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Dave Sherman

Dave,
As you have probably figured out, I love blogging as a principal. I do not think it is a fad. Instead, I think blogging will eventually take the place of the old-fashioned newsletter from the principal. I am working hard to get our parents to visit my blog for school related information and educational topics. This has been a slow process, but I am not giving up. I do have a small of core parent readers, but I have not yet been able to convince them to post a comment.
I look forward to the quiet times in the week when I can sit down and compose a new blog post. I always feel good afterward. I plan on keeping blogging as part of my professional life.
- Dave

Roger C.

As a retired administrator of some 4 years I have time to surf the blogs (too much time). Political blogs get most of my time. The most popular blogs on the Net get a few thousand hits per day. The blogs with the highest traffic of all may get a couple hundred comments posted. The point is - so much time is wasted producing "information" that very few people ever see...or care about. A principal's "blog-time" would be so much better spent with teachers and students...or better yet...with family.

Don't get caught up in the small stuff.

PS: Mark Cuban is hardly an example to follow...in blogging or fashion (leave the jerseys for the ballpark)

Lorenzo

We could all learn a lot from internet experts like Roger C. I'm sure he's fully aware that the average blog post takes all of 5-10 minutes. I can't wait to retire so I can cruise around online all day to post random judgments on people I don't know.

Chris

Principal Younce, a great post! Multiple streams of information (blogs, newsletters, nose to nose time, etc) are always helpful. Of course, we are living in an time when more people my age (early thirties) get their news online and from blogs than the "big 3" networks combined...

I would be curious to know if anyone who is critical of blogging is also critical of journaling??? Keeping a diary or journal, long heralded as a traditional form of reflection and respected by academics, CEOs, and presidents alike, is sometimes criticized when moved from the leather bound journal to a different media. I wonder if Gutenberg heard the same type of arguments?

ashton

web log figures:
- approximately 1 in 4 web log visitors leaves a comment (10 comments = 10-40 visitors)
- nearly half of all comments are posted, overly or covertly, by the blog's author
- the majority of corporate blogs are written by PR people, not senior management
- blogs not updated every 48-72 hours lose 80% of repeat traffic. Blog often to keep eyes on your words
- the average blogger spends 5 times as much time reading and responding to blogs as they do writing them
- controversy breeds new readers
- active bloggers spend 1-2 hours daily writing, maintaining, and responding to posts

Lorenzo

Nearly 84.7% of all web log figures are pulled from one's rear end.

ashton

Thoughtful reply, lorenzo

Source you may find helpful regarding web logs – "Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms" author William Richardson.
ISBN 1-4129-2767-6

Lorenzo

You're pulling your "web research" from a printed book? My apologies, I need to get back to learning Latin via telegraph.

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