We’ve had a little break from the challenges, but now it’s time to get back to blogging! A big part of blogging is sharing information and bringing issues and ideas into your posts. You have the power of the media when it comes to your readers and you have a responsibility to share your views and opinions.
Earth Hour is happening in just over a week. Here is the promotional video.
What do you think about this project? Do you support it? Do you participate in it? Why or why not?
Your eighth challenge this week is to post about something important. Take Action! This is a way to inform your readers about something that you think is important – something that you want other people to know about or participate in. Your issue can be related to Education, Poverty, Children’s Rights, Animal Rights, The Environment, etc. You can also use Earth Hour if this is something that you’re excited about. Just remember to pick something that you are truly passionate about – something that you want to raise awareness about. Your post needs to:
- inform your readers (give them some facts and information)
- inspire your readers (use pictures/videos to make it exciting)
- empower your readers (tell them how to get involved)
* Don’t forget to label your post with the category BBB so that your mentor can find it easily.
Here is your (long awaited) 8th challenge. From now until the end of the school year there will be extra challenges to work on before participants are nominated and voted for wining spots and prizes! Good luck to all Better Blogging Battlers!
Photo of the Day is simple. Choose a photo from the internet that really captures something and invokes a response from its audience. It can be funny, sad, beautiful, scary, etc. Make sure you choose something interesting. Then write about it. A paragraph describing what the picture is about and another paragraph describing why you chose the photo.
Remember to credit where the photo came from!
Photo Credit: Aloni Cahusac
This is a picture that I took recently with my iPhone app caleed camera+. I really like taking pictures with my iPhone because I can edit them and makes changes to them immediately, then share them with the world right away. This picture was taken from the Lamma Island ferry as I was on my home on Buddha’s Birthday – May 10th 2011. It was a beautiful day and I was very happy to have enjoyed a holiday with my friends.
I love this picture because the dark edges make it impossible to tell where the frame of the image is. I also like the colours created by the sunset and the black silhouette of the barge on the ocean. This photo makes me feel very calm and relaxed, just as I do everyday when I take the ferry to my peaceful island home.
Here are some sites to help you find interesting photos:
The Globe & Mail
Photo of the Day
Spring into Reading is upon us at CDNIS and “we’ve gotta keep reading… ’cause this books gonna be a good book!”
This week’s challenge involves getting your audience involved in your reading. Do you know of any widgets or apps that allow you to share your reading lists with other bloggers? Want to know what other people are reading and enjoying? Ever need a good book recommendation? Well here’s your chance to share your favorite books and help us all Spring into Reading.
Challenge # 3: Install a Shelfari Widget
1. Sign up for an amazon account
2. Design your own personal widget (this is harder than you’d think, but you can figure it out if you read carefully! pay attention to width and size so that it fits into your side bar neatly)
3. Activate a Shelfari widget on your blog to showcase what you are reading
or have already read
4. Check out other people’s bookshelves
Have fun becoming better bloggers!
Check out my Shelfari widget on the right —–>
Are you getting noticed yet?
This week’s challenge is about getting noticed and attracting more readers from around the globe. I’ve noticed that a lot of us need to broaden our audience and get some new readers interested in our blogs!
Ever feel like the only person who reads your blog is your teacher? Or better yet, your parents? Or grand-parents? Do you want to have friends and pen-pals from classrooms all over the world? You could read their blogs and they could read yours!
I happen to have the perfect solution to finding kids just like you!
There is an international Student Blogging Competition which starts every year in September and March. It is hosted by a teacher, the amazing Ms. Wyatt from Australia, who organizes thousands of student blogs and classroom blogs. Last year, some of the CDNIS Gr.5 classes took part in the September Challenge.
So this week, you’re going to use The Blogging Challenge’s incredibly long list of Global Student Bloggers from the September 2011 Challenge to find kids just like you! Simply check out the loooooooooong list of blog participants from all over the world. This chart tells you the name and age of the blogger as well as their home country and their current interests. Awesome!
1. Figure out how to add new links to your blog – see the left-side menu in your dashboard.
2. Add at least 10 student blogs from anywhere around the world. To add a blog link you must give them a name and then copy/paste their URL into the link form.
3. Organize your links by giving them categories (for your new friends think about something like My Global Friends or My Global Community)
4. You will need to make a comment on these student blogs to say hello, introduce yourself and let them know that you are putting a link to them on your blog because you like their blog and/or you have common interests. I bet that they will also want to put a link to your blog and then even their friends will check out your blog. If you make 10 new friends and they have 10 friends each who check out your blog – that’s 100 NEW visitors right there!
5. Go into your widgets and place a “links” widget in your side bar – select which categories you want to show up
6. You’re done Now, check out other BBB participants and see who they choose for their links!
Great Work Better Blogging Battlers!