It’s been nearly a year since I made the conscious decision to not pursue new speaking or writing opportunities about education technology. But somehow, previous columns — and comments — persist.
(For those wondering, my self-imposed exile date was June 30, 2015, right after my EdTech for Export keynote in Wellington, New Zealand. That was a wonderful swan song, both in terms of content and setting. And yes, I want to go back and see more.)
At the same time as I ended my edtech speaking and writing, I took a hiatus from my non-edtech analysis and commentary for GeekWire, which I’ve since resumed as circumstances and snark allow.
Yet I wasn’t invisible in that near-year, even without the recent GeekWire byline re-appearance.
- EdSurge picked my brain when the Software and Information Industry Association acquired the members of the Education Industry Association in April, because I’d been an SIIA Education division board member and once keynoted events for both organizations;
- KIRO-FM Seattle interviewed me about what Microsoft’s launch of its Minecraft Education Edition meant for its “ed cred” in January, as I’d analyzed Microsoft + Minecraft for GeekWire in the past (which GeekWire itself noted at the time);
- USA Today, in a January article on Apple’s brand in education and elsewhere, cited my observation that Apple’s “brand is being nibbled to death by many ducks” (yeah, I love analogy and metaphor); and,
- GeekWire’s Generation App podcast trotted me out as a long-time tech industry
dinosaurobserver in March when it examined video cord cutters and why they did or didn’t do it.
Bottom line? In a digital world, when you have a reputation, you can run. But it appears you can’t hide. No matter what that reputation is. Or how much fun you’re avoiding.