This weeks topic comes from an email response I received to last week's blog entry from Jen Sekella of Dozier Middle School in Newport News, VA:
I would like to start a blog - but I dont know where educators hang out and blog on the net.
Jens question isnt about what a blog is. Its not about technical how-tos. Its about community. Where can you find other teachers and like-minded folks?
There are lots of places you can start a blog. Free blog hosts include Facebook, Wordpress, LiveJournal, MySpace, Blogger, Windows Live Spaces, and Xanga. Additional sites are listed in the Wikipedia Weblog Software entry.
There are teacher bloggers on all those blogging sites, but you have to know how to find them. If you want to write short updates, Facebook could be for you. Look up some colleagues you know on Facebook, and build your network from there. Don't miss the opportunity to look at your colleagues friends too. Youll connect to other teachers quickly and easily that way. There are also some Facebook groups for teachers:
- National Council of Teachers of English
- NCTE/CCCC Facebook Friends
- Educational Technologists
- 4Cs: Conference on College Composition and Communication
The easiest solution is to join the 2008 NCTE Annual Convention Ning. Once you sign up, you can blog on the site and you will be immediately connected with other NCTE members. Everyone is welcome, whether you will attend the Convention next month or not. Its a great way to plug into the sessions and connect with people. The process is simple:
- Sign Up (or sign in if you already have a login).
- Back on the Ning Homepage, click the My Page link.
- (optional) Add any details to your profile (the info on “My Page”).
- Click Blog Posts in the left column.
- Start writing your blog entry on the next page.
It really is that simple. So no excuses. You dont even need to know HTML codes. Sign up on the NCTE Ning and get blogging!