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 challenge to get you off to a great start in January.
Our 28 Day Challenge for educators will turn you into a person who blogs regularly and reaps the rewards.
January is the ideal time to start positive habits but you might be struggling with how to begin. That’s why we put together a realistic, bite-sized blogging plan made up of actionable activities you can complete over four weeks.
About The Challenge
- The 28 Day Challenge is designed with educators in mind but can certainly be adapted to student bloggers as well.
- If you don’t have a blog set up yet, this guide will help or try our free self-paced course for educators.
- If you can’t start on January 3rd, just begin whenever you can and alter the dates.
- Feel free to swap or rearrange the tasks but remember, the key is momentum. Do something blog related most days to make it a habit and make it work for you!
- The challenge involves publishing a weekly post which many bloggers identify as an achievable way to get into the rhythm of regular blogging. Publish more often if you feel inspired!
- Commenting on other blogs is part of the challenge as you’ll get more out of blogging if you build your PLN along the way. There is so much to be learned from visiting other blogs and connecting with fellow educators. Not sure where to find other blogs? This list is a good starting point, also try Twitter, and our email newsletters. You might consider setting up a list of your favorite blogs using a tool like Feedly.
- What’s the time commitment? It’s up to you. While some tasks like publishing a post may take a longer amount of time, other tasks like commenting can be completed in a matter of minutes.
- Need help with any of the tasks? Search the Edublogs User Guide, or send our support team an email.
- When you finish the 28 days, be sure to keep those good habits in place for the rest of 2019!
More Ideas For Challenge Participants
As you get on a roll, you may be looking for more ideas to become an even better blogger.
We’ve put together 15 ideas to help. You might choose to dive into these as you work through the calendar above, or these ideas could provide some further inspiration once the 28 days are over.
Revise Your Reasons For Blogging
As you undertake the challenge, asking yourself why you blog will help you to prioritize your commitment to blogging.
Maybe you blog to:
- document your learning (either generally or in a specific field)
- connect with others and build your PLN
- explore new ideas (the act of writing can be a great way to figure out ‘what you think’)
- share the resources you enjoy creating with others
- create an online space to help you build your profile and further your career
Consider your own reasons and either jot them down, share them with a friend, or write a blog post about them. Your reasons for blogging can also be a great addition to your blog’s About page.
What Are Your Obstacles?
What barriers to blogging have you faced in the past? You might like to consider how you can overcome these obstacles as you work through the challenge.
Here are some ideas:
- Is time an issue for you? This post offers some suggestions on how to face this obstacle.
- Not sure what to write about? Check out our latest list of 50 blog post ideas for educators. There is also one for students.
- Need help building a PLN and audience for your blog? Check out our free self-paced course on building your professional learning network.
- Unsure about publishing publicly online? This guide weighs up the pros and cons, and explains the options available with your privacy settings.
- Want to look at some example of educator blogs? Here’s a list that includes a variety of examples.
- Want to look at examples of different types of class blogs? This list is updated twice a year.
Need help with other obstacles? Feel free to leave a comment on this post. Or, you can always email our support team 24/7.
Will You Take The Challenge? Let Us Know!
Will you be undertaking the challenge? Here are four things you can do…
1) Add your details to our form
We’ve created a form that participants can fill out so we can have a list of people taking part in the challenge. Click here to open the form in a new tab or use the embedded form at the end of this post.
2) Comment on this post
Also, go ahead and make yourself accountable by commenting on this post. Don’t forget to share your blog URL so we can all take a look. Perhaps you’d like to reply to another participants’ comment as well!
3) Are you on Twitter?
We love to read and share blog posts from members of our community on Twitter.
- Share what you’re up to with the challenge using the hashtag #blogging28
- Remember to tag us (@edublogs) when you write new posts throughout the challenge and throughout the year.
- New to Twitter? We’ve written an ultimate guide that will help you get started if you’re interested.
4) Visit other blogs
Here is the link to the list of participants who are taking part in the January challenge. 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.