In a couple of weeks, we will be playing a commenting game. But you need to get prepared for this.
Make sure you have at least 5 other student blogs linked on the sidebar of your blog, in a page near your header area or in a recent post that your visitors can find easily. Make sure these are blogs from other students around the world, not just those in your class or school. Perhaps have a blogroll or link category called Global students or Global classes. Here is how to add a blogroll if using Edublogs or Blogger. If using Kidblog write a post mentioning at least 5 great blogs you enjoy visiting.
Have some visitor widgets on your blog sidebar – maybe a revolver map or a flag counter – this way you can see where your visitors are coming from. Remember only one visitor in 30 will actually leave a comment.
Make sure your blog looks interesting:
- Maybe change your header to suit what you are writing about.
- Do your pets make a noise as soon as your blog is opened in a tab? That can be annoying so make sure the visitor can click on the sound button if they want to hear your animal pet.
- Have you changed the tagline under the title of your blog?
- Have you included some tags or categories to help your readers find a great post?
- Does your background image make it hard for your visitors to read your posts?
- Have you written some interesting posts for your visitors to comment on?
This week’s activity
Have some interesting posts for your visitors to read when they get to your blog. I am not going to give any clues as to what to put in your posts but remember the following, especially if you want a post flipped to our magazine.
Having read many of your posts, I came up with the following essentials in a great post.
- catchy title
- includes at least one visual (with attribution) whether photo, cartoon, video or another web 2.0 tool like padlet or glogster
- interesting topic with the passion of the author coming through
- well written and not copy/pasted from somewhere else
- shows it has been proofread and spellchecked
- written in paragraphs – at least three of them
- includes links to other websites on similar topics – at least two of these
When you have finished your post, please come back here to the blogging challenge and leave a comment on this post. Mention what topic you wrote about and leave a link to your post. Those posts covering the seven things mentioned above will be added to the flipboard magazine. Many students are forgetting to add links to other websites relating to the topic they have written about.
Can you please check your students blogs this week and get back to me via email or comment with names of students who are not really participating in the challenge activities? By now students should have an about me page or post and at least two other posts relating to images, avatars, their family or culture, a global issue or how to comment.
Still more time left this week
- Read some of the posts in the flipboard magazine – your teacher might want to create a class flipboard magazine to add to your class blog
- Visit other classes this time in the lists above the header of the challenge blog.
- Reply to any comments left on your blog especially if from a mentor.
Some of you will notice the name of your country is in pink. This means you have not written enough posts for the challenge so far or mentors and visitors can’t leave a comment because they are being asked to login to your blog. When I am in Darwin over the next week, I will be starting to delete those student blogs and re-allocating other students to mentors instead.