January 24, 2006

It's not about the cliques, it's about the comments Part Deux

I wrote a post right at the beginning of this blog about how it was about who was reading you, not how many people, that was important. Also, it was who you were pointing to that would reveal what you regarded as important in cyberspace. Now, my blogroll is in need of some serious updating, but today I reached a point that classically reveals a healthy blog.

The number of comments is greater than the number of posts: 256 to 253, coming from 2,348 regular visitors and 9,147 first-timers (that strikes me as a lot of people not wanting to come back. Yikes.)

Let's hope that I can keep writing stuff that more and more people are interested in. Already, I'm happier about blogging on blogs and podcasts and all things educational. The antagonising I seemed to have caused some six months ago seems to have given way to curiousity and reasoning in my readership. I've also found that the RSS Glue that fascinated Will and others way back in August has now become a daily thrill.

Over the next few weeks I hope to be blogging a lot more as I have become a professional couch potato. Not through wanting to but because of a set of invisible stairs at Stirling station and a night in the Emergency Department last night, one the direct result of the other. The ligaments and bone in my left foot are likely to take two weeks to get well enough for singing and dancing again.

So, as Margaret Thatcher's "The lady is not for turning", Ewan McIntosh just can't turn (damned crutches). I might get round to Flickrfying the bruising and things protuding from my foot when I'm really bored.


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Hi Ewan,

Hope you are on the mend soon.

Still if the enforced time at home means more blogging from you I think this is a real silver lining. It is always high value stuff.

Can't wait to see the flikr posts of the breaks and bruises. Imagine Education Blogging and Hospital dram all rolled into one - the mix of work and pleasure!!!!!

Ewan, in times past, this type of injury would have been the equivalent of being decapitated. Instead, you can continue to speak out about the injustices of the education system, persecution of the ignorant masses, etc.,etc. A little suffering always makes for great fertilizer for the mind.

Hope you heal well,

Miguel Guhlin

Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery Ewan. The good news is, while you may be down, you're definitely not out. ;-)


Hi Ewan,
Congratulations on the comment tipping point and commiserations on the leg.
You might be interested in(if you have not seen it): High volume flow and the linked page: the resulting document on some comment problems in high volume blogs. Comment gardening (love the phrase) is not such an arduous task on learner blogs yet, but still needs to be done.
This (or moderation) becomes just another thing to be do by a teacher and might contribute to the lack of take up by Scottish schools that you are trying to reverse.

Sorry to hear about the leg, although the invisible stairs story sounds a little fishy :-) Must go comment on 20 new student blogs, yipee.

TWENTY new blogs?! That must have been a successful lecture after all!

Case of mistaken Lesley identity methinks.

Ah ha... TWO Scottish Lesleybloggers.

Hi Ewan,
Talking of comments you might be interested in cocomment, not sure if it is ready for daily use yet, I just tried it here and hit a snag. Looks like a good way of following comments that you have made once it works (might be operator error I supose.

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Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh, the no-nonsense company that makes accessible the creative process required to innovate: to find meaningful problems and solve them.

Ewan wrote How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen, a manual that does what is says for education leaders, innovators and people who want to be both.

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School leaders and innovators struggle to make the most of educators' and students' potential. My team at NoTosh cut the time and cost of making significant change in physical spaces, digital and curricular innovation programmes. We work long term to help make that change last, even as educators come and go.

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