Edubabbling For The Masses Shout Out
So in a few short weeks, Edubabbling For The Masses will be 5 months old. I actually find that to be quite amazing for when I first began writing this blog I was very hesitant and uncertain about the direction in which it would go. My desire was to produce a blog which would accomplish 3 main goals 1) Answer typical questions that educators, parents or students may have 2) Build an online Professional Learning Community 3) Do my part to promote teaching as the most honorable of professions…one that essentially paves the way for all the others. With these goals in mind I began designing my blog and churning out articles in the very uncertain (for me anyways) world of blogging. I was quite apprehensive as to what the response might be.
As I am now 5 months into my blogging adventure I can report that I have enjoyed this journey more than anything I have done for quite some time. My articles have been very well received, and the level of engagement I have had from many of my readers has been exceptional. It has been a truly amzing experience for me. The content part of my blog has not been overly difficult as many of the posts and topics have been burning in my brain for quite some time. The actual design and technical components have been much more challenging for me. Also, a blog is pretty much useless as a Professional Learning Community unless people are reading it. Due to this fact, I have had to learn all about driving traffic, SEO and Social Media marketing. It has been a lot of work, but a very worthwhile experience. In fact, I went from an average of 30 visits to my blog per day in the first month, to a new average of about 2200 unique visits per day. Very rewarding! All this being said, I really could not have done this on my own. However, as I have discovered… when it comes to blogging, you are never truly alone. I have been fortunate to have a lot of help along the way. In fact, I want to send a special shout out to 3 bloggers in particular who have helped me out in some way. The funny part is they probably do not even realize how much they have helped me with my blog, and may not even really know that I exist! However, I greatly appreciate the help they have knowingly, or unknowingly provided to me. With no further ado…a big shoutout to the following 3 bloggers.
1. Ms. Ileane Smith http://basicblogtips.com
I have found Ms. Ileane to be so especially helpful to me in everything to do with blogging. From blogging tips,tutorials,education,social media and marketing. The list can go on and on. I have connected with her on some social media networks and find her to be a very knowledgable, genuine and patient person. Ms. Ileane is definitely the top blogging expert in my books and I will continue to follow and learn from her.
2. Tyler Moore www.tyler-moore.com
I am not sure if I can refer to Tyler Moore as a blogger…but he is definitely a web expert. As I have mentioned before, when I began this blog I did not have a clue how to do any of the design or technical components. Luckily for me I found Tyler Moore through a Google search and the rest is history. He has a number of step by step instructional videos and it literally helped me build my blog…step by step. I would not have been able to get this blog up and running if it was not for Tyler Moore and his expertise.
3. Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT http://starrsackstein.com
As a blogger, you spend a lot of time looking for work you admire and respect in your niche. I found that with Starr Sackstein. She is an awesome writer with an edge in regards to education. I believe that is exactly what education needs…people to question and challenge traditional policy and push the movement to continue to innovate and transform. I truly believe education needs to keep up with a rapidly changing society, and to read the thorough, knowledgable and motivating work of Starr Sackstein has inspired my own writing. Her work has an edge to it, and that is a great thing!
So…to stray from my typical path, I am just writing this post today to say thanks to all my readers and a particular thanks and shout out to these 3 individuals. I look forward to the next 5 months!