The Daring Librarian
Special Guest Blogger for EdCamp
AtlantaTeacher-Librarian, LJ Mover & Shaker, GCT, ISTE Board of Directors, Speaker, Blogger, SL Steampunk, Den★, Xtc Fan, Pop Culture Ho, Cinephile, Geek, & Goofball!
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Now, before we start I gotta add that this is by NO MEANS a checklist of 8 social media things you have to do! No social media guilt from me dear friend! Consider it a dim sum dinner or perhaps an ala carte menu, grab one new tasty plate or two! ! Just try one of the 8 to see which you like best- and always I would say, start with Wikispaces! Sure, lib guides and live binders are good - but for ease of use and day to day webby goodness nothing beats a wiki!
Blogging guilt though is mostly self-created. Be strong if you blog! Blogging also makes you feel as exposed as walking down a catwalk in a bodysuit and takes a lot of nerve and determination. But, it's also very rewarding.
So, why do I do it? Because I have a burning desire to share and connect with my PLN - that's you! The word Blog came from slurring together the term Web Log -- it's a log or diary of my days teaching practice. I also blog because if I can help just one new teacher or librarian, or cheer up a discouraged one - then it's all worth it! I like being a perky Polly-Ana cheerleader for education and I like stirring the pot! I'm passionate about my profession and it's fun to share it!
And I obviously like using an abundance of exclamation points!!! But I gotta tell you that I blogged for YEARS out into the aethernet silence - like writing to no one - but I kept at it. You don't blog for comments either! They are the gold nuggets of blogging - greatly desired but Oh so RARE! (by the way, thanks to everyone who ever left
a comment! loveyoumeanit!) One more tip for blogging: Always use labels and keywords - I didn't for YEARS now it's a pain to find old posts and it helps with SEO! (Search Engine Optimization</a>).
Basically, You have to blog for you. Because it's somehow satisfying - because you must.
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