Thanks to everyone for the great posts so far. There is a wealth of knowledge, experience and sharing, so please take time to read others’ posts and continue to add comments. It is not too late to start the challenge – either start with this one or complete the two previous ones, commenting back on each challenge with your blog post link.
The third challenge looks at pages. Pages add extra depth, resources and information. They can be likened to muscles -as they give power, flexibility and weight to the blog. Individual blog statistics show that the “About Me” page ranks high in the most visited posts/sites of a blog. People are curious about the blogger, want to know more about them, ensure they are worth following, networking with, returning to visit and that they are indeed valid experts etc. Bloggers need to consider the issues of transparency vs privacy ie how much information should be divulged on their “About Me” page compared with how much information the reader needs.
Let’s start spring cleaning and build those muscles!
Spend some time looking at your “About Me Page”. How effective is it? Keeping in mind the characteristics of an effective post, what could you add to make it more informative, resourceful etc? What other pages could be added eg a class blog could have a cyber safety page, a code of conduct page, a page for parent information etc?
Tasks for the #3 challenge:-
- Look for some “About Me” pages on blogs.
- Add your ideas to a shared google document Pages in Blogs (or scroll down to the bottom of this post for the document). Together we can build a valuable resource for both participants and other interested parties. Add your ideas for class/teacher/personal blog pages and possible content.
- Give your “About Me’ page a spring clean or if you do not have one, add an “About Me” page. For any help required, check out the current beginners challenge on blog pages.
- Add at least one other page to your blog. Insert some information.
- Write a post “Before and After the Spring Clean” including justification for your changes or write a post on “Features of an effective About Me page” or if time were no problem, what would you do with an About Me Page. Include the tag #ksyb and any other you see as appropriate.
- Add a comment back on this blog post and include the link to your post.
- Find at least 5 other blog posts in challenge #3 and add a quality comment. Respond to those who comment on your blog post.
Goto bubbl.us and register (or use other mind mapping tool). Login to bubbl.us, start brainstorming, add bubbles and label the bubbles with the names of your pages and typical content on the pages. The home bubble should bear the name of your blog. Add further bubbles as required. Save your mindmap, grab the code and embed that code back into your blog. See below a very basic mind map of the Teacher Challenge blog using bubbl.us.
Any feedback and further ideas are welcomed!
Below is the google document for sharing:-