Why blog in 2018?

I had a library blog a few years ago. I would post projects, ideas, photos, videos, and more. When I started focusing on Twitter, I lost my desire to post articles. I mean, who wants to read a blog post with lots of words when reading a tweet takes seconds?

Well, I do.

I love reading this Knowledge Quest blog for ideas and importantly, I love searching the blog when needing an idea.

Recently, a teacher and I were discussing independent reading and assessment. We needed ideas – we needed inspiration. I went to Catlin Tucker’s blog and conducted a search on her site.  I found a blog post with great information and lots of details to implement. The teacher and I were not only inspired, but willing to try out some of her ideas.

Why? or Why Not?

The blog can become a place for professional reflection and demonstration. Consider one of the following ideas.

  • A digital portfolio of your work and ideas.
  • Provide the “rest of the story” from your tweets.
  • Enter a dialogue or conversation with others.
  • Inspire other professionals.

What Would I Blog?

Ideas: Thinking of redesigning your space? Write a post about your ideas. Post photos. Ask for feedback.

Reflection: Reflect on a lesson or activity that did or did not work. Post handouts, website links, and photos.

Books: Post the books you are reading. Give reviews.

Tech Tips: Learn something new and share. Write why it is helpful.

The First Post

The first post is the most difficult. How do you start? What do you write? Don’t worry – it does feel strange.

Here are some suggestions

  • Write about your library journey and why you started the blog.
  • Jump right in with posting ideas
  • Create a questionnaire for yourself to answer so others can learn about you

Blogging Resources

There are many blogging tools available. Here are just a few

Edublogs

Blogger

WordPress

Libguides

When you feel that no one is reading your blog, remember that writing a blog is so much more about you and your reflection. I still look back on my first blog and remember lessons and ideas because I took time to reflect and post.

So if you are thinking of starting up a blog like me, let us know below. If you have a blog, post the URL below and give advice to new bloggers.

Author: Becca Munson

Becca Munson, Librarian, is a National Board Certified Teacher with over 23 years of experience in education. She is currently a school librarian at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, KS. Becca continues to find ways to positively impact student learning with literacy initiatives, technology integration, and building rapport with students and staff. Follow her on Twitter to view the library in action @bvwlibrary and @beccamunson .



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2 replies

  1. Hi, Becca!
    Here is a post about blogging to make global connections: https://www.theedublogger.com/
    Great ideas here for educators and learners!

    I recently started a blog with my friend who is a curriculum director. We share compelling picture books and lesson ideas that support the AASL Standards. https://librarylessonswithbooks.com/

  2. Thank you for this. I have tried and tried to get a school library blog going for a few years and I just seem to run out of inspiration. I don’t want a school library blog based only on student projects. I do want to write about interesting topics, topics of contention or discussion, facts and new resources. I guess my dilemma is creating a schedule of what when where and why. Do you know of a site or sites that offer daily topics that I might use to get my thinking and inspiration fired up?

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