Posted July 12, 2012on:
Yesterday I shared what I discovered about Dunno. I made a disclaimer that I have no ties with Dunno nor was I approached to highlight that app.
Over the last few months, I have been approached over email to highlight infographics, services, or other resources. I have not agreed and am not sure if I should.
The email requests end up in my Hotmail account. This is the same account I set up to catch spam and junk. This blog is linked to my Gmail address, so I do not know how those marketers got my Hotmail address.
I think the temptation is to feel flattered that someone wants me to help bring eyeballs to something. But I am not under the illusion that I am the only one they approached.
I do not think that my blog has such a wide viewership either. I did not set it up this way nor do I blog with that intent.
I blog to externalize at least one thing I learn or think about every day. Writing more publicly puts pressure on me to think more carefully and completely (but nowhere perfectly).
I say this in my About Me page: I do not blog for views. I blog my views. I do this to learn and to shape my thoughts on educational technologies and technology-mediated pedagogies.
In the WordPress settings, I describe my blog as such: I am an edu-explorer. I promise to walk on the edge of reason and let you know what I see. I use this blog to think out loud. If this promotes informal sharing and learning on technology integration issues, thank serendipity!
I wonder how many marketers actually read the blogs they “follow”.