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My most ‘engaging’ posts of 2010

I use an algorithm called PostRank quite a bit. It analyses engagement based on the 5 C’s of engagement: Creating, Critiquing, Chatting, Collecting and Clicking; it’s not just number of clicks nor just number of comments, but a whole range of metrics mashed up together.

According to that system, these are my most ‘engaging’ posts of 2010 – i.e. all posts over 8.0 out of 10:

  1. 5 genuinely useful Twitter tools (10.0)
  2. Twitter is not the best CPD you ever received (10.0)
  3. Why we don’t celebrate Hallowe’en in our house (9.3)
  4. Google Apps (Education Edition) vs. Microsoft [email protected] (9.3)
  5. Write lots? Buy this. (9.2)
  6. The ultra-paranoid guide to ensuring you’ve got your presentation slides (9.1)
  7. Media Literacy: the biggest enemy of UK ‘digital literacy’ initatives? (9.0)
  8. A response to Donald Clark’s #altc2010 keynote (8.9)
  9. My bMoble TeachMeet presentation (8.9)
  10. How to design the ultimate presentation (8.7)
  11. HOWTO: Setup Google Scholar to do the heavy lifting for you (8.6)
  12. 10 reasons I like reading ebooks more than paper books (8.5)
  13. 5 reasons I’m using less and less Open Source stuff (8.5)
  14. Things I Learned This Week – #20 (8.4)
  15. How I organize my Ed.D. thesis (8.3)
  16. Things I learned this week – #7 (8.3)
  17. 10 things I’ve learned since starting work for JISC (8.3)
  18. Some reflections on the organization of #BectaX (8.3)
  19. Off-site and cloud-based backup: my solution (8.3)
  20. How to move forward with Open Source: a teacher’s perspective (8.2)
  21. Edtech companies: inspiring or conspiring (8.2)
  22. What’s this? (8.2)
  23. 7 things the Bible taught me about productivity (8.1)
  24. Some considerations regarding ebook readers for academics (8.1)
  25. 5 ways Google Calendar is turning into my ultimate productivity system (8.1)
  26. Pragmatism, dead metaphors, and the myth of the echo chamber (8.0)

See you in 2011! 😀

The best blog posts I’ve ever written, by category.

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Sometimes the little times you don’t think are anything while they’re happening turn out to be what marks a whole period of your life. — Andy Warhol

The process of redesigning the look of this blog enabled, indeed forced, me to go through old posts and reflect on what I’m doing here. I stumbled across a post I wrote back in 2008 entitled The very best of teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk referring, of course, to a blog I wrote between 2005-2007 whilst teaching History.

I realised that, whilst there’s ways of finding the most popular posts on this blog, I haven’t reflected on what I would consider my best posts. So here goes (the 10 in bold are important to me for various reasons):

Education

Technology

Productivity

Ed.D. Thesis

Design

Leadership

Everything Else

In compiling the above I also came across My (finely crafted) information environment from 2007 and an attempt by Scott McLeod to collate ‘seminal’ blog posts. It’s amazing how going through things you’ve written not only reminds you of stuff but also prompts further thinking…

Image CC BY-NC-SA Don Solo

http://dougbelshaw.com/blog/2010/10/31/why-we-dont-celebrate-halloween-in-our-house/

Top 25: The Best of Belshaw 2008

Best of BelshawVersion 2.0 of this blog (dougbelshaw.com) is now pretty much exactly a year old. It was a year ago that I decided to retire teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk and concentrate my energies here. During that time I’ve written some blog posts that have hit home with some people and some that haven’t. Here, in ranked order according to AideRSS, are the ones with the highest ‘PostRank’ – a ranking system that takes into account inbound links, tweets, delicious links, comments, etc. 🙂

  1. My Ed.D. thesis proposal: What does it mean to be ‘digitally literate’? (17 May 2008)
  2. The Map Is Not The Territory: the changing face of the edublogosphere (28 March 2008)
  3. Animoto rocks! Here’s proof… (5 February 2008)
  4. 5 productivity tips/hacks I’ve come across recently. (14 July 2008)
  5. 3 reasons the majority of students are NOT ‘digitally literate’ (2 February 2008)
  6. 3 reasons I’m against the Edublog Awards (3 December 2008)
  7. Why ‘high culture’ for pupils is highly wrong-headed (13 February 2008)
  8. Recommend me 3 (20 March 2008)
  9. 90% digital, or 12 ways my teaching ecosystem is evolving. (21 August 2008)
  10. Censorship and the Personal/Professional divide (17 June 2008)
  11. Is Twitter bad for you? (29 March 2008)
  12. AUP 2.0 (3 June 2008)
  13. Are you an ‘Edupunk’? I’m not. (31 May 2008)
  14. Help me write my job spec. for next year! (3 June 2008)
  15. 5 things School of Rock can teach us about real education (27 January 2008)
  16. Creating an Interactive Whiteboard using a Nintendo WiiMote (14 May 2008)
  17. Things I’ve been reading online recently (12 April 2008)
  18. THIS is how technology can enhance learning (22 February 2008)
  19. Hi, my name’s Doug Belshaw… (9 January 2008)
  20. Interesting Ways to use Netbooks in the Classroom (29 November 2008)
  21. Reflections on BETT 2008 (13 January 2008)
  22. My response to the GTC’s proposed ‘code of conduct’ for teachers in England. (21 December 2008)
  23. Ken Robinson on creativity v2 (17 February 2008)
  24. Page Peel Script (26 January 2008)
  25. Politics: the biggest problem in education (1 October 2008)

As you can see, it would appear that if one’s aim was to write posts to get the widest audience and largest amount of influence, one should:

  • Write ‘list’ posts – e.g. ‘3 ways to…’ or ‘5 things that…’
  • Be ‘anti-‘ something
  • Provide something unique (e.g. Page Peel Script, Wiimote Whiteboard guide)
  • Ask for collaboration/help

But that’s not my aim. I write about the things that interest or concern me, and that shall continue in 2009. I’m thinking of changing the layout of dougbelshaw.com a bit for the sake of my ‘online presence’, but I’ll still be blogging about the same things and ‘keeping it real’… :-p


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