Twitter bought Posterous last March, basically as a talent acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, possibly between $5 million and $10 million. The founder of Posterous, Sachin Agarwal, is now Twitter’s product manager, and apparently the Posterous team has been fully assimilated into the Twitter organization. Just as well I guess, as Posterous will be closed as of April 30th 2013.
When I first heard the news, I was truly saddened. I’d been a Posterous user for several years, and had referred so many students and fellow teachers to the blogging site over the years, that it felt like a familair friend was being executed. Well – that’s a bit over-dramatic…but…
I have a blog on Blogger.com that has now accumulated so much dust I can no longer look at it without dressing a la Kim and Aggie and wearing industrial-thickness rubber gloves and a gasmask. It’s a dithersome place – the theme of the blog keeps getting re-purposed, I never send links to the content as there’s not much of interest there anyway, and even though it looks slick and is very easy to use, I’m thinking that it’s probably time to shut it down for good and concentrate on one blog only. So, on the advice of a few fellow Learning Technologists, I migrated my Posterous blog to my Tumblr account (incredibly easy to do – here’s a link)…and now here it is, same content, new, shiny home.
But what to do with it? I notice other Learning Techniologists have very academic technology-related blogs that, though well-worth a read and insanely useful, don’t really match my personality or work with my embarrassingly poor attention span. (Yes – it’s all about me.) I notice that all my Tumblr activity is subsumed into this blog, so articles about the advantages of various online content curation sites now sit next to Buffy the Vampire Slayer gifs and Doctor Who videos. I should thin this out – have at least two separate blogs – one academic and technology based, one more laid back, more general…but I think I like the blurred edges. This could end up working very much like my 2 Facebook accounts linhked to both my professional and my ‘outside office hours’ profiles…but I find that more and more, I use the day to day profile for everything.
And so I will with this blog. Yes, it’s about Edutechy stuff (read the title!), but read on and you’ll notice the word ‘Wonderland’ there too. It’s the same title I have given my Facebook page (unashamed promotion…and a link here) and I want it to have the same ethos: because it’s for everyone. Not just fellow Learning Technologists. Not just those working in education who have an interest in using technology to enhance their students’ experiences and learning. It’s my wonderland, I’m building it, it has a definitive ‘slant’…and you’re welcome to join in.
So don’t expect the technological knowledge, the wisdom and academic rigour that come from others’ blogs. Expect a technological joi de vivre that includes technology in post-compulsory education, links to nerdy things that may interest or bore you in equal measure. Maybe I’ll sort things into categories…maybe it’ll just be a rather ponderous journey. Who knows. I’ve not written it yet!