Happy 1st Birthday, Blog!
May 24, Victoria Day, is fitting for a celebration in Canada. It’s not only Queen Vickie’s birthday though, this blog turns 1 today! Sure, it’s hardly a fair comparison between the longest reigning monarch and TESLtree/eltrie, but one that is memorable just the same – a time when spring is sprouting leaves on trees and tulips (my favourite) are everywhere. Green grass is appearing; lawns are being mowed; gardens are being weeded. Awakened life is returning to the air, so what better time to celebrate the online venue where I can share and collaborate on ideas, resources and ELT thoughts with my supportive, nurturing and growing PLN!
To celebrate a year’s blogging, I want to share a few insights into some key items over the past year. Enjoy a front seat look and please join me in continuing our passion for our online journeys together!
It all started with this blog being an extension of the Coursetree website with this post:
You have to start somewhere!
At that time, I wanted to have a place where I could explain more about the workshops I have available under the Coursetree name. I wanted to talk more about who I was and what I envisioned Coursetree to be about. I wanted to share resources I’d made. For this extension, I named the blog TESLtree. I quickly realised that this business-y approach (accompanied by the company “we” and “our” pronouns) was not for me.
The readership has steadily increased and it motivates me to keep trying!
This is thanks in no small part to the retweets (RT on Twitter) of great colleagues and the important interaction with some amazing educators over Twitter and Facebook. I appreciate each and every RT. There’s no shame in admitting that watching a post gain views is fun! Plus, you start to realise what type of content everyone enjoys the most and what months I slacked off too much. And don’t we all love comments?
When a tool itself retweets and blogs about your post, those posts become popular. Proof: Soundcloud.
Here’s a look at my top-five most viewed posts over the last year:
1. My Soundcloud redux at VRT11 (312 views)
2. Soundcloud for listening practice (306 views)
3. 10 tweeters I follow (234 views)
4. The lesson plan transformation (200 views)
5. Learning vocabulary: receptive or productive goal? (163 views)
Some posts just don’t get the attention they deserve. ;) /shameless plug/
Tweet this! and Tweet that! – simple ways I’ve used Twitter in class
Summarising, paraphrasing and quotes – using Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum as a graphical representation of each
Milking Material, Pt 1, 2, 3 & 4 – 4 posts on maximising a 2min Simspons clip in class
A record of classroom events – a transparent look at what transpires in one of my classes
#tesl365 – a year-long celebration of inspiration
One post (thanks to a blog challenge) I hope to do more of.
Bookstores, taxes & Swiss PD – my interview with Vicky Loras
1st Birthday Celebration Challenge!
With this in mind, there’s one thing I’ve never done (or had the privilege of doing) and that is handing over my blog to a guest poster. I really love the idea of building and supporting PLN through guest posts, not only to introduce one audience to the ideas of a great educator, but also to bring a new voices to my blog. So, in celebration of my blog’s 1st birthday, I have a small challenge for you readers: Guess how many posts I’ve made during the 1st year of TESLtree/eltrie! To whomever comes closest, I’d like to offer you the honour of being my first guest poster! The only rule is that you can’t guess the same as someone before you.
On a final note, I’d like to sincerely thank every teacher, administrator and tweeter out there who’s read my posts, RTed them or linked them to their blogs. I know exactly how powerful the support of on online network is and I promise to aim to post meaningful, useful and sometimes emotional content for you! Cheers. xo