It has been a fraught three days working on the new JISC-ssbr platform. After a long time of indecision we are pushed to cement something in place and live with it. I am writing this as much to check that feeds into the various blog components work.
I am writing a series of pages about blogging for http://brookesblogs.net.
The audience is
- Teachers of undergraduates,
- Undergraduates at Oxford Brookes
- Other students and staff who might use the service,
- Other stakeholders and policy makers
The first wave of university blogging services has long since flowed. The BBC covered it in 2005 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4194669.stm)
The list below is only a quick sample of some of the more significant, or visible of UK universities’ blogging services or directories.
I was mildly annoyed (a usual state for me) a year or three ago when Ericsson bundled Blogger in the firmware of their good camera phones. I didn’t want to set up a Blogger ID, all I wanted to do was post to Flickr. For a while I tried to use Shozu (http://www.shozu.com/portal/index.do), but its Java applet crashed my phone. Repeatedly. I expect things are better these days. Now, of course, Flickr has email uploader addresses and phones pretty much come with mail accounts firstname.lastname@example.org but I never really got my head around them. Then, I stumbled on Posterous via Iain Dodsworth’s TweetDeck blog (http://tweetdeck.posterous.com/). Posterous has about the easiest sign-up facility of any site, ever, and an “autopost to everywhere” service (http://posterous.com/autopost) that lets you send mails to e.g. email@example.com. So, I activated my dormant 3-mail account told posterous that it was mine and, snap. Take a pic and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It just works. I like services like that. My posterous is here.