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Thursday, March 23, 2006

I’ll be accepting an award tommorrow for my blog.  Thanks again to eSchool news. 

I wanted to include the criteria the team used to evaluate a good blog. I don’t know who thought of these, but these are truly exceptional criteria fir running an efective blog:

1. Personality: Is there a clear personality? Do
you feel like you know the writer? Is there a feel-
ing of intimacy that might be missing from main-
stream media or other forms of communication?

2. Usefulness: Is the information useful or enjoy-
able to read? Did it make you think, or laugh, or
click? Are there handy links to other places?

3. Writing style: Is the writing in the blog snappy,
crisp, and engaging to read? Or is it long-winded,
dull, convoluted, or sloppy? Worse, is it a sales
pitch disguised as a blog? Or just news briefs or
bullet-point items without any fresh perspective,
analysis, or insight?

4. Usability and design: Is the typeface easy
to read? Can you find links to archives? Is the
writing concise and easily skimmable?

5. Frequency: Is the blog updated regularly, and
with sufficient frequency? Or are there long, ran-
dom periods of inactivity between posts?

6. Relevancy: Does the blog stay on topic, and
is it relevant to the category in which it is being
judged? Or is it all over the map in terms of
content?

7. Interactivity: Does the blog incorporate video
or audio in an engaging, interactive way? Does it
offer a forum for readers to respond, or use other
features to help develop a sense of community?

8. Fulfillment of purpose:How well does the
blog fulfill its intended mission?

9. Appropriateness: Does the blogger use lan-
guage and etiquette that is appropriate to a pro-
fessional educational setting? (i.e., no inappropri-
ate personal references, etc.)

10. Would you revisit: Is it useful or engaging
enough for you to visit it again someday? Or will
you forget it the minute after you vote?



On 28 March 2006, Silke inscribed the following thoughts about this post:

First - congratulations! A well-deserved award. Secondly - thanks for the (as always) useful post. Really helpful hints for anyone wishing to start a blog, as we soon hope to on food-force.com.

On 28 March 2006, Bill inscribed the following thoughts about this post:

Ah!

I love Food Force! I lost many of my posts about Food Force when I updated my blog.  I think I will revisit it as soon as I can.

Any word on Food Force 2??

On 28 March 2006, Silke inscribed the following thoughts about this post:

Food Force 2 is still very much on the agenda. We’re in the research phase at the moment - collecting interesting stories from WFP workers in the field, speaking to game developers and teachers, all that kind of thing. It’s very exciting, also because of the fantastic developments in the “serious games” sector since we came up with the original Food Force.

If you’ve not been to the Food Force site recently you won’t have seen the latest news on the big upcoming event to fight hunger: Walk the World on May 21st. Thousands of people from all over the world will be walking together to raise funds and awareness to end child hunger. It’s a great way to help WFP, please do have a look if you get the chance.



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