This week’s Teacher Challenge post talked about many different things that are important to blogging. First, they mentioned RSS feeds and readers. My favorite reader of choice is Google Reader due to the fact that I use a lot of Google products already (Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs are my favorite!)
Second was the topic of avatars. I’ve been communicating online for quite some time, so the concept of an avatar was not lost on me. I’ve decided to use the same picture that shows up in the top right corner of my blog as my avatar when I leave comments. That way, if someone stumbles on my blog and then sees a comment I’ve made on someone else’s blog, they may make the visual connection.
The discussion question for this Teacher Challenge asked what way we like to keep up with our blogs. Honestly, the easiest way for me is to use Google Reader as I mentioned earlier. I don’t remember to check it every day, but it saves all my unread items for me until I’m ready to get there and get reading. I really like how I’m able to organize all my subscriptions into different folders so I can organize my reading by topic. (My folders include things like: People, Religion, Art and Music, Comics, Teacher Challenge, Teaching, Technology, and Health/Fitness.) I know that if I don’t check Google Reader every couple days, I will have hundreds of posts to read. I try not to use the “Mark All As Read” button.
I hope that if you find what I have to say is interesting, you’ll consider adding my blog to your reader of choice. There’s a link with a cute purple button on the right side column.
Have a fantastic day, and keep a song in your heart!