One problem that many fledgling bloggers encounter is finding time in the day to create a quality blog post. Of course, the definition of what makes a blog post a ‘quality’ one is pretty subject to interpretation, but many people set fairly high standards for themselves. If you’d like to start building out your presence on the web, by yourself or with a class, but don’t want to commit too much time to the task, then consider the world of microblogging.
Twitter is a site that I have spoken of with love on many an occasion. It provides you with 140 characters to share what you’re doing right now. They key ingredient to making Twitter stick though, is to build up a network of friends. Sometimes your friends may be doing nothing more than eating a bagel, but other times they’re sharing fantastic classroom resources, presentation ideas, and professional development opportunities you might never hear about otherwise. And if you need a few friends to kick things off, you can always start with Hall, Scott, Jannita, me, and of course the DEN itself! Then look through the list of faces in the right sidebar to find other people to connect with. Plenty of STAR Discovery Educators are using it and sharing every day.
The other microblogging site I thought I’d mention is Tumblr. Essentially it’s a blogging engine that is made to encourage tiny little short blog posts, videos, images, and links. A three word tumblr post is not unusual at all. Got something to share, but not much time to do it? Tumblr was created for your exact situation.
Another use of Tumblr has started to evolve though. It really fascinates me how many people are using it to aggregate their ‘lifestream’. Since you can have it bring in RSS feeds automatically, you could use it as a central repository for your Flickr photos, del.icio.us bookmarks, blog posts, tweets from Twitter, videos from YouTube and so on. Your entire online life in one central location.