Some of the first things you may think about when you first notice this are:
a) who do I list on my own?
b) how do I get on other people's?
a) Which blogs should you list on your blog roll?
- Blogs you feel most comfortable recommending to your readers. That is the primary function of a blog roll - it is there to tell others who to visit next. It says that you have read at least five to ten of their posts and that you are very confident about the content and the intention of the writer. You know that you are not randomly sending your readers on to someone who writes about dump trucks and you know they don't plagiarize other people's content. They are EduBloggers who:
- blog consistently.
- write on similar themes as your own.
- write well (as this is subjective, it your call and this decision may affect your own reputation!).
- Bloggers who have started around the same time as you have (you can spur each other on and talk to each other about what you're both learning and going through).
- Bloggers who visit your own blog and participate in your conversations, people who are not just focused on their own.
- Bloggers with a sense of community: the ones with blog rolls.
- Bloggers who do more than indulge in "diary" writing. (There's nothing wrong with doing that but is that who you want to send your readers on to?)
- Bloggers who contribute. Their words/tips/lesson plans and ideas consistently help you (and therefore others) to develop as a professional in your field (or they make you laugh-think-feel something).
b) How do you get on other people's blog rolls?
Not by asking.
- Don't do this and in particular, never, ever do this with an already popular blogger - he probably gets hundreds of requests weekly and it is both a major breach of blog-i-quette and a form of spam.
So how do you get another blogger's attention?
- write your own quality content, consistently.
- write on similar themes as the blogs you respect without being a copycat.
- write at a relatively high level of English: use the spell-checker and edit your work before clicking on the Publish Post button.
- Participate in other bloggers' conversations: don't wait for them to come to you.
- Wait. If you are new you have simply not produced a body of work worth recommending yet.
Reciprocal linking might look very attractive to you when you're starting off - you've listed someone and because you've done this then you want to be listed back (you may even feel you deserve it) but aside from the fact that it is a cheek for you to expect this from people who are essentially strangers to you, doing this sort of thing, willy-nilly, can wind-up jeapordizing that blogger's ranking on Google!
Also those links on the side-bar also don't usually add much to your ranking - they're generally not searchable content and therefore the links which have the most value to you when starting out are those created within someone else's blog post.
- Many bloggers don't update their blog rolls frequently so do not take it personally if you aren't listed even after visiting them many times. Be patient, you never know, you might be on next week.
- Many bloggers only list the blogs written by their personal friends (real or virtual) or by their employees/ colleagues or even their mates-from-back-in-the-day so do not take it personally if you aren't listed.
- Many bloggers don't keep blog rolls due to the hassle and spam mails asking to be put on them.
So the social-media tip for this Sunday is forget about the blog roll for now and instead work on developing relationships with your fantastic new edu-community.
Carnival! (27 bloggers writing on EduBlogging, 2009)
Thoughts on being an Edu-blogger
Blogging, chatting, discussions online: (we're still just writing on cave walls)
IATEFL 2011: The ELT blogosphere symposium
Recorded Presentation on Edublogging at the Reform Symposium July 31st, 2010
The Guest Posts
Glossary of EduBlogging Terms, Mike Harrison's Blog
Glossary of phrases and expresssions based on the word blog, Sue Lyon Jones's blog
The Best Kept Secrets of Highly Successful Edubloggers
Intro Nick Jaworksi's blog
Part 1 Shelly Terrell's blog
Part 2 Janet Bianchini's blog
Part 3 Berni Wall's blog
Part 4 Monika Hardy's blog
Part 5 Anne Hodgson's blog (coming soon)
image credit: MikeLicht, NotionsCapital.com
I love hearing from you! Please add your thoughts if you feel like there's something you would like to question, add or say about it - don't worry about perfection or agreeing with me - it's always a pleasure to hear from you and know your own opinions about edublogging and the blog roll. Did I miss anything?
Worried about spamming me? Spam = you haven't read any of the discussion either in the post or by the other comments yet you want to come to my page in order to advertise yourself... (which probably means you won't have read this either :)). Your comment will be removed.
Contribution = you've read the post and the discussion which has been added to it from other educators (or you want to start one off).