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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am a blogger and I'd written a post about education almost everyday since 2003. Education & Tech provides you with education news, expert tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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Relationship Isn't Everything. But Still Wins It

Yesterday's post has generated a few comments form a very select group of readers. I do agree the relationship created through socialnetworking or Social Media is not the only thing needed to become a respected blogger, it is also true you have to write properly and present a quality's content. Nobody is asking to be a Terrence Denman but certainly all you need is giving right exposure to your content. TonNet cannot have a picture along with Jason Calacanis for he's not the famous e influential person. This blog is not even in the academic circle of Higher Education and doesn't claim to into the educational or technological expertise. However we expect to be among the A-List bloggers and rank close to Gizmodo and Micropersuasion. The big question is How I will get it?

Praveen who's gained respect not only for being a web designer or post about a way to remove your navbar from your Blogger blogs and he's a good example of all what is being said about how to grow a blog and promote your weblogs.

Saskboy makes a list of what we consider true and useful. How with fortune you will grow your blog:

* Join more blogrolls and aggregators and link games like memes.
* Create something everyone wants to link to, and talk about.
* Write super well, and always in a clever funny way so everyone likes you and
subscribes to your feed.
* Americanize the blog content. (My theory is that if I get 200 readers by writing about Canadian/world news, I’d get about ten times that (2000/day) by writing as well, about American/world news/entertainment.)
* Become famous in real life, and then blog about whatever it is you do that made you famous.
* Offer readers cool prizes that depend on them visiting your blog often.
* Change your blogging habits or skills, because whatever you’re doing now, won’t get any better if you’ve been doing it for a year the same way.
* Make lots of good lists, because bloggers love lists. Also make lots of contacts, and try not to get onto their bad side (unless they suck {and even then try to be nice}).

I've drop off like two items which I don't agree at all, but you can check the source for a complete list of this Canadian Computer Scientist.

Until you decide which way is best for you, please remember: Content is not enough! And I am not talking about flagshit either.

Does anyobody thought about compelling content? Joe Hayes does!

Why Nobody Reads My Blog?

I still don't know how did I get linked to Alister Cameron(I've found out just now...sorry sometimes I'm slow!) but what he posted today really caught my eye. Have you ever asked why nobody reads your blog? Well, he goes deep on this matter and you dear reader (imaginary) should take a hard look of what is he saying, considering TonNet is not a A-league blogger yet. The link love issue is about socialnetworking:
Are you hearing me? It’s about relationships. We are humans… we’re created to relate. You MUST get past the fact that all your blogging happens on a computer, to realize that it’s just people, really! If you’re a hermit and you can’t relate to people, you’re going to be in trouble

And then he advises to write a post about the 'relational dynamic' and how this helped you grow your blog, linkback to his post and receive in turn a highlight for So how do you go about getting more one way links to your blog? Simple. Write good content that people actually find value in.supporting his thesis. Will you take it? I'll do.
The real reason why nobody reads your blog is this: massively successful blogging is about establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships. It’s all about who you know. Really!
Post a comment or give me a link back to prove me wrong. Nobody is reading my blog but thanks to people like Alister I do know the reasons now!

Alexander Russo writes, "People always ask me how many folks read this blog, and I always tell them "One or two" -- which isn't all that far off. It's quality, not quantity".

Update 2:
Mr Russo links back our post. Thanks

Update 3:
So how do you go about getting more one way links to your blog? Simple. Write good content that people actually find value in.

Barack Obama Wasn't Educated In "Madrassa"

Politics needs to change not only in Latin America but in North America itself, let's follow up what the right-wing media had just spread around just to cause damage to image of Obama's Presidential campaign. Greg Sargent says, If this is a sign of how Barack Obama intends to deal with the right-wing media during his Presidential campaign, then I'm all for it.

From the Senator's office:
[...]All of the claims about Senator Obama’s faith and education raised in the Insight Magazine story and repeated on Fox News are false. Senator Obama was raised in a secular household in Indonesia by his stepfather and mother. Obama’s stepfather worked for a U.S. oil company, and sent his stepson to two years of Catholic school, as well as two years of public school. As Obama described it, “Without the money to go to the international school that most expatriate children attended, I went to local Indonesian schools and ran the streets with the children of farmers, servants, tailors, and clerks.” [The Audacity of Hope, p. 274]

To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago. Furthermore, the Indonesian school Obama attended in Jakarta is a public school that is not and never has been a Madrassa".

2000 Bloggers And We Are In It!

Yet another intriguing meme hits blog play! Developed by the now so popular Tino Buntic , this one highlights 2000 bloggers (just two thousand out of 63.2 millions according to Technorati) and includes celebrities and the "rest of us" with equal abandon. You'll see Seth Goden and that Trump guy. Hundreds of other folks, and well, me. You'll see me, too.

Featuring Education & Technology.

Technorati is not so happy about Tino's Project and Shuts Down 2000 Bloggers. Consequently I am also opting out the Project were I get to know very interesting bloggers. So sad!

How important is to have a network

I will write as many as possible about networking not only in general terms but as socialnetworking. The term could be new but the process has been there since the Cromagnon learnt how to use his hands in order to perform superior activities. I think it is a process for the social transformations, the concentration of power and a way to hold the establishment. However, nowadays we have a new perception of the importance of socialnetworking.

The Internet had opened many way of interactions as you all very well know. We all have many purposes to create networks and at the same time different methods to get into the train, let's say MyBlogLog and Flickr. The laboral environment of course doesn't fail to be among those tools and we have a Job Board Bubble growing so quick. The education network grows at significatively levels, see for example Boles University Project. The weblogs had grown to top the 65 millions right now and the networks are increasingly growing at such speed. Check out Outpost (where you can also read our blog now) or the 2000 Bloggers proposal. Amelie's TrendyFriendly network is another good example.

I've found a blog where you can interchange links by free. The only thing you need to do is write your own positive review about her blog. This is a very young and attractive girl who was living in the Big Apple and nowadays is in her natal Tokyo. This entrepreneurial business young girl is Kumiko Suzuki. She had to leave NY for about five years now and while living with her grandpa, she is into a a big project. Being a fond of the web she's into get cash throughout Internet surfing. She claims to be working for Yoshinova (a kind of Fast food-the Japanese way) but because she was raised in the U.S. she's still struggling with her japanese. Go say hi from TonNet and help her out with this very original project. I love the smart young new generation!

This post is becoming long enough! I don't want to lose the thread and present FunForever, where a post called my attention. See for yourselves this beautiful grass designs.

What happened with the education and the technology? Well, here we go. W. Richardson share a important issue for those who love to read and may be link the New York Times, you can get some links behind the subscription wall, how?. Try its NYTimes link generator.

I've reading quite a long time trick and tips of how to increase traffic and gain visitors, not for money in this case (sorry Kumiko). Today Rugjeff has posted 10 Tips to improve your Google page rank and I guess TonNet should work a little bit harder the topic numbered under 9. Not everyone trackback to your homepage.

Yesterday I've joined to the developing your blog posts meme and Library Clips without getting into the sort of game allow his reader keep track of his personal ways of collecting links for future blog posts. Mind to share yours?

Developing Blog Posts Topics

I am not that sad but of course almost everyone loves to be tagged and mostly when it is from your personal interest. Today I've found this Developing blog posts topics from a blog that I read almost everyday and it is kind of interesting to know how you pick the topics for your posts, isn't? So, here we go:

1. Check my Boglines subscription. This is the very first thing I do every morning after woke up. It gives an update of what's going on around my network and things that I am passionate about.

2. Select every topic I've found it is new or interesting under my referential frame. I think you should have handy something to talk about, not only a link but a referent about a new discovery and most important if this is a topic which you are or you were looking out long time ago.

3. Synthesize involving those topics and ideas . This is the hardest part to me. It is quite easy to link out from a source but to find the right topic which synthesize all what will be included in the post is a hard work. I used to select something relevant out of all sources and a few times I copy the same topic as it is proposed in the source. Sorry about that!

4. Educational issues not only for teachers but parents. Being an educator, I really love to read and reproduce information about what's going on in the educational spectrum. Sometimes I have to offer some kind of deli in order to let you entertain with a post, in other words, I can go from politics to .NET development.

5. Technology and Socialnetworking. Yes, a part of being very passionate about education, as Wesley says, when you find something that is cool and fun, I think you have an obligation to share it! And precisely what I try to do I am very into web developing, new applications, the power of social networks and gadgetry.

I would love to pass it on not only to my friends but to anyone who finds it cool and interesting. I am not against the "The five things you didn't know about me" but I strongly believe this one is much better. If you want to put it in Technorati then follow Brian's suggestion. Try howdoyouwrite. Remember everything is about socialnetworks and not only teenagers but adults as you and me.

I pass the baton to: Avatar, Silvia Porras, Protesto, Martha Isabel, Fernado Doylet, El Oso, Carmen Gonzalez; and, BaBalingus.

Essential Tools For Bloggers & The Wikipedia Rel=No Follow

It's being quite a bit I don't write, link or publish nothing about web design. Thanks to the time I've got today and after reading Funny Monday (everyone should have a section like this one, I guess, came through a blog that expose everything about entertaining but not webtech or categories like that. However, Essential Tools Every Blogger Should Have is a good selection which be just handy when you have to write in your blog and want to look a litte bit different that everybody else. All writing is both a mask and an unveiling. Pass it on!

Now this are news to me, Amit Agarwal say that Wikipedia must rollback the rel=nofollow change. Why? Because third resources will be penalized and chastening everyone for the spammy actions of few individuals is just not right! he says.

The market and we the bloggers are inundated with too many application and webservices but when it comes to video then we stop and start thinking what are the best services that can find around and that could overpass YouTube service. Well, no more go and read Paul Stamatiou and his post about Zudeo. Enough said. The decision is yours.

I am sure you also want to chage once in a while the face of your blog. No because you don't like it anymore but you go and visit others' and see interesting designs or something that catch your eye and want to introduce it to your personal blog. I think you will find useful the services Open Designs, you need to register, though.

Do not get scared, but the Earth Warming had hit Ecuador. Do you know anything about the Cotopaxi Volcano? This volcano is located 70 km south from Quito and it just started to melt. See the Spanish report.

What Do You Wish You Learned In College

Techcrunch has brought in this very interesting topic. Have you ever felt that something you didn't learnt at College to discover just after a few years that something should be taught back in those silver years? Well, you are not alone that happened to almost everyone to be optimistic in terms of statistics. I regret not have learnt how to be a good Manager. Period.

Now that Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama y Bill Richardson want to be the next President. American need to think carefully. Not only to pick the right Democrat but to avoid the Republicans to commit suicide not against themselves but innocent families en the American territory. Spread the word through this very interesting project: 2000 bloggers. My Math shows me that I was icluded in the position 583. Hurry up! Only 2000 bloggers A, B or C class will be granted.

Oviedo(Spain) had been chosen for the prime time of Jose Luis Orihuela's book The Weblogs Revolution. Written in Spanish but very soon we could get it in English.

You all know that Wikisari was switched into Wikia. Here a last update of this very useful research tool.
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