From the Archives: Graham Stanley on To Blog or Not to Blog

Each Follow Friday (#FF on Twitter) we will pull a buried blog post from the dusty archives of the web. We hope you agree that there is a lot to learn from these “oldie but goodie” posts on education.

Title: To Blog or not to Blog?
Writer: Graham Stanley
Role in Education: Teacher, ICT specialist
Date Posted: July 14, 2009
Subject: Blogging; Bloggers Block
Twitter ID: @grahamstanley
Blog: blog-efl See also Digital Play

Why we pulled it from the archives? We knew we’d find something interesting in Graham Stanley’s archives; they go back to 2003! There has been a lot of chat recently about whether or not TEFL blogging and commenting is being replaced with microblogging on Twitter or Facebook. In this archived post, Graham Stanley offers an interesting reflection on his own experience, and offers some good advice for teachers who are considering starting a blog (which many likely are at this time of year). Can you guess why he started blogging?

Editor’s Note: We scheduled this post for today, and since then Graham Stanley posted a NEW post on this same wavelength: Is the ELT Blogging Honeymoon Over? Check it out too!

Summary: Graham shares his own journey of blogging, covering topics such as blogging with students, blogger’s block, and blogging experiments. (Our ‘From the Archives’ series was a blogging experiment, and this is our 22nd one.) The post also discusses the importance of setting goals.

How do you sustain interest in blogging? Leave a message here, or add to the discussion on Graham’s blog.

Previous #FF Archive Features

Larry’s post on Filling a few Moments at the End of a Lesson
Anita’s post on Whole Class Feedback
Gavin Dudeney on Technology as a Non-Event
David Dubelbeiss on Standard English
Nicky Hockley on Activities for Online Courses
Ozge’s Post on Making Kindergarten Last 4Ever
Alex Case on Students Hating Textbooks
Eva’s Post on The Simplest Tool
NYT’s Post on Telling the Tale
Shelly Terrell’s Post on Cooperation vs. Competition
Tom Whitby’s Post on Senioritus
Seth Dickens’ post on Skype
Marisa’s post on the Power of Play
Aniya’s post on the ABC’s of Online Teaching
Talk to the Cloud’s post on Mass Market Magazines
Nik Peachey’s Seven Things you Probably Don’t know about Me.
Lindsay Clandfield’s Six Great Ideas that will Never Happen
Silvia Tolisano’s post on Digital Storytelling
Karenne Sylvester’s post on Creative Commons
Jamie Keddie’s post on Search
Kate Klingensmith’s post on PLN’s

If you know of a blog post that deserves to be pulled from the archives, please share a link. (Pre 2010)

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