Good EduBloggers Recommended By Twitter Community: Representing Diversity of Twitter Community, Not *Just* White Males

Good EduBloggers Recommended By Twitter Community: Representing Diversity of Twitter Community, Not *Just* White Males

I was inspired to call out to Twitter tonight, by tweeting: “Recommendations needed4good eduBlogs representing cross-section of diversity of blog/twitter community, not *just* by white males please :-)”

I’d been motivated to do this because one male top edu-blogging tweep, who has a MASSIVE Twitter following, today blogged his own list of top ten edu-bloggers. And they were all white males. Now I am sure there was nothing intentional in this, and that it was just a personal list of favourites, and that there was total merit and quality applied in his own personal opinions and judgement criteria. What worried me a little though was that this is how ‘Old Boy Networks’ start. A successful white male extends credit to fellow white males, and perpetuates the success of other white males in society, to the unintended exclusion of non-white, non-males.

So, just with the idea of initiating a more inclusive and evolving list, this is a list of tweeps everyone who contributed tonight came up with. Some *are* white males by the way 🙂

I haven’t checked the blogs of all these people actually, and some of them may just be tweeters rather than have a blog, but please do feedback in comments and add your own recommendations etc.  I am sure there are plenty more good edublogs out there by non-white, non-males.



























































15 thoughts on “Good EduBloggers Recommended By Twitter Community: Representing Diversity of Twitter Community, Not *Just* White Males

  1. @murpiegirl has been a consistent and pragmatic voice for collaborative development and for that reason alone should be on the list. Plus cracking key note at pedagoo London 2014.


  2. I (@chasingalyx) posted this on twitter and Carol asked me to share here. Posting and adding to the list of amazing women #tweachers and bloggers from New Zealand – by no means exhaustive!



  3. Many thanks for this, Carol. I was going to add @murphiegirl but I see someone else has.

    I’d also suggest:

    -all women, as it happens!


  4. Hi Carol.

    Just to add a little context to your blog and make 3 key points:

    1. The @CisionUK list I originally tweeted – which I think sparked your tweets and THIS blog – was curated by Cision. Not selected by me or anyone else. At the time, naively, I re-posted this on my blog:
    See here. As the edu-blogging world, which is now very up-and-coming (in the UK) more than it was a year ago, the list I tweeted above, is now very obsolete but not owned by me. I agree that these lists can be quite divisive and act as an echo-chamber for political viewpoints; pedagogical ethos, or to acts as clubs, networks etc.

    I say “naively”, because I fear (in fact I KNOW) that the company that generated such a list, have targeted high-profile edu-bloggers i.e. those with large no. of followers for their own social-media gain. I have a useful article from USA that gives damming evidence for such companies to generate nonsensical lists in the hope for regurgitation of content and publicity etc.
    It appears the edu-blogsphere in the US have shared the same journey and we are now a victim of this ‘spamming’ too. Just look at @EduBlogs (awards) @UkEdChat & @UkBlogAwards all looking to get a piece of the action from a UK perspective… Maybe a little more genuine as these are teacher-driven lists and not social-media plc. driven.

    2. Secondly and more importantly, as for the ‘Favourite blog lists’, well, in August 2013, those who had been blogging for one year, since 2012 were now viewed (supposedly) as prolific bloggers and tweeters by the community. (n.b. I’ve been blogging for 8 years and 4 years professionally).
    As ever with Twitter, fashions come and go and August 2013 appeared to be the month where key bloggers (mainly using @WordPress) tweeted their 1st-ever top-blogging lists to read/follow. Some of them were viewed as ‘political standpoints’, others as boys-clubs and some (maybe) as ‘gender/race specific’ but I doubt it. Some people got upset; others had their ego-dented or inflated. (I suffered from all of those!) I’m sure this was not the intention for most who originally tweeted their lists, but I’m certain these ‘lists’ would now be viewed as an echo chamber / pat-on-the-back kind of thing, that now is questioned by the UK edu-blogsphere which is becoming more established. Individuals will have to make up their own mind.

    3. One year on from the above, as you say and as others have listed above in comments, there are many more teachers / tweeters now blogging some very, very good content from a ‘wide spectrum’ of school-life. I estimate that this is still 1-2% of the teacher (UK) population (1M) and that there is still a much wider choice offered than one year ago. There is also a huge mix of undiscovered blogs to be sought and read and – without question – hard to keep up/read everything = it’s easy to miss content.

    If I did update my own bloglist in August 2014, it would look very different to what I currently have on my own blog from August 2013. I know this is not what is referenced in your post, but as a suggestion for all, may I recommend Teach 100 which appears to be a genuine list of worldwide education blogs, devoid of demographics and psychographics. See here.

    I did reference @CPD4T recently which now has a database for teachers on Twitter. This is genuine and self-nominating, but does not list teacher blogs. Maybe there is a missed opportunity for someone to create an impartial and sophisticated database for those that blog, absent from bias and stereotype. I know @ukedchat tried very recently when they publishing a Top-100 blog list to follow, which was nominated by the community.

    Hope this helps and see you at @SLTeachMeet on 12.7.14.


  5. I hadn’t read Ross’s original post, but I have now. Just one thought re: that original list (and despite all the political and commercial stuff it IS a great list!) – isn’t Tabula Rasa Tessa Matthews’ blog?


    1. Hey Jill, yes, it’s a good list and my blog and tweet wasn’t in response to Ross’s tweeted list. It was just a coincidence that he had tweeted that in same week as someone else had done one (which sparked this blog etc).
      I’ve got nothing negative to say about any of the blogs mentioned in either list. I am just wary that if all white all male lists recur frequently that group think will occur, old boy networks are reinforced, and diversity of people, views and thoughts are pushed out. So we need to work constantly to seek out diversity and to represent it in the way we make connections and strive to learn, and also in what we then are able to share with others.


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