The What, How, Why and More about Blogging using Tackk!
Guest blog post by Shaina Glass,
TackkEDU Advocate & Instructional Technology Specialist
Today I received an email from an educator who loves following and reading blogs and who feels she's ready to write a blog herself. She created a site, secured the domain but is wondering where to begin to "start blogging." Her excitement to share her thoughts, feelings, and just a sheer glimpse into her classroom inspired me to share: Why I BLOG!
What is a Blog?
How do you begin?
When you something you want to share with other educators and maybe even possibly the world, HOW do you share? I think the first place to begin blogging is by selecting your platform. WHERE will you write? I have a blog but as an educator of educators (instructional technology specialist) I don't get time to write like I would like to. I update my website often and found that this great Tackkin' tool suits my needs for Blogging! Who Knew?
I used Tackk daily but in the beginning I didn't pay much attention to the "Blog Template". I wanted to get my feet wet in blogging so I accepted a Blog Challenge and with that, TACKK became my new BFF!
WHY use Tackk????
Tackk is such a wonderful tool for SO many reasons but these are my main Four!
- Choose a focus for your blog. It should be something you are passionate about! Make it broad enough to apply to a range of educators, but narrow enough so that you’re not just “a teacher blog about teaching.”
- Don't stress over posting on a regular schedule. Many experts say you must blog on a regular schedule: at least 3 times a week, for example, and many people blog much more often than that. My advice: write when you have something important to say. Don’t just toss out a post because you haven’t written anything in a few days. If you don’t post for awhile (don't fret!) your readers will understand.
- Stay true to YOUR VOICE! This is a common expression in the writing world, and it basically means to let your own personal writing style shine through. Let different aspects of your personality show, but try to keep the tone of your posts pretty consistent so people know it’s you. Whatever your writing style, whatever your preferred blogging topic…I guarantee there are people who want to read it, so don’t worry about fitting in with other bloggers in your niche or being what others want you to be. Copying other bloggers’ style is a recipe for failure, because the best you can hope for is to be a second-rate imitation. Be a first-rate version of YOU! Stay true to your voice, and it WILL speak to someone…probably a lot of someones.
I truly believe that Blogging for kids is by far one of the best ways to encourage a child to express themselves and to encourage them to excel as little people.
If you are looking for a place for students to begin blogging, let them explore Tackk as that resource! Kids are people too! They can easily share their work with you and their classmates. And remember they can EMBED this into any platform!
Looking for blogging sites? Check out this great resource for even MORE ideas:
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