3 Essential Steps to Become a Blogger and Resources to Help You Get Started

March 21, 2013

in Ideas, Tools, Web 2.0

Blogging is being increasingly incorporated in today’s learning landscape. It’s no longer just for aspiring writers, business, and for hobby bloggers. Blogging is now an instrument of learning for many. One testament to blogging’s increasing popularity in the classroom can be seen at KidBlog. It’s a WordPress hosted blogging that’s specifically designed for students and teachers. The site is currently used (for free) by over 2 million K-12 students from all over the world. If you’re a teacher who’s new to blogging or a student who suddenly took interest in blogging, there are many ways to learn. Although most services like KidBlog.org are fairly simple to use, plenty of other resources are available to help you start blogging.

Try a Tutorial or Online Course
Many tutorial sites offer free blogging courses to get you started. These are perfect for visual or auditory learners who digest material better through videos and slides. A single Google search can lead you to popular blogging online courses, but it’s always better to start with free ones, especially if you’re a newbie.

Take a look at these free resources:

Participate in the Blogging Community
While online courses and tutorials can help you learn how to blog, top bloggers and writers can give great into blogging ranging from mastering the English language and avoiding common mistakes to understanding specific blogging  strand traffic generation strategies. Find the best blogs and read them often. New bloggers tend to focus on writing their own posts that they neglect to follow others. Starting out reading many different blogs is good way to get exposure to different styles of writing, but eventually you’ll find yourself returning to the only a few, and those will most likely influence your own style and voice. Being a regular reader, a subscriber, or a constant commenter to other blogs are also great ways to establish a relationship with the blog owner, and will not only help you learn but also grow your connections. Here are some noteworthy and award-winning blogs and bloggers you can benefit from:

Maintaining Your Blog
It’s easy to start a blog. Maintaining it is a different story. Many bloggers face the dreaded blogger burnout. The good news is this isn’t really much of a problem for student bloggers as goals and deadlines are set by the teachers. But blogging for business and money requires more dedication. So as a new blogger, it’s important to set guidelines that can help you maintain your blogging momentum.

A few good ones are:

  • Decide on a blogging schedule (daily posting isn’t necessarily the best option).
  • Plan your editorial calendar ahead (preferably before you even decide to start a blog).
  • Keep a list of possible blog topics and outlines.

In the classroom, it doesn’t matter what subject the teacher teaches, blogging can be used as an effective tool to engage students and prompt self-learning. Teachers use it not just to teach but as a medium to monitor student’s academic progress. And as the world continues to turn digital, we can to see even more blogs. Learning how to set up a blog, write posts, understand SEO, and build relationships with other bloggers doesn’t have to be hard. If you’re interested in blogging, start learning how now!

Author info: This is a contribution by Glori Urban from SkilledUp – the leading source of reviews, ratings and deals on online courses, with over 50,000 courses from over 200 providers available in every subject. Find online courses at SkilledUp.com to get skills and get ahead, and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.



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