Seth Godin recently published his 3,000th blog post and shared his thoughts about that run. Pretty impressive, actually. Even more so, when you consider that he is actively writing every day. That is an enormous undertaking. Let’s hope he continues the investment.

Seth’s goal is to “. . .  spread ideas . . . “ Every blog takes a different approach to sharing ideas. This blog, for example, has a purpose intended to advance a similar, but still different, function ~ supporting my students in a particular way.

I realized after reading that post that this blog might be close to a similar milestone. So, I checked some of the stats. I realized that the magic number was near and reaching that threshold presented an opportunity to reflect on the experience.

So ~ this is the 3,000th post to this blog. I am not counting those on my earliest experiments with this medium way back in early 2004. I launched this version of the blog in August of that year after playing with several different blogging platforms. Since then, blogging has become ubiquitous. According to the State of the Blogosphere 2008 report, Technorati has “. . .  indexed 133 million blog records since 2002 . . . “ and “. . .  tracked blogs in 81 languages in June 2008, and bloggers responded to our survey from 66 countries across six continents.”

Nearly 27,000 visits and 112,000 page views later, my students and others have shared almost 18,000 comments here. The busiest day was Wednesday, December 12, 2007 with 1,291 visitors. The post visited most (252 views) was Get A [2d] Life where we began our first foray into the use of virtual worlds as a learning environment.


My plan in the early days was to integrate a new media platform into my courses in a way that would introduce my students to blogs, and other, new technologies. I was also interested in providing an easily accessible vehicle that would introduce them to a broad variety of information outlets and subjects.

My students, undergraduate and graduate, studying a wonderfully wide range of subjects, have exchanged ideas about a broad array of topics here. This blog, and my other experiments with new technology tools, has permitted me to expand the learning environments I create and nurture in ways that I could not have anticipated five years ago.

Looks like its working.

So far, so good.



16 comments for “Hmmmm

  1. February 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Blogging for some have become second nature. Whether they are posing a question or simply stating what is on there mind, there are plenty of locations to blog about it. “Technorati currently states it is tracking over 112.8 million blogs, a number which obviously does not include all the 72.82 million Chinese blogs as counted by The China Internet Network Information Center.” This number has gone far beyond anyone’s expectations. In regards to the way blogging is being utilized for both graduate and undergraduate courses, I think it is a great creative way to integrate up to date technology with a learning enviornment. By reading the articles that are posted, not only does it give the student the opportunity to be up to date on current events, but gives us a chance to express our thoughts on the situation. I think it has without a doublt expanded the learning enviornment. Doing the post are actually something to look forward to because you never know what you are going to learn about. Again, I think it is a great tool and a great way to be innovative and keep students interested in their classwork as well as knowing what is going on around the world.

  2. February 25, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Blogging is a great way to help students learn about the ideas and views of their peers. It gives them a chance to state their opinion while being able to view the opinions of others. For this reason, I prefer online reading over newspapers because you can read a blog from a student to get a better understanding of what it is you just read. Newspapers however, do not have the convenience of viewing people’s thoughts on the subject. For example, when buying products, people usually look online for customer comments before they go out and purchase the product. The same thing applies in this situation. After reading an article it is nice to be able to reflect or “blog” your ideas, read other blogs, and are able to respond. This idea of “blogging” benefits students in a sense that it is challenging them to read, comprehend, comment, and comment back on responses they may have gotten. It is a great way to interact ideas when you have time and in the comfort of your home.

  3. Mark Rabizadeh
    February 26, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Believe it or not, I am very thankful for your ShannonWeb. I am actually very ashamed to say that if it werent for these blogs, I probably wouldnt be reading any current event articles that didnt revolve around box scores. That is pretty sad for a MBA student that is 3 classes away from graduation. My entire life I stayed away from reading newspapers with the mindset that they were filled with negative energy or tabloid information. I obviously am aware that the WSJ, Barons and other business journals do not fit this same category. Nevertheless, I rarely read them either. However, I actually like reading many of these articles and seeing other people’s perspectives, not just the authors. It’s also nice to give my own personal instant feedback while the thoughts are fresh in my head.

  4. Rich Weimert
    February 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    The ShannonWeb (and other blogs) is a great way to not only communicate with individuals but also to stay current on multiple fronts. This blog is great because you can either follow news by seeing what’s new on the main page plus you can go to the categories section and easily pick out a topic to post about or read about. The blog allows you to have a an organized format for getting the news. It is basically an easier to navigate newspaper in that sense. The comments feature obviously in the big drawing card and it allows us to interact with each other or simply voice an opinion. On other blogs and comment pages sometimes it can get a little heated so it is not a perfect device, but the purpose it is intended for is truly great. This was a great way to stay current on topics not only in the business world but in various other fields. It is a great way to be well rounded.

  5. Dan Chelel
    February 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I definitely use this website as a source to stay current, mainly with technology oriented topics, but at the same time many of the articles posted discuss a wide variety of topics. I have especially enjoyed the recent addition of the TED videos where you can hear about current issues from the source. I think the MBA program in general has persuaded me to be more aware of the world around me, which is obviously a great thing. That being said, I think this site represents an unbiased third party as Prof. Shannon is not discussing his opinion (as is the case with many blogs) but is rather creating a forum for debate.
    It will be interesting to see what tools and platforms become available for higher learning in the next ten years or so. It seems like the next step may even be providing for “live” exchange of ideas where individuals can voice their opinion through a system like skype or even webcams. Twitter seems to be a medium that is growing in popularity, but doesnt really allow for in depth conversations that would ensue. At any rate, keep up the good work Prof. Shannon! Don’t let the success of this site go to your head!

  6. Christopher Storch
    March 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I think blogging is a great tool that doesn’t get a lot of recognition; especially in the eyes of students. Until this class I have done little blogging in the past. I am glad that I have finally been exposed to it on a consistent basis. Blogging has really helped the class come together on a bunch of different topics. It has been a place for us to agree or disagree, and express our opinions. It has definitely added to my education, and I honestly believe this is a tool I will use in my future. As for Seth, it is very impressive how his blog has grown over the years. It just goes to show blogging is a tool that can really expand a student’s platform to learn.

  7. Cynthia Yuen
    March 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I think this blog is actually very helpful. I have to say if it was not for ShannonWeb I would not be reading anything at all. Well except for recently where I read the AM newspaper handed out in the mornings by the F train station for my commute. As I browse through the different blogs I read headlines to find interesting articles. I think that by reading blogs and other people’s comment really let you have a wider view of the world. By blogging you know not only whats out there in the news but also what other people think about the news. I hardly ever talk about what I heard or see from the news with others, so I really only have one point of view. By by blogging I can read other people’s comments.

  8. Kristine Scotto
    March 3, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    After reading the stats for this blog, I can’t believe that we all participate with something so great. I think that it is really interesting to see that there are almost 18,000 comments on this site. That shows the level of dedication and engagement on all parties to the blog itself and the sharing of ideas. More teachers should definitely implement a sort of blog like this, because it ensures that students are reading up on current events and sharing their ideas with their peers. A lot of things that are on this site directly affect us as students, and reading about these events and ideas is a great way to stay updated. Also, these are the tools which our generation are so heavily focused on. It is a great idea to introduce people to blogs, so that they may go forward teaching others.

  9. Kirsten Freer
    March 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I really think blogs are a helpful tool and really benefit students learning. It is a quick and easy way to share ideas openly and not be punished for what you have to say. It also lets students see ideas and opinions from many different backgrounds and cultures. Sometimes it can bring a new prospective to the way one student reads and understands a certain piece. Writing about current events has been a rather enjoying experience. I read a lot of current events on CNN and FoxNews and I enjoy hearing what my classmates are thinking and how they read the article or understand it. I sit here and have thoughts running through my mind about what is happening and it really helps to see if people agree or where the other side is coming from.

  10. Shaun Maloney
    March 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I think blogs are the best forum for spreading ideas. It provides everyone who visits an opportunity to voice their opinion, debate with others, and learn. I definitely think blogs must become a much more integral part of school. Our class has spread plenty of ideas and learned a great deal from working on the blog. It provides a great place to speak with each other and serves as a great additional resource to the classroom. I only see continued growth for blogging. It is interesting and somewhat informal platform to learning. Hopefully, blogging use becomes a more popular in the classroom.

  11. Chris Jobe
    March 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I’m surprised blogging has taken this long to get into the mainstream. Just recently we have heard more about blogs, and the free- flowing ideas that they bring. Especially with Seth Godin, and this site in particular, it allows us all to comment on various topics, and interact with one another. Mostly everyone is going to have a differing opinion on a wide variety of subjects, and the blog allows you to express it. I think blogs will become even more of a regular occurrence in the classroom over the next few years. I’m a fan of it, and I hope going forward even more teachers will find a way to incorporate it in their classroom.

  12. Matt Montano
    March 3, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Shannonweb has been a very instrumental tool in my education on both an undergraduate and graduate level. I find that the blogs prove to be very helpful in keeping up with current events as well as sharing ones opinions with their peers. I think that the website adds value to the course and is a way for everyone to participate especially for those who normally stay quiet in class. Some students might feel uncomfortable raising their hands and talking in front of the class, this is where the blog comes in handy because it allows the student to voice their thoughts and not be ashamed or afraid of what others may think. I think that it is great that the blog site has done so well over the past few years and hope that it continues to be an integral part of the course for many years to come.

  13. Charles Bruno
    March 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I would definitely say that this blog works effectively. For me personally other than the quick check of the FoxNews headlines I’m not always up to date on the pressing issues of the day or week. This blog allows me to catch up on issues I might have missed or to get current on certain happenings in a particular field. I especially like the finance and technology related blogs. As a finance concentration the finance posts cna get me ready for a class or give me something to talk about with a professor or on an interview. The technology posts allow me to learn things that I am not particularly well versed on and inprove my knowledge on the subject. I’m glad my 50+ posts in between two classes were able to contribute to 18,000 comments that have been logged. Keep up the good work Professor Shannon.

  14. John McHugh
    March 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    ShannonWeb is the first website that I have tried blogging on. I am required to do it for a class but it is a lot more interesting that I first expected. This median allows me to read an article that I am interested in and really think about it. Some people are able to read an article and immediatly form and express their full opinion on the subject. For me, and I’m sure many others, I like to be able to think about everything and absorb it for a few minutes. Blogging lets me do that on my time. It is also one place that has hundreds of different subjects and thousands of opinions overall. It is a great place to see other opinions on subjects and let yours be heard.

  15. Michelle Wong
    March 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I have never blogged or really been interested in it until it was required of me to do so for a class. Not only does it allow me to keep abreast of main concerns in a variety of topics, I really enjoy reading the thoughts of my classmates. It has broadened my perspectives and gives me good insight into what my peers are thinking. I hope to keep this up after my class ends and become more comfortable sharing what I think in an open forum such as this site.

  16. Kim Harry
    May 6, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Until participating on this blog, I had never thought to look at a blog. I always saw it as a platform for hobbyists to discuss their interests. I always thought blogs were poor sources of reliable information. What I have now come to realize as I have become familiar with blogs is that they can be excellent educational resources. Blogs such as this one keep me up to date on the latest new in many categories of interest. I can see the thoughts and opinions of others. This helps me form a better idea of what I myself believe on each topic. 3,000, wow! That really is a milestone. I’m sure this is only the begining

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