When I started blogging, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I started off because my Delta tutor, Marisa, suggested it as a good way to reflect. So, my first blog posts were about the things I tried out and ideas for tasks. During my first year of blogging I didn’t really blog much (compared to now I mean) and I wasn’t really that active in social media either. Now, two and a half years later, I know a few more things and that’s what I am going to share today.
If you are going to blog and want people to read your blog posts, you also need to promote your work. I mean, yeah sure, your blog may be you reflecting on your work, class experience, writing about tasks so you don’t forget them and so on, but you are also blogging because you want people to read you (aren’t you?). You want to share your ideas and learn from others through their comments. If you wanted your blog to be private, then why have it at all? Why not just write in notebook, like back in the good old days when we only had notebooks?
So, once you have written something and pressed the publish button, what next? Well, you share/promote.
Facebook for starters. I share all my rambles on Facebook (luckily, Facebook doesn’t disown you if you are a prolific blogger like me :p). Apart from your personal page, you can also share your posts on Facebook group pages. I share mine on two.
You can also add hash tags on your Facebook entries because they do show up if someone searches for something you have has tagged (and anyway, urban legend says hash tags are good, so just add’em , will ya?). The TeachingEnglish- British Council also very often publishes teachers’ blog posts.
I also share my post by pressing Google+. If I am a member of a Google group and my post will probably interest the people in that group, then I share in that particular group. I am a member of the #Tleap group, so sometimes when I write something about EAP, I share my post with the group.
This platform often “falls off my radar” cause well, people do not really share their blog posts there. I have posted a blog post from time to time as part of a discussion, but I don’t really share stuff on LinkedIn. You should know though that WordPress allows you to automatically publish your posts on your own LinkedIn profile page once they are out.
I must admit this is my go to place to share my posts. First of all, I tweet my posts for a few days. Not just once. The life span of a tweet is not that long. I mean your followers will only see it for a few minutes and then it’s lost in the abyss.
A few more thoughts about blogging
I think it’s necessary to always thank people who share or retweet your posts. It’s nice of them to be sharing, and you should be saying thanks. I also think that if you read something and think it’s good, you, too, should be retweeting and sharing their posts as well.
I reply to comments. I ❤ comments. I enjoy reading them. If someone is going to write something in response to a post they read on my blog, I find the time to reply. I may not do it the same day, but I really try to reply to everyone. Also, comments give me a sense of who reads my posts and what the people reading my posts are interested in.
Blogger vs. WordPress
I started off on Blogger but after almost two years of blogging on Blogger, I moved to WordPress. The move is easy. The bad thing is that you lose all the nice comments and documents and PPTs you shared on Blogger do not get transferred and there is a bit of a formatting issue. I like the widgets on WordPress and how easy it is to embed things. I do miss the font options Blogger had.
I like blogging about the things I am interested in, so I share tasks I like, good and bad teaching moments and of course any other wacky idea that comes to my mind (:p). I have also found that I often tend to be borderline personal, but I am OK with that cause I like approaching blogging as if it is diary or journal writing. Articles or other blog posts also inspire me. This is why I also enjoy taking part in blog challenges and chains. It makes me feel like I am part of a community. YouTubers are also a place where I get ideas. The #youngerteacherself and my most recent #monthlyfavourites posts have come from/been inspired by YouTube!! I ❤ YouTube. Finally, some of my posts are more lifestyle-ish cause, hey, I am a woman and I do like me my girlie stuff.
I now take my own. I know ELTpics is also a great website where you can find pics. I haven’t got myself round to doing that yet.
Blogging is a commitment. It takes time. I also think it walks hand in hand with social media.