Why connected blogs?
Our inspiration has its roots in efforts such as Connected Courses, connectivist MOOCs, and connected-course champions such as Alan Levine (who has built an amazing roadmap for creating sites like msloc430.net).
The core premise with connected courses is this: You create and write on space you own and manage but also utilize syndication technology to update a connecting hub such as msloc430.net. When someone clicks on a headline from your work on msloc430.net they are taken to your site. Connected courses are distributed by design, yet offer a way for all participants to follow threads and build new network relationships.
Directly connecting your blog
We assume that you wish to connect an existing blog to msloc430.net. If so, you need to do two three things:
- You need to create a separate category/tag/label for all of the blog posts you wish to be pulled into msloc430.net. For WordPress (preferred) create a category. For Blogger, use a label. For SquareSpace, use a category. For tumblr, use a tag. We recommend using msloc430 (no spaces) as your category/tag/label.
- Write a short post and post it to your new category/tag/label. A short introduction post would work fine.
- Then fill out the form below.
Helping us find the feed url
Syndication to msloc430.net works via RSS feed. To make that work, we need to discover the feed url for the category/tag/label you created.
To do this, click on the new category/tag/label you created (not the introductory post – but the category/tag/label). Copy the url of the page. For example: In WordPress, a category “msloc430” would generate a url that looks something like this: http://myblog.wordpress.com/category/msloc430.
Copy that url and submit it via the form below.
What if I blog on LinkedIn?
Or…any other platform that might not generate an RSS feed. Here’s what what we recommend.
- Join our Diigo social bookmarking group: MSLOC 430 Resources
- When you write a new blog post that you would like to have syndicated through msloc430.net, just bookmark the link to your post page in the Diigo group. It will appear on our home page and as part of the Diigo Stream.