It’s not the first time I lost my head, hopefully not the last. But DS106 is an infectious lovely parasite that for a few of us… well at least me, is something I cannot shake.

Heck it got me buying a poncho on Amazon to play my part.

I’ve had a blast doing up nine, count em, nine mashup western106 videos, all the time sharpening my own video chops

So this is notice I am kind of hanging up (but not dumping, please read on) this idea of running an open course a western version of DS106. It’s not feasible to keep this pace up (I spent like 7 hours on it Sunday), especially as I have a pile of web work (that pays my bills) to attend to.

Plus I have an upcoming month long full time project in February with Antonio Vantaggiato at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, and another major long term project starting in March.

Yes, we stirred up some good excitement, tweeting, and blogging about it. Heck, my good long time friend Cheryl Colan dusted off her blog to sign up (look at her recent glorious GIF post).

But the load of rolling out all of the details of the course is a ridiculous task. I’ve done it before. Twice. And the DS106 Open Course is pretty much the map of it all, available anytime. I doubt anyone is crazy enough to take it all on. I doubt too many people want or even need all of this produced.

DS106 does not need another course, it just needs some stuff going on to gather around. And what people are rallying about is the Daily Create.

This ain’t no quitting or folding up the MOOC and going home. Let’s call it picking a new trail in the territory.

  • I’ll continue populating (and doing many) of the Daily Creates. Little do you know how fun it is to come up with them, and there is a good supply of them in the barn, thanks to many folks, especially Sandy Brown Jensen. It’s a good way for people to be in the creative mix, and some folks really take them a long way in blog posts.
  • I’ll do at least the High Noon Radio show through the end of January, maybe beyond. That does not take much to do, beyond the futzing, and a lot of people signed up to be guests.
  • You want to do a class? Follow along with, participate, and support the students in Paul Bond’s class — follow his course and do the assignments he puts out at There is another new DS106 class from Colorado University Denver that just hitched to the DS106 syndication bus, so there will be ore activity from that group.
  • Heck people will still do stuff in twitter.

I don’t think people need me cranking out goofy videos and long assignment posts to do a Western106.

All I am doing is getting off the horse in front, and joining the rest of the mob behind.

This ain’t adios.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so)

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