I’m not a keen been when it comes to Windows products, but I know that many organisations (including my school) are built on a Windows platform. Naturally I’ve never been tempted to use Windows Live for blogging, as I’ve been sold on WordPress since I started blogging back in 2006. So it was nice to see that Windows has conceded to WordPress as the better blogging platform.
Good onya! Come on all you live blogers….join me here at WordPress!
As we looked at customers’ blogging needs and what different companies were providing, we were particularly interested in what WordPress.com is doing. They have a host of impressive capabilities – from a scalable platform and leading spam protection, to great personalization and customization. WordPress powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites, and WordPress.com is seen by over 250 million people every month. Not only that, Automattic is a company filled with great people focused on improving blogging experiences. So rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through WordPress.com.
New Year ~ summer break ~ welcome to another year of change. Some people will bury their heads, while others will hear the sounds of rustling and go and investigate🙂
For me – it’s definitely a chance to catch up – and twitter tells the same story; @jokay is working on Aion prettiness. @betchaboy is dancing a wordpress tango (fill out his survey to help him); @Kim Cofino has made the big move to her own hosted domain.
A bunch of us started our photo journey through 2010 ~ for me a Year in Photos was born. I’ve placed an image link to it in my blog’s sidebar.
I’ve added Books I’m Reading to my blog as well ~ a link to my professional reading from now on. I always meant to do this..so along with my photo journey memories, this will keep tabs on the great things I read to inspire my professional work ( I’m also pleased to see that when Library Thing is down for scheduled maintenance I don’t get scrambled rubbish in the sidebar! Terrific).
And once again I was amazed at how much we do online. Being creative really is a picnic these days!! Don’t believe me? Check out how easy it is to play with images with Flickr and Picnic.
If you haven’t used it yet, Picnik is photo editing awesomeness, online, in your browser. It’s the easiest way on the Web to fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to my photos. The incredibly handy Firefox extension Picnic Tool not only adds an ‘Edit in Picnik’ option to my right-click menu, it even lets me screen capture an entire website and edit it right in Picnik. I enjoy tools like this as I am no Photoshop expert!
Don’t forget Kwout either – I used it to make a new image link to Second Classroom for my blog’s sidebar, sending it straight to Flickr from Kwout ready to embed. Too easy!
Welcome to my new banner! Might make a new one tomorrow🙂
The Edublog Awards have come and gone for another year! It was a great round-up with some wonderful results!I’m really excited by the results of the Best Library/ Librarian category.
–Winner: Never Ending Search
–First Runner Up: Bright Ideas
–Second Runner Up: Library Tech Musings
It was fantastic to see Joyce’s Never Ending Search win! Joyce has been leading and inspiring teacher librarians in so many many ways. You’re streets ahead of us girl!! Also, congratulations to our Victorians at Bright Ideas … an information rich blog provided by the School Library Association of Victoria.
Special thanks to all the kind people who sent a vote in my direction. You were very generous🙂
I was also thrilled to hear Karl Fisch win the Lifetime Award for 2009 – by a very strong margin. Fantastic Karl! Glad you made it to the Elluminate ceremony.
–Winner: Karl Fisch
–First Runner Up: Will Richardson
–Second Runner Up: Larry Ferlazzo
Congratulations and celebrations to all winners and participants.Thanks to the Edublogs team for making these connections for us again…another year ~ a myriad opportunities
The new update WordPress for iPhone 2.1 is very nice.
Blogs (including mine) view very nicely if they have a mobile-enhanced version. I’ve been able to surf-around from one to another and of course (with the iPhone) I can grab screen shots as I go.
It’s easy to add a screenshot or photo to your post. On the other hand hyperlinks will need some HTML! Also, notice how my blog shows up the default title field which is hidden on normal web view when a custom graphic is in place? The header would adapt to a mobile version correctly without that custom image – but I’m happy to keep the identifying image in place🙂
Being able to review comments and see the image I usually associate with a person is also helpful. Also the blogging feature is nice for quick posts (like this one tapped out over breakfast). Categories are also available to grab and tags can also be dropped in.
What will this mean for classroom blogging?
[update: watching the video below I discovered the URLs are easy to manage too!]
New logos!! Definitely lucky :- )
Support blogging and social networking! Vote at Edublog Awards.
Time to vote in the 2009 Edublog Awards for your favourite bloggers, tweeple and online colleagues.
Congratulations to all those who were nominated. Now it’s your turn to read through the lists, maybe fine new resources and people to follow, and last but not least – cast your vote and make it count!
Thanks to Edublogs for making it fun and making it happen!
I’m very lucky and honoured to have three successful nominations again this year:
Best librarian / library blog
for this blog Heyjude: Learning in an Online World
Best educational use of a social networking service
for our collaborative space at Second Classroom (Dean and Judy)
This is a major surprise – and while it’s an honour, there are way too many people deserving people in the queue before me🙂
Best of luck everyone!
The 2009 Edublog Award Categories….
- Best individual blog
- Best individual tweeter
- Best group blog
- Best new blog
- Best class blog
- Best student blog
- Best resource sharing blog
- Most influential blog post
- Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
- Best teacher blog
- Best librarian / library blog
- Best educational tech support blog
- Best elearning / corporate education blog
- Best educational use of audio
- Best educational use of video / visual
- Best educational wiki
- Best educational use of a social networking service
- Best educational use of a virtual world
- Lifetime achievement