As you approach the final week for this course, I hope you will truly discover and fine-tune your niche for your blog. (This was discussed more in week one.) Determining the purpose for your blog and then setting a goal for a minimum number of posts per month, week, etc. will help keep you focused. I encourage you to open your calendar and set "appointments" to make a new blog post each week, bi-weekly, monthly, etc. If you would like for me to send you a Reminder, please join my "Blogging in the Blogosphere" Remind class and I will send out reminders via text message. Hopefully, this will help hold those who truly intend to blog regularly accountable beyond this course!
As far as your blog posts for the final week of this course, here are the topics for each of the required posts this week:
- What is your favorite professional book that you have read? Blog about how it has impacted you. Be sure to include a picture of the book cover and a link to the author's website or the book on Amazon for your readers to quickly explore more about the book.
- Share one organizational tip or strategy that you use to help you manage the daily tasks in your role as a classroom teacher or administrator. Describe your strategy and include a picture if applicable or to provide your readers with a visual.
- What is your plan for your blog beyond this course? Will you maintain your blog as a tool to communicate to students, parents, and/or other educators? How often do you plan to post on your blog? If you don't plan to continue with your blog beyond this course, explain why (include what you learned and didn't learn that has impacted your decision to stop blogging). If you do plan to continue, make a plan and set some goals. Research shows that by writing your goals down and sharing those goals with others, you are more likely to succeed at achieving and following through with your goals. Don't forget to join my "Blogging in the Blogosphere" Remind class and I will send out reminders via text message.
- Bonus blog post: write a post about a topic of your choice. Whatever you decide to write about should inspire, humor, or provide a glimpse of empathy for your readers to connect with your through your blog.
Your final tasks for this course are to leave a comment on two different blogs from the list of Course Participants and to leave a comment below here on my blog post to reflect on the following question: On a scale of one to five, 1 being I only gained flex PD credit hours and 5 being I gained lots of inspiration and ideas to continue blogging beyond this course, how would you rate your "Blasting into the Blogosphere" course experience? Provide a brief reason to support your rating and any other feedback or thoughts you'd like to share about your experience.
NOTE: Throughout this course, I wanted the focus to be more on your blog's content and your interaction with other bloggers and less about the "how-to." However, I do plan to post some blogging how-to video tutorials in the future here on my blog. As I post these, I will share them via my "Blogging in the Blogosphere" Remind class if you choose to subscribe.