I’m going to go back to square one with the first thing because I just finished an epic journey over the course of 2017 that I wanted to share as it relates to blogging.
For some reason, I like signing up for things and rarely do I forget that I did, like #edublogs club until I got the first email about a week into January 2017. I had signed up for a year-long blogging challenge through one of the most well-known education blogging entities, Edublogs. The introduction is here and the point was that they would provide a weekly prompt for educators to respond to on their personal blogs, both to get the creative juices flowing for new or seasoned bloggers and connect educators. The best thing to come out of this was a personal connection to a library in Texas. She high school librarian there has school initials that match the high school library that I work for and we share the same first name.
As with blogging, it’s a slog and unless you’re dedicated and enjoy what you do it becomes a burden that many drop. And many that began the journey, did drop off. They stopped sharing their blog prompts each week and it was down to just a few of us. Ultimately, Edublogs put a halt but shared the rest of the year’s worth of topics for those that were dedicated to finishing. Yep, I’m one of them because I liked what the prompts got me thinking about, though I still had my own content that I was sharing alongside of it too. The full fifty prompts are posted here. I’ve got my last three scheduled within the next three weeks as I’ve already written them.
For me, it was still engaging, interesting, and reflective of my work. Plus, I’m a stickler for seeing things through. You can check out my forward-facing blog called ReadersBeAdvised here (and a variation @ReadersBAdvised is my Twitter handle). I keep this blog for my exploration of technology and library-specific work for Cool Tools because the audience is different though I will translate some topics to the other as necessary.
It’s worth exploring activities like weekly, monthly, or year-long challenges to get creative and draw inspiration. I regularly participate in Book Riot’s #riotgram challenges that focus on bookstagramming on Instagram. So, I guess you can say I really do like a good challenge. Isn’t life about that? Individual and group challenges? This one is definitely solidly an individual challenge with a crowd sourcing or crowd sharing if you’d like. Consider that when you encourage more of your fellow educators to blog and our students.