For the longest time I wondered about you. Were you out there? Then I added a Clustermap and saw your dots appear all over the world. I didn’t hear very much from you, but I was reassured that you were there, and I was not alone.
This year I realized that I needed to do more to let you know I was here on my blog with the latest news from my classroom and young adult literature. I started with the audience close to home–students, parents and staff at our school. Instead of keeping up two websites, I started putting assignments on the blog and posted a link to the blog on our school website. I put my blog address on our team newsletters and even printed business cards to hand out to parents at open houses and conferences. I printed postcards to mail with news of great student posts. I have also flooded the school email with great news that shows up on my blog. Some fellow teachers have told me that they now spend Friday evenings reading student blogs. You know who you are.
Now that I have joined the Edublogs Teacher Challenge for the last Kick Start Your Blog Activity # 8, I know there is even more I can do to promote my blog. I’ve connected with teachers from around the world through this challenge. I’ll keep checking in with them through Google Reader and hope they will keep dropping by here as well. I will continue to reach out by leaving comments on the blogs I read and not be shy about leaving my blog address with them.
One thing I’d love to do with my blog is open more conversation between my students and their favorite writers. Could their be guest blog posts or question/answer interviews in my blog’s future? The possibilities are exciting!
I keep hearing that Twitter is a valuable resource for teachers. I just may have to check it out and make more connections that way, too. In the meantime, I have connected my blog with my Facebook account so that posts automatically show up in my notes.
So, thank you, dear reader, for visiting my blog. I hope you come back soon.