Momentum Part 2 Topics

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Building Momentum

Edublogs #blogging28 challenge has provided a jumpstart for many bloggers to either start or to renew their blogging habit. That’s a great thing about challenges, so be on the look out for other opportunities; share them as invitations, because we all need a little nudge to keep going.

That was  Kathleen’s Edublog comment in her post Week Three Roundup for our blogging challenge. As she notes about the challenge:

steps you can take to build momentum and put positive habits in place

Now it’s up to us to build momentum and continue to develop habits pertinent to our own circumstances. It’s often a roller coaster of ups and downs— slow downs and sudden spurts.

How will I build momentum? I’ve been considering this for a while, but this challenge has helped me develop a way to put some of my ideas into action– ways to slide into habits that can encourage continued and consistent blogging. See my first post here.

 Topics / Ideas

Getting Started

Many new bloggers hesitate and stall:

What do I write about? Who would want to know my story?

So the first consideration to build momentum is to know your story– the ideas about which you are passionate, concerned about, working on, or question. Read your Twitter feed [or other interest community platforms] and read the articles, blogs, news of current topics on which you connect. An important thing to remember about blogging is, that it is writing. And writing helps us clarify our ideas. Remember that you may change your mind as you connect with others. Write about that too. But start with discovering the things that hook you. Whether you are a novice or expert on the topic, your words may inspire some one else. Your words may connect you to others with similar ideas. That’s the beginning purpose of blogging: your interests and ideas shared to clarify your thinking and connect with others.

Topics, Analyzed

Series: One Idea Posts

Once a topic is chosen, consider each aspect of that topic. Instead of diving in to a long, detailed, rich post, break it into separate ideas on which you can write several posts– a series like this one on Building Momentum. That will help keep your momentum with shorter posts, and many people want that bite-sized information. They’ll come back for more.

Series, Images

Review Series Images

For each post consider finding or creating images that explain or reflect the message of each post. After your series, create a summarizing image to write a final reflection post. In this momentum series, I thought through my topics and created the “Building Momentum” image first, but sometimes your “series” posts build spontaneously for each post as you continue your research and connections with other bloggers or news. But it’s nice for your readers to have that summarizing post with links to all of your posts together, whether you create your image first or last. I may even revise my image as I write to clarify my plan and process.

Research

In addition to your Twitter feed research, do some research on your topic before you even start. Your first introduction to your series topic could then be a list of your sources. Invite others to add. Others may comment and suggest others. You can update your blog post and acknowledge / appreciate your readers suggestions; add their suggestions to your post list. Then, use each source as a reflective analysis in posts that are part of your series.

Schedule

I included these ideas in my February Blogging Plan / Challenge here. You’re welcome to join in.

Decide on your schedule. Perhaps weekly, or two or three times a week. I’m trying for daily. I don’t schedule a particular time; I simply look at my “Must Dos” and then fit in a time each day for at least a short post. It’s a habit to build. Even if it’s just an reference to and acknowledgment of a blog you’ve read and commented on, it’s a still an important, though short post. I think those posts are just as important because we are encouraging and honoring the work of others. Here’s Denise who acknowledged a few people yesterday when she considered our challenge to update a post. It’s about images, so enjoy: Thanks ELTpics. Denise is an amazing blogger to follow! She shares many interesting projects and tools that engage learners.

Ready, Set, Go!

Today, consider your own story — your interests. Start your search for current or old topics about which you connect and consider. Then begin:

  • Topic Search
  • Topic into Series Ideas
  • Topic into Images
  • Topic Research [and invitation to others]
  • Topic Schedule
  • Always: acknowledge others

Ways to Post:

  • A question about the topic as invitation
  • A research list on the topic and invitation to add
  • A topic broken into short idea posts
  • A researched article, news, or blog analyzed in a post
  • A summarizing graphic and reflection of the series
  • Always: acknowledge others

And remember to comment on others’ blogs as you learn!

Next up: Momentum: Social Ideas

It’s just another amazing day to start your blogging habit.

What’s your story?

What else would you do to build momentum with your topics?


Thank you to Kathleen Morris who started me on this journey in a tweet, which is why I suggested it above to my readers:

This is Day 24 of the #blogging28 challenge by Edublogs, thanks to Denise’s tweet

 

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  8 comments for “Momentum Part 2 Topics

  1. witchyrichy
    January 29, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I tend to write about a variety of topics related to ed tech on my blog. I like the idea of adopting a focus: it is a bit like the “genius hour” project I give to my grad students. I challenge them to become an expert in some area of passion. Focus can help guide your blogging and (anticipating part 3) how you interact in social media. Twitter is my main connection tool but it can be an overwhelming flow of stuff and having a passion provides some guidance. Thanks, Sheri, for this series on momentum.

    • January 29, 2019 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks Karen, I think this challenge, especially Kathleen’s question to me, helped me see how important a focus is. I, too, have many tech things I like to write about, and your reminder of “genius hour” — what are you passionate about? is a good comparison to what will help build a momentum for blogging: that focus! Thanks for adding that to the conversation. A teacher’s genius hour! ~ Sheri

  2. tlcteach
    January 27, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    This is so great, Sheri!! Thank you for sharing your in-depth ideas.

    I think this would be great to use with students as well. I enjoyed participating in the #Blogging28 challenge and connecting with you along the way. You offer great ideas and resources, and I may not have found you otherwise.

    Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to reading more of your posts, and sharing mine as well!

    • January 29, 2019 at 9:50 am

      Hi Theresa tlcteach! Love that TLC: Technology, Literacy, and Citizenship. From your post, January Rain, it sounds like this process will fit in with your reflective writing practices you use with your students.

      This Blogging28 Challenge has inspired a habit of blogging and a connection to other bloggers. I’m thankful for that too!

      I look forward to learning with you. ~ Sheri

  3. Kathleen Morris
    January 27, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Sheri,
    You’ve included some more practical ideas here that I know other bloggers will enjoy. Thank you for taking the time!

    I know with my own teacher blog which I started in 2008, it has really changed over time. I originally set it up when I first started looking into edtech and web 2.0 tools (as we used to say!). So I’d just publish short unpolished posts fairly regularly saying ‘check out this tool….’.

    Along the way there became certain topics that I liked writing about most — educational blogging, global collaboration, digital citizenship etc.

    Now I prefer to write more in depth articles and create resources that I know are helpful to my readers. And I learn a lot through the process of writing. I don’t always know a lot about a subject before I write about it. So it’s great to learn and share.

    That’s a little of my blogging story! 🙂

    Kathleen

    • January 29, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Hi Kathleen,

      Our blogs do evolve according to our life changes. And I especially think it’s true that we can blog about and think through a topic in a post as we gather more information about it– connecting to our readers and fellow bloggers to do so.

      I’m glad we’ve been learning and sharing together in our similar story.

      ~ Sheri

  4. Tiziana Angiolini
    January 27, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks a lot for sharing this great post.
    It will help me work on working about blogging and introducing it to the team of my teachers who need to learn about blogging.

    • January 29, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Hi Tiziana,

      Thanks for stopping by. I learn so much from other bloggers and I’ve found Edublogs to have the best support ever. I always recommend them for new educational bloggers. I think you’ve seen their page on their courses: https://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/ It’s great to use with any one who wants to improve their blogging.

      Glad to be part of your network! ~ Sheri

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