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