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Hello EDTEC 470!

One of the most fascinating this* about blogs is the ability to respond in "real-time" to events around the world, especially those that occur in what we quaintly refer to as "the blogosphere". For example, I had no foreknowledge whatsoever that my blog was going to become part of a class reading assignment, but my referrer logs seem to indicate that many people are currently visiting because they have been assigned to do so in an college course. If defective yeti were a traditional publication -- a newspaper, say -- I would have to wait until the next print run to send a big "shout out" to my new readers. But the nature of blogging is such that it allows me to do so moments after I first discover that I have been linked. This sense of immediacy is certainly one of the many factors that have contributed to the phenomenal popularity of blogging in recent years.

Another thing that sets blogs apart from "old media" is their interactivity, so feel free to leave a comment.

By the by, I have no doubt that your professor is doing a crackjack job, but you can find out more about blogs over here.

(* sadly, the downside to immediacy is a woeful lack of proofreading ...)

Posted on September 09, 2003 to dy


Wow! Do you ever leave your keyboard? Thanks for blowing my mind (as we used to say in the 60s).

And thanks for a very funny blog.

Posted by: Bernie Dodge on September 9, 2003 4:41 PM

You know....I had a feeling this was yours.

Posted by: your student on September 9, 2003 4:42 PM

You should finish your 100 fave items list. I feel cheated...

Posted by: Danielle Cutler on September 9, 2003 4:59 PM

Well, hi. Go out and get some fresh air... stop watching your hits, okay? I'm worried about your mental health!!! :)

Keep up the humor.

Posted by: aimée on September 9, 2003 4:59 PM

you have a funny blog--it entertained me during class!! Thanks!! =)

Posted by: Anonymous on September 9, 2003 4:59 PM

thanks for making our class more entertaining; although our teacher is doing a pretty good job :)

Posted by: student on September 9, 2003 5:00 PM

yeah, you're funny

Posted by: student on September 9, 2003 5:02 PM

Even better: bloggers checking their referral logs provides a way for teachers to know that their students are doing the assignments. This was an unforeseen bonus.

Posted by: Ms. Crackjack on September 9, 2003 5:46 PM

Dammit, how do *I* go about getting course credit for reading the Yeti? My boss is totally unappreciative of the time I spend.

Posted by: the kiosk on September 9, 2003 5:50 PM

why isn't my site included in the curriculum? www.thisisbroken.com

Posted by: Mark Hurst on September 9, 2003 6:29 PM


poke, poke - tickle tickle

Posted by: mike whybark on September 9, 2003 6:44 PM

It deeply saddened me those 3 days you didn't post.. however, I think it makes me enjoy the posts even more. I like bread too, good job

Posted by: Jason on September 9, 2003 7:03 PM

I feel let down by this somewhat uninspiring post. I like cheese.

Posted by: deject on September 9, 2003 8:50 PM


Posted by: fo shizzle on September 9, 2003 9:36 PM

My rat is dead. May I have another?

Posted by: Puh-sy-kology Dept. on September 10, 2003 4:47 AM

Okay, I took an educational technology course, and all they ever had us do was learn how to use word and excel on a mac. Why couldn't we have done cool things like visiting yeti for course credit?

Posted by: Erin on September 10, 2003 6:47 AM

Hey Matthew, do you think you could get University of Toronto to start a course based on your blog? Maybe then I could actually do well...novel concept, really...

Posted by: Jaclyn on September 10, 2003 7:33 AM

Love the Yeti-you're all over the place! I recently started blogging but have yet to find an active readership of more than 6 people to crack up. What advice is out there to spread the word?

Posted by: Shoelace on September 10, 2003 10:50 AM

Okay, so I assigned my two University of South Carolina freshman English classes some online reading this week, and also provided a link to your page of blog info. The reading was to have been done by today. So when I logged on last night I was SO excited to see your message, though I wondered what the EdTec nonsense was all about...but now I find out you weren't even referring to my students.
How weird is that? I assigned your site as homework on the same day as someone in California.

Posted by: Eva Moore on September 10, 2003 1:07 PM

Your cat and mine seem to have twin mice. We are glad to finally have found the missing link! Your blog is pretty funny, as we have now been assigned to maintain our own blogs, got any advice? I always felt my "journal" were so dull. Happy blogging!

Posted by: Tamara from tht EdTec course on September 10, 2003 1:21 PM

How weird is this: I assigned your blog to *my* class (mass communication, California) on Sept. 9. Yeti, my man, you are on the way to becoming an icon to an entire generation of college students.

Posted by: Carny Asada on September 16, 2003 1:21 PM

Seems like the whole world is sitting at the feet of the yeti yogi.

Posted by: Duane on September 18, 2003 1:35 PM