Moving at the Speed of Creativity is Wesley Fryer‘s blog. (That’s me!) I use this site to digitally document my own journey of learning and collaborate with other educators and lifelong learners around the globe. I focus primarily on issues related to engaged learning, web 2.0 technologies, digital storytelling, educational leadership, literacy, blended learning, creativity, appropriate uses of educational technologies, digital citizenship, and educational transformation.
If you’re interested in contacting me about sharing a keynote, presentation or workshop for educators in your area in person or over video, please review my list of recent and upcoming presentations on wiki.wesfryer.com. Use the contact form on my “Speaking” page to inquire about availability. Specific information about my social media consulting services are available. If you want to contact me directly about issues unrelated to speaking engagements, contact details are available.
More info about me is available on my public Google profile page and my personal bio page. See my disclosure policy for additional information about my affiliations and stance on advertising on this blog. Please see the attribution guidance page for information if you are quoting or citing my work.
Some technical stuff about my blog: (updated 3/22/2014)
My blog (this website) is powered by an updated version of the free WordPress blogging engine and a custom theme developed with the Pagelines framework by an Oklahoma City high school student and web/graphic designer, Jackson Fall. In 2010 I used a (slightly) modified version of the Lightword theme. In July 2007 I updated my blog theme to use the free Blue Wonder theme, I had previously used a slightly modified version of the “famous Kubrick” theme. The drop-down menus at the top are a feature of my theme, each is a WordPress “page” rather than post and they are organized under “parent” categories within WordPress.
I am no longer using the sds_Talkr_Plugin (it appears to be no longer working for some reason) or the WordPress Database Backup. In the past I used my blog host’s pHpMyAdmin to download mySQL backups. I now create redundant WordPress backups using a service from my web host (Site5) and the BackupBuddy plugin from iThemes, saved to a 3rd party site.
A few years ago I started using the free version of Disqus for commenting and to reduce spam. I’ve also used Spam Karma 2 but currently I’m not using it. I had some problems with PodPress in fall 2007 I couldn’t resolve which messed up my Podcast RSS feed, and I eventually switched to using FeedForAll to create that podcast feed. I continue to use Feedburner and in the past provided 4 different feeds related to my blog: My primary feed for all posts, my podcast feed / channel, my blog comments, and a feed for educational technology related posts only. This latter feed was still available through March 22, 2014, but I am deprecated it by removing it from my blog sidebar several years ago. I installed a Feedburner plugin in March 2014 which (I think) will break links from that final channel. Several years ago I stopped using the feed from my “podcasts” blog category and started using the software program FeedForAll Mac to create my podcast RSS feed.
I love the “widgets” feature of the latest WordPress and have used different text widgets in my left and right sidebars for additional content. I have cut down on the number of external content links included here to improve loading speed for my blog pages, because I realize these are cumbersome for those viewing my blog on slower Internet connections. In the past I used embedded content for the following free services, as of March 2014 these have all been changed (Google Reader, of course, is now offline):
- my technorati blog widget
- feedburner generated chicklets and feed subscription links
- email subscription services from FeedBlitz
- live traffic feeds via FEEDJIT
- my Google Reader shared items
I no longer use:
- my del.icio.us network badge
- A customized ShowYourself widget
- my upcoming presentations and workshops (next 30 days) shared with RSS Calendar
- my recent publicly shared pictures in a Flickr badge
- 2 world clocks via clocklink.com
My blog footer includes two important elements:
- my Creative Commons license
- my ClustrMap showing blog visitor statistics and locations (I pay the annual fee for more detailed stats.)
I provide additional attribution guidance for my blog in a static WordPress page linked at both the top and bottom of every page.
Inspired by a blogger whose thoughts, work and writing style I admire, Dr. Lawrence Lessig, I periodically invite “guest bloggers” to take up the author’s chair here on “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” when I am offline. This is a fun way to infuse my blog with new ideas, share the fairly visible author’s chair which is this blog with others whose ideas I respect, and keep the content here dynamic for visitors and subscribers. Those guest blog posts are all archived within the category “guest blogger.”
If you want to contact me directly, my contact information (including my current Skype status) is available on my personal website.
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Did you know Wes has published 3 eBooks, and 1 of them is available free? Check them out!Do you use a smartphone or tablet? Subscribe to Wes' free magazine "iReading" on Flipboard!
If you're trying to listen to a podcast episode and it's not working, check this status page. (Wes is migrating his podcasts to Amazon S3 for hosting.) Remember to follow Wesley Fryer on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook and Google+. Also "like" Wesley's Facebook pages for "Speed of Creativity Learning" and his eBook, "Playing with Media." Don't miss Wesley's latest technology integration project, "Mapping Media to the Common Core / Curriculum."