And I couldn’t be more excited about it if I tried. I’m going to be working as the Online Community Editor at The Age which is not just a fantastic paper but also the one I’ve been reading ever since I touched down in Aus. Add to that the fact that theage.com.au is the largest news and information site in Victoria and is already embracing user-interactivity, blogs and more… and I reckon that this is about the best opportunity going in online communications in Melbourne.
If you’re a user of edublogs.org, learnerblogs.org, uniblogs.org or eslblogs.org don’t stress as I’m going to be continuing to run them – all be it at a slightly reduced (read: evening) capacity. I also have hopes of partnering with some people experienced enough in php / Mysql and WP / WPMU to take the site to the next level regardless… so no worries :) If you’re hosted on my server also don’t worry, am not going to be pulling any plugs at all so as long as this is live so will you be (and in my book that’s permanent). What I will be stopping is any new consulting or contracts running through incsub but I’m always happy to recommend other providers.
As for online education, well, it’s a bit of a big step for me as I’ve been involved as either a practitioner, manager or researcher (and provider?) for the last 7 years so to step away from this area feels like a bit of a leap. However, (and this is another wonder of these sorts of communities) it’s not like I’m going to lose contact or engagement with the area or that I’m gonna lose touch with any of the amazing people I’ve talked to and read for the last 3-4 years… so it’s kinda a safe leap, if you know what I mean.
And as for incorporated subversion, well, I reckon it’s just as applicable in media as it is in education, so don’t expect any changes there either… after all, it’s all about communication.