Barry Bachenheimer posted a comment on one of my articles the other day that I thought I would just drop-cast out to other blogging educators — for your spare change. It’s a good question, one that bigger bloggers than us ponder. “Does a blog in the woods, that no one reads, make any noise?”
In your books and posts you promote blogging for teachers as a great way to collaborate, communicate, and share ideas. I concurâ€¦but as long as there is someone to share with.
I have been encouraging teachers I work with to start bogs for themselves and their students. Many have, but the concern they share is that no one commentsâ€¦besides themselves. Teachers said that if the only people who are going to read what they write are the people across the hall who took the same blogging workshop and set up a similar Blogger page, then what is the point?
I guess the larger question is, how do teachers get themselves â€œout thereâ€ to be read and be commented on so they can see the value? The same applies for kids as well. If a student in a social studies class wants to blog about their opinion on a civil war issue for example, it gains a lot of value when they can share and be commented on from other students studying the same thing in a different state.
I just want to make three quick comments here:
- When I started blogging, and attended a number of BloggerCons, this was a common question, and the consistent answer was, “Just keep blogging and readers will come.” For me, it worked.
- Engage in the conversation. Read other bloggers who write in the same topics, to the same community, and engage. Comment on their blog, and be sure that you enter the URL of your blog when you sign in. When you can, blog your comment. Often, the original blog will capture the link to your blog, and link back to it. To be read, you have to become part of the conversation.
- I would encourage your teachers to read each other’s blogs. Start a conversation through your blogs within the school. Get teachers talking about what they are teaching, how they are teaching it, and why, and to present it in a way that would be valuable to other teachers in the school. Other teachers in your school may be just the readers and commenters you need.
Finally, write short blogs. I can’t tell you how many good blog articles I’ve missed, simply because, as I pull it up, I decide instantly, I do not have the time to read this right now.
In all likelihood, you aren’t reading this, because its too long 😉
Foresman, Chris. “Blogging.” Addictive Theory’s Photostream. 16 Mar 2006. 27 Sep 2007 <http://flickr.com/photos/foresmac/113402347>.