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Kick Start Activity 1 – Advanced – Down Blog’s Memory Lane!

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My post in a wordle
My post in a wordle

The advanced teacher blogging challenge is to encourage experienced bloggers to continue to post regularly, improve the quality of their blog, increase readership, allow further networking and importantly, to learn together. It offers a unique showcase reflecting individual knowledge, approaches, experience, wisdom and hindsight of experienced bloggers. When we write reflective and informative posts on similar themes to the beginners and share with each other, we build a rich community and supportive network.

In this, the challenge #1 you will:-

  1. Write a post on one of the given topics below
  2. Add an appropriate category(ies) and tags. Include the tag  #ksyb (for easy searching of participating blog posts).
  3. Write a comment back on this post, telling us where we can find your post (increase readership, network)
  4. Visit the Discussion Question for activity one to reflect on your experiences with getting started with blogging.
  5. Complete the extension activity (if you have time).

Choose one of the following and write a post.

  1. Ten questions to ask my blog – Take on the role of reporter and ask your blog ten questions, documenting the responses from your blog eg When did you start? Why did you start? What is your most exciting moment? Where does your future lie? etc
  2. “Life as a Blogger” or “My life as a blog!”
  3. 10 things you should know about blogging

(The following could be considered:  how, when, why the blog started, sources of inspirations, nature of posts, top hints and tips, future goals etc)

Extension Activity:

  • add a graphic or image for greater effect (ensure they are original, acknowledged creative commons or royalty free) or
  • add a wordle of key blogging terms or
  • “Your post in a word cloud” – Highlight your post, copy the text, paste into wordle, add the resultant image to your post. (See the wordcloud at the top of this post, it is a summary of words used in this post.)

Please comment back if you have any questions, topics to share, your blog post links etc

178 comments for “Kick Start Activity 1 – Advanced – Down Blog’s Memory Lane!

  1. Ragnhild Aasgaard
    April 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Hi!
    I am participating in the course “Powerful Learning Practice Web 2.0 Tools Course”.
    This is my blog
    http://educatornetworking.wordpress.com/

  2. Mary
    June 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Hi there! I am part of the Powerful Learning Practice 10 day Web 2.0 course. My class’ blog can be found at
    34mk2012.global2.vic.edu.au
    I have posted a holiday challenge for the students and included a wordle. The only way I could get the wordle was to take a screenshot and upload the photo. Is there a better way? I couldn’t find any html code or similar.
    Thanks for the great work you do!

    • July 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

      G’day Mary,
      I have found making a screenshot is the best. There used to be HTML code but it often looked wrong when embedded on the blog.

  3. jrnorwood
    May 26, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I’ve been blogging for a few years now, but I’m taking the challenges to get new readers and improve my blogging style! I’ve created a Q&A with 10 questions (and responses mostly taken from previous blog posts) to honor my blog’s 100th post. See it here: http://bit.ly/MA2zkP

  4. February 16, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Hey I am going to use the wordle picture on your blog. Even though I am a student I loved the wordle
    Thanks Wesley

  5. November 15, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Done and done!

  6. September 12, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Thanks for the challenge – it got me back to my blog. Here is my top ten list: http://snobles.blogspot.com/2011/09/10-things-i-have-learned-as-edublogger.html

  7. September 8, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Blog is updated and ready to read. Glad to be a part of this team!

  8. September 8, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Blog is updated…hopefully I typed the security word correctly this time so you can see it…ugh!

  9. September 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Here is my post, written in part for the Kickstart Activity I teacher challenge blogging unit. I chose to reflect on my bast 14 months of blogging with a goal of thinking about how I might share my PLN activities on my blog. You can read my post at
    http://mediatechparenting.net/2011/09/06/why-i-blog-for-media-tech-parenting/

  10. March 15, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Uhhgggg…. second time trying to post this. Interface===less than desired. Possibilities=pretty cool.

  11. March 15, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I am slightly frustrated with the userinterface, but I am determined to continue until I understand what is going on. I think the possibilities are cool though:)

  12. February 17, 2011 at 5:12 am

    I reaaly want to use this blog with students and educators from other schools. We could share information about working out and different exercises or workouts that people are doing. Sharing ideas and opinions is a great way to get more info and keep people interested.

  13. dee8906
    February 7, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I know this is late in the game but here is my bog post link
    http://dee8906.edublogs.org/ I hope you don’t mind!
    Thanks this is a great site and challenge

  14. Bev
    February 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Well, I must, without a doubt, be one of the latest participants to join the Teacher Challenge and finally get a first post up, but I did it! You can see my post at http://novanews.global2.vic.edu.au/2011/02/04/kick-start-activity-1-advanced-down-blogs-memory-lane-10-tips-about-blogging/

    I enjoyed the challenge of thinking about aspects of blogging that I’ve either discovered or to be important.

  15. January 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Hello,
    My post “10 things you should know about blogging” can be found at http://aslisaglam.edublogs.org/
    (P.S. I am far behind the group but I am trying to catcth up with you. Even if I can’t, I am learning a great deal from discussions and other participant bloggers. Thank you.)

  16. msz1011
    January 28, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Here is my blog and my first activity post:

    http://msz1011.edublogs.org

  17. January 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Hi all,
    I’m a bit behind the 8-ball, but have decided to join in anyway.
    Here is my go at the post for this first activity:
    http://www.technolote.com/?p=854

  18. andjnatasa
    January 23, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I do not know why link didnt worked when I paste it.
    Links:
    http://ppredskolskip.blogspot.com/
    http://vrtic.blogspot.com/
    http://deteiracunar.blogspot.com/
    Natasa from Belgrade

    • January 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

      Natasa, I tried to comment on each of these blogs, but could only find a place to add comments on one of them. Not sure whether it was a google translator problem or not. Thanks for being part of the challenge and it is wonderful to have early childhood educators as part of this.

  19. Natasa
    January 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Name: Natasa
    Location: Serbia, Belegrade
    My blogs:
    Vrtic
    Pripremni predskolski program
    Dete I racunar

    In all activities and links to another blogs I found very useful information. I have created some of them in my blogs this week. I am very curious to learn more about creating blog and use blogs and other tools, especially for kindergarten. I am a teacher (children from 3 to 6 years).

  20. January 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Starting a bit late, but I’ll catch up.Really enjoyed writing this post – starting to feel a bit more organized and confident in this world of blogging.

    Here’s my post for this activity: http://talkaboutmusic.edublogs.org/2011/01/20/my-life-as-a-blogger/

    Thanks for this wonderful idea!

  21. January 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm
  22. dspear
    January 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I’m jumping in a little late here. This challenge is really fantastic for all levels of bloggers. Looking forward to learning with everyone. :-)

    Here’s my Week 1 post: http://webapps1.milton.k12.pa.us/blogs/spear/2011/01/20/30-days-to-kick-start-your-blogging/

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