Ten steps to become an edublogger so you can turn learners into workplace bloggers

October 3, 2007

Like most training folks I know, I’m an absolute freebie junkie. Free lunch? I’m there! Free t-shirt? What do I have to do to get one? It’s quite sad, isn’t it?

So, when Problogger announced a 24-hour blog giveaway just for writing blogging tips…well, what can I say – I’m in. So run like hell if you can’t stand bloggers blogging about blogging. Geesh.

If you’re reading this you might be a fellow blogger. If that’s the case, forward these tips to colleague who is not a blogger. If you’re not yet an edublogger, here you go…

Ten ways…

  1. Select a blogging platform like WordPress and read this as a starting point. Sign up for your free blog and plan on spending about 30 minutes or so getting it up and running.
  2. Start slow with the technology. The beauty of simple blogging platforms is that you can change them often. I started off as a bit of a spaz going all widget crazy. It’s fun and easy to change the look and feel but don’t get caught up in the bells and whistles.
  3. A lot of people aren’t sure about what to write about. That’s OK. Just write from the heart. What are you thinking about at work? What are you struggling with? What are you knowledgeable about that you can share with others?
  4. Read Educational Blogging and How To Be Heard by Stephen Downes {second one been added after original post – thanks Stephen!}
  5. Read other blogs. You can start by selecting blogs from my blogroll which is located on the right hand side of this page. Then, create your own blogroll on your blog. This is a great way to connect with the edublogger community. They’re all nice, generous folks who at one time were first-time bloggers and won’t get bored of your talk of LMSs and SCORM and such like your spouse/kids/cat/houseplants do.
  6. Set up an RSS feed so you can subscribe to blogs an. RSS is like your own newspaper where you read what YOU want to read everyday without searching for updates on your favorite websites. Updated content comes to you. Here’s a great little video called RSS in Plain English by Common Craft you should watch.
  7. I feel that you can only turn your learners onto blogging by blogging yourself. Like a doctor you should WATCH one, DO one, and TEACH one. Reading other blogs is the watch. Setting up your own is the do. Getting workers blogging is where you TEACH. Notice there is no telling.
  8. Imagine. Yes, imagine. After about 30 days of blogging about your own world – the world of education – imagine how blogging could work at your organization. I guarantee you that after 30 or so postings, you’ll understand how great blogging can be for learning – whether you train nurses, programmers, whatever.
  9. Set up an account with a service like Feedburner so you can keep track of your blog stats.
  10. Send me a note when you’re up and running so I can say hi! to you and you’re cool new bloggy self.

Darren, where’s my prize? : )

  • Geof Dudding

    Janet, nice blog! I like reading blogs about blogging, because it is easier than actually blogging. Actually it is inspiring to read blogs about blogging, it will get me blogging. Back to my blog!

  • http://www.downes.ca Stephen Downes

    IMHO Educational Blogging is my second best paper on blogging.

    Here’s the best: How to Be Heard
    http://www.downes.ca/post/2

  • http://www.downes.ca Stephen Downes

    IMHO Educational Blogging is my second best paper on blogging.

    Here’s the best: How to Be Heard
    http://www.downes.ca/post/2

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  • http://mstis.edublogs.org/ Tamara Smits

    Being a beginner blogger I really enjoyed reading the ten points. I have found that reading other people’s blog a little intimidating as you say they too were beginners at some point in time.

    Slowly I am finding and developing my blogging voice and am certainly enjoying the whole experience.

  • http://mstis.edublogs.org/ Tamara Smits

    Being a beginner blogger I really enjoyed reading the ten points. I have found that reading other people’s blog a little intimidating as you say they too were beginners at some point in time.

    Slowly I am finding and developing my blogging voice and am certainly enjoying the whole experience.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    Hi Tamara-
    Glad to hear that you’re enjoying blogging. I think your voice is refreshing and hope you’ll stay at it. You can now proudly say “I’m a blogger.”

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com Janet Clarey

    Hi Tamara-
    Glad to hear that you’re enjoying blogging. I think your voice is refreshing and hope you’ll stay at it. You can now proudly say “I’m a blogger.”

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  • Geof Dudding

    Janet, nice blog! I like reading blogs about blogging, because it is easier than actually blogging. Actually it is inspiring to read blogs about blogging, it will get me blogging. Back to my blog!

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