Well, here goes.
In my first ever post – four years ago this month – I wondered how I could provide this wonderful technology to teachers and learners. There was the visionary Manila (too hard – for me) and the ever present Blogger (too out of your control) but it wasn’t until WPMU came along that things started to click.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
However, there’s always been something missing from Edublogs – yes you can have student blogs at learnerblogs.org, uniblogs.org or eslblogs.org – but the problem with multi-user blogging is that it’s never been, well, multi-multi-user.
So – what now seems a loooong time ago I began work on what I present to you today, the ability for anyone to set-up, almost instantly their own fully featured educational blog hosting service, Edublogs in a box, Edublogs Premium.
And I have to say, I’m pretty excited :)
Each site has all the functionality – and a bit more (like complete privacy options) – that I have at Edublogs. You can manage, create, design and run your own educational blogging site, fully hosted by us, for what I hope is a very very reasonable price (including free set-up to our first batch of clients too).
What’s even better in my book is that this will allow free education blogs at Edublogs to continue to grow and develop without advertising and with security. Schools and educators who want the extra functionality can grab themselves an Edublogs Premium account and this will support educators and schools who don’t need the full whack or can’t afford it. Sounds pretty damn good to me.
I can’t begin to thank all of you who have used, promoted or supported first Incsub and then Edublogs down the track. Absolutely none of this would be possible without the plain bloody genius of Donncha O Caoimh, the selfless and brilliant members of the WPMU forums and the good folk at Automattic who have done so much to bring WPMU forward. To say I simply owe these people would be an enormous understatement!
So, here we go, wish me luck!