Let me begin by saying that an international community of bloggers sounds like an idea with great potential. Nevertheless:
I need your help
It's been over two months since we first started EduBloggerWorld, the community whose purpose has been to facilitate connections among educational bloggers worldwide. In this brief span of time, I know it has helped me to connect with edubloggers world-wide. Indeed, I have learned a lot and have enjoyed meeting - quite often virtually - so many wonderful and interesting people. With that in mind, I consider this effort to be of tremendous value to me personally.
However, I'm still left wondering
why you're here and what you hope to gain from belonging to such a network.
Originally I thought that we were mostly looking for a way to connect
- you know, like the connections that were made at EduBloggerCon. That connection could come, I thought, through some sort of international virtual meet-up
- EduBloggerCon meets Second Life meets International bliss.
But is this really what we need? Is this truly what you want? Don't everybody jump at once.
While I think that an international on-going un-conference sounds like a great idea
, I'm not convinced that everybody
, for that matter) wants to get the ball rolling. In fact, based upon my search for our previously established 'edubloggerworld_ongoingunconference
' tag, I can see that very few people are actually interested in getting the ball rolling - and thus we're left: completely flat in our "flattened" world
. The same holds true for our initial efforts regarding tagging standards
, welcoming beginners
, and the utilization of a community-wide shared calendar
Is there no one interested in moving us forward as a community? Or is there no real direction for us to turn? I believe that all communities thrive when there is purpose in their being.
Thus I beg of you:
Help me to identify our purpose.
Hence, if there is greater purpose in belonging to this community other than the accumulation of Ning friends, I would love to hear your thoughts. Please post a comment about the direction you'd like to see EduBloggerWorld take and the steps you're willing to take to move us there