As I wrote in another post, I have been blogging for more than ten years now for different purposes. I have blogged as a research diary, to narrate personal experiences, as a travel blog, to give light to my reflections on teaching, to write book reviews, for professional development, but the uppermost use I have given to blogs has been to enhance my students’ experience of learning. Thus, blogging has provided me lots of learnings and challenges.
Learnings in the personal sphere:
I have learnt:
- to reflect on issues and act on them
- to endure the tough times
- to communicate my thinking in a different type of means
- to be more critical and skeptical
- to empower myself telling my stories to others
Learnings in the professional arena:
I have learnt:
- to build up on ideas for research
- to keep on writing for discipline
- to make questions
- to connect with other people’s research
- to be able to use blogs and other tools efficiently for research and teaching
Learnings in the teaching arena:
- enhance students’ level of motivation and engagement
- increase time on task
- increase quality on task
- provide more meaningful tasks
- contribute to create a community
- contribute to the development of life skills
- offer rich and authentic content;
- can contribute to develop different language skills
In short, I can say that I consider myself a successful blogger because I have learnt a significant number of things as a result of blogging. Shall I continue blogging for professional and personal purposes? You bet, I will. This is why I dare to give tips to improve the blogging experience.
Some tips for better blogging:
- Write for yourself. Focus on your own ideas and reflections.
- If you start blogging as an assignment, explore the blog’s possibilities beyond the task. The fun comes when you do that.
- Use tags to organise your posts. You never know when a post you wrote a long time ago can be useful.http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/tags/
- Acknowledge the sources of images/photos from the web. It is not nice to find your own photo on somebody else’s blog.http://search.creativecommons.org
- Do you want an audience? Use Facebook, twitter and other blogs to advertise your blog.
- Don’t expect too many comments at the beginning. It takes time and lot of marketing to be well known.
- Trolling is not as common as you might think. Feel free and safe to express your thoughts on the web.
- Blogging is not only writing. Explore widgets, photo galleries and other amazing things. https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Widgets
- Personalise your blog. Write about yourself. Choose pictures that say something about yourself and the purpose of the blog.
- Have fun!