A week ago we launched our 28 day challenge to help educators gain momentum with blogging in 2019. We’ve had a great response from enthusiastic educators who want to reap the rewards of blogging!
Read all about the Get Blogging in 2019 Challenge here. It’s not too late to start. You can join in at any time.
Some participants have been blogging for over a decade and want to get into more of a routine with their posting. Others are new to blogging and want to explore the many benefits that educational blogging can offer.
As Joy Kirr said,
If we expect our students to write, shouldn’t WE be writing?
Our January calendar shares bite-sized steps you can take to build momentum and put positive habits in place that you can continue with throughout 2019.
You can also join in the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #blogging28
Week One Tasks
During the first week of the challenge, participants were asked to complete the following tasks:
- Publish one blog post (some participants decided to publish more!)
- Need ideas for blog posts? This list of 50 topics for educators should help.
- Update your About page
- Don’t underestimate the power of your About page! It’s the first thing many visitors will look at to find out who you are and what your blog is all about. Find more tips here.
- Comment on two other blogs
- You’ll get more out of blogging if you connect with other educators along the way. Exploring the give and take nature of blogging can lead to both personal and professional growth. Check out our list of participants who are taking part in the challenge to find blogs you can visit.
- Review/update your theme or header
- Start a list of blog post ideas
- This practice will set you up for the future but it doesn’t have to be fancy. Many bloggers like using a Google Doc, Notes in their phone, or old fashioned pen and paper!
Week One Highlights
There were so many great posts published in the last week! Here are a just a handful…
She also shared a modified version of the calendar to fit her own schedule and goals.
Likewise, Joy Kirr has also adapted the calendar to meet her own needs. Here is the link to Joy’s Google Doc below (go to file > make a copy to replicate).
Joy’s Blog is called My Own Genius Hour.
In her 13th year of blogging, Gail Desler wrote an excellent post about why she blogs and her plans for 2019,
But blogging still serves an increasingly essential role in my learning journey. BlogWalker is where I document and reflect on my learning. It’s my digital file cabinet.
Britt Watwood is a retired faculty developer who has a strong background in digitally enhancing teaching in higher education. His first post for the challenge reflects on what he’s been up to and his 2019 plans,
I am planning ahead to next week where I will look at the past few months of intensive teaching and a conference presentation, continuing to reflect on 2018 and looking ahead to 2019.
Denise Krebs is a Californian teacher working in Bahrain who got started with blogging through a similar challenge in 2010. She reflected on her new year goals,
I do want to sow more seeds of kindness, love, learning, and creation in 2019, so blogging can be a place to share about what is going on in my life.
Theresa Christensen is a high school English teacher who has been blogging for a decade. She wrote a wonderful piece about her blogging past and future,
Writing heals, soothes and strengthens. Writing spurs clearer understandings of ourselves and those around us – especially when we use writing to reflect. Blogging in particular offers an accessible, digital opportunity to share some of those reflections with authentic audiences we might not otherwise reach. And whether that audience consists of one, 10, 200 or 1,000s, the act of writing in itself is a growth opportunity.
Our List Of Participants
We have had many people share their intention to get involved in the challenge via a comment on the original blog post or Twitter.
We have begun compiling the list of participants into a spreadsheet which is embedded below.
- Click here to open the spreadsheet in a new tab
- Click here to add your details to the spreadsheet via a Google Form
We encourage you to visit some of the blogs and leave a comment.
Try striking up a conversation! You never know where your connection could lead you.
Share Your Post In A Comment
We’ve only shared a small selection of posts published this week and will highlight more work from participants on The Edublogger next week.
We’d love you to leave the URL of one of your most recent posts in a comment below so we can all take a look.
Also, remember to join in the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #blogging28. Feel free to tag @edublogs as well so we read your work and share it with others!