Ontario Educators 5 Daily – 4:00pm
- The Best of Ontario Educators 6 Daily – 5:00pm
- The Best of Ontario Educators 7 Daily – 6:00pm
I hope that it all works out well and that I’ve done everything correctly. I can’t speak highly enough for how this utility does the heavy lifting for me to keep abreast of what people are talking about.
When I was President of ECOO, one of the additions that was made to the website was a Paper.li based upon the input of computing using educators. I’ve always believed in regular learning when using technology. Miss a day and you’re that much further behind.
So, it’s with gratitude to this service that I write this post. I wish them all the luck in the world getting back to normal completely.
It’s also a reminder that I need to do some backup up here as well. It’s generally automated but every now and again I like to do it manually just to make sure that it’s doing what it’s supposed to.