Report Card for Bloggers

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Non-blogging teacher-librarian alert: This post relates to another assignment for the Teacher Challenge for bloggers.  If this isn’t your cup of tea, stop back soon for a post designed especially for you!

What makes an effective post? I read lots of posts each day and often star ones that are especially useful or thought-provoking, so naturally I went to the starred items in my Google Reader first in search of an example.  Not long ago I read this post at the Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness and deemed it “effective” because:

1. The “top 10” aspect of the title grabbed my attention.

2. It’s formatted cleanly.

3. It makes good use of color and graphics.

4. There are lots of links, but not to the point of distraction.

5. There’s no question about where to click, or how to access a previous post for more information.

6. It’s concise.  It gives enough information to enlighten, but avoids clutter by keeping further details as links for those who want to dig deeper.

Since beginning my blog about six months ago I’ve been on the lookout for resources to help me improve.  I’ve begun subscribing to Copyblogger and one of the folks there wrote this post about creating exceptional content, which is food for thought for this assignment.  (Confession:  I’ve not “graded” myself yet with that post’s tips.)

What do effective posts have in common? Darren Rowse aka The Problogger summed it up nicely in this post –you’ve got to share something important with the world.  I read blogs in several categories:  librarianship, ed tech, children’s literature, and blogging.  Those posts that stay with me and those feeds that survive my periodic Google Reader Subscription Purging are the ones that have something important to say.  They are of some benefit to me, so I keep going back.

That’s what I’m striving to do with my blog.  I want to deliver meaningful and useful content for other practicing librarians.

Okay, let me have it–how am I doing? What can I do to make it better?  Librarians out there–what kind of content would you like to see in my corner of cyberspace?  Leave a comment to let me know.

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Why blog?

I have decided to dive in to the world of the blogger because I am feeling the need to give back.  I’ve spent the better part of the past 18 months “lurking”—reading other blogs, reading comments posted, and learning so much from my growing PLN—all from the sidelines.

Things you can expect me to write about include:

  • routines, reports, forms for use in our daily work
  • children’s literature tie-ins for Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop
  • books for themes
  • author studies
  • technology integration and web 2.0 tools
  • fiction and non-fiction pairings
  • advocacy
  • mentoring new librarians
  • lesson plan ideas
  • collaborations
  • outreach to parents

What kinds of things would you like to read from a fellow librarian?