Not surprisingly, my kids (7 and 5) have taken an interest in creating digital content. It is really a natural extension of what they’ve seen at school and home on the computer, iPads, etc so I’m not surprised. It is cool to see them get excited about things they create. From using PowerPoint like a digital sticker book to making stop motion videos with Lego creations they’ve already got a huge headstart on most people – myself included. It’s amazing what they can do at such a young age.
While I am not one of them, some people prefer to get news and updates via email instead of checking blogs or using an RSS reader.
If you have any sources that you’d like to get in your email instead of your RSS/Feed reader, one easy way to make that happen is by setting up a “recipe” using IFTTT.com.
Note for blog/site owners: If you have your own site and you’d like to make this easy for your readers, check our Mail Chimp’s RSS-to-Email feature. This is a great way to publish your content once and send it to your email subscribers automaticaly. Mail Chimp even handles the subscribe/unsubscribe work for you.
How to set it up:
1. Create a free IFTTT account
2. Click the Create option at the top of the page
3. Click the blue THIS link
4. Click the Feed icon.
5. Click New Feed Item
6. Enter the Feed URL and click the Create Trigger button. (You can find this on the site you want to subscribe to. )
7. Click the blue that link
8. Click the Email icon.
9. Click Send me an email.
10. Click the Create Action button.
11. Click the Create Recipe button and you’re all set. Now you’ll automatically get updates via email.
That led me to realize that one of the thoughts I often have when hovering over the publish button is a question that goes something like “Will anyone really want to read this?” It’s a self-censoring thought that I am trying to limit. Especially, when I look back at the stats and see that some of my most popular posts were ones that were more spontaneous and sort of unrelated to the typical content I post. If I’d given them more thought they might never have happened.
I’ve been a big fan of the original Learning 2.0 program (and it’s hundreds of derivatives that have followed), since I first stumbled onto it a number of years ago. The original program was designed by Helene Blowers, currently Community Manager for WorldShare Applications at OCLC right here in Columbus.
“..staff development initiative that, she says, focuses “on encouraging self-discovery and having staff take responsibility for their own progress.” Rather than an instructor-led training program, Learning 2.0 is a “learning” program “that uses the cornerstones of engagement and motivation,…to assist staff in using their lifelong learning skills,…”
I’m excited to have the opportunity to try this out as part of our local ASTD Chapter activities. This is a self-guided program (“Learn Camp“) to encourage everyone to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the way we work today.
Blogbooker is a handy online tool that enables you to generate a PDF document from all your blog’s entries and comments. It works for any blog running on WordPress, LiveJournal (and derivatives) or Blogger. The process is pretty simple and only takes about 3-4 minutes, depending on the size of your blog.
Use your blog’s export function to generate the file you will use to upload to Blog Booker.
Upload the file generated in step 1 to Blog Booker