If you would like to see some cute English birds, click here: Brigg Infant School's web cam.
I think that building and participating in online communities is important, but I think it can also become overwhelming. Too much information is hard for an individual to process, even if it is placed in tidy bundles with great tools like Diigo.
It doesn't bother me to share my thoughts publicly in "sheltered" online environments like the blogs we are using now. I'm a little intimidated by the heavy-duty, serious, professional blogs that have thousands of followers. Most of the time, I don't feel as knowledgeable, passionate, witty, interested, or argumentative as their contributors.
The blogs and educational/social networks recommended by the Tool 2 lesson were interesting, because they showed such a wide variety of interests. I personally liked the Science Teacher blog. It made science poetic. It was kind of therapeutic reading his lightning bug poem.
I thought Cool Cat Teacher gave good commenting advice when she suggested asking questions at the end of your posts to generate more comments. Does anybody know how to turn off the text enhancing that is making certain random words (not links) in each post appear blue?