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We’re about halfway through our 28 day challenge to help educators gain momentum with blogging in 2019!

Read all about the Get Blogging in 2019 Challenge here. It’s not too late to start. You can join in at any time.

Our January calendar shares bite-sized steps you can take to build momentum and put positive habits in place that you can continue throughout 2019.

Have you dabbled with blogging in the past but struggled to maintain momentum? You're not alone! We're here to help with a new 28 day challenge to get you off to a great start in January.

You can also join in the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #blogging28 and subscribe to our Twitter list of participants. 

Week Two Tasks

During the second week of the challenge, participants were invited to complete the following tasks:

  • Publish one blog post (some participants decided to publish more!)
  • Update an old post or page
    • There’s a useful post on the Problogger website that might give you some insights into how to republish old blog posts. If you haven’t been blogging long enough to update an old post or page, you might just want to work on a new post or page.
  • 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.
  • Set up Google Analytics (or review your data if you already have this set up)
    • Google Analytics is used to provide detailed statistics such as who’s coming to your blog, how they’re getting there, and how they’re interacting with your site. If you’re using Edublogs Pro or CampusPress, these instructions will help get you set up.
  • Offer to help someone start a blog
    • Now you’re starting to gain some momentum with your blog, why not bring a colleague or member of your PLN along for the ride? Even if you’re new to blogging yourself, you probably have skills and insights that you can offer others so they too can reap the rewards of blogging!

Week Two Highlights

This week we saw some new participants join us. Some are experienced bloggers who want to get into more of a routine in 2019. Others are new to blogging and are using the challenge to kickstart their learning.

Here are just a few of the great post published in the last week.

Kirsty Hollow

Kirsty Hollow is an Australian primary school teacher who has dabbled with blogging but is looking to blog consistently this year to build her PLN. She’s also getting started with Twitter and would love you to share any insights,

Do you share or spend more time reading? If you are a teacher, what do you choose to share? Any advice is welcome!

Sheri Edwards

Sheri Edwards is an experienced blogger and retired middle school teacher who writes regularly. She reflected on the challenge in this comment,

I’m renewing with old friends and finding new ones. I love that blogging allows us to learn together — a reciprocal relationship as we each share what we know and how we adapt what we learn from others. Sometimes the learning is incidental to the actual point of a post, because that is how learning works.

Check out Sheri’s fabulous post about the struggle to learn here.

Karen Richardson

Sheri’s post above was inspired by fellow participant, Karen Richardson. Karen is an edtech teacher who posted about learning to crochet from her grandmother nearly 50 years ago,

Hobbies like mine can spark that “lifelong learning” we talk about as educators. And, I know the school day is packed with stuff, but I think it is important to find time for these kinds of activities within the hours of school rather than as after school programs so we can reach as many kids as possible.

Tiziana Angiolini

Tiziana Angiolini is an Italian teacher of English and German. She reflected on her inspiration for posts and wrote about reaching out to Holocaust survivor,

I love writing and from time to time I love reflecting on what is happening around me or what I have learnt. An event, a book or also writing about my teaching experience are the main topics of my posts. Sometimes I read about events online and then I create some materials for my students.

Japanese decluttering ‘expert’ Marie Kondo has sparked inspiration for posts from both Matthew Wieman and Sia Paganis.

Matthew Weimann

Matthew is a third grade teacher who has approached this challenge with gusto! He wrote a blog post about evaluating after disagreeing with a tweet suggesting you give away books that don’t bring you joy,

I didn’t like the tweet. But, in the end, it was one of the most powerful, because it caused me to think the deepest. And, finally, I find myself doing the only metacognitive act higher and classier than evaluation: creation.

Sia Paganis

Sia is a teacher-librarian who has blogged before but is getting back into the habit in 2019. She reflected on ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up The Library’ and has some great experiences to share with others,

My assistants in the library are actually my secret life-changing magic. They maintain order, bring stability and can always spot where I left my coffee cup. Without them, lots of tidying up in the library would not happen.

Our List Of Participants

Have you added your details to our list of challenge participants?

  • 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. You could make some new connections that provide you with inspiration and support during 2019!

How To Use The Twitter List

We’ve added the participants from our spreadsheet to a Twitter list. Lists are a great way to keep track of groups of people on Twitter.

Here’s how to use the Twitter list using the web version of Twitter.

1) Go to https://twitter.com/edublogs/lists/blogging28

2) On the left, you’ll see the option to subscribe to the list

Press the subscribe button

3) Click on the word ‘members‘ above the subscribe button. Here you can make sure you’re following all the participants.

Click to follow all the members of the Twitter list

4) To check out the list at any time, click on ‘lists‘ on your profile page.

Lists is located on your Twitter profile

5) Find the #blogging28 list amongst your other lists (if you have others).

Find the #blogging28 list

6) You’ll then see the feed from all members of the list so you can interact with their tweets.

See the feed from list members

Share Your Post In A Comment

We’ll highlight more work from challenge 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. You can use the hashtag #blogging28 and tag @edublogs so we can read your work and share it with others!

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    • Hi Tiziana,
      That’s some really helpful advice about Safer Internet Day and online safety. I’ll be sure to share it on Twitter!

      • Kathleen Morris
  1. Hello, I’m having fun with this bite-sized, doable challenge. It really is kickstarting my blogging, as well as helping me to connect with new friends and reconnect with longtime friends and fellow bloggers.

    I talked to a friend about blogging this week, and we enjoyed lunch at a new restaurant. I wrote my latest post about it. http://mrsdkrebs.edublogs.org/2019/01/17/a-new-blogger/

    • Hi Denise,
      Thanks for starting off the year as such a role model in the blogging community! Your post about discussing blogging with a friend was terrific. I’ll include it in next week’s round up post!

      • Kathleen Morris
  2. Hi Kathleen,
    I am working online and I have seen so many interesting blogs. It is only a pity that I need to work at school as I would spend hours on the blogs.
    Here is a post about a video which I saw yesterday: it provides interesting ideas for discussing education…………..here in the most developed countries . Sometimes teachers are heroes …..
    https://educationalandissue.blogspot.com/2019/01/blogging-28-teaching-in-difficult.html

    • Tiziana Angiolini
    • Haha, it is a shame you have to get back to your school work, Tiziana! Thanks for sharing that great video. It’s probably a good reminder for all teachers that there are always worse circumstances than our own.

      Kathleen

      • Kathleen Morris