Now that I had all these links to the blogs of my classmates, I wanted – no needed – to sign up for a blog aggregator. As I was linking to the blogs of others from my own blog, I saw that others were already posting and didn’t want to have to go to each to read them. I chose the recommended Bloglines. Again, within a few minutes, I’m sure less than five, I had it all set up and could see everyone’s introductory posts in one place. One-stop shopping just like Walmart. (Actually, I’m not a fan of Walmart but that’s another story.) I was proud of our collective accomplishments as a week earlier none of us had a blog to reflect on our professional development. I spent the most time trying to figure out commenting on the posts of others. For some I had to go to their original post to comment; for others, I could comment though Bloglines. Above all, the most time consuming was trying to delete the default blog feeds. I kept searching for some link or button or specific instruction only to realize that I could “drag and drop” what I didn’t want into the icon-labeled image of a trash can. I asked myself, “could it really be this easy?” I gave my head a little shake as I thought about how my old ways were getting in the way of how easy this really is. Is all Web 2.0 this easy?!
As an adult, I think this is easy. However, I predict students will think it is even easier than I do because they don’t have the “old ways,” ways that I first learned how to do things and how I some how still expect them to be, holding be back. I will have to think about this one some more.