Heather Wolpert-Gawron

How Do You Manage Your Online Communities?

By on February 17, 2009

OK, so I’m feeling a little overwhelming as of late by the onslaught of online possibilities.  I mean, if I don’t continuously check in will I spontaneously combust?  Just the mere thought that online life moves on while I eat and sleep plagues me.  In my panicked reflection, I actually realized that I’d started formalizing a routine when I go online as a means to manage my internet activities.  Here’s a brief map of my online patterns.

1.  I check my Yahoo mail account.  Originally, this was my all-knowing, go-to account.  But I started getting a little nervous about the yahoo future, so I opened up a Google account.

2. Check Google account

3. Answer Tweenteacher mail funneled through my google account

4. Check my district mail

5. Check in with Twitter and add post

6. Check in with Facebook

7. Check in with the Teacher Leaders Network and add post (thanks, John!)

8. Start to Read my Google Reader account.  This takes all day to keep up on the education headlines and articles.  I’ll read and add comments to blogs throughout the day.

9. Check in with a ning or VLC or two.  I also check in with Promethean Planet for more updated flipcharts for my Interactive Whiteboard.

10. Based on headlines or daily activity, I add to my own blog 3-4 times a week.

So, my question to all of you is, how do you manage your online activities without going insane, and what is your daily routine?


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