How to blog 101…
I’ve gotten a couple of questions lately through our Twitter Chats from teachers who want to blog but don’t know where to start or what to blog about…so here are my thoughts. 🙂
How to start blogging:
1) Pick your platform–I prefer wordpress.com, but there are some bloggers who like blogspot better. Both are free and easy to use. I’ve taught myself everything on my blog, so its not difficult!
2) Design your layout on your blog. You can have someone do this for you, find one online, or you can do what I did and create it myself.
3) Put some posts out there! Spend your first few posts introducing yourself, showing pictures of your classroom, and sharing some ideas.
To have something to write about, I always have my iPhone or camera with me at school. I take pictures of lots of the things we do throughout the day and then I think about which ones lots of other teachers might not have heard about. New teachers are always surfing blogs to find out how to do things in their new classrooms. Everything old is new again! 🙂
One of my biggest secrets is that I don’t necessarily blog everyday. If there is a holiday or a current event that warrants it, I will sit down at night and write a post, but I tend to write all my posts during football games on Sundays and schedule them to post through the week. This post, I wrote on Saturday afternoon and you’re reading it on Thursday. 🙂
I will schedule out the posts that don’t matter on timing, new math/language arts ideas, science topics, etc. I then can spend my evenings relaxing with my family or thinking out new blog posts. I’m always thinking about what I want to take pictures of to share with you.
Its hard sometimes to find something to blog about, but you can always do a post from the past or you can use a calendar to sketch out what you want to blog about. That helped me when I first got started…I just wrote in ideas from my lesson plan book that I wanted to share and remembered to take pictures.
Also, think about what you want to read about and blog about that! Many times, there are ideas that my other blogging friends share on their blogs that I end up trying (that’s what teaching is all about right?? Sharing ideas!!). Its a great idea to share those as blog posts, but just be sure to credit the blogger or place where you got the idea from. 🙂
Also…getting people to follow you can be tough. 🙂 Make sure you are commenting on other bloggers posts when you can, pin to Pinterest pictures from your posts, get a Facebook Fan Page, and Google + page. Getting your name out there will help! The readers may not come at first, but get in on a link up party or a blog hop and that will send some traffic your way!
I hope these ideas help you to get started! Ask if you have anymore questions. 🙂