Although the project is six years old, I still get regular wikispace member requests for the original 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story Wiki — out of curiousity I sorted the members role to see the earliest subscribers

(Click image if you want to inspect)
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Look at that, no surprise, Nancy White was the first.

I am still quite not sure why people sign up to be members- the original wikispaces site is not even a wiki– its not editable, I just used it as a publishing platform. But over 500 have requested to be members. I think a real reason is that it then becomes available as a link in your navigation menu. I am not complaining, it gives me a nudge that people are interested. There are almost as many subscribed to the newer version as well.

When I set up the new version, I built it in a clever way (I thought) using the wikispaces equivalent of transclusion (A fancy way of saying one wiki page including another’s content) so that people who became members could help edit the site. Not much of that happens. I suggest it is a design flaw on my part.

Yes, a 6 year old site still getting activity.

A six year old site that has not seem much updates by its author (me) in at least 2 years.

The original iteration was for a workshop done as part of a mad 2 week tour of every capital city in Australia. In fact, the very first instance of 50 Ways as a workshop was for 60 some teachers and staff in Hobart, Tasmania on October 15, 2007. This was the same workshop where the Amazing Unkown Flower Story happened

And I’ve had the fortune to do the 50Ways presentation/workshop any times since.

A few things to note:

  • I am using a free, hosted web service that has not been yanked out on me in six years. Not everything goes down the Google Reader/Wave suckhole (though the tools come and go). Thank you deeply, Wikispaces.
  • There is still a focus on the list of tools, witness the nearly limitless number of web articls I could limk offering the “top 25 tools for storytelling”.
  • I’m not sure why people follow the older wiki, I thought I made it clear the newer one is where I supposedly maintain it (well that is a lie) (but hey, I will take any bit of fandom, go ahead and like this on Facebook, please)


I thought I had more profound notes, but oh well. I just felt like tooting the horn.

Actually, what I want/need to do is to light my own fire to get back to updating the site, and as loosely planned with Darren Kuropatwa in August, to think about adding some mobile apps as tools (if they work on multiple platforms and are free).

This blog is my way of trying to make myself accountable.

But please, do not call this a resolution.

I might be most proud of the promo video I made in 2011 for an online presentation for the Ontaria (Canada) Learning Connections District Champions– in which I used 34 of the 50 tools to produce segments

Yeah, the web is so ephemeral. People only look at stuff created 6 minutes ago or if they can spend less than 2 minutes on it.


But really, I would have never gotten anywhere with this without a good story to tell. Thank you, Dominoe.

You cannot go wrong with a good story, especially if it includes a dog.

The post "50Ways + 6 Years" was originally yanked out of the teeth of a rabid chicken at CogDogBlog ( on December 5, 2013.

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  • Darren Kuropatwa

    Let’s talk again; August was too far back.

    And let’s do this thing. I’ve mentioned it a few times when talking with other folks. There’s a real interest for making a device agnostic mobile version; at least in the little circles I move in. ;-)

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