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May 15, 2007

It fascinates me how people manage mutiple blogs, and I have been watching what the great and the good do (you know who you are;-) ) 

I have already blogged here (see Josie's comments on how to push feeds with elgg) and here about feeds and blogs.  Alex Hardman asked me to post about how to set up feeds, so I thought I would take a step back to think about and draw diagrams of two different approaches.  Hoping this will start a discussion on the pros and cons of these (and other possible) approaches.



This is the way I am currently managing my original Eduspaces blog and two 'project' blogs I have started recently.  The two project blogs feed into my main blog, so I won't lose them in my archives even if the project mini-blogospheres morph into something else.   When I want to blog something, I make a decision on its relevance to the projects.

Of course it's still not very satisfactory as the comments are in two places and unconnected.  See what I mean in this diagram of the common 'mirroring' approach.



So what do you all think about the mutiple blog thing? 

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  1. Multiple blogs, multiple email accounts, multiple e-spaces …different ways that keep you connected to the e-world and allow you to carry on with your projects...

    Who hasn’t experienced the multiplication of the self in cyberspace?

    And isn’t the blogsphere a great example of that? Let’s see: you usually start by setting up your own blog, as you generally would tend to use it yourself before trying it with any other projects – just to see how it works, you tell yourself. If you find the experience useful, you might consider including blogs in your projects and so the process begins. One project, one blog; sometimes one project, several blogs…

    In addition to that, you will also be interested in visiting other blogs and tend to leave comments there. Although, in a feedback kind of way, you end up contributing to other blogs too. You make yourself known there too. And then sometimes you might even be invited to post on someone else’s blog as a guest blogger. It already happened here in Emerge and I thought it was a brilliant idea. It is another way of connecting and creating learning bonds.

    And all of a sudden your “self” is everywhere. Keeping up with all the activity that maintaining and reading different blogs implies is a time consuming task. But it can also be a lot of fun. It is definitely a multi-task exercise. It requires a thorough and structured approach.  

    In that sense feeds can be of great help!  

    Thanks God we have feeds now! It makes everything much easier, as we can concentrate most things in one single space.

    You are absolutely right. I also feel that there should be feeds for comments as well. I also have a blog in eduspaces, which mirrors on the emerge one. There are different comments of each one of the blogs, although the posts are the same.

    Comments are also a good way of sharing ideas and engaging in discussion and so I am all in favour of feeds for comments! Smile


    Can I anticipate here a challenge for the Elgg development team?  Wink

    Cristina CostaCristina Costa on Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 08:42 UTC # |

  2. A solution to the multiple accounts already exists with Elgg (thought not on this particular install). Elgg is an OpenID client and server - this means you can have your one account on the install of your choice and actively participate in the other installs using your one identity.

    This is not restricted to Elggs but any service which allows OpenID. 

    default user icondave on Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 09:47 UTC # |

  3. Crisitna, I think you are right to pick up on the issue of comments but it's not a simple one.  People may not be happy if their comments on a post in BlogX appeared in a Blog Y where they'd rather not be seen.

    Dave, I have read about Open Id and its present reincarnation it seems to offer single sign on, which is good but does not cover my needs.  I want a slightly different 'identity' in my two project blogs (to reflect my role in them), and my blogs are not mirrors.  Am I right about Openid? 

    Frances BellFrances Bell on Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 06:46 UTC # |

  4. sorry, misunderstood.

    default user icondave on Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 09:41 UTC # |

  5. Thanks for this post Frances, it is very interseting to see how other people are managing their multiple online presences. I think Dave's comment on 'comments' is pertinant although for my purposes I feel that linked comments would be so useful and make life for the blogger much easier.

    Alex HardmanAlex Hardman on Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 09:44 UTC # |

  6. Thanks Alex,

    It was actually me and Cristina who mentioned comments.  I think the way elgg attaches the image to the bottom of the post does contribute to confusion about who wrote the comment ;-) 

    Frances BellFrances Bell on Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 11:13 UTC # |

  7. Totally agree Frances - with more than two or three comments I get competely lost - thik not so much an issue of is at top or bottom but is the spacing between the comments - need the text closer to whoever wrote it than to the next or previous comment.

    Graham AttwellGraham Attwell on Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 12:51 UTC # |

  8. Hi Frances,

    …still about the comments. You have a point there. And I had never thought about it…

    But, to be honest, I don’t think I would worry much about it either.

    When people are commenting in the open, everyone can see it, so in a way they are already exposed to the World Wide Web. Besides that, commenting is also a nice way of sharing knowledge and expressing your point of view about a certain issue. Why would you share it in one place, and not in others?

    What I really like about the online community – and this is the prime reason why the online world is so appealing to me – is the fact that the spirit of generosity and team work are much more visible online than they normally are in f2f settings, so my f2f teaching experience tells me. The sharing of ideas, the reporting of experiences and even the making of one’s work available to others - see the Elgg case – is more common online than it is f2f. Maybe because one’s online activity is most times some kind of volunteer work. Online users also have the chance to be more selective about the people they choose to interact and work with. Usually they tend to gather with people they can relate to, as opposite to f2f settings, where one often cannot choose his/her own work peers. And that doesn’t mean it is bad, it just means that most times the people you work with have different interests and/or perspectives. For instance, when I taught f2f, none of my colleagues, apart from one, really got interested in the use of educational technologies. The general thought was that it was a waste of time, or something that merely amuses the students, but doesn’t really help them in their learning.

    What I mean is that if you decided to comment (interact) you are offering your contribution to a wide audience. Anyone can access it… unless it is a “gated” blog…!

    But is a “gated” blog, a “real” blog?

    Posts and ideas are flowing in Emerge. That’s nice. Smile

    I checked your blog thru the main page this morning and now it’s not there anymore.

    I haven’t been much online today….I hope I haven’t missed any other important posts.

    Gotta run again!

    Cristina CostaCristina Costa on Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 14:13 UTC # |

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