hello folks, this is just a followup to a question that had come up on
Wednesday about the relationship between a blog and email. it IS
possible to have email notification go out when a blog is updated, and
you can request a listserve address from IT so that people can
subscribe/unsubscribe to that notification address as they want.
since Joshua Landis has become our blog demo, here's an example of how
he has done that now with his blog; he just requested that a listserve
be created for this purpose and now there are 3 subscription options
along the top of the right-hand column, one of which is email
the way Blogger.com email notification works is that email is sent when
there is a NEW post only - not when there is editing done on a post, and
not when there are comments.
unless people object (?), I'm going to set the [log in to unmask]
as the notification address for the OU Online blog. we can change that
if people feel it is not appropriate, but since there is not much
posting on that blog anyway, I don't think it will be a problem. and it
might give people a sense of the advantages/disadvantages of email
messages as opposed to messages on webpages. 
if people do think this is a problem, I'll request a separate listserve
address for this purpose - although I'm hoping this will work out okay. 
thanks everybody - and have a nice weekend!