Today is significant because for the first time this blog has some followers. I hope you stick with me. This blog is new and it will take some time for me to work out the details. The main post today will be “Can massive open online courses (MOOCs) help us change the world?”
I follow blogs too, but now that I’m writing my blog I find myself more attuned to different styles. The time between posts varies from hours to months. Some bloggers post sporadically, others at a fixed time. For people keeping a journal on a trip, the irregular, frequent style works well. But, for people writing commentary, I like a regular schedule. I like knowing that a new post from a favorite blogger is coming. I anticipate the buzz of my phone on post day. Some bloggers choose to post during the work week. This is fine, but as a reader I sometimes find it hard to find time to write a comment. For this reason, I’ve decided that my posts will come out on Sunday morning. This is a relatively quiet day, so my thought is that those who wish to comment will have time to do so while their thoughts are fresh. As far as frequency goes, I wish that I could say that I’ll post on a regular schedule, even every two weeks. Unfortunately, that’s not going to work. It has been three weeks since my last post, and I think that will be about average. I’ll post more often when I’m able, but for now I can’t commit to a regular schedule as other bloggers do. Someday perhaps.
After my last post, I got questions like “Can I reference your blog on my web page?”, “Can I share your post on Facebook or a discussion list?” Yes, please do. I’m still not very good at advertising myself, so when followers share my posts it is very much appreciated. After working on a post, it is fun to have readers!
I’m still experimenting with social media. I find that I use different providers for different purposes. For example, I reserve Facebook for sharing pictures and such with family and friends. I don’t advertise this blog on my personal Facebook page, but I’ve noticed that some bloggers set up a second Facebook page that is linked to the blog. I’ll have to consider that. For now, here are a few ways to follow me:
- Email: Just sign up on this blog
- Twitter: Follow me at @AllanRTate
- RSS: Subscribe to https://allanrtate.com/feed/
More methods may follow. By the way, if you’re new to RSS you might consider trying Feedly, which integrates with Google reader and makes it easy to organize your sources. There are lots of other readers out there, but this is the one that I use.