How do I blog thee? Let me count the ways...
Guhlinhave both 'tagged' me to discuss how I blog, think about blogging,
create my blog posts, etc. I'm usually happy to play along, so here goes...
- Like everyone else, I blog on stuff that crosses my radar screen. My ideas
might come from electronic sources such as blogs, web sites, podcasts, etc. or
they might come from more traditional print resources. I probably
tap into some literature sources that most other edubloggers don't. For example,
I not only live in the educational blogosphere but I also live in the world of
educational leadership academia, research, and practice. Accordingly, I'm
reading educational administrator practitioner magazines and research journals, attending conferences,
listening to academic presentations, staying in touch with all of the major
educational leadership and educational research associations, and so on. Good
print and/or local resources can be excellent idea generators for blog posts and
go beyond the same education blogs that we all read.
some value to it rather than just post about it. My recent modifications of Karl
Fisch's Did You Know? videoand Christian
Long's Future of Learning manifestoare examples of this. So is the aggregation
of various quotes from the blogospherethat I did last September. When I'm
'adding value' to something it's because I need it in a different format for my
own teaching or presentation purposes, not because the original is
rather than just being reactive. For example, my two series last fall on blogging
for administratorsand gaming,
cognition, and educationwere both planned well in advance of the actual
blog posts occurring. I like to identify areas of need for administrators and
other educators and then try to create resources that I think will help them. I
am a strong believer that we
need to be creating resources for educators to help them in their jobs, not
So there it is: nothing earth-shattering. I think the key is to write
passionately about stuff that interests you. If it fires you up, it will fire
others up too and they will find you and stay with you. Remember that you don't
always need to come up with 'original content.' Adding a new perspective to
others' contentor making interesting connections across others' content also
works quite well. Don't forget to use all of the tools at your disposal to
others' posts, creative post titles, trackbacks, blogrolls, begging, etc. It all helps.
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
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The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
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- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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