Tips for Bloggers to Remember

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.


Response to Spammers

Daily, I take a peek at what Akismet has caught for spam.  There’s the occasional legitimate comment that gets trapped there and I’d hate to let it go by and so I’ll unflag it.  However, you do have to read or at least skim the content to make that determination.  And, of course, there’s the real, legitimate spam.  Sometimes, the content just is too precious to not ignore completely.

You’ve gotten good stuff on this site.

Thanks.  I gots lot of time invested in this.

You have one of the greatest web-sites.

Well, I like to think it’s good – “great” to be determined. But thanks for noticing.

You could certainly see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

OK, this brought a tear to my eye.  I’m still not falling for your link baiting though.

Cannot believe the naive comments. You go and visit these places and you will see exactly what having this sort of communication means to the community. Alerts for all sorts of disasters

Now, don’t go insulting the readers of this blog.  They’re anything but naive.

Hello there! I know this is somewhat off topic
but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site?
I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve
had issues with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

You’d think that this question would be redundant since the URL is  I guess things aren’t immediately obvious!

Basically had to say I’m just lucky I happened in your website.

Maybe you should buy a lottery ticket today.  Hopefully, your luck continues.

Don’t blindly!We must believe ourself.

I have no idea how to respond to this.

I have been browsing online greater than 3 hours these
days, but I never discovered any fascinating article like yours.
It’s pretty worth sufficient for me. Personally, if all
webmasters and bloggers made just right content material as you did,
the net might be much more useful than ever before.

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Spammers Don’t Take a Break for the Holidays

Boxing Day here this year is a blowy, snowy mess.  Of course, it doesn’t stop the dog from complaining that he needs to go for a walk but other than that, it’s a day to sit back by the fire and just do a lot of nothing.

To pass some time, I thought that I would take a look at the statistics from this blog.  I’m always amazed, and so appreciative, to see that there are people that actually take the time to drop by.  What never fails to get me is that their IP addresses point to locations all over the world.  Now, the good people don’t spoof their addresses or try to mislead statistics programs.  Not all visitors are necessarily here for the good and I’ve noted many times that I’m so appreciative of Akismet doing its thing to keep the nonsense from public view.

As I start to mess around with the analytics, I was drawn to the number of views by country.  This was a screen capture made in the afternoon.

Wow!  Four visitors from the Russian Federation.  That’s a click that’s a long way from home.  Too bad they didn’t leave a comment.  Or, maybe they did.

Sigh.  Yes, they did.

My Russian is a little rusty but, thankfully Google Translate helps out.  Glad that it was flagged for me.

But there was something else.  As you move over the countries in the list above, the WordPress site flips right to the country.  How cool is that?

I played around a little more and found a consolidation page showing views over a larger period of time.  Moving a cursor over the titles is like a trip down Geography lane.  I couldn’t help but think that this could find a home in the Social Studies classroom.

Spammers – I know that you and/or your robots don’t take a break for the holidays but that’s for the inspiration for a little Geography review.  Some of the countries were easily remembered but a bunch of them were either new to me or an opportunity to refresh my memory and that’s not bad at all.

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 19,196
Canada FlagCanada 15,261
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 3,061
Australia FlagAustralia 2,267
India FlagIndia 1,400
Philippines FlagPhilippines 1,167
Germany FlagGermany 573
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 479
Spain FlagSpain 456
France FlagFrance 434
Brazil FlagBrazil 337
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 294
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 287
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 262
Azerbaijan FlagAzerbaijan 253
Italy FlagItaly 236
Mexico FlagMexico 219
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 218
Thailand FlagThailand 208
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 194
Turkey FlagTurkey 191
Singapore FlagSingapore 185
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 181
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 178
Pakistan FlagPakistan 167
Japan FlagJapan 154
Greece FlagGreece 144
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 142
Poland FlagPoland 142
Ireland FlagIreland 139
Sweden FlagSweden 138
Portugal FlagPortugal 136
Belgium FlagBelgium 129
Argentina FlagArgentina 118
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 112
Israel FlagIsrael 111
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 110
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam 103
Romania FlagRomania 101
Colombia FlagColombia 101
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 100
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 97
Denmark FlagDenmark 95
Norway FlagNorway 90
Ukraine FlagUkraine 90
Finland FlagFinland 82
Hungary FlagHungary 68
Serbia FlagSerbia 65
Egypt FlagEgypt 62
Latvia FlagLatvia 60
Austria FlagAustria 56
Chile FlagChile 55
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 48
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh 47
Peru FlagPeru 46
Slovakia FlagSlovakia 36
Venezuela FlagVenezuela 35
Cambodia FlagCambodia 32
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 32
Nigeria FlagNigeria 32
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 28
Qatar FlagQatar 28
Croatia FlagCroatia 28
Iceland FlagIceland 27
Morocco FlagMorocco 27
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 26
Ecuador FlagEcuador 26
Kenya FlagKenya 24
Bahrain FlagBahrain 22
Estonia FlagEstonia 22
Trinidad and Tobago FlagTrinidad and Tobago 22
Kuwait FlagKuwait 21
Jordan FlagJordan 21
Belarus FlagBelarus 20
Jamaica FlagJamaica 19
Oman FlagOman 18
Tunisia FlagTunisia 17
Malta FlagMalta 16
Algeria FlagAlgeria 16
Lebanon FlagLebanon 16
Lithuania FlagLithuania 15
Iraq FlagIraq 14
Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of FlagMacedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 14
Guatemala FlagGuatemala 14
Luxembourg FlagLuxembourg 14
Tanzania, United Republic of FlagUnited Republic of Tanzania 13
Ghana FlagGhana 13
Georgia FlagGeorgia 13
Bahamas FlagBahamas 12
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica 11
Cyprus FlagCyprus 10
Paraguay FlagParaguay 10
Bosnia and Herzegovina FlagBosnia and Herzegovina 10
Brunei Darussalam FlagBrunei Darussalam 10
Armenia FlagArmenia 10
Albania FlagAlbania 9
Palestinian Territory, Occupied FlagPalestinian Territory, Occupied 9
Mongolia FlagMongolia 8
Moldova, Republic of FlagMoldova 8
Yemen FlagYemen 8
Nepal FlagNepal 8
Bermuda FlagBermuda 7
Panama FlagPanama 7
Syrian Arab Republic FlagSyrian Arab Republic 7
Uruguay FlagUruguay 7
El Salvador FlagEl Salvador 7
Mauritius FlagMauritius 7
Bolivia FlagBolivia 6
Maldives FlagMaldives 6
Myanmar FlagMyanmar 6
Guam FlagGuam 6
Macao FlagMacao 6
Dominican Republic FlagDominican Republic 6
Uganda FlagUganda 5
China FlagChina 5
Belize FlagBelize 4
Virgin Islands, British FlagBritish Virgin Islands 4
Kazakhstan FlagKazakhstan 4
Honduras FlagHonduras 4
Montenegro FlagMontenegro 4
Saint Lucia FlagSaint Lucia 3
Zimbabwe FlagZimbabwe 2
Ethiopia FlagEthiopia 2
Suriname FlagSuriname 2
Martinique FlagMartinique 2
Senegal FlagSenegal 2
Namibia FlagNamibia 2
Lao People's Democratic Republic FlagLao People’s Democratic Republic 2
Virgin Islands, U.S. FlagVirgin Islands 2
Madagascar FlagMadagascar 2
Burkina Faso FlagBurkina Faso 2
Jersey FlagJersey 2
French Guiana FlagFrench Guiana 2
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines FlagSaint Vincent and the Grenadines 2
Barbados FlagBarbados 1
Greenland FlagGreenland 1
Mozambique FlagMozambique 1
Zambia FlagZambia 1
Fiji FlagFiji 1
Cayman Islands FlagCayman Islands 1
Gabon FlagGabon 1
Seychelles FlagSeychelles 1
Rwanda FlagRwanda 1
Andorra FlagAndorra 1
Timor-Leste FlagTimor-Leste 1
Monaco FlagMonaco 1
Guyana FlagGuyana 1
Sudan FlagSudan 1