You Never Know …

… where your next great blog post will come from.

Yesterday, Sue Waters, the Edublogger, wrote a wonderful post for the “new to Twitter” teacher.  The post was called “Hashtags, Twitter Chats and TweetDeck for Education“.  Pass it along to those who could use it.

Now, I’ve never met Sue face to face but certainly have communicated via Twitter on many occasions.  Yesterday was another time – both publically, and privately.


This was part of the public conversation.

In private, we chatted about a bunch of things and I commented that this post of hers would get a lot of traction with the Twitter community who are trying to bring colleagues along for the ride.

In part of our discussion, she mentioned that she didn’t know – that no blogger ever knows which post will be popular with readers.  

That’s really an interesting observation.

I thought about my own blog posts.  I’ll be honest – not all posts are created equally.  Some come as the result of hours of learning fraught with trial and error.  In that case, the post might be a procedural one and take forever to write, it seems.  The last thing that you want to do is omit something important.

The other type of post comes very easily.  Something sticks in my craw and I just sit at the keyboard and fire from the hip.  It can take minutes to write and click to publish the post.  Sometimes, I even feel a bit guilty about it.

I took a look through the statistics here and there’s one post that’s far and away the most popular.  It required zero research.  I needed no screen captures or step by step procedures.  It was just something that I needed to write for supportive reasons.  The post?  The Folly of Legislated Extra-Curriculars.  I just felt like I needed to say something about the topic.

It’s the type of post that might generate negative responses.  “Yah, and it snowed more back then too…”  And yet, somehow, it resonated with a bunch of people who decided to read it.  When I wrote the post, I had no idea that it might be popular.

So, I think that Sue was absolutely right.  You never know!

Except for one case … the poorly read post will be the one that you don’t write.  You’ve got to at least give it a chance. 

While Sue’s original article is a great bit of advice for those new to Twitter, I think that’s the best advice you can give to potential bloggers … you’ve got to start, you’ve got to write.  You never know how it’s going to be received.

Published by dougpete

The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.

4 thoughts on “You Never Know …

  1. Yup you are right dude. I was never know about this kind of information. Thank you for make me aware for this latest world of education.


  2. Needed this one today – I can’t get the message out there if I don’t write it! (starting a schedule is on to-do list). Thanks!


  3. Great advice! “The poorly read post will be the one that you don’t write.” I would also add that focus on blogging for your own needs. The bloggers I like to read the most are people like yourself. It is very clear that while you appreciate that people read your posts you would write blog regardless. This frees you from the constraints of worrying about audience; which is why I believe you have a distinctive blogger’s voice.

    Does this lead into a post on voice? 🙂

    Its (it’s) fixed 🙂



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