For me the readers of my blog are important because when I have readers and commenters, they let me know that I have written something worth reading. This gives me an extrinsic push to keep on writing and posting; I do love a gold star or a pat on the back as we all do. I also see that to drive readers to my blog, I must become a better blog reader, commenter, and general online buddy. I also see the importance of keeping these new blog buddies on my Google Reader feed so I can see what their classes are doing. I am especially happy to have linked up with folks who are music and art teachers and librarians as well as classroom teachers from around the world. I would like to continue to share their stories in my undergraduate and graduate technology and education courses.
1, 2, 3 Steps to Building Better Blog Readership
1. Use social networking--Plurk, Twitter, and Facebook are networks that I participate in so I need to advertise shamelessly my blog and encourage folks to post comments. If you are on any of these networks, please leave a comment with your handle so I can start to follow you or friend you!
2. Read others’ blogs and comment. I have found that I am getting very good feedback as a result of this challenge because I leave my post link on a comment on a similar post. I have discovered a great new bunch of blogging friends to read.
3. Keep writing. I want to continue to challenge myself to write two blog posts a week so that people who read Fresh Fowlers will have a reason to keep me in the RSS feed. I hope to vary my posts so that I offer ideas for using tools I have found as well as just tell stories about teaching and learning.
I really think commenting and leaving my links on other people's blogs is the best way to get blog readers for Fresh Fowlers. I will challenge myself to keep blogging as a priority for my own professional leanring.