I’m trying to get back into the habit of blogging.
I know I can do it. I just have to keep at it.
In a way, this experience is somewhat humorous to me. I find it funny that I am having to make myself take what spare minutes I can scavenge out of the day and write. There was a point in my life when composing a few lines for a blog was easy. In fact, at one point (about seven years ago), I was something of a blogging maniac. Of course, back then, I was in a magical place, a Camelot of sorts, where all manner of magical content seemed to appear before me and I had time to write.
These days, I have so many commitments vying for my attention that I feel guilty about stepping away to blog. Even so, I am going to do it. I know that reflecting upon what I am discovering and learning matters. Writing like this is akin to coming back to exercise after an absence from physical activity. Initially, there’s little pleasure in the process but over time that will change.
In addition to blogging again, I am also using of Twitter. As I am reading and re-reading Classroom Instruction That Works : Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement (2nd Edition) by Ceri B. Dean, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, and Howard Pitler, I am delving deeper into the research cited by the authors and tweeting what I find to be most enlightening. I am hoping that anyone who follows my tweets will benefit as well. Having to condense my thoughts down to 140 character summaries is maddening and, strangely enough, addictive.
If you or your students (or colleagues) use Twitter, you might be interested in TwitterSheep. Visit the site, enter a Twitter username (yours or that of some other Twitter enthusiast), and you’ll see a tag cloud generated from the bios of the user’s “flock” of followers.
Here’s what appeared when I entered my Twitter username:
After dropping by TechCrunch this morning I read a nifty story by Mark Hendrickson about TinyPaste. It’s news that I’m sure all of my Twitter-using friends will appreciate. When my pals exceed their 140 character limit in Twitter (now who’d ever do something like that?) they can turn to TinyPaste where, after pasting a larger than allowed block of text, the service conveniently generates a short URL. The short link sends its users to a page displaying the poster’s message. Like Hendrickson notes, it’s sort of “like TinyURL for text.”