My Sunday morning reading included the article “Ten Things Every Blogger Should Remember“. If you’ve been a reader of this blog, you know that I’m a sucker for posts like this! I find the perspectives very helpful as I try to get my head wrapped around my own blogging.
I also like to think that the tips and exercises are valuable for those who would have students blogging in their classroom. It’s one thing to provide an assessment (and I’ve seen a great deal of them that I don’t particularly agree with) but it’s quite another for students to sit back and reflect on their own efforts. The fact that it might be criteria not teacher generated lends an additional level of credibility. Have the students read the original post with its criteria and then even write their own blog post analysing their own efforts.
So, I’m going to take a look at the 10 tips from this post and see how I think I stack up. Feel free to tell me where I’m wrong in the comments.
1) You will probably not become famous from this project
This is absolutely true. I’m reminded of the television commercial talking about US college football players that talks about how so many of them will go on to be professionals in a sport other than football. The same applies here; but it should never deter you from your blogging efforts.
2) The majority of your readers will be other bloggers
I never thought about this. I know that the bulk of people who offer replies are bloggers and for that I’m appreciative. It does beg a question though – what is a blogger? Do micro-bloggers count? Does it really matter?
3) Nobody will ever read every word on your blog
There are days when @SheilaSpeaking or @NobleKnits2 will send me a DM with a typo or missing/extra word in a post. I guess not even I read every word! I think this reinforces the writing tips that I learned in high school – start with a good title; bring the reader in with an interesting first paragraph; close with a good summary.
4) Trolls will come
There is a big dark side of the blogging web. Thankfully, Akismet keeps most of them from public view. I think there’s about 100 of messages that are awaiting my attention. I do find that most of the replies that are legitimate are polite and helpful.
5) It does take work to make the blog worth your time
I’ll agree that it does take effort. I’m not at the point where I consider it work though. If I did, I think I would pack it in. I don’t make any money from this blog (although I’m open to offers…) so I don’t set a time to blog. It just happens when I feel the urge.
6) You get what you give
There’s a great deal of truth to that. While I read daily and try to reply, I’ve scheduled Fridays as a concerted time to give back to the great Ontario Edubloggers who take the time to share their thoughts.
7) Make your blog as much about the content as it is about the person writing the content
I agree totally. If you want to know about me, you’re further off being friends with me on Facebook. My blog entries here are about my thoughts and opinions.
8) Remain consistent
I like to think I’m consistently random in topic but I do try to schedule a little something at 5am every day. That lets me write any time I have the opportunity. That is one of the concerns that I have about blogging in education. Unless they develop a passion, will students only blog during class when required to?
9) Don’t rely on words alone
This can be difficult at times. Sometimes, there’s just no image or video that’s appropriate.
10) Be yourself
Yes. Mistakes and all, this is me. You won’t confuse this blog with something really academic. It’s just my thoughts and opinions on whatever the topic de jour is.
- 8 Zen Tips for Becoming a Better Blogger. (elephantjournal.com)
- Blogception (A blog about blogging) (afordjones2013.wordpress.com)
- Starting Your Own Blog. (ejims05.wordpress.com)