What's on your summer to-do list? Starting your teacher blog? There's a vibrant online community of educators sharing their expertise in writing, and the topics that get covered offer insights into just about everything, including practice, policy, education technology, and many more. Summer is the perfect time to join that conversation by starting a blog of your own.
Here are some of the best guides and sources of inspiration to get you started. And for all of the veteran bloggers out there, hopefully there's something here for you, too!
Tip and Tools for Getting Started
- 30 Days to Kick Start Your Blogging: Last year, Edublogs, a great network of teacher blogs, hosted this 30-day challenge. Each day features a new activity to get your blog off the ground. This is a great place to start!
- 24 Steps to Creating an Awesome Teacher Blog: Another post from TeachJunkie.com, this one provides some valuable advice for jump-starting your teacher blog. Each lesson links to a useful video, as well, for all of you visual learners.
- How to Start a Blog: The Definitive Guide: Although this guide isn't teacher-specific, it covers all the bases. There's information here about every aspect of blogging, including choosing a platform, finding free blogging tools and software, and building an audience.
A Goldmine of Inspiration
With so many insightful ed blogs out there, this list of examples just scratches the surface. Truly, it was a challenge to pick only a few, but here are several roundups of education blogs from around the Web.
- 25 Brilliant Teacher Blogs Worth Following: When it comes to teacher blogs, Edudemic knows what's up. In addition to this list, you might want to check out their "The 50 Best Blogs for Future Teachers" and "Fabulous Education Technology Blogs Worth Following."
- Create a Teaching Blog! Pinterest board: Edutopia's Pinterest board is the perfect source of inspiration. There are links to infographics, blogs, and articles that will help you get started; for experienced bloggers, these resources will help you brainstorm new ideas.
- Top 50 Science Teaching Blogs: There are lots of great examples in this list, too; and they touch on just about everything, from integrating technology into the science lab to student-centered science teaching models. Other, great "Top 50" lists include rankings for edtech and elementary education.
Words of Advice from Veteran Bloggers
Ready to get started? These ideas and considerations from fellow ed bloggers might help get the ball rolling.