Students have been asked to participate in writing blog posts for each other, so we should be seeing some interesting conglomerations of ideas and genres between those posts. I want students to maintain some of their own personality and blog theme, staying true to what they generally post, but find a way to incorporate their host bloggers theme and topics.
Along with this students are reminded that they need to follow each other’s blogs. We help each other, we spread the news about what we’re all working on. My main page has an entire section on the right with links to the blogs I’m following, and while many students haven’t added their blog icon yet, you can still click on the big W to follow them. Take a few moments to check them out, there’s some great stuff these kids are writing!
As for me, I’m always trying to get more followers. It brings attention to the school, it brings attention to my CTE program on Film and Multimedia, it brings attention to my students’ work, and it helps build the community here at Hercules Middle School. Heck, if this puppy every gets rolling we might be able to invite advertisers and get some added revenue for clubs on campus. Who knows what the future holds.