This is the second installment of the Teacher Challenge supported by Edublogs. I am going to share some things I find effective when reading blog posts. I am definitely not an expert at following my own advice!
- Use lists and/or bullets. We all know that it is easier to read lists than a huge chunk of text. This will help your reader pull the main ideas from your post.
- Keep your paragraphs short. I totally fail at this. I tend to get very verbose, but shorter paragraphs do make things easier to read.
- Incorporate visuals. I find posts with visuals grab my attention. When I include visuals, I like to use photographs I have taken or screenshots of things I am using. If you use stock photography, make sure it is Creative Common Licensed for reuse.
- Make the topic something you are passionate about. I’ve learned it really does not matter so much what you write about. What is your passion? Do you want to share ideas, strategies, lessons, useful tech tools, struggles, or a mix of all of it? That’s okay! If you are passionate, your readers will be engaged and want to read what you have to say.
- Ask questions. I have found that ending posts with a question results in more of your readers stopping by to comment on your post. It can be as simple as, “What do you think?”, or a more specific.
As a side note, I have not linked to a post I have found to be effective because I usually read posts from Twitter links. I think they are awesome and amazing, but then I do not bookmark them or add them to my blog reader. That’s definitely something I need to work on!