After a year of blogging on “Language Sensei” I thought it might be nice to reflect on what this process has been like. I know that those who blog strongly encourage those who don’t to give it a try but I don’t know if you really see how beneficial it is until you actually commit to it. So if you are considering blogging here’s some answers to those question you might be asking yourself before you start blogging.
Really? Don’t you? I started to blog not to have others read but really to initially talk to an audience of one – myself. Sitting down and talking about something – addressing a topic has helped me to actually see what I think and feel about a topic or an issue. A blog is your way to explore what your role in education and how you view your area. The best blogs I’ve read are not ‘experts speechifying’ but those that you can tell began with a self-dialogue. If others want to read it – fantastic – but ultimately a blog is for you….
The beauty of blog posts is that the best ones are short and pithy. They address one issue and are on things that you do, wonder about or have had to overcome in your classroom. Ideas come different times and I am getting better at either firing off an idea via Evernote – or entering a potential title directly into Edublogs. So think about the ‘how’ or ‘why’ or ‘what’ of what goes on in your classroom…there are lots of topics there.
Time is a problem for us all. But remember – you aren’t writing a term paper or planning a speech. Your short comments/instructions should not take that long to get down. If you find yourself spending too much time on it then is it really a blog topic? – or is it more than one that could it be spread out over several posts? The beauty of many blogging services is that you can schedule publication for a later date. So if you have things to say that come all at once – then write early and publish later!
For those who are considering a blog but still questioning the process I encourage you to go for it…your personal teaching practice will benefit from the challenge!