Last week when I asked you to suggest web pages that you check every day for inspiration, several of you mentioned TED. Kay Hopkins says, "I am inspired and informed in unexpected ways by the people featured there."
This chart shows how much monthly traffic there is on the opening page of the KASL web site. The numbers may be a bit misleading for the first six months because last summer I was transitioning the page from a traditional web page to a blog, and it took a while for traffic to pick up. Now both web page and blog interact, depending on how we want to communicate information to members. From the perspective of the member, it all looks like the same thing and should be easy to use and to navigate. If it is not easy to use, in other words, if you cannot find what you are looking for, I would be interested to know it. I depend upon you for ideas for content and improvement. Also, if you are interested in submitting articles for the blog, e-mail me, and I will set you up as an author. You will receive an e-mail that looks as if it is from Typepad, and you will need to register, but it should take only a moment, and I think it is important to have KASL members participate in the blog.
It should be interesting to observe how the coming year's statistics compare to those of this year.
". . . Over nearly a thousand posts, [Likely Stories] has evolved into a quirky mix of any book-related items that catch my interest: literary news, book awards, authors' obituaries, feuds, and funny stuff. I definitely focus on items that are related to books we've reviewed, and I like to provide free links to those books. I've been embedding a lot more videos lately . . ., and I put up a lot of jacket art, and/or photos if they're in the public domain." Keir Graff
In addition to audiobook reviews, "[R]eaders should look for a greater focus on recommendations of great youth audiobook titles, both newly published and from years past." Mary Burkey
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photography blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.
Here is one of my personal favorites along with the comments of the person who submitted the photo. -mh
A friend is having me scan some of her family photos, and I fell in love with this Kodachrome slide; she gave me permission to post it to Shorpy. It's her sister and their great-grandfather on his farm in Sabattus, Maine, in 1964.
I do not often rave about resources on the net. Well, prepare yourselves, I'm about to rave.
This blog is REALLY HELPFUL. In particular, focus on the headings under the Pages link on the left. This is the cleanest summary of technology resources and tools you and your teachers can use with students that I have ever seen. -mh