Edublogs.org was one of the first WordPress.com style blogs based upon the multi-user blogging program, WordPressMU. Recently, it was announced that Edublogs.org now has almost 17,000 bloggers signed on, an amazing number.
Edublogs is a free blogging service for teachers, researchers, librarians and other educational professionals. It creates an interesting blogging community, all blogging about educational issues, topics, news, information, resources, and more.
They have expanded their free blogging service to include narrower categories of education-related bloggers. They offer learnerblogs for school students, uniblogs.org for university and college students, and eslblogs for those involved in teaching English as a second language and English as a foreign language.
Not only are these a benefit for those working in the educational field, but it creates a community with much in common. How amazing it must be for a teacher in England to communicate with a teacher in New Mexico, learning about how much they have in common as well as their differences, and expanding their teaching knowledge and abilities through the networking communication. Having spend some time teaching English and other subjects to those whom English is not a first, second, or even twelfth language, I sure wish I had such a community of blogs to read and question. The amazing level of support and information available astounds me.
Edublogs also had a one year birthday and their stats are amazing.
By the end of January (6 months) the site had served 38,534 unique browsers and 1,448,743 page impressions that month. By the end of July (12 months) we’d gone through a whopping 113,883 unique browsers and 3,607,871 page impressions.
In the same month learnerblogs.org, uniblogs.org and eslblogs.org went though over 50,000 unique browsers.
OK, it isn’t quite myspace but it’s pretty cool :)
As for blogs on May 23rd the 10,000th edublogs.org blog was created. Which was great. But as of this moment today (August 14th) there are 17,869 blogs. Yikes.
Honestly, I thought the “community blogging” spirit would take off stronger than it has. I expected to see a lot of grouped bloggers working together within their own communities, emphasizing collective knowledge. That’s part of the spirit of Web 2.0. As WordPress.com and other WordPressMU blogging tools become more stable and easier to use, more groups will embrace it. I hope. I think this kind of blog networking is very exciting.
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