Joe Pisano at musictech.net is an incredibly proactive blogger! I’m most grateful for his dedicated work and humbled that he’s including me is his project to build a community of music education bloggers. He is a real community guy, not only publishing his own reflections but contributing to the conversations around the music education blog network – except that’s the current ‘hole’ – there is a surprisingly flimsy network of music education bloggers. In other areas of education you find substantial networks (see Classroom 2.0) but us musos are late (as usual).
He’s set up some parameters to get a music education blogger ‘in the club’ (like 2 posts per month and contribute to conversations elsewhere) but I don’t think he’ll be sending the boys round if you miss your targets. This got me reflecting on my own online activity of late; I crashed and burned a few months back when my laptop died. I had no backup of rss and podcast feeds and I’ve been playing catchup ever since. But also my ‘portfolio’ of online activity is now much more disparate than just a single blog. My string arranging blog, a few wikis, a few more nings (including 2 I manage for student activity) and my institution’s Moodle areas. (Not to mention Facebook and Myspace) And then I’m dabbling with Twitter. So, in my defence your honour, that’s why posts in this blog have been thin on the ground! But I love being part of the global conversations, ‘cos talking is good!
Here are Joe’s parameters:
- You must have (or have started) a blog site and not a simple website.
- You must agree to post 2 or more posts per month about a topic that is interesting to you, your students, the music audience as a whole, etc. that related to music education and/or music technology in the classroom environment. Literally, you can almost blog about anything related… the “world is your oyster!”
- You must agree to not “covet” your materials and share them with the world under a creative commons license (your pick!).
- You must actively participate in our “global conversation” about our field by joining in the conversation with others:
- Agreeing to comment on two others ME Bloggers posts per month
- Share your blog with others by linking to the other ME Bloggers in either your blogroll or a page of ME Bloggers
- Agreeing to answer legitimate quesions by ME Bloggers and others that post questions on your site in a timely manner.
- Let me know you exist! Comment after this post, or visit our contact page!
- When you become an ME blogger, post about our campaign as much as you want, tell your friends…we know this is going to be a long haul…let’s take the first step together!
I reckon I’m doing OK with most of those (as long I can include blog posts beyond this blog) – just need to blog roll and rss my disparate online activity in one place, and subscribe to the other group bloggers and get talking!