After spending some time getting used to commenting on our new class blog, we ventured out to visit other class blogs that had registered alongside us in the 2009 Fall Blogging Challenge. We established a commenting protocol as a class that set out to accomplish 7 main goals:
Once students proved they could reach these goals, they were granted more privileges and allowed to comment more independently. We learned that visiting and commenting on other people’s blogs brought more people back to ours! And we love getting comments from other students, teachers, and sometimes parents. Everyone visiting our blogs are encouraged to leave us a comment or two.
Establishing commenting guidelines for our class blog was actually a challenge from our first Blogging Challenge that we unfortunately missed during our scramble to get our blogs up and running. Even though we’re a bit late, this was an important challenge to complete. Later we’ll add these ”Thoughts on Commenting” to a new page here so everyone will have quick access to them in the future.
We look forward to reading your thoughts about our work and adventures!
image: Happy Friday by AshtonPal released under an Attribution – Noncommercial – No Derivatives Works license
Our time spent practicing Internet “savviness” and our unwavering attempts to write thoughtful and meaningful comments on blogs around the world have paid off! Our student blogs are emerging. Just like a pilot makes necessary adjustments while taxiing towards the beginning of the runway, you are fine tuning and adjusting the look and feel of your newly earned blogs before your first solo flight into the blogosphere.
These past few days you have been focusing on the appearance of your blog and while it is important that this reflects what you are all about, sharing a little bit about who you are goes a long way with readers. It’s an important step towards connecting with others. This is where your “About Page” fits in.
When you create this new PAGE, ask yourself “What would others like to know about me?“
Remember to keep your personal information as well as friends and family members’ personal information private. Make responsible decisions about what you choose to share.
Need a hand getting started? Try visiting Mrs. Wyatt’s Blogging Challenge instructions or looking at the “About” pages of other bloggers on our Blogroll. Some great examples can be found on Daniel’s blog, or neighbouring Huzzahnians! Savannah’s and Eric’s . You can explore these to see how some have already been done. How were they able to help us understand who they were without giving away too much?
Image: The Tiger Boys Aeroplane by Never Was an Arrow II under Creative Commons License
Well, we’re off and running! Now, we know this isn’t a race, but at times this past week we couldn’t help but feel like we were all waiting eagerly at the start line for the signal to shoot out of the start blocks and be on our way.
Our wait is over. Equipped with all that we have learned about how to be ”internet savvy” and safe online, we are finally ready to proceed with the 2009 Blogging Challenge. With almost everyone in our class new to blogging, we’re sure to learn a lot.
We were inspired to join the Challenge after learning and exploring a blog belonging to another class in our district - Mrs. Smith’s class blog Huzzah! We’re looking forward to connecting with other classes around the world and seeing what will unfold. Thanks to our Flag Counter and ClustrMap, we are learning about where our visitors are starting to come from. We love seeing new flags pop up and we find ourselves wondering who will visit next?
Image: Preparado… listo… / Ready… set… “Just Do it” by Tu TuWon under Creative Commons license