Blog #199: Teacherrogers Celebrates a Decade of Blogging
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 through my scholarly endeavors. 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. I followed up with their librarian to ask that they cite my work. They referred me to Newstex which stated they only share a summary of my blog with a link. They’re run by the ACI Information Group. I’ve signed with them to formally syndicate my blog in hopes that it can reach a wider audience!
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 (FB), I might be reaching more readers, but I consider FB unsafe; Read my blog on that topic. If you’re interested in learning more about my online presence, visit my blog roll.
During this decade, I also blogged for TESOL International and the AACE Review. For TESOL, I wrote about conference attendance and shared language learning tips and tools. For the AACE Review, I was given topics to blog about for academia. It led to some interesting interviews with tech leaders I wouldn’t have normally encountered.
Even though maintaining this blog is time consuming, 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.