I've been writing this Education Blog for the last four months - since February 2011 - and so I thought it would be a good point to look back over what's been said, and find out what's useful/popular.
In total, there have been over 125,000 readers of the 112 education blog posts that I've written. And it's probably not a surprise to see that some are more popular than others! Just in case you missed some of the popular ones, here's the Top 10 by readership:
Top 10 Education blog posts
- Something for the weekend - free eBooks from Microsoft Press
- Windows 7 SP1 Releases
- Business Intelligence for Universities
- Moving to the Cloud - the Microsoft experience
- One in six schools block Wikipedia
- How to deploy Windows 7 to 200,000 computers
- Ready-made IT user documentation
- Calumo user group - an insight into Business Intelligence
- The Lower Cost Cloud - Part Three (or should that be Part Free)
- Kinect, augmented reality, and education
Why are these the top education blog posts?
It's not always possible to know why some blog posts attract more attention than others - and if I did, I could write more of them more regularly! But here's some explanations for the Top 5:
Number 1, on free Microsoft eBooks, went viral on Facebook, and attracted almost 3 times as many readers as the next in the list.
Number 2, happened to be the top search result on MSDN when Windows 7 SP1 released.
Number 3, on Business Intelligence for universities, is only 6 days old today, but hit the big time because it was featured on the LinkedIn IT News page.
Number 4, Moving to the Cloud, got noticed on Twitter, and was unique in that it had a lot of audio interviews of Microsoft's IT team.
Number 5, about Australian schools blocking Wikipedia, got noticed on Wikipedia's discussion pages and generated some debate.
And looking at the most popular types of blog posts, it's the education case studies which come out on top - with about half of total readership (my inference from that - you like to hear stories about what other people are doing in the real world).
I wanted to share this info with you, in case you too are interested in starting/growing an education ICT blog for Australia.