When you are a new blogger, it can be nerve-racking to think about sharing your posts with others. You might be second-guessing everything you write. You might be worried about reactions. But if you want your blog to help the education community, you will need to share it so that people beyond your family read it.
This raises an important question: Should you share it with your school community? Find out how the writers of some of Education World’s “Top 25 Blogs for Educators” are handling this issue.
For some bloggers, sharing their blog has met with support from the school community.
“I was honored to have [my blog] spotlighted on ‘Tech-Tip Tuesday,’ which the whole district receives each week via email. I’ve had a few people ask me about it, and I was willing share my thoughts about it. I believe my district supports my endeavor, and hopefully some of my fellow teachers have gained some new knowledge from accessing it,” said Heidi Befort of Globicate.
Some even use their blogs to recognize colleagues.
“I often will share posts that highlight student and staff accomplishments,” said Eric Sheninger of APrincipalsReflections.
For Meghan G. Graham, Jill Perry and Karen S. Head, their blog All4MyMyChild has led to “teaching-the-teacher” opportunities.
“We have done in-services and trainings in our area teaching about collaborative tools and
technologies,” they explained. “We are always looking for opportunities to spread the news. Recently we invited a teacher to provide monthly blogs about social skill development from an educator’s perspective.”
While several top education bloggers have shared their blogs with peers, others have held back a bit.
“A few people in my school community know that I have a blog and share my teaching ideas there,” said Vines, who writes ConversationsInLiteracy.
Likewise, Adria Williams of AddieEducationTeacherTalk said, “I keep it pretty low-key. I’m not sure what the response would be. A few of my friends know, but otherwise I try to fly under the radar at work.”