Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Readers of E-Learning Blog Who Are You?

Dear readers of this blog, I know where you are but who are you? I would love to hear from you in a brief comment to this posting. Are you in education? Primary? Secondary? Tertiary? Are you in business? IT related? Are you a fellow blogger?

A warning to all Web2.0 users: Be careful about what you label as 'tacky'.
On a previous post with typical blogger 'toungue in cheek' style I made an 'off the cuff' remark about ClustrMaps. At the same time I wrote in amazement at what a great way to gather statistics.
Clustrmaps responded with:

"....on the grounds that (1) you're in the educational world and would probably prefer zero advertising, and (2) this may help reduce our 'tackiness' score, we'll give you a free upgrade to ClustrMaps+ status, which means no more advertising and (starting in a few days) better maps zoomed in to the various continents.

Hope that works out OK (readers: no insulting us just to get free ClustrMaps+ upgrades!)"

Today, to my surprise, I find I have been made one of three ClustrMaps Users of the Month for September 2006. What fun! Thanks ClustrMaps!

Update on statistics to this blog: I have had 296 visits since September 25! and 22 visits in the past 24 hours. This made entertaining breakfast talk in our house today. "Pass the CornFlakes please, by the way I have 3 clusters in Australia now", "More juice thanks, did I tell you I have two cluster in Africa?" "What is the island off the coast of China...oh Japan!, well I have a cluster there as well!"

[There was a working copy of the ClustrMap pasted here but Admin at Clustrmaps have just advised me that this will effectively double the number of hits to my site...ooops, sorry about that]

Also, you may have noticed on this blog I have linked to GeoVisitors. This facility shows the location of visitors in the past 24 hours. Not sure how and if if this corelates accurately with ClustrMaps or not but it is another fun way to identify activity to this blog.

I look forward to hearing from you this week!

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9 comments:

Thomas Ryberg said...

Dear Julie
I am from the northern part of Denmark in a town called Aalborg where I am a PhD student at Aalborg University (www.aau.dk), so I guess I am within tertiary education. I am a blogger as well, but unfortunately I don't take the time to do as well thought out postings as you do - I very much enjoy your blog and have recommended it to students here as well in relation to a course on learning, social software, web 2.0 - we just hosted a small seminar on this actually, which was very interesting:

http://www.hum.aau.dk/web2.0

So here I am :)

K Bauer said...

Hi Julie,
I'm a 4th grade teacher in Albuquerque, NM. Blogs like yours are what have inspired me to finally start blogging myself and my students put out a podcast. Keep up the good work. I enjoy reading you blog !
We would LOVE some international hits on our Clustr Maps site so check out our website, blog and podcast.

http://www.manzanodayschool.org/webpages/KBauer/

http://web.mac.com/kbauernm/iWeb/Site/Bauer%20Blog/C8C8DF43-302A-4591-9E78-97D333022B79.html

ClustrMaps Team said...
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ClustrMaps Team said...

Hi again; thanks for the nice comments... one rather tedious note however (sorry): IF you place one map in a BLOG POSTING (like you just did) and an identical one in the right-hand 'sidebar'/'gutter' (like you have normally), I'm afraid the way the program works it will artificially report *DOUBLE* the traffic - because the counter goes up every time the little map is 'served'!!!! You could post a static 'snapshot' of the map in the story above, or even better just leave it out... sorry about that!!!

-CJ of ClustrMaps

Diane P said...

I am reading from the usually wet Northwest, but we've been pretty dry lately.

I teach 7th grade Language arts/Social studies and my students have a blog at:http://www.newberg.k12.or.us/cvms/blogs/

pete whitfield said...

I am reading this in Manchester, UK. I teach part time at a Further Education college here, my students are 19+ and my subject is music. I'm mad about learning technologies; my college is rolling out Moodle and I'm a big fan. The college would go nuts if I used a blog to manage my classes as the garden is very firmly walled at our place! I have a blog at pwhitfield.edublogs.org
I enjoy your blog; the writing is persuasive and engaging. Mine is currently a series of notes and comments!

Quintus Joubert said...

Hi there,

I am the Director of Business Development for a multimedia eLearning company (Cyber Media Creations). I am currently in the process of creating an eLearning Blog http://www.cybermediacreations.com/eLearningBlog.html and I am looking at some successful blogs to get some ideas.

Good job on a creative and entertaining blog, keep up the good work!

All the best,

Quintus Joubert
Cyber Media Creations
www.cybermediacreations.com
Empowering People Through Knowlege

Rachel said...

I know for sure that these tools don't correlate with each other - or themselves for that matter (read the comments to Jeff on the Thinking Stick) where u also have a comment. My sitemeter stats don't come close to matching my clustrmaps info. But i love the idea of the measle map & our kids absolutely love watching their maps grow :-)

Em said...

Have only been reading your blog for a short while cause I just recently discovered it. And I'm glad I did. I'm a special education teacher, technology coordinator, and professional development specialist in Connecticut, USA