Creating a blog as an online journal:
I have had a blog since around 2003. The site was mostly used as a static online resume for years. In May 2014 I began to blog in earnest. The purpose for blogging was not to create a “following” but instead to create a record of significant projects and happenings in my library. A goal to blog about once a month was set. I have found in the past year, however, that I post a little more than once a week, 55 posts in 2015 to be exact. That is in addition to the seven posts for the KQ blog. If someone had told me that I would write so much in one year, I would not have believed them.
Too busy to blog?
So you may ask, how do you find the time to write? The answer is “right away.” I try to record things immediately. Otherwise, procrastination, doubt, and second guessing come up, and I fail to record the project or happening. I have found that the lack of record, brings me more regret than the occasional missed comma or unfortunate auto-correct. The records are the wonderful reward of blogging on a regular basis. I can look back on significant collaborative projects and share them with faculty and students depending on the topic.
- Grandparents Day display “What did Grandma and Grandpa Read?”
- New endeavors – Reader’s Theater
- Read Aloud with 6th graders – “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen and learning to build a fire with Outdoor programming teacher.
- Read Aloud, Character Suitcase Project and the Author visits – “Paperboy” by Vince Vawter
How do I start my own blog?
I want more than just a record!
Author: Hannah Byrd Little
Hello, I am the Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle. I use my past experience in college and university libraries to help my current students in school libraries transition into college, career, and life. I am currently the lead Senior Class Adviser for the Capstone Project. I also served at the state level with the Tennessee Association of School Librarians executive board from 2009-2013 and was the TASL president in 2012. I am certified as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, have a BS in Communications with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations, a BS in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Education and Information Systems and a Masters in Library and Information Science.
Categories: Blog Topics, Community/Teacher Collaboration, Professional Development
Awesome post! I love seeing the importance of blogging being brought up here. For me, blogging has been a fantastic way to keep a record of the projects and programs I’m doing and to share what I’ve learned with others. I think we could all benefit from creating an open record of what we’re doing – sharing for the win! :)
I will add http://renovatedlearning.com/
To my follow list!
Thanks for the great post. I completely agree. I just recently started a blog, for many of the same reasons you mention. It also helps me remember cool resources, or forces me to take a more through look at apps, websites, databases, etc. This really helps me to promote them to teachers and students as I have a better understanding of how it looks. My blog: theinspiredlibrarian.com
Librarian Little is such a perfect name,