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Just a Few Complaints

Doug, an edublogger from the UK, has eight things about edublogs that irritate him.

Let’s see how many of his hot buttons I manage to hit around here.

1. Post anonymously or who don’t give their full names.

Well, I don’t spread it around but if you look on the About page, my name and more info is easy to find. However, I can understand why some people, especially teachers don’t want to use their real names.

2. Big themselves up too much.

Not sure what the threshold is for “bigging up” ones self, so I’ll leave it up to you to judge whether that happens here.

3. Post about everything to do with their lives in one place (personal photos, education stuff, geeky stuff – I do try to separate my life into different spheres…)

This would depend on how interesting your personal life is. Most of mine isn’t worth the electrons.

4. Are too far removed from the classroom.

I work hard to stay close but there’s no denying the fact that it’s not where I work on a daily basis.

5. Insist on sharing their del.icio.us links as an actual blog post every day.

I don’t mind this as Doug seems to. As for my del.icio.us account, the link is at the bottom of the right column. Visit it if you want to.

6. Post too much (which usually means their posts lack depth and thought)

For some I could complain about posting too little. But that’s what RSS is for: the ability to quickly pick and choose what you want to read.

7. Don’t syndicate the whole of their RSS feed, forcing me to visit their blog to read the whole story (thus negating the point of RSS…)

Uh, ok. I fixed that problem as a part of my post NECC homework.

8. Just put up transcripts of conversations they’ve had without pointing out the significance of comments, or who just randomly stick up their live blogging notes from a conference (there’s other tools for the latter)

I’m lousy at live blogging so you won’t be seeing that around here.

I can’t say that any of these items rises to the level of an irritant for me. Maybe I’ve been doing a good job of selecting the edubloggers I want to read.

[Thanks to Stephen for the link.]

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  1. Miguel Guhlin

    Bunch of baloney (yeah, I know about the spelling).

    Blogging is for the blogger, not the reader. Readers are along for the ride and if they get something out of reading, great. If not, well, the blogger is in for the experience. The experience is certainly enriched if comments appear, but they shouldn’t be necessary.

    At least, that’s the way it is at first. Later, we all start wondering about A-List, B-List, etc.

    sigh…all is vanity.

    Miguel Guhlin
    Around the Corner-MGuhlin.net

  2. Vivek


    I’m inclined to agree with Miquel. Blogging is really about the blogger- you the reader choose to read.

    That’s the way it shall be until, like buying a book, you pay for content (compulsory advertisement viewing or subscription).

    All the best.

    The Red Pencil

  3. Doug Belshaw

    It’s partly about the blogger, but one has a responsibility, I feel, to the community one builds up. What do you think? :-)

  4. Tim

    I agree with Doug. If someone is writing and not posting it on the web, then it is all about them.

    However, when we throw this stuff out in the world, we are implicitly asking for some kind of feedback and participation. The fact that someone chooses to spend some time reading what I’ve written establishes a connection between the two of us. And obligates me to consider, at least in some small part, how my words might be interpreted.

    Of course, this is a pretty minuscule “community” were talking about around here. :-)

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