Liz Davis tagged me in this meme. I figured that it would be a great topic of conversation as my husband and I prepared for the family to come for Christmas dinner. It was pretty entertaining to create the list as we peeled shrimp, sauteed various vegetables, and worked to keep the kitchen clean and the kids occupied.
Seven Things You Don’t Need to Know about Me
1. I was always envious that my cousin had a lavender room when we were kids. I fulfilled a childhood wish by selfishly painting my daughter’s room lavender.
2. I actually dropped a math course in college because the professor lectured using his middle finger. (The professor was rumored to have been the inventor of AstroTurf, but I’ll admit that it wasn’t until I wrote this that I finally confirmed that false.)
It was, in all honesty, an honor to be nominated by Liz Davis and Kevin Jarrett in two categories for the 2008 Edublogger Awards. I never thought that I would win. I actually predicted that Angela Maiers would win for Best New Blog and she did. We started our blogs at just about the same time and hers is so chock full of quality and meaningful resources and information that I knew she was sure to be awarded the honor. Among the other 13 nominees was also Human, which came in second and a host of other Edublogs that deserve a read.
I also really enjoyed the experience of the awards ceremony. (I had to attend – it was an excuse to go shopping in Second Life.) I commented in the EdTechTalk (which incidentally won for Best Use of Audio) that it was difficult to simultaneously manage the chat in EdTechTalk, the chat in Second Life and the audio which I was listening to through iTunes as the quality was better than in Second Life. But it was worth the multitasking, to be able to communicate with everyone that came to participate in the event. I especially enjoyed my time with Riptide_Furse who represented the DEN for their award, Best Use of a Virtual World.
Everyone in the chat and the audience at the awards were very supportive of all the nominees and Josie Frasier did an excellent job MCing the event. Should you have missed the hour-long ceremony, you can go back and view the video or chat logs at EdTechTalk. You can also see the pictures that I took as I posted them on Flickr. (They’re a little biased though, I will admit.)
The other day when I posted my nominations for the 2008 Eddies I really didn’t give much thought to my own blog. I really wanted to give credit where it was due to some of the other blogs that I read on a regular basis. I wish there had been more categories or you could vote for more than one blog in the same category.
I really liked the title of Cathy Nelson’s post yesterday, “You Are All Winners in My Book“. We have our blogrolls, we have our Google Readers or our Bloglines. The fact that you, the reader of this post, have taken the time to immerse yourself in the Edublogosphere, to keep up with educational technology trends, is an accomplishment. And if you have taken it a step farther and left feedback on the blogs you have read. If you are a contributor to the Edublogosphere – well, thank you for your help. Your opinion matters. Take it one step farther – for those of you who have committed the time to create and maintain your own blogs, to paraphrase Cathy Nelson, you all deserve recognition for your accomplishments.
These past 27 days, many of us have been participating in Steve Dembo’s 30 Days to Being a Better Blogger Challenge. Each day we have been faced with a new blog-related challenge from Teach42. I’ll admit that I have not completed them all. Some because I was not interested and some I’ll have to go back and work on during the month of December. (Please see previous post.) One major thing that Steve’s challenge did for me that did not make an immediate or noticeable change to ThumannResources.com was getting me to read and comment on more blogs. I’ve added to the number of blogs I subscribe to, I’ve increased the number of things I look for in a blog and therefor, it is without further adieu….