It is the last week in the #ETCoaches Blog Challenge. I am excited to have completed the challenge and picked up some new EdTech blogs in my RSS reader. All this just in time for #CE16 to boot! So what is next for me and the HotLunchTray in blogging?
This challenge was at just the right time for me. It jump-started my posting schedule when I could have deferred posting because school started back up. I will make sure to join a blogging challenge at the start of school next year too!
I am back in the practice of capturing ideas either on the go with memos to my phone or via a quick add to my Editorial Calendar again. This strategy also helps me capture and retain my fleeting ideas for posts. When I am ready to write, topics are not an excuse right now. I use the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin and love it. I am super intrigued by Trello as a whole-life editorial calendar(I forget who to thanks for this tip, but it is an awesome idea).
During this challenge I was posting up to three times a week. I think trying to stay at twice a week would be ideal. However,I have learned that while I must do some blogging, it becomes counter-productive for me to adhere to a goal just to post. I plan on doing a better job this year making posting easy, but also being easy on myself if I do not meet that self-imposed goal.
I will continue to contribute to the Blog A Month Challenge. I like the flexibility of a whole month to contribute; it gives a blogger time to really think about an idea.
I am a big believer in the power of commenting on people’s blogs. It is a form of Blogging Light which I recommend to anyone interested in starting their own blog.
The commenting during this #ETCoaches Blogging Challenge was the best surprise! I loved connecting with my peers in this format which has helped grow me previously in intra-personal ways. I hope to continue this, but may even extend it to a group or several groups in my Feedly RSS.
Thank you #ETCoaches friends – it was fun!