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Welcome back, Stacey November 18, 2009

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In the last few months, my focus has not been solely on my work – educating myself on the recent findings and conversations going on in the world of instructional technology – as it has been oh such a short time ago. You see, in February I gave birth to my son. It has been a great experience, but it has filled up my day with thoughts and activities that are not related to work.

I have made some personal advances in my use of social media, however, it has not been for professional reasons. I have signed up for a twitter account. And while I dont log in every day, I do jump on some days to interact and share tidbits (on the days when it is a bit slower and i have some time to do such things). But I share personal tidbits – and not usually thoughts or interesting findings in the world of instructional technology. Regardless though, I believe I am still doing a great thing by throwing myself into this technology and getting an understanding of it. Sometimes I really feel that with social media, in order to “get” it, you just have to do it. I really think that that is many times the road block for many professionals who fight against social media. They personally dont use the technologies, so they dont understand the uses and benefits of it.

So I guess in a way I have jumped in – or stayed somewhat floating this whole time – but I have been having urges to submerge myself even more back into my professional world of instructional technology. I always crave new information. And while I have also kept progressing in my technical knowledge (AS3 & Captivate), I have not stayed on top of the intellectual side and new advances in theory of instructional technology.

So today, I begin by doing a few things. I am visiting some blogs. I have actually already found a very interesting exchange of thoughts around social media, engagement, and ownership at The Other Lobe of the Brain. In addition I am going to be attending some of the presentations virtually at the Bloomsburg University CAC conference.

So I am welcoming myself back. I hope to stick around for a while 🙂

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addicted to RSS August 2, 2007

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I am addicted to my RSS reader and blogs.

Normal Day: wake up, get ready for work, drive to work, get to work, READ BLOGS on my RSS READER, work, READ BLOGS, eat lunch, READ BLOGS…etc. It keeps going and going.

Maybe its the fact that I am used to multitasking. Maybe I am just a procrastinator. Maybe I dont like to feel left out. Whatever the reason, I am constantly compelled to read the blogs, look for new blogs, and stay caught up. It’s fun and it’s a challenge. And I am constantly learning new stuff. [YET, I must say that I am still productive in my life – work and personal. It is not an addiction that consumes my life (only jumps into my “on-the-computer” time). In case if you were wondering.]

But I find it funny. I’ll go to a website, and if it only even slightly resembles a blog, i try to subscribe (well, that is, if i like the site).

So what I am wondering, is — is the use of RSS readers growing? I know for a while I had read that they were not catching on as some had thought.

Also I am wondering, is anyone else doing this? Or to some degree? Are you excited to see what’s newly posted and to learn more? And to have all of that at your fingertips?

Just wondering. I have noticed the growing trend in myself. Sometimes I go with the curve and other times, against.