Monday, August 14, 2006

Back to the grindstone

I have been away from work for a week, having a little break. Our boys were away at a youth camp wth 5000 other teenagers, so my husband and I went to a B&B in Cambridge (a mere 1 hour drive away) for a long weekend's R&R. We left our laptops behind, so we could unplug and unwind. When the boys returned from the camp, we spent a few days together as a family, which was really great. With the recent disruption to the flights out of the UK, I am only too pleased that we didn't try to do anything more adventurous or exotic.

Today, I got back to the office and online. Of course my Bloglines hadn't been on holiday, and there were more new posts showing there than there were new emails in my Inbox. I haven't even bothered thinking about what that says about the balance of my life!

Of course, I couldn't read them all properly, but was grateful to rate a mention from Stephen Downes and a complimentary shoutout from Vicki Davis in my absence (actually, Vicki's post focuses on the value of comments on blog posts, and is well worth the read, especially for new bloggers). I skimmed through the list of posts, skipping several , scan-reading some and slowing down to read a few. I identified that Blackboard's patent is still causing waves. I have downloaded Stephen and George's discussion for a listen when I get my head above water (they will no doubt go way beyond my fighting weight, but it'll be a stretching exercise for me). I briefly toyed with the idea of taking up Will Thalheimer's challenge to "prove that taking learning styles into account in designing instruction can produce meaningful learning benefits", but decided I have neither the time nor the resources.

A final note: During my week off, I seem to have gained another subscriber albeit a private one, which gives rise to a question: what would be the sort of reasons that a person would choose to be a private subscriber? It's not meant peevishly - I'm genuinely curious. Maybe you have a few ideas. Maybe you're one of the private subscribers and would be willing to share your thoughts (anonymously of course, if you prefer). I think it would deepen my understanding of the levels of participation and consumption of the blogosphere.

1 comment:

jvvw said...

I think you can set a default for all new subscriptions to be private. I did that when I signed up and never bothered by changing it.