My Quest To Teach

September 23, 2016

The Empowerment of Attending FlBlogCon 2016

The Empowerment of Attending FlBlogCon 2016
William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson
Instructor Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida
#Educational Technology and Social Media and STEAM
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

Growing into an Editor – Publisher – Writer – Content Creator
Thought Leader – Video Blogger – Fashion Blogger
Daddy or Mommy Blogger – Intellectual – Author – Developer
and all around Geek and Blerd takes more than a desire to be
famous or infamous.

The opportunities available for those who have the desire to
grow into their passions of blogging. The possibilities  are
endless and unlimited to share content with like minded people.
The power of blogging allows the writer to connect with others
that share their passions, goals and mission to build relationships
and create communities, either digital or real.

There is potential power in creating digital content that can build a
Brand and establish a person’s Niche. Being empowered with a
passion to create content must be followed by a plan to share and
eventually market that content.

Many people are learning how to be a journalist in dynamic areas
they are passionate about. In my Educational Technology and Social
Media class at Edward Waters College students blog each week on
what they are passionate about. They are reinforcing their writing
skills and building their literacy skills, reading abilities and increasing
their collaboration opportunities.

In the educational environment it is important to understand that
writing can build skills that can be used in business, commerce and
finance. Learning why writing is important and how to apply writing
abilities are vital to success in many careers. Students in HBCUs
or Historically Black Colleges and Universities are learning that
applying the skill of writing is allowing them opportunities in fields
not thought of before.

Blogging is not exclusive to writing: Tumblr, Instagram, Microblogging
on Twitter, Podcasting and even Vblogging or video blogging with
YouTube or Vimeo. The content is the glue that bonds the reader to
the creator and creates a relationship based on supply and demand.
Supplying content demanded by the readers.

Students from Edward Waters College will be attending
for the first time the FlBlogCon. Provided a unique opportunity
that will be engaging, interactive, eye opening and
transformative in how they see the integration of technology outside
of college and education.
Edward Waters College http://www.ewc.edu/

Areas discussed in Educational Technology:
Niche…  Topics… Passion… Blogging Calendar…
Shareable Content… Analytics…. Quality or Quantity…
Domain Name…. Develop Your Brand… Uniqueness…
What is your mission for Your Blog….


Choosing your Niche…..
what is your area of expertise?
who is your target audience?
what is your skill set that you can promote?
what training do you need to solidify and expand
your knowledge?
do you need further education?
do you need certifications?
do you need to attend conferences, workshops and summits?

The process of becoming a successful blogger seems
daunting sometimes, but is necessary to separate
from the pack that seems to imitate, immolate, copy
and simulate others. To separate yourself from the
pack it is important to be authentic and unique.
What do you have to offer that others do not?

Choose your Topics:
what do you want to write about?
what is your background knowledge?
what do you want to accomplish ?
who do you want to connect with?
what are your associations?
are you involved in your community?
do you volunteer?

Do you show your Passion:
Topics are vast and unending, but what are you
knowledgeable about and passionate about?
When people talk to you, you should not have to
tell them your passions, they should see it in
your eyes, mannerisms, your expressions and your
behaviors online and off.

Create a Blogging Calendar:
how often are you going to blog?
when do you want your posts to be published?
when are you able to sit down and write?
do you need to do research?
are you going to integrate video?
are you going to expand to a Podcast, Facebook Life,
Periscope or other Social Media platform?

Make Your Content Shareable:
how can people access your content in SoLoMo
environments (Social Local Mobile) and on what devices?
what connections do you implement to allow readers to share?
do you optimize your photos and images for size and type?
do you encourage sharing?
sharing is caring?

Analyze your Analytics:
take the time to study your data…
apply the information to expanding your blog in
diverse markets…
what does the data say about who your visitors are?
where are they coming from?
which tool meets your needs the best for which demographic?

Quality or Quantity:
when is it best to work on a blog?
when is it best to post a blog?
how many do you write at a time?
you should always go for quality not quantity
take the time to write, re-write and edit

Get your own Domain Name:
this is your address, your personal site for
posting content that represents you.
your domain name is part of your Brand so choose carefully

Develop Your Brand:
what are you known for?
what do you want people to learn from you?
your Brand is your promise for quality content

Uniqueness:
people look for unique content that they
can identify with and follow….
what do you have to offer in unique content?
build your followers…

What is your mission for Your Blog:
you have to determine the direction of your
blogging..
do you have a style?
do you have a growing relationship with readers?
are you being published someplace?
are you planning to make money or do you want
to provide just information ?

Florida Blogging Conference should help you
answer these questions and more. Figure out
ahead of time what sessions you want to attend
and how you are going to apply the knowledge
you gain.
Attendance is powerful, but the application of
what you learn at FlBlogCon is transformational.

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September 17, 2016

Part 2 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices

Part 2 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices
by William Jackson, M.Ed
Edward Waters Collegfe
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

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25 Suggestions for African Bloggers
1. Write as if the world is going to read your
content. When people read your content they
should see, feel and hear the passion for what
your blogging about.

2. When creating content take the time to read,
review, rewrite, revise, what you have written,
sometimes you have to come back to what you
started to see a new direction or a new level of
engagement.

3. Don’t trust anyone that tells you your blogs are
“great” all the time. Have a critical eye and humility
about your content. Some of your content will be
great some of it will just be ok, so be fine with it
and grow.

4. Don’t create content to be famous, sharing
your life potentially to the world, not selling your
soul to make a profit. Look at the greats like
Achebe, Addiche, Soyinka.

5. Embrace the diversity of the world. Your blogs
should be able to reach out to diverse audiences
unless you are specific about who or whom you’re
writing to.

6. Don’t always write about sunshine and happiness;
branch off and challenge your abilities
to write outside your box of understanding and
expertise. What is traditional, what is disturbing,
what is scary, the changes and challenges of
African culture.

7, Build your writing by reading what other writers
have written, see if your experiences
are like theirs. Chinua Achebe and others were
able to blend stories.

8. When writing, write as if telling a story to a friend
or family member. Relationships are important,
building a relationships brings connectivity and trust.

9. Read other writers that you respect and admire,
this inspires your creativity and literary growth.
You’re not trying to be like them, but create your
own journalistic journey.

10. Storytelling paints a picture, so use words
that encourage the imagination and
creativity in you.

11. Use music to inspire, excite and give you
the chills about what you’re writing. There
is a writers zone that will take over the more
you write.

12. When writing determine if there are challenges,
conflicts that need to be overcome and shared.

13. Don’t be afraid to submit your blogs to multiple
sites. You never know who will publish
your works. Even if you are rejected 100 times,
101 might be the one that gets you an
awesome gig.

14. Keep your passion and excitement about
your writing, it is an extension of who you are.

15. Write different kinds of stories.

16. Read, Read, Read and Read some more,
fall in love with reading.
17. Your writing is an important part of who you
are, what you are growing into and how to
expand your voice.

18. Bloggers must continue to grow in their fields,
you may start off in a traditional blog,
but be willing to incorporate Microblogging,
Podcasting, Vblogging and other technologies
that reach diverse audiences. Periscope,
Facebook Live and other platforms.

19. Volunteer in your community if it is safe
to do so. Help others and see the beauty in
people of diversity. Never judge those that
have less or even more than you do.

20. Blogging is a life-long journey and
should be a life-long adventure for the blogger.
When people read your works, see you in
person they should be able to see your
passion without you saying a word. Be a
student of life, never think that you can know
too much, learn to little or grow too big. Be a
part of something bigger than you are that is
positive, and productive. Your words will last
forever, what impression do you want the
future world to have about you??

21. Take time to meditate and listen to the
ancestors, what stories are they telling you
to write.

22. Look into the eyes of children, the elders
to seek the spirit of Africa, to share with those
that want to see what you see, rely on your
writings to experience life experiences.
“When old people speak it is not because of
the sweetness of words in our mouths; it is
because we see something which you do
not see.” Chinua Achebe

23. Write something every day….

24. Use YouTube to listen to past discussions
by Achebe, Hughes, Dyson, Sanders,
and others that are not well known.

25. Create your own YouTube channel or
Vimeo to record your reading and share
your stories through video.

Resources:
Nigerian Bloggers Directory –
http://www.bloggers.ng/
African Blogging Awards –
http://www.africanbloggerawards.com/2016-winners/
African Fashion Bloggers –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chayet-chienin/bloggers-african-fashion_b_6613940.html
10 Best Viewed Blogs of 21014 –
http://buzzsouthafrica.com/blogs-south-africa/
25 of the Best Blogs in Africa –
http://memeburn.com/2014/05/25-of-the-best-bloggers-operating-in-africa-today/

September 14, 2016

Part 1 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices

Part 1 Building African Bloggers To Share African Voices
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Educator, Blogger
Edward Waters College
Twitter @wmjackson – #MyQuestToTeach

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Blogging ideas from a national and international
Blogger, Speaker, Content Creator, Thought Leader.
There are millions of potential brother and sister
bloggers in Africa, diverse people of color and
culture, yearning to tell their stories, develop
and share their Brands and expand their
opportunities to collaborate.

This writing is a contribution of knowledge to
share and hopefully motivate and inspire
Africans desiring to Blog, Microblog, Vblog,
Podcast and create dynamic content within
their communities. Their (African) voices and
stories are important and should be shared on
a global platform of respect and collaboration.

What better way than to blog and share with
the world, to create unique content that is
just as diverse as the most diverse continent
in the world, Africa. I encourage Africans of
all ages to write their stories, to use their
creativity to share innovative ideas and
create content that bridges generations
and cultures. The ability to create unique
and transformative content that can connect
and unify others of color and culture.
Following the examples of Chinua Achebe,
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri,
Buchi Emecheta, Ama Ata Aidoo,
Dinaw Mengestu, Africans are historic
creators of storytelling, poets, and diverse
content creators. African children are learning
that through education they can contribute
to the world in ways not available decades ago.

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Colonialism attempted to
silence the voices of Africans, they failed
because the voices of Africans can be
heard whispered on the water and air
currents that travel the rivers, streams,
and creeks across the continent.

Social Media platforms and tools are
allowing African boys and girls to
share their stories with the global
community, bringing attention to their
lives right from their mouths and to the
ears of billions globally.

As an educator and parent I want to encourage
African children, teens, youth and young adults
to share their stories through the diverse tools
that blogging has to offer and encourage
African parents to encourage their children.
Do not allow others to tell your stories as they
did during the decades of slavery and colonization.
In the spirit of Chinua Achebe share your
stories and let the world hear you.

Part 2 25 Suggestions for African Bloggers

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Resources:
Nigerian Bloggers Directory –
http://www.bloggers.ng/
African Blogging Awards –
http://www.africanbloggerawards.com/2016-winners/
African Fashion Bloggers –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chayet-chienin/bloggers-african-fashion_b_6613940.html
10 Best Viewed Blogs of 21014
http://buzzsouthafrica.com/blogs-south-africa/
25 of the Best Blogs in Africa
http://memeburn.com/2014/05/25-of-the-best-bloggers-operating-in-africa-today/

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