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Isolated No More: Blogging as an Alternative Community for Art Educators

Blogger interviews, blogging benefits, blogging etiquette, and blogging how-to will be covered.
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Kristen Forman

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of Isolated No More: Blogging as an Alternative Community for Art Educators

Blogging as an Alternative Community for Art Educators Isolated No More: Introductions
Blogging benefits
Blogging etiquette
Diving in Overview: Instant, accessible, collaborative community
Lesson ideas
Curriculum
Reflective practice (raises personal standards)
Inspiration = new ideas
You can read blogs without blogging, but why? Why blog? Introductions: Kristen from Ms. Kristen-Crayon Can Galway ES in
Silver Spring, MD
Second-year teacher
Blogging for one year
Non-profit blogger Kate from Painting with Brains Phyl from There's a Dragon in My Art Room Patty from Deep Space Sparkle ES teacher near
Santa Barbara, CA
Teaching for seven
years Blogging for three years
For-profit blogger ES teacher near
Adirondacks, NY
Retired after 36
years Blogging for two years
Non-profit blog HS teacher
Fourth-year teacher in NJ
Blogging for one year We need
YOUR voice! Most art education bloggers are: white
female
ES teachers If you are NOT one of those things,
please consider blogging ASAP. Give credit where credit is due
Spelling, grammar, punctuation
Watermarking
Tagging / labeling
Focus on the positive
Not using children's likenesses
Clean aesthetic Blogging Etiquette Choose a blogging platform
Coming up with ideas
Find your voice
More people are interested in content
Decide: level of anonymity
Decide: for-profit or not?
Quick tutorial Getting Started Gaining readership
Tagging
Commenting
Promoting
You do NOT need to be tech-savvy
You do NOT need to be a writer
Get on Pinterest Helpful Tips Kate says: Phyl says: Patty says: Thanks
for coming! Please take a 'zine on your way out! My contact info:
kristen_e_dudley@
mcpsmd.org “I taught for 34 years before I discovered blogging, much of it in a rural school where I was the only elementary art teacher. It’s a very solitary existence. While I certainly had my circle of friends in the school, I had nobody to work with, to bounce ideas off of, etc. Blogging has given me a wide circle of colleagues to share with. I’ve gotten tons of new ideas from blogging, advice on how to solve problems I that I encountered, and made good friends. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers. I think if blogging had been available during my earlier years teaching, it would have changed my teaching dramatically.”

"[Blogging had a] HUGE impact [on my teaching] by giving me a collaborative community where before I was isolated. If I had a question, I’d post it and there’d be an answer from a reader by the next day. And because I was posting student work, it made me really THINK about what I was doing and why I was doing it. So it definitely raised my personal standards." “Blogging has been both a huge resource and outlet for me. My non-art-teaching husband/family can only understand so much of the stories I come home with, so blogging has given me somewhere to go and share, vent, or ask for advice from like-minded people.” “If you aren’t technical, use Blogger. It’s the most user-friendly of all the blogs.”

“If you are consistently receiving 1k-2k visitors a day (it doesn’t happen overnight, sometimes it can take more than a year or two to reach these numbers), it means that you have a voice, a style, or content that readers are engaged with. At this point, it’s possible to make money through selling ads, signing up for affiliate marketing, joining a blogging network or even selling your own product.” “I always got excited about my student work, so it was natural to want to post it to show off. (Yes, there definitely is a ‘show-off’ element to this. Some people might say I’m bragging when my students did a good job. And they are probably right.)”

“I like to keep my voice informal and friendly. I’m blogging because I enjoy it; otherwise I wouldn’t continue.”

“As for writing skills, most people are more interested in content, so don’t stress out too much.” “[One of the disadvantages is] staying anonymous.”

“It’s a private outlet for me and only me.“ “I believe highly in crediting your sources. I use images very frequently in my posts, most of which I grab off of Google, but I’m adamant about including a “via” link below each photo, so the reader knows I borrowed the image from somewhere.”

“I try to never write posts that reflect negatively on my school or my job. It’s not that those negative things don’t exist, I just don’t believe in perpetuating or sharing them with anyone.” “Some bloggers do not use tags, or use strange ones that may make sense only to them, but will not bring them readers in a Google search. I always figured it was a Google search that brought me to Patty, so I wanted it to do the same for me and my potential readers.” “Any original photographs or original text that anyone publishes on their blog is automatically copyrighted, so it’s important to link back whenever you use someone’s idea.”“Today, bloggers can’t pretend they don’t know the rules. The Internet is inundated with art blogs and it’s more important than ever to reward someone for their hard work.” “I set up my blog with limited help one afternoon from the tech coordinator in my district. Then, it was all trial and error. And there were definitely some errors.” "If you don’t have strong writing skills, you’ll need to focus on the visuals in your blog. Make sure you take good quality photographs that tell an interesting story. Understand how to load your photos and how to be selective because no one, and I mean no one, wants to scroll through two dozen shots of the same art project. Also, consider why you want to blog and focus your photos towards that viewpoint." Non-profit blog
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