How do you Know What To Blog About?

I (Clare) recently did a presentation to a group of teachers on a self-study I conducted with Connecting PeopleLydia Menna and Shawn Bullock on our efforts to integrate digital technology into my literacy methods courses. (Here is the powerpoint from that presentation. BERA + ECER-DT 2013in Dropbox) I talked about my initiatives which led to me showing how my efforts in my literacy teaching led to a greater use of digital technology in other parts of my life (e.g., using NVivo for data analysis). The success of my initiatives with my teaching gave me the confidence to take the plunge to do a website. My technical skills had improved and my identity shifted so that I now see myself as “digitally competent.” During the presentation I showed our website and one of the participants raised an interesting question: How do you get ideas for your blog? He recounted how he wanted to do a blog but did not know what to write about. I told him to just start! I believe that writing a blog is a different genre – it requires different writing skills than other forms of writing. Since we started this blog, I feel that my blog-writing skills have improved. I now focus on one topic in a blog; I am more comfortable sharing my insights; I will raise questions; I make links to other resources; and I no longer feel the blog needs to be perfect  (so what if there is a typo. We will survive.)  Blogging seems to have captured my interest and is a good match for me ( I have lots to say about education) and it is fun.  I keep a Word document with blog ideas which is always plentiful and when I come across something “interesting” one of my first thoughts is – Would that make an interesting blog? This thought is followed by – Would others be interested in this topic/issue? Doing our blog as a “team” has truly been the way to go. I have learned so much from the posts by my team (Cathy, Lydia, Pooja, Clive and our guest bloggers) about them personally and professionally. And their blogs give me ideas about what to write about.

I really see our blog as connecting with the broader education community which is social media at its best. Blogging is good for me because it gets me thinking critically and hopefully, our posts are of use to our readers.

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3 thoughts on “How do you Know What To Blog About?

  1. I think you are right in about where you get ideas for blogging. I am new to the blogging world, but I get most of my ideas from other blogs or articles I find online. I include links to my posts and then share my thoughts or even pose questions. I have to say that I am learning a great deal through the whole process.

  2. A interesting and helpful post. Thanks. As a sporadic blogger I found your suggestion about keeping a file of potential blog post ideas useful although I was left wondering if the act of keeping notes diminishes the apparent spotaneity/freshness which seems to characterise teh kind of posts that I enjoy reading.

    1. Hey Sue. Thanks for the comments. Since we blog so often (I post at least twice a week) that I cannot always be spontaneous. Knowing that I have a “bank” of topics is comforting. I do not need to think of “something interesting” on the spot. Also, I like to write down topics so that I do not forget them!

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