ITRT Aggregation Site Reflection
It seems like it’s working on my end. There are currently 1912 posts from at least 261 different sources3 and that includes a period of time when Delicious feed stopped working for some reason. That’s an average of about 3.5 posts a day. The most important part is that this is part of my work flow. I am not working harder but I’m doing more with the energy I was already expending.
Documenting for an audience has changed some nuances of my process as well. I add a few more tags in Delicious. I have more of tendency to add interesting quotes and explanations to links in the hopes of providing context/interest for others. All in all, it simply makes me more aware of an external audience. That probably helps me in the long run as well as I’ve been known to forget my own ideas.
There are virtually no comments on the site but I have seen evidence through conversations that at least a few people read it at times. I think I’m good with that for now. It’s a step in the right direction.
Next up for consideration is how to keep my sadly neglected portfolio site updated in the context of a workflow. I had to update a resume this year and I had to refer to my calendar to try to remember what I did this year. I never want to do that again.
I think this will be fairly interesting and something we’re going to be exploring with interested ITRTs in the coming year. I can certainly speak to the good things that come from documenting your work online and engaging with all the smart people on the Internet.