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02 September 2012

Seeing yourself as a blogger

This post is for our staff, who continue to develop their blogs, and for the Middle School students, who will soon find themselves blogging.

As I read  Eight Ways To Build An Audience For Your Blog on Larry Ferlazzo's blog this morning, I thought of our teachers at ISOCS, who work hard at developing the content and writing style of their blog, and also of our Middle School students, who are about to embark on blogging.  In Summary, he suggests that bloggers

* Write for yourself, not for others.
* Use other social media to develop an audience for your blog, but don’t primarily make it about you.
* Always give credit where credit is due, and help others look good.
* Asking for reader feedback is good, but make the request “genuine.”
* Write about practical classroom issues.
* Leave thoughtful comments on other blogs and then expand those comments into your own blog posts.
* Write often.

Click through to his blog to read the whole post, and investigate the links included there.

The next post in my RSS reader was "The question should be: Why are you 'not' blogging" from Alan Levine.  In his rambling, stream of conscious sort of post, he muses about the reasons people often give for not blogging, and deals with each one, describing why he blogs, and how he goes about composing his blogs.

"...So for me, blogging is not about writing for other people (though with syndication and truly open networks, it is a benign and beneficial side product), it’s really for me. Not to be found or anything, but for me to be working out ideas in a visible space– it just makes sense to me. Why would we not be all doing this?"

I recommend this post to you, too.  As he says, even cats can blog.

photo by  Tabbymom Jen
The third item in the morning's reading that pushed me to write this post was finding this video in a blog post by Tasha Cowdy, a teacher at Yokohama International School.  By including it here, I'm not insinuating that our staff and Middle Schools students are beginning writers!  But I do think that Tasha's post and video can be viewed as a metaphor for developing bloggers.  In her post, "What writers do",  Tasha writes, 

"Over the last two weeks we have been thinking about some of the processes involved in writing. We talked about how many writers tell a story using illustrations....We wondered where writers got their ideas ...At the moment the children are focusing on writing about things from their own lives -things that really happened to them, or things they are thinking about, because it is often easier to write about things one has experienced first hand...."

I'll alter her words a little to say that "All the children bloggers are at different developmental stages. Our writing sessions are open-ended so that all children bloggers can engage at a level that is developmentally appropriate for them. "