Blogging for a Reason

I think one of the greatest challenges that instructors face is blogging for a reason.  When instructors explore what kind of blogging the learning community needs – it takes time.  This includes research, gathering resources, creativity, and posting regularly scheduled blogs.   When setting goals, the goals must be measurable, attainable, and relevant.

One way to keep audiences interested is the instructor can start off by creating an icebreaker.  Introduce yourself,  state what your goals are, and explain what you hope to get out of your blogging post.  For example, in this post, I am a grad student at Boise State University.  My goals is to illustrate how to captivate my audience in this posting.  What I hope to get out of this blogging is connecting with like-minded readers who have the similar goals and interests in Educational Technology.

Another tool is to keep my posting attractive looking.  Having a visually appealing blog posting enables readers to draw their attention to images, videos, or catch phrases that keep the blog post interesting, entertaining, and challenging.

And finally, keeping up with the Joneses.  There is an overwhelming amount of information out there, it can be hard to recommend to your readers, which RSS (really simple syndication) to filter and feed through.  When providing suggestions to your readers of which blogs to read or not, this helps the readers keep track of the frequently used sites and allows the readers control over which sites to keep or delete.  This is similar to going through a magazine and clipping out your favorite reads to refer back to for inspiration.

To keep the learning community engaged, the blogger has to give reason for the bloggee to be engaged and read the posts.

References:

Andrews, C. (2006, March 24). Keeping current with educational resources [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1813/2723

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About cadeleo
My name is Christina DeLeo, I am a grad student working on completing my Master's of Educational Technology degree at Boise State University.

9 Responses to Blogging for a Reason

  1. Kae says:

    Blogging for a Reason —I think you’re right. We do need to think about our reasons for blogging and who the potential readers are. With your audience, I think you do need to add value and a place to share ideas.

    • cadeleo says:

      Kae, I personally believe that it is a personal journey to research what reason you’re blogging about. When a personal mission is to gather as much data as you can find to present your cause for teaching or learning, you build a community of other bloggers who have the same desire as you. Other bloggers are on a personal journey as well to learn or teach. In some blogs that I’ve come across, I’ve notice bloggers write just to think ‘out loud’, as if needing a sounding board to reflect ideas off of or find gaps in their thinking patterns, thus creating a journey to research information to present a logical posting.

  2. butseriously says:

    Having a reason to blog has been one of my biggest obstacles to blogging. The time factor is also huge if you’re researching before you post. Having a good blog post is not for the faint of heart!

    • cadeleo says:

      You’re absolutely right, having a good blog post is challenging. Here’s another idea that came to mind, researching about what you post may affect the attitude of your blog.
      Attitude, you say? Yes, attitude! You develop an attitude of the pros and cons of what you will teach in your blog. For example, I ‘had’ to blog about football, I would have no interest or passion for football and wouldn’t know where to start my research. But if I wanted to blog about cooking, I have a passion and knowledge of vast resources to draw from and blog about cooking.

  3. Sarah Begley says:

    I agree with you that there needs to be a reason for blogging. To have a purpose or goal in mind makes the blogging process more meaningful to you and your readers. It is just like the classroom, we must captivate an audience so they will listen to what we are saying.

    • cadeleo says:

      As Marcus O’Donnell illustrated in his Blogging as Pedagogic Practice: Artefact and Ecology, if the objective is to create a learning community, give the students the opportunity to share his or her experiences. This is another way to captivate your audiences. Give students and non-students alike, room to write about his or her thoughts. It can help the audience think new ways or ideas about the traditional learning theories. Part of those reasons can help generate ideas, get feedback about ideas, organize your thoughts, and revise – even if it means changing the direction of your research.

  4. Travis Begley says:

    You definitely bring up a good point. Like all great tools, blogging has to be used correctly and in a way that enhances education. I have seen science teachers use labs just to do them, even if there is no real purpose or gain by the students.

    • cadeleo says:

      Travis, I think that it’s interesting that science teachers use blogging as part of their lab research. I am sure blogging about a science project involves explaining the processes, description of the topic, processes of eliminations or theories, what the causes and effects are, and a narrative of the project. Blogging can be a great tool, especially if you’re trying to finding the answer to a researched topic.

  5. trifsus says:

    What a great way to sum up what we’ve been doing in class the past few months and to help focus on where we will go with our blogs in the future. Finding a reason to blog and making it meaningful to your classroom are so important!

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