Is it time?


I’m seeing people asking for recommendations for books and movies to help kill the time while confined to home.

Let me jump in here and offer a construction alternative.

Maybe it’s time for you to start your own blog. There is no cost to get started at a couple of the popular sites – WordPress and Blogger.

There’s increased interest in creating and publishing learning resources online; why not experiment with your own blog? You could use it as a way to keep in touch with students and parents online in the future. You know, doing things like curating a section of online links, activities, due dates, etc. for your class.

Photo by Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash

That’s not the only reason to start a blog, of course.

You could:

  • blog about hobbies
  • blog about your photography
  • blog about innovative things in your classroom
  • blog about social issues
  • blog about family, community
  • blog just about anything you want
  • or, blog about all of the above. Nothing says you have to just have a single focus

and remember that, if you’re an Ontario Educators, let me know so that I can add you my collection of Ontario Edubloggers.

For many people, blogging is addictive. Once you start, you’ll continue to blog and before long, you’ve amassed a great curation of things that are important to you.

A wise man (at least in his own mind) once wrote:

Sadly, the answer doesn’t always generate a new resource for my learning. Often, I’ll get answers like:

  • What’s a blog?
  • I don’t have time to blog
  • It’s all been said. I have nothing to contribute
  • Blogging is just one big echo chamber
  • My principal or superintendent reads blogs and I don’t want to get into trouble for having an opinion
  • I don’t want to be wrong and have someone else criticise me
  • I don’t want to create a bad blog

And shared this and more in an article for Jisc –

There’s no such thing as a bad blog.

So, if you’re not blogging, what’s stopping you from getting started?

OTR Links 03/24/2020


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