Amy Gahran’s presentation, Strategic Commenting, was really helpful for me in understanding how to build an audience and thinking differently about blogging. It really helped put the pieces together. I think prior to this, I thought of blogging more as an online journal without understanding its potential to be social. Certainly, I hoped other people would find my blog posts interesting and comment on them, but I didn’t expect to get any comments and I didn’t. Yet, I wondered how successful bloggers get an audience. The readings for this week, really helped me to see the value of using these social media tools as well. A big paradigm shift needs to be taken in education. I am fortunate to be in an educational setting where I can experiment. Also Nancy and Joao gave me hope by posting to my blog and giving advice on how to develop an audience as both of them are experienced at it. Thanks to both of you!
I am also guilty of having my students use their blogs as a place to post journal entries, final drafts of papers, and a place to post assignments online. I am not sure how to guide them to making comments on others blogs and to teach them how to develop an audience as of yet. Probably has something to do with the fact that I don’t do it well myself. Even though I haven’t yet done this, I am lucky that my students feel comfortable posting to their personal blogs and to a class blog(here are examples of each chaeyoonl.edublogs.org and globalab.edublogs.org). I think now my classes and I can take that next step together to make it a more social experience. I’m looking forward to taking that journey with them. There’s a lot to teach and learn about social media so to start, if anyone has any guidelines that they give to student’s about posting comments I would love to get access to them.