This a short “The Best…” list that functions as a companion to several others ones, including:
You might also be interested in Eight Ways To Build An Audience For Your Blog.
This list a few resources that can help teachers (and others) who are either presently writing their own blogs or want to start doing so in the future.
So, now, here are my choices for The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers:
Suggestions and feedback, as always, are welcome.
Nik Peachey has a new post called Testing Your Blog Idea
Vicki Davis has written How To Be An Incredible Blogger.
You can’t go wrong by reading any of Sue Waters’ posts under two categories on The Edublogger site — Growing Blog Readership and Tips For Better Blogging. Her post, My First Five Tips For Writing Better Blog Posts, is a good place to start.
Sue Waters has also written a great post titled “Here’s My Top Five Mistakes Made By New Bloggers — What Are Yours?” It’s worth a read, and, if you have a “mistake” to contribute, leave a comment on her post.
Mathew Needleman has a good post titled Advice For New Edubloggers.
Warning: Do You Recognize These 21 Blogging Mistakes? is from ProBlogger. (Thanks to Scott McLeod for the tip)
23 Essential Elements of Sharable Blog Posts is a good piece by Chris Brogan.
7 Steps to Building a Genuine Relationship With Your Readers is a great post offering advice to people writing blogs. It’s from ProBlogger.
Karenne Sylvester has put together an incredible collection of ESL/EFL bloggers responding to the question What advice would you give to another TEFL teacher interested in becoming a blogger? Thirty-one teachers of English Language Learners responded. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this post.
My Seven Edublogging Secrets, a post by Richard Byrne
Protecting Your Email on Blogs by Sue Waters. She offers advice about the danger of robots picking up your email address from your blog.
You might also want to read my post Some Advice For New ESL/EFL Bloggers.
How To Be Heard is excellent advice from Stephen Downes.
What you wanted to KNOW about blogging! is another great post by Sue Waters.
Alexander Russo at This Week in Education has written his “Six Rules Of Blogging.”
How do I write so much, you ask? Well, glad you asked is the title of a blog post by Sebastian Marshall, and I think it’s worth reading by any blogger, or by any person who’s considering being a blogger.
He explains his strategy behind posting a lot. It’s worth reading his entire piece, but here’s an excerpt describing his understanding of what he says is an academic theory called “The Equal-Odds Rule.”
If you want to make excellent stuff, you need to make a lot of stuff.
If you want to make a lot of stuff, you’ll make a lot of cr-p.
If you want to make excellent stuff, you need to make a lot of cr-p.
And my personal opinion here -
And that’s okay, because you get judged by your best work, not your bad work.
Bill Ferriter has just written an insightful post titled What Does Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere Report Mean for Education Bloggers?
How to Increase Subscriptions and Put Your WordPress Blog on the Map has some good tips for any blogger.
8 Incredibly Simple Ways to Get More People to Read Your Content is a useful post from Copy Blogger.
“The Edublogger’s Introduction to Blogging” is another winner from Sue Waters.
Richard Byrne has written an excellent post titled “11 Things You Should Know About Blogging.”
Are science blogs stuck in an echo chamber? Chamber? Chamber? comes from Discover. It focuses on science blogs, but the same questions it raises, and suggested strategies it offers, are very applicable to education bloggers.
10 Ways To Write Better Blog Posts comes from Wes Fryer.
Ronnie Burt at Edublogs has just published what might be the very best guide for helping teachers begin to blog (and for helping veterans get even better) — The ultimate guide to getting started with blogging!
Everything YOU should know about enhancing posts with images is another winner from Sue Waters.
How to write a blog post in 10 minutes is from Alexandra Samuel
Sue Waters has done it again! Writing Better Blog Posts: What You NEED to Know is another “must-read” for anybody writing a blog or thinking of doing so.
Want More Readers? How Online Reading Habits Are Changing and What You NEED To Know by Sue Waters is a must-read post by anyone who is interested in having people find and read the posts they are writing.
Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post is by Michael Hyatt.
When’s the Best Time to Blog & ? is from Read Write Web.
10 Social Media Tips for Bloggers comes from Mashable.
Sue Waters, the idol of and guru for edubloggers everywhere, has posted “The State of Educational Blogging in 2012″ over at the Edublogger. It was a huge task to collect and analyze several hundred surveys, and Sue has done a masterful job and bringing it all together. If you are a blogger and/or thinking of having your students blog, Sue’s post is a must-read.
A Short Guide to Terms Commonly Used in Blogging is from Richard Byrne.
Learning through blogging is from Sue Waters.
7 Practices That Make You Look Like a Rookie Blogger is from Dukeo.
Sue Waters has just published a very useful post over at The Edublogger titled The Top 10 Ways Blogs and WordPress Are Used in Schools.
If you are a blogger, are considering starting a blog, or just want to learn more about blogging, that’s the post where you should start.
Tips for Bloggers to Remember is by Doug Peterson.
What Would Make You More Likely to Read This Story? reports on research finding what kinds of headlines were more likely to attract readers. Here’s an excerpt:
Not only were question headlines more effective than declarative headlines, self-referencing questions (such as those including “you” or “your”) were also found to generate higher readership than those without self-referencing cues.
As regular readers know, I spend very little time and thought into writing the typically bland headlines in my blog posts. I just figure my reputation for useful content, and the content itself, will do the job of encouraging people to read it.
However, I found this infographic from Short Stack pretty interesting, not so much because I’ll be using it to craft future headlines, but because I think it makes for an interesting part of a lesson on language in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes.
Nevertheless, I’ll still add it here: