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.
Professor Shannon @ February 24, 2009