I presented about our Website redesign to a small group of parents at our Family School Council meeting last night and the reception was, shall I say, very enthusiastic. I showed our principal’s Web log and some of the other sites we’re building, gave them the overview on the syndication aspect of it, and even got commitments from a couple of them to try out the subscription form that I have set up. One parent reported that her daughter “absolutely loves” the way the Web log is being used in her Sociology class, and the whole group was really positive about the distributed content creation model that we are moving toward. When I talked about the content/knowledge management aspect of this, even the principal and another supervisor in attendance seemed to more fully understand the potential. (The supervisor, in fact, wants me to come and present to her department next week.)
Slowly but surely, the buzz is growing around here about Web logs, and I think the pieces are starting to fall in place. We still need some design issues straightened out, and I need to map the current site more clearly so I can plan the conversion effectively. But the best part is that the more I talk it, the better I get at figuring out how to explain it all. And last night’s reaction did much to affirm the philosophy and the process.