Open Networked Learning is an open online course about open online teaching and learning. – Participation in this course gives me the opportunity to restart a few things in life – like blogging.
I first heard about blogging twenty years ago, when the word and the concept were still new. People then had to explain that a personal web logbook was the basic idea of it. Though I have started more than one blog, or at least participated in university blogs, my blogging has never achieved a continuous flow and my blog posts are scattered over time and the internet without any red thread to recover things.
Twenty years ago, I was working as developer and coordinator for a one-year Web Publishing course program at EB Zürich. These were times for many people to change professional directions and it was possible to step into online publishing and programming with a quite different background in education. We had photographers, lithographers, typographers, graphic designers, journalists, university dropouts, programmers, gardeners, and many more as our students. At the time, EB Zürich was a public institution of “Kanton Zürich”, one of the Swiss federal states, with ample freedom for development of courses and innovations – the ample freedom part of it has changed a lot since.
Some friends and colleagues had started a Mobile Blog Service. A combination of the first mobile phones with integrated camera and a blogging software, that allowed to publish photos and commentary directly over the mobile phone network. I didn’t have the kind of mobile phone, that was required. I tried to blog by browser without the “mobile” element, and already then, my contributions turned out to be scattered over time and subjects.
I have probably too many different interests. I even have as book about the Scanner-Type: Refuse to Choose. Of course, it is also hard to write sentences and let them stand there for all times – at least for me. This might well be part of the same personality trait.
So, for the next few weeks, I am set to do this more regularly than ever. Let’s see what I will learn from the experience.
Picture by Elena Di Capita: gyotakulevante.com via Elio, thank you.