My ECMP 355 class is an online course so instead of meeting in a classroom, we have a class blog that our professor uses to house our assignments and other vital information as it comes up. The other day Dean
posted a how-to video
for subscribing to blogs. When I initially saw the post I *gasp* cruised past it because I thought I already knew how. I mean on most blogs the button is right there inviting you to subscribe, and so I deduced that the video must have been made for peeps with less technical savvy than myself. When I clicked on that oh-so-obvious subscribe button on our class blog, the screen changed to show the same blog posts as the home page but with less pizazz. So I decided that maybe subscribing wasn't for me and instead devised a schedule for checking my classmates' blogs manually on a rotating basis. My plan was flawed in that there are 30 students in the class, and I found that I was checking three or four blogs before I would find one that had a new post or a post I felt compelled to comment on. This was no good. I needed a new plan.
So I went back to drawing board/the home page of our class blog and revisited Dean's how-to video. And this time I watched it. As it turns out, this guy really knows what he is talking about! He had us subscribe to the blogs using Google Reader
. I can't even describe the awesomeness that is Google Reader; you will simply have to experience it for yourself. You need a Google account and I had just created a fresh one to post my YouTube video
below*. So now all my blogs are neatly arranged in alphabetical order by last name (you say anal-retentive, I say organized) in an ECMP 355 folder. I scrolled through and read all the new posts of my classmates and made comments on a few that caught my eye.
Lesson learned - you win this round Mr. Shareski. I will never again dismiss your blog posts as invaluable and instead will treasure them as potential nuggets of pure gold.*When did Google and YouTube become an item?