It would probably be an exaggeration to say that modern teacher must have his or her own blog, but one thing is for sure: no one is surprised any longer if a teacher talks about blogging, and it can do a world of good for the efficiency of your work. But how does one start out? Let’s think about it.
If you expect your blog to have an audience of more than one person, you should make sure you know what you are going to talk about. Each of us has many interests, passions, hobbies and pet peeves; but before you start blogging you should prune your blog personality to a reasonable size. Your blog should have a recognizable identity, a set of topics you don’t stray away from. Remember: people will only read what they are interested in or what is useful for them. If you write about everything that comes into your head, they won’t notice you. If you stick to one topic, however…
If you do not plan for your blog to earn money, it is a good idea to keep your expenses low, and these expenses will be mainly hosting-related. Don’t use free hosting – it immediately undermines the trust towards your blog and is generally more trouble than use – but find something affordable. If you have troubles with more widespread payment methods in your region, try to buy hosting with Payza – it usually works even if nothing else does.
If you’ve decided to take up blogging, do it, don’t wait. There will never be an ideal moment, there will always be something that would be telling you to wait a little bit more: to deal with a job at hand, to tweak some parts of your website, to morally prepare. According to MagicDust, the best thing to do in such a situation is simply start and see where it takes you.
It is one of the most important things to remember. If you post haphazardly, when the mood takes you, you will never accumulate regular and stable readership. In order to attract people and keep them attracted you have to post regularly, at least twice a week. Posts needn’t be large – in fact, the most read posts are the ones that are short and to the point.
Running an education blog is a challenge, but like most challenges, it brings benefits along. Both teachers and students can learn much from doing it – so don’t be afraid to try.