For the past few months I’ve been dreaming of ways to work to be a better blogger. I enjoy blogging, but often find myself feeling not as valuable to the blogger-sphere, as I know I could be. I go through periods of “bloggers block”, then come back with a vengeance, only to find myself back at the “block”. Sound familiar?
This past May, I decided to put that dream into action by signing up for an online blogging class, and I’m so glad I did! The class was called Blogging from the Heart and was offered by Susannah Conway. She’s amazing and you can get all the info about her class by clicking on the class badge in the right sidebar. I dove into the class with high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed.
Susannah has this uncanny ability to draw you into a blog post, like no other blogger I know. I want what she has and see her as a true mentor. She shared her heartfelt blog tips with her “lovelies” as she called us in this class and asked us to stretch ourselves in ways that many of us were not accustomed to. She also gently pushed us to learn how to better use new and familiar blog tools. She guided us to find our voice, connect with our audience and push past the all too familiar, “bloggers block” that I mentioned earlier. It was truly an inspirational process!
As an experienced photographer and journalist, Susannah taught us the value of so many aspects of blogging that I really hadn’t paid that much attention to in the past. She coached us through using our iPhones and cameras to produce our own images, she encouraged us to podcast, use more video and shared a few cool apps that were new to me.
One of those, that I’m featuring today, is 8tracks http://8tracks.com This is such a fun app! It’s free and allows you to create a music mix to share on your blog, or other social sites. You can use music that’s already on your computer or even import from SoundCloud. I enjoyed testing it out and hope you will try it too. I’m a rocker at heart, so today’s music mix definitely reflects it! Stay tuned for more to come…
Part of the practice of being a lifelong learner is to consistently seek ways to grow in our craft. Taking this course with Susannah not only inspired me to want to be a better blogger, but also to develop ways to share what I’ve learned with my Personal Learning Community. That said, I have a dream to develop my own blogging course for educators, new to blogging, that would support them to grow and embrace this platform. The ability to share our voices with the world and then support our students to do the same is important. Wish me luck as a begin work on an upcoming course launch!