Something about September?
Posted October 23, 2015on:
There might be something about the month of September as far as my blog goes. It seems to attract a form of archival reflection.
I had this recent exchange on Twitter.
Dr Ashley Tan (@ashley) October 17, 2015
It involved something I wrote in September 2014 about Twitter-based edu chats.
Going even further back, I received another pingback notification from this blog. It was about my opinion on elements that distinguished an educator from a teacher. I reflected on this in September 2012.
Another reflection I wrote that same month and year was one about not using “best practices” in education. It gets lots of daily hits. Even my attempt to provide a more current page does not draw as many views. Perhaps the embedded conversation in the original is what draws readers.
The only month to rival September might be July when daily views of my blog shot up to five-figures.
Blogging is not cool any more. It has not been for a while. Over the last few years, various edublogging thought leaders have observed and lamented that fact.
Some have attributed this to how easy it is for people to tweet or retweet blog links, often without actually reading the entries, and having tweet chats. The same could be said of how this happens because of Facebook or Google+. Others have pointed out the greater variety of platforms now that attract and distract audiences.
All that does not matter because it focuses on the wrong things. Most edubloggers are not making money out of sharing online. Our capital is the building up of reputation and respect. The multiple channels help with with reach by amplifying a message. But that deeper message, reflection, or thought leadership is still in an edublog.