Thus far, blogging for Inside Higher Ed has been an amazing experience. After 23 posts, I wanted to check-in with folks and give a bit more insight into my blogging process.
My adventures into blogging started when I was a graduate student. Blogging quickly became a way for me to process my graduate experience. I've been blogging at the super-creatively-named "Eric Stoller's Blog" since 2004. With over 600 posts and 2,800 comments, my blog has become my virtual living room. I guess you could say that "Student Affairs and Technology" for Inside Higher Ed has become my virtual office. It's a more formal forum for my writing. While my Inside Higher Ed blog is still fairly new, it has had a nice amount of reader comments. I appreciate that folks are engaging, asking questions, and sharing information. I hope to wade into the comments area as soon as I reduce my workload from a full time day job + consulting to a manageable full time consulting endeavor.
People often ask me where I get my ideas for blog posts. The low-context answer is that I read a lot of different websites and connect with a lot of student affairs professionals. I am fairly consistent with the tools that I use to manage my blogging process. Here's the short list:
- Coda: I "grew up" writing HTML when I was at the University of Northern Iowa. I use Coda as my word processor and code editor.
- Delicious: My bookmarks are delicious! I keep track of everything via my favorite social bookmarking site.
- Gmail: If email is dead, then it's a zombie. Technically dead, but still coming at you with an unstoppable force. I get a lot of post ideas via email.
- RSS: I subscribe to more than 350 feeds in my RSS reader. It's how I keep track of a lot of interesting writers/sites.
- doubleTwist: This is probably my favorite app on my Droid X. Songs from iTunes synced to my phone. Blogging requires music.
- Twitter: I currently follow about 960 accounts on Twitter. I learn so much from the accounts that I follow. Twitter provides a myriad of interesting informational tidbits.
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