OK. Dean Shareski – this one’s on you! Just crossed your blog post If you ain’t a feed, I don’t read – about blogging. Your ‘call to action’ is prompting my words to flow onto this blank blog page. I’ve been working on the course design for digital teaching and learning and blogging is part of the requirement for course success. How can I teach what I am not learning myself?
So my confession is simple – I may have something important to say but who am I to know? The confidence to just ‘throw it out there’ has been somewhat lacking. Maybe it’s the introvert in me – do introverts blog? Well Dean – I’ll take up your request to ‘please blog’! Maybe my knowledge and understanding can be shared around this digital fireplace!
The blog post 21+ Things Every 21st Century Blogger Should Do in 2015 also challenged me to re-think my blogging presence. Lisa Johnson lists several tasks for bloggers to consider – top on my list for this year are
- plug in your feeds – this one’s a nod to Dean – your feed to mine! I’ll certainly look forward to engaging with others more regularly this coming year.
- tag all posts with your name – interesting way to spread your name as the word and the work
- infuse pictures of yourself – not sure about this, but the selfie phenomenon has tainted my inner introvert. How do introverts handle the ‘focus on me’ social push? Maybe my selfies will be images of parts of me with parts of what I’m doing in learning spaces.
- connect content you create and curate – this one should be easy – there’s lots that I have created and much more I hope to curate as this year progresses.
- creative commons your work and/or your site – this one’s been done a few times, but not consistently. I’ve bookmarked the Choose Your Creative Commons License site and enjoy the simplicity of acquiring a license image to match my site.
- proudly display badges – ok, this one really speaks to me since I’ve just created a badge for one of my courses and encouraged my students to post the course badge on their own blogs. I’ll have to explore this one some more this year.
- provide consistency with content – this one’s the tough one! Resolutions in the beginning of a new year often fail once the going gets tough. Perhaps a blogging challenge or a ‘quad-blog‘ may bring hope of sustainability.
So, all it takes is the right prompt at the right time to spark thinking and learning. Thanks Dean, you sparked this blogger to ignite. Something worth remembering as I move into this new year. How can I spark others to ignite their passions for digital teaching and learning?