Page Addition

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Just wanted you all to know that as part of my Teacher Challenge blog spruce-up, I've added another page. Click here to see some of my tried-and-true elementary titles.

Spring cleaning? Seriously?

Mops and Brooms - 01photo © 2007 Barry Solow | more info (via: Wylio)
I have to chuckle about the title for today’s post.  There are 14 inches of fresh snow outside my window and spring in Vermont is still a distant dream!  Nevertheless, this week’s blogging challenge has to do with cleaning up your blog and paying some attention to your “About Me” page.

So here’s what I did:  I added new information about myself and a bit about this blog.  Still not sure I want to add a photo or avatar.  I guess I’m still new enough at this to want some anonymity!

I’m also supposed to add a new page to the blog, and so I’ve decided to compile a list of my “faves”– some of the tried-and-true book titles that I return to again and again.  Watch for it soon!

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.