There is a new type of reputation out there. It lingers and builds long after you you have stopped caring about it. Managing it is hard. Too many elements to focus on, and too little time to maintain them all. So, you do what you can.You look for just the right resources to update at just the right time to get you exposure. You believe that in doing some good, you will get recognized. But this kind of reputation doesn’t work like that. Your expertise can go unrecognized for years. So long as you have a well founded web presence, others will find out just how amazing you are, eventually.
I often think about this digital trail that I am leaving behind. It is amazing to me to know that many of the ideas I am having right now will affect others years from now. I still receive e-mail about a band webpage I put up when I was 16. It is scary how much the internet has a memory. It is cataloging every keystroke I publish. And this is beautiful. The internet knows that my name is associated with my ideas. This makes me truly happy.
So, in an effort to make concrete something that is so disparate, here are the key elements of my web presence (these will have active links in the near future):
- Discourse about Discourse: Educasts
- Discourse about Discourse: Educasts Digg Page
- Weekly Authentic Gcast
- Yongesonne Gcast
- 2005-2006 Discovery Podcasts
- Academy of Discovery
- Discovery -Isms
- Discovery Utopias
- DC Edusphere
- Yongesonne’s Educational Technology Resources
- LA Cresthill Collaboration
- Lesson Planning Wiki
Public Accounts at services I regularly use:
- Teacher Bloglines
- Student Bloglines
- Discourse about Discourse Feedburner
- Flickr Account
- Google Calendar
- Google Documents
- Google Reader
Number of Google hits for “Ben Wilkoff” – 891.
I hope that none of this comes off sounding narcissistic. This exercise merely meant to show the beginnings of my digital legacy. It is also meant as a challenge for you to estimate your web presence and to start to think about how your digital trail of breadcrumbs will help others down the road.