I came here from Terry's blog post... and then after reading Bill's excerpt from his blog, I ended up at his blog (and so glad that I did; in one word: SITA). So now I am back here at the discussion board, but I am really itching to go read some more blog posts or maybe squeeze out another blog post of my own.
But as a meta-contribution, I'll add a response to Gardner's questions: I'm not really here for the course. Courses, esp. massive (whatever that means) hold no appeal for me at all, and I'm pretty much a fervent anti-MOOCer after a nightmare Coursera experience. I'm here for the BLOG AGGREGATOR. For years and years, I've been a great admirer of Alan Levine and all his magic tricks, and the blog aggregation apparatus and the make-bank of ds106 are my idea of nirvana when it comes to online education. I strive in my own technologically limited, institutionally constrained way to live up its ideal in the online courses I teach.
If I were to try to theorize/generalize about my strong preference for blogs (over discussion boards) and for Google+ (over Twitter; I'm too verbose for Twitter, ha ha), it's because what really resonates with me is personal online presence, so I like tools that really build up that presence, and I like the opportunity to meet new people and see what I can enjoy and learn from the presence they create. In terms of this course, I'm not really here for the content... but I will be curious to see what others say about that question. I already spend an enormous amount of my time reading and writing about these topics as a natural part of my job (and I've been teaching connected courses for years), so I'm not expecting to find new content as part of this course experience. But I love meeting new people, and this sure has been a congenial way to do that, as well as connecting with people I knew before and learning more about them here.
I like the "Daily Connect" enormously... if I had more time, I would be doing the Daily Connect religiously every day! I've enjoyed the two webinars I watched as a way to sort-of-meet new people (but interacting with Gardner at Twitter and here seems more real than listening to the webinar). I would enjoy the readings more (I do some of them) if the readings were CONNECTED to a person... so, as a suggestion, for someone like me it would be great if the readings on the Unit pages had a person attached to them (the person who suggested putting that item on the list, a kind of "curator" for that item), so that I could see that reading suggestion as being part of a person's online presence in the course.
Just for my own persistence, I need a PROJECT to carry me forward from week to week, so the self-imposed project I made for myself is redoing my own personal blogging network, and how much fun that has turned out to be thanks to all the new blogs I have connected with in this course!
So, that's just me: I'm fascinated by people's online presences, and what I'm looking for at Connected Courses here is all about the connect I guess, not so much the course(s).