Learning from blogs

I continue to search for a persuasive way to describe the value of blogging to people who don’t blog. Leaning a bit on connectivism theory, I have decided to explicitly identify important information I have picked up from specific blogs. I went through my aggregator to note just one for each author. While some leaped into mind right away, I found that I could not remember an item for others, even though I knew I had picked up invaluable knowledge from them before. I have no good system to track those borrowed concepts that I have either kept for myself or passed on to colleagues. As a result, the following list remains incomplete. However, look at all the good stuff just in this short list. My, how my life would be different without this knowledge.

D’Arcy Norman: 50mm lens for my camera
Chris Sessums: Connectivism
Danah Boyd: Why students spend so much time on Facebook
Ewan McIntosh: Informed planning is more important than a pilot phase.
Steve Hargadon: Suffering from information overload? Create more information.
Garr Reynolds: Simplicity makes for better presentations
Miguel Guhlin: Follow your passion
OpenCulture: University podcasts
Jim Heynderickx: Structured middle school laptop program design
Chris Lehmann: The unconference
John Phillips: Single-day start of year laptop prep
Bill Fitzgerald: Web Site Baker (ironically)

If you didn’t make this list, I’m quite certain that you will chalk it up to my feeble memory rather than the relative value of your blog!


  1. D-Arcy Norman says:

    Glad I could help out with the _really_ important stuff πŸ™‚

  2. Richard says:

    You’ve also sent me countless Drupal tips (but the lens was the game-changer!).

  3. Steve Hargadon says:

    OK, what I want to know is: does my idea that becoming a content creator helps us understand and manage content better actually make sense to you? I’ve gotten mixed responses to that! πŸ™‚

  4. Richard says:

    Yes, it does on at least two levels. For one, being a content creator changes one’s relationship to content from passive to active. An active creator/consumer of information is more likely to take ownership of the filtering skills required to engage with an information-rich world. It also changes the task from only consuming content to engaging in a conversation, which makes it more rich, interesting, values, and easy to prioritize.

    On another level, I find that answering a question with its opposite is thought-provoking. Most people say that we should limit information. Your perspective is refreshing.

    Thanks for sharing! I need to connect with you sometime about the San Francisco event you held a couple of months ago. Where is your home base? I sent your conference announcement to the Bay Area Independent Schools Network listserv, which led to Jason Stone attending your event. He said he enjoyed it. We just had a BAISNet event modeled in a similar manner.

  5. Bill Fitzgerald says:

    Glad to help out with the Web Site Baker — It’s quite the app —

    I think this PHP stuff might catch on πŸ™‚