So, I have changed it. And it is ALIVE. That was really my goal here, to take a page that was totally static and bring it to life with the power of RSS. The problem was, though, that until this weekend, RSS was not enough to really capture my life online. Sure, I could get RSS for my blogs, but my life online is much more than my blogs. The blogs are important, yes, but the social networking at Google+ and also at Twitter is the glue that holds every day together, making every day such a great learning experience. If I want to show the curriculum vitae, the racecourse of my life (curriculum is from Latin currere, to run), then I need feeds from those different services, combined.
Well, thanks to Inoreader, I now have RSS for my Twitter feeds and for my Google+ feed (Twitter integration happened about two weeks ago, and Google+ just a few days ago), plus I discovered much to my own surprise that there is RSS for Pinterest Boards too. So, what my homepage now shows is the combined RSS clipping feed for all that online activity, plus a column of static links to my active projects. I'm especially happy that it is displaying the images too; images are a big part of what I share online, and I am also a believer in the power of images to enhance the meaning of text and make it more memorable:
Here are the feeds that it pulls from:
Google+. This is my main hangout online; when I find good things to read/reference online, I post them here, and I also reshare a lot from my G+ friends.
Twitter: OnlineCrsLady. I sometimes post here, but mostly I retweet, especially items related to the University of Oklahoma (where I teach).
Twitter: OnlineMythIndia. I both tweet and retweet here, sharing items about books, language, reading, writing, and all kinds of intriguing art images.
Pinterest: I use Pinterest Boards in conjunction with my classes, pinning student Storybook stories to the boards, and sometimes also pinning websites that could be useful as class resources.
Blogs: My active blogs are the Class Announcements (daily), Bestiaria Latina (every other day), OU Digital Tools (a couple of times a week), Anatomy of an Online Course (once a week, more if I can find time).
Next step: Diigo. Diigo has some powerful RSS features too and now I have such an incentive to start using those too!
I'll have more to say about all this in a follow-up post, but I just wanted to share this much for now, with a BIG THANK YOU to the guys at Inoreader who are building a tool that really is like magic for me. I am enjoying it so much!