I started Teacherrogers’ blog in the summer of 2010. It has served as my landing place, a cognitive airstrip of sorts, for sharing ideas and revisiting them often. In the past decade, my blog posts became more academic as I became an educational scholar. In 2010, I was teaching English as a second language and developmental reading. Back then, my blogs addressed computer-assisted language learning, reading strategies, and online teaching. Nowadays, they address more general teaching and learning theories, instructional design, innovative educational technologies, and digital literacy. My most visited blog of all time was written in 2012, the Instructional Design of an Online Course.
My blog has helped me synthesize what I’ve learned and experienced on the job, in my doctoral studies, and through action research. My blogs have also served as job aids for instructors that I support at work. As my readership has grown, I’d like to believe they have helped inform my readers. Teaching Tips is the most populated category. Based on site visits, I can tell which blogs are popular. I just wish more visitors would leave a comment, especially students who are reading my blog to help them with their homework. I’ve also benefited from critical comments, as I endeavor to adequately and appropriately cover topics. Please keep those comments coming!
In curating my online presence, I recently encountered Ghent University subscribed to a syndication of my blog through Newstex. Unfortunately, it doesn’t list me as the author. Even worse, Newstex doesn’t have permission to syndicate my blog. I’ve contacted them informally through Twitter to no avail. The next step is to send them a polite email. As my technology manifesto states, as system information users, we should all be benevolent, evaluative, and vigilant of our online interactions.
I’m currently #47 in Feedspot’s Top Educational Technology blogs. There’s about 1K more subscribers to my blog through their RSS feed. If I used Facebook, I might be reaching more readers, but I consider it unsafe. Read my blog on that topic. If you’re interested in learning more about my online presence, visit my blog roll.
I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. One of my new goals is to use my blog for the basis of a podcast. I’d love to hear from my readers on the topics that matter to them. What should I blog about for my 200th blog? Podcast ideas? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below or via Twitter @Teacherrogers. To my readers, a huge thank you!
Sandra Annette Rogers, Ph.D.