Need Help Beginning a Blog?

Blogging has become an important part of my teaching practice. Prior to blogging, I frequently neglected the reflection phase of learning. Now, blogging creates a space for me to reflect on what I am doing, what is working, and how I can continue to improve. Writing my blog has also become a vehicle to share my work with other educators and build an invaluable personal learning network.

I know many teachers are curious about blogging. Some teachers are interested in blogging for themselves while others may want to get their students blogging and writing for an authentic audience.

I’ve spoken with many teachers who are intimidated by the process and are not sure where to begin. The First Site Guide website has a resource titled “How to Start a Blog” that is a fantastic guide for teachers who aren’t sure where to start when it comes to blogging.

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If you scroll to the bottom of the site, there are a list of chapters. The first three chapters are particularly helpful for teachers working with students who are beginning their own blogs. For example, Chapter 1 covers topics ranging from the benefits of blogging to choosing a perfect niche to what readers want from a blog.

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Two years ago, my students began writing their own passion blogs. At the start of the school year, they select topics they are passionate about and begin writing. I’ve done my best to guide them using what I’ve learned as a blogger from years of trial and error. I wish I had this guide to reference when my own students were starting their first blogs! I hope it will help guide teachers looking to begin their own blogs or support their students in the practice of blogging.

If you are blogging and/or working with students who are blogging, please post a comment and share any resources you’ve found valuable!

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12 Responses to Need Help Beginning a Blog?

  1. Brian Wise says:

    I get very busy with all the things I do, but I did start a blog this year with wordpress.ORG I used to have a wordpress.COM blog, which is much easier to setup, but wordpress.ORG is much more powerful and not-too-difficult to customize. I hope to build more content in the coming months.

  2. Olga Bedrina says:

    Catlin, this is a great resource! The illustrations are cute, too.

    I think blogging might be helpful to all of us; sometimes it’s also like keeping a personal journal where one can share the thoughts s/he finds important and worth spreading.

    I loved your idea of students keeping their passionate blogs! What are the resources your students use for creating visuals for their blogs, if any?

  3. Greg Johnson says:

    You are helping more bloggers to stay on track. Thank you for a great post!

  4. Thank you for posting this! I have been wanting to blog for some time and finally took the leap. It’s fun and intimidating all at the same time. Thank you for the tips…)

  5. Ann Coates says:

    This is great! Thank you. 🙂 I use for my students and myself but I’m curious what you recommend for a teacher wanting to start their own blog. There’s so many! Blogger, Wix, etc. What is does this blog use?

    • Hi Ann,

      I use WordPress, but there’s a bit of a learning curve. WIX creates really professional looking sites, so that could be a good option. Weebly is super simple to use as well.


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  7. Thanks a lot, i recently got wordpress hosting from HostNOC, and your writing helped me in understanding where to start, thanks mate. Stay Home!

  8. I started a Blog when I was teaching PreK-5th Grade STEM. I wasn’t very good at it and started a Podcast instead (Which is awesome and fun!)
    Now that I’m teaching 8th-grade history, I’m back on the Blog bus while my Podcast sits on the curb, although I kick it down the road about once a month.
    I’m using Blogger and started doing a series on the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution will be next, followed by the Bill of Rights.
    During our school shut-down, I am having my students read my posts and comment back to me on Google Classroom.

    Thanks for the great post!

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