Thanks to Barbara Ganley my mind is churning with ideas around the ‘Motherblog’. Her talk to the participants of a ‘TSOF Masterclass’ was most illuminating and extremely well timed. You see, that very day I had been involved in the creation of no less than THREE ‘group blogs’ on edublogs.org. James Farmer (founder of edublogs.org) tore himself away from his day job and spoke from his deep understanding of ‘why this stuff really works’, explaining that blogs work because they are centered on a person. I was starting to feel uneasy about the three ‘group blogs‘ because none of them are really centered on a person and unless something special happens they are likely to bear very little fruit.
That is, unless they spawn ‘children’.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is precisely my hope. If you are reading this because you are working with me on any of the projects that involve:
Then I hope you will have a go at creating (or reviving) a personal blog and find a way to let your ‘motherblog’ know that you exist. If you don’t know how to do that then leave a comment here or send an email to mike.seyfang at gmail.com and I will help you. Maybe over time, we can borrow from Barbara’s ideas, and with the help of James ‘subvert’ the use of these edublogs so that instead of degrading into discussion boards they blossom into something much more beautiful and fruitful.