Today I handed in my notice at The Age and come July 1st I’ll be working 100% for myself, the majority of the time on Edublogs and the rest doing consultancy, speaking, design & development for education, media and community projects.
I’ve always wanted to work for myself, and Edublogs is allowing me to do that. There are currently over 76,000 blogs on the sites and over 1100 new ones every week (well, each week or for the last three weeks at least), add to that the initial success of Edublogs Premium and some extensions I’ve got for that coming along with a couple of other ideas, and I’m aiming to turn it into a fully sustainable business within the next six months.
I’ve admired James for a long time. He was so impressed with WordPressMU, the WordPress multi-user version which WordPress.com is based upon, that he was the first to put WordPressMU into action with Edublogs.org, bringing free blogs to teachers and educators and creating a community with a common theme: education.
According to James, it is now the largest educational blogging site on the web. I say it’s the largest educational community on the web today. That’s quite an achievement in two years.
I have written about Edublogs and James Farmer many times over the past two years and I’m totally thrilled he is making this huge leap of faith and giving his talented all to Edublogs. You will do well, my friend, I have no doubt.
As part of his last hurrah on The Age, James wrote Comment is Twee, a scathing and cynical, but honest, look at the issues of blog comments.
Honestly, I’ve had enough.
Enough of the flaming, the trolling, the moderation, the spam, the ‘who’s-got-more’ syndrome, the inanity and the sheer stupidity behind allowing them on sites like theage.com.au.
They devalue our content, insult much of our readership, piss off our advertisers, waste massive amounts of our time and place us at an enormous legal risk.
They’re also perhaps the least web-savvy thing we, as a large media organisation, should be doing. They’re yesterday’s online communication forums, they’re twee.
This, needs revisiting. Let’s get rid of them now.
In the end, he sums up what I say almost every day, to my students, clients, groups, and to you: Make your comments count.
Good luck, James. We’ll be cheering for you!
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