Have you decided to make the jump into teacher blogging? You have enough on your plate right now and probably don’t have the time to do your own research. We have tried to pull together a few resources to get you started. Hopefully this will make starting your blog just a little bit easier!
If you’re wondering why anyone would want to start a blog, hop on over to Penelope’s Portfolio. She’s pulled together a post outlining why teachers might want to start blogging.
Here’s a few things to think about:
1. A Name! Do you want your name to be cute and trendy or professional sounding? It really depends on you and the goals of your blog. Who will your audience be? This might help you decide. Once you have narrowed down your choices, do a few google searches – you want to make sure your name will be unique and that there is no one out there with a similar title.
2. Branding What is going to make you unique? Do you have a graphic that will represent your site? For us, we found an antique green apple we loved that was turned into a piece of clip art. This became the o in Corner and has stuck. We use the apple on all of our marketing materials now. We have also added two teacher gals holding green apples we use from time to time.
3. Colors / Theme Before you design or hire someone to design your blog, settle on your color scheme. This isn’t something you will want to change often so make sure they are colors you love and are catchy.
As you are thinking about the above, I highly recommend that you take the time to peak at The Take Action WAHM‘s post on what you need to know before you get started blogging.
Once you’ve settled on the above, you are ready to begin putting together your blog. We have never regretted the decision to pay a professional to design our blog. We spent a little under $700 and came away with a professional looking site that functioned as we had envisioned. We would never have accomplished this without help from Moritz Fine Designs! If you are not looking at setting up your blog as a true business but more as a place to interact and share with other teachers, $700 might be a little steep. There are many places you can go to for blog designs that are more affordable for a teacher simply looking to network. One of the great things about working with a designer is that he or she knows what they are doing. They will be able to help you get started when you aren’t sure where to begin!
Here are a couple of designers we have heard great things about:
Laine Sutherland from A Little Peace of Africa is another designer to take a look at. Laine has recently added a couple of premade designs if you are in a hurry to get started and don’t want to wait!
If you are a little more tech savvy and just want to purchase a design and then put together your site yourself, there are some instant download options from etsy.
If you are even more tech savvy and are just searching for a step by step list of what to do, Michael and Olia at Plating Pixels have a fairly easy to follow tutorial. Yes, they are food bloggers but the same steps apply to teacher blogging when you create your blog.
What have you learned about teacher blogging? Please share your tips below to help other teachers get started!