In my move from Blogger.com to this self-hosted WordPress there are a couple of things that I have had to do that I thought would be worth documenting. These fall into the general headings of Comments, Permalinks, Feeds, and Categories and Tags. Continue reading
Welcome to the blogging exercise ICCT class of 2011. Please leave the link to your new blog in the comments.
I regularly post to three blogs. This one, which used to be work related, is now sort of miscellaneous. I try to keep my other blog @the.coalface, which is a multi-user WordPress blog hosted at my University, focussed on my reflections on my experiments with education technology. And I am a regular contributor to the Swansea Learning Lab community blog, where I typically re-post interesting items of e-learning inspiration and that I find in my daily trawl of my RSS feeds.
Today, I discovered Blog Networks after reading Sarah Parez’s posting “Blog Networks like MyBlogLog for Facebook” on ReadWriteWeb. Blog Networks is a new Facebook application that allows you to embed your favourite blogs (including your own) into your Facebook profile so that your friends can read and rate your thoughts and the thoughts of others that you value. An interesting feature is that the easiest way to claim ownership of your own blog is to get your friends to verify that you own it which is both a social and viral way of getting the word out.
The picture illustrates my set up with ReadWriteWeb, O’Reilly Radar, Technology in Teaching, Lifehacker and of course Fresh and Crispy. Blog Feeds comes with a set of popular widely read blogs to choose from and you can easily add your own or other people’s. Presumably, friends see and can comment on the latest articles in your minifeed. If nothing else, it’s be a useful way to share RSS feeds without mentioning RSS!
So we’re all agreed. Blogs: good; email: bad. Wikis: good; sending round attachments to a dozen people and then having to merge all the changes by hand afterwards: bad.
This one goes out to all my colleagues who really do want to send out attachments by email and merge changes manually. (No, I tell a lie, they want to send out printouts of documents and merge red-lined versions back into the electronic documents manually!) Here’s a presentation by Suw Charman (note no Powerpoint!!) recorded at Google HQ and released in the Google TechTalks series that spells out the barriers to social tools and why it might be good to embrace change. This is why I live my life on the web: welcome to my world!
(Note: video is 55 minutes long, so lock the door, take the phone off the hook and grab a coffee before hitting play.)
- Suw’s friend Stephanie Booth has blogged a summary of the presentation for those of you who haven’t got fifty-five minutes to spare.
- Stephanie Booth and Suw Charman discuss “Are PowerPoint Slides Evil?” in a Video Blog on Fresh Lime Soda.
I have subscribed to this Blog in Oremi (Swansea University’s implementation of Elgg) so this entry should appear both in my RSS aggregator (called Resources in Oremi) and also as a Blog entry inside my Oremi space. I have similarly added by del.icio.us bookmarks to the same feature, so if I bookmark this item, it should also appear as a Blog entry inside Oremi. I have been less than impressed by Oremi’s blogging and wiki features so far. If this works, it would be actually quite a useful feature!
Just a quickie to note that this blog has had a name check in the Swansea Learning Lab Blog in an article about Bloggers at Swansea U. It’ll be interesting to see if I get any more visitors and comments. And for those of you who are wondering, the the title is a pun!
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- I can add multiple tags to RSS feeds
- Reader shows you what’s new (and also what’s old) in all feeds or across tagged items: no more navigating complex folder structures
- the list display is easier to scan when you’re busy
- it’s easy to share feeds or individual articles
- you can replace the traditional static blogroll with a dynamic list of hot topics (see What’s tickling my fancy at left).
If only gmail had folders too!