Hey You! Why Aren’t You Blogging?

Blogging is actually harder than it looks.  This is the second blog that I have tried to write.  The first one focused on politics.  But as we all know, there are a ton of political blogs out there.  Plus, while I am knowledgeable of politics, I’m not an expert.  But I am a certified teacher who has been teaching for 12 years. Plus five more years working in media (both print and video) before that.

When I decided to write this blog, I knew there weren’t a lot of journalism or media teaching blogs.  So, this is a niche that needs filling.  But by all means, I don’t know it all.  I wish more journalism and media teachers were out there blogging.  We need it.

First, media and journalism teachers should be blogging because it is a form of media.  It also sharpens your skills to write either daily or at least 2-3 times a week.  Just knowing that I’m writing for other teachers as well as members of the public, keeps me on my toes.

Second, many of us are lone rangers.  We are the only one on our campus who teaches what we teach.  Even within our districts, there just aren’t many of us.  Here in Houston, one of the yearbook companies offers a luncheon in May for all the yearbook advisers.  It fills a ballroom, but imagine if all the math teachers got together – it would fill Reliant Stadium.  We need to share our teaching methods and materials with each other.

But that being said, you have to work at it.  Blogging is not as easy as it looks.  You must always be on the lookout for new material.   You need to check your site and your statistics to see what people are looking for.  It can be a lot of fun and rewarding when you know someone found your site useful or used something you created in their classroom.

So, get out there and create your own blog.  It can be about anything, it doesn’t have to be journalism or media.  But start one about something you are knowledgeable about.

Mr. C

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1 Comment

  1. That’s great advice, and something I’ve mentioned a number of times as I’ve talked to advisers after an interview with Howard Owens (see here: http://www.collegemediainnovation.org/blog/2007/01/15/icm-interview-howard-owens/)

    Keep up the good work. For new bloggers, a warning: There’s a drop off after the initial flush of material (the six-month drought, I think), but if you can keep slogging in your niche, you should do fine.


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