I don't have a large following, but I do have several people who stop in and see what I am sharing. I think the reason I keep doing this is because people do care what I talk about. People are learning new things and utilizing the things I share in their lives. That makes me feel good.
It's hard to keep up with it sometimes. My key to success is organization. I spend a lot of time investigating and planning my posts. I have decided that I am going to share some of my strategies because if I can be a blogger, anyone can be a blogger. Here is the secret of my success:
- Calendar: I keep a small calendar in my purse where I organize all of my posts. I spent a day over the summer deciding three months (that's two a week for three months) worth of posts and I found that when I had them in front of me, I actually got them done and thinking about them a little in advance made me actually try the tool a little but. I kept at that idea with the next three months and keep at it. I think I am going to expand it to using google calendar/ tasks where I can get rid of my second step as well as the calendar in my purse.
- Small notebook: When I attend a conference, do a PD or even when I am working on something and something strikes my fancy, I take some notes. I write the name of the tool, jot down some things I can see myself do with it and other things I may need to refer to. I always carry this with me in my purse. It has loads of little tidbits of information.
- People to test stuff: I come in to class sometimes with all of these brilliant ideas and I sometimes ask my students to help my test a tool. I always make sure it is relevent to what we are doing. I ask them for a quick feel of the tool. Did you like this one? Why? What else can you see us do with it? I get a lot of positive feedback from my students. Sometimes I get negative. I take that experience and share it with my readers.
- A curation site: I curate a lot of web 2.0 tools. I use pocket and scoop.it the most because they both have a little button to add to chrome that I can click while I am on a site. I also have pocket added on my phone so as I pin or read or tweet, I add the sites of interest to pocket and voila, I don't forget it.
- A little bit of time and quiet: I often spend time writing my posts on the weekend while kids are at friend's houses or while I am alone in the library, Occasionally, I have a day where I get to school early or have to stay late and I can actually blog then. Sometimes the library has a dry spell and I can blog. It doesn't take me hours to create a post; my organizing tools have helped me be more effecient.
- A willingness to attend conferences, edcamps, etc: I attend and participate in a lot of things related to tech. I think on average, I attend one webinar a week. (Most are 30 minutes but that amount of time can provide a plethora of information). I also do as many virtual conferences, archives, blog readings as I can. I am a swim mom. My kids are at the pool for one and a half hour a night. The pool is wireless. I do things while they practice. I realize many don't have a situation such as mine, but, even finding 30 minutes a week to do archives of webinars will teach you something. I also try to go to local conferences and edcamps. A lot of schools in Indiana are starting to do 1:1 programs and they are always having one day programs to share with others what they are doing. I have gotten a lot of good ideas from those too.
I am not sure if blogging is for you. I have found that it gives me an outlet to share things I know and do with others. It is a way I can feel accomplished. Remember, if I can do it, anyone can.