I have at least one more thing to say about edublogging. Please note I am wont to say that just before I write a book about something. In this post I thought I’d gush a bit about the benefits of all this backbreaking labor they call edublogging. I get 5-10 offers a year to write on educational topics or have someone write about them on my blog. I hate to be really transparent but I like that feeling. When I am addressed as an expert in education because I discipline myself to write on a blog, that’s cool. Sometimes, and far less frequently, I am asked to write a post for pay. This usually includes me placing proprietary ads in the post itself. I’ve made upwards of $300 doing this. Of course, I only accept payment when they are about education, no magic weight loss drugs of course. In short, I feel tall when people recognize me as an edublogger and purveyor of online information. It has taken work to get to this place and I hope it gets better as I hang in there continuing to edublog.
Content creation is sometimes easy and sometimes like keeping your head above quicksand. My approach is to make this a “teaching diary” and that is the main default category on this blog. I asked myself early on what would I always be able to write on in a pinch. Since I am already an online diarist at damienriley.com and have been since 2005, I already knew what that felt like. If you are doing this as a firs attempt at blogging, you might adopt a default category about something that is utterly natural for you. Science? Writing? Something should be used that you have mastered and are ready to write 50 books about. Writing on your blog some months will feel like 50 books. It can be really tough. Beyond that, read edublogs for yourself and make comments around “town” as you bloghop. Subscribe to feeds, you can also do this by email. There is so much to say on how I keep content creation alive. Suffice it to say, you need to orchestrate your life so it is comfortable. Content doesn’t come easy and you need to erase as many roadblocks as possible. For example, are you setup with a laptop and shortcuts you need to blog from Starbucks?