Encouraging parents or other teachers to read your blog(s) can be hard work! Not surprising when you consider reading blogs and writing comments is a totally foreign concept to most of them.
What’s needed is to look at the problem from another angle. Instead of focusing on how Internet savvy people read a blog think about tools these types of people are more likely to use.
Feedburner Email Subscription
First choice has to be email.
A Feedburner email subscription to your blog sidebar means each time you write a new post almost the entire contents of your post are automatically sent to their email account. Both time saving while providing means of reading your posts that they feel more comfortable with.
You can always get them to subscribe by email when they visit on parent-teacher night!
- Set up and add Feedburner RSS to your blog sidebar
- Set up and add email subscription using Feedburner
- Redirects your feed through Feedburner to get accurate subscriber statistics
It’s important to realise that all images and embed such as video are removed in the Feedburner email; so make sure you tell them if you’ve embedded something you want them to check out.
Sure this will cause considerable debate as there are as many reasons for using Facebook as against. Ultimately it will depend on your situation, who are your intended audience, how you/they use Facebook and how comfortable you/they feel about engaging using Facebook.
One way to add feed from one blog into Facebook is by clicking on Notes and adding your blog feed URL. This displays your latest posts in your updates.
Please feel free to leave your comments to debate the for/against using Facebook as a means of making it easier for people to read your posts. Also would love to hear other tips you have for encouraging parents and other teachers to read blogs?
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