My archived site is Haulin’ ‘Net 2006.
Although I have many positives to this move, one thing still bugs me. I can subscribe to the new Haulin’ ‘Net in Bloglines, but it doesn’t update to notify me when new content is posted. WordPress claims it’s a Bloglines issue. I am still waiting to hear back from Bloglines.
The new site updates perfectly in Sage, Google Reader, and Mozilla Live Bookmarks.
The reasons I made the move are as follows:
Disintermediation: The majority of folks in the connected world live and breathe in social network environments that do not require them to manage their own servers, become Linux jocks, or wrestle with filtering concerns. This results in a bevy of on-line choices that allows customers simply to skip obstacles for clearer paths.
Professional Development: We are quickly moving along in our Laptop Learning Initiative, and we need a solid blog engine that can be scaled. Soon the participants will blog. The hope is that they will be firestarters for others in their schools.
Spam Fighter: WordPress utilizes Akismet by default. It seems to be working better than the solution we installed on the old Haulin’ ‘Net.
Themes: More options here. I particularly like the increased flexibility of the customizable headers and sidebar widgets. The header image on the new Haulin’ ‘Net is a photo my daughter took on Core Sound. Here are two more custom headers I collaborated on this week, Bridges Alternative School and Peregrinations.
Pages: Very nice ability to add pages that display like hyperlinks on oldschool webpages.
Blog Stats: Though I much prefer Google Analytics in the old Haulin’ ‘Net and in edublogs, I can live with the “lite” navel-gazing properties of WordPress.com
Avatar: My Haulin’ ‘Net signature photo can appear whenever I comment on another WordPress blog.
So, on the negative side, I may lose my friends in Bloglines unless they manually update my content. On the plus side, I have found a scaleable model I can share with my learning group. I am pleased with the security, aesthetics and extras.
With a lot of the technical stuff out of the way and the certainty of scaleability, we are free to explore the more meaningful question: How can our teachers use professional blogs to add value to their learning environments?