I discovered by accident that people enjoy lists. Readers appreciate easily accessible information. If ideas are packaged in point form, everyone wants to read and pass them on. Perhaps this is a sign of our times. People are busy. We like things that are quick and easy to digest. We’re used to flicking from one tab to the next in the browser, skimming for items that catch our attention.
10 ways to attract readers to your blog…
1. Start a ’10 ways…’ series.
2. Write a post on 10 ways to get students to own their learning
4. Write a post on 10 ways to create a culture of thinking
5. Write a post on 10 ways to grow as an educator
6. Write a post on 10 ways my thinking has changed
7. Write a post on 10 ways to think about your learning space
8. Write a post on 10 ways to help students develop a PLN
9. Keep the posts short and to the point.
10. Number the ideas.
But, now that I have your attention, let me be honest. I find it disappointing that these are the posts that attract the most readers. Sometimes I write posts that I think are really important about things that I want to share and discuss. And sometimes those posts are read and passed on far less enthusiastically than the ’10 ways…’ posts. Sometimes hardly anyone comments on the very posts that I hope will be read, considered, debated, shared and responded to. Do I need to assemble my ideas into lists of 10 points each?
My intention was never to write to attract readers though. I write my blog as much for myself as for anyone out there who wants to read it. My blog is a place to reflect. It’s a place to clarify my thinking and synthesize the parts of my learning. It’s a place to share examples of great learning at my school. It’s a way to think through ideas and grow as a learner myself.
If you want to join me, please do… even though my ideas might not always be presented in a convenient ’10 ways’ package!