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 (or anybody, 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.

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Candace - I mimic you. I belong to way too many social networks as well as try to "manage my own" - plus my blogs. Well, I am lucky to touch base with each one monthly. I can't even wade through my RSS feeds at one sitting anymore. I agree with the purpose of being statement - could it be that we have too many vehicles driving down the same road?
Sharon
Hi Darren,

I'm here hoping to steal good ideas and take advantage of what others have figured out before me. To that end, I am very happy to share whatever I know, and it's great to be able to connect with people from all over the world who are doing the same kind of work, instead of being restricted to people I actually know, few of whom are edublogging. However, it's also true that I have a full-time job and things to do between 4 p.m. and midnight that don't involve educational blogs, so most of the time I'm busy elsewhere and even when I'm here, most of the time I'm lurking, not contributing, but I'm grateful nonetheless. And in these respects I think I'm probably fairly typical.

I do have a question I'm thinking about now, and I'll post it on the forum to see what kind of response it generates.

Cheers,

Eric
Well its my job to connect people and questions and solutions with regard to vocational education. I do not write a edublog myself, i try to discover useful edublogs and recommend them to teachers.
I hope world wide communities of teachers and edubloggers will help to make better education.
I'm new - so I don't know if I can be helpful - but what I'm looking for on this site is: ideas for how to use blogging with my college study skills students. I'd like to see what others are doing, especially what others - more experienced than I - think is being done well.
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