Keep it simple when blogging for writing

This post explains how blogging for writing does not need a fancy space with lots of flashing lights, data and graphics.

blogging for writing

 

A blog does not have to be a huge Cecil B Demille production that takes hours and hours to maintain. Used simply as a piece of paper that can be shared with the world makes it not only manageable but also a must for all classrooms.

Let me explain.

When presenting at Ignite Teaching School Alliance last week, it became clear that people’s understanding of blogging was preventing them from utilizing the impact it can have. Many had been introduced to platforms that had lots of gadgets and gizmos on them and although really exciting at first, for the class teacher, maintaining the content was going to be another consideration on the already packed timetable.

For me, I see a blog as a way to share writing.

It was not until we unpicked it last week that I could see how the image of a ‘production’ blog was getting in the way of classes joining 100 Word Challenge. This free writing project needs a blog. The writing is published on a blog so that it can be linked to 100wc.net where a team of volunteers visit and leave supportive comments. It is these comments which extend the audience and provide a purpose for writing. It is having a real impact on writing progress and, for me, more importantly, motivation.

Things to understand about blogging for writing:

  • The blog only needs to be a simple one. Many classes have one just for 100 Word Challenge.
  • The challenge is done weekly so you don’t have to think about what you are going to post.
  • The comments are provided by Team 100 so you don’t have to worry about traffic.

As the meerkats would say ‘SIMPLES’!

If you want to find out more about how 100 Word Challenge can move the writing in your class onto the next level, get in touch [email protected]

 

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