Six months as an IHE blogger

I started writing for Inside Higher Ed this past July.

December 20, 2010

I started writing for Inside Higher Ed this past July. With 45 posts and more than 19,000 words, it's a lot of blogging and I can't wait to see how 2011 unfolds. When I started this blog, I wanted a word cloud to be my header. Amazingly enough, the words in the cloud are pleasantly reflected in the Wordle at the top of this post.

The Wordle or word cloud represents the top words that I've used on this blog.

In no particular order, here are the words that appear the most in my posts:

  • Twitter: I've written about Twitter quite a bit. It's such a multi-faceted communications tool.
  • Social: So many of the ways that we engage on the web are via social media sites. It's not the future, it's the now.
  • Web: While I have written a few posts about non-web-related technologies, most of my focus has been web-oriented.
  • Facebook: It has more than 500 million users. It's going to be more important than Google in the near and long term.
  • Technology: It's in the title of my blog. I sort of have to write about it.
  • Student/Students: Student Affairs practitioners are all about students. It's why we do what we do.
  • Affairs: In case you were wondering, this blog is not a soap opera. No affairs took place in 2010...just Student Affairs.
  • Email: Some folks would like you to think that email is "dead." I'm happy to report that the death of email has been largely exaggerated. Long live email.
  • Campus: A lot of the technology that I write about has to do with making connections to the physical spaces at our institutions.
  • Information: Presenting, disseminating, communicating, sharing, etc. Information is at the core of this blog.
  • Media: YouTube has been my frequent go-to form of media (web video). It's an effective way to add more layers to my posts.
  • Conference: I attend a lot of conferences. I wear an acronym decoder ring to decipher all of the higher education associations that I work with.
  • Time: We never seem to have enough of it. Perhaps that is why I write about it. Technology can free up time and it can also take it away.

Thanks for reading my 2010 blog posts. 2011 is going to be amazing. I have one more post for this year before I take a short break in preparation for the new year. My last post of 2010 will be all about appreciation and gratitude.

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