We’ve all seen them. We’ve probably all clicked on them. They’re the articles that promise us “X number of ways to X!” or “X secrets of X revealed!” Blog post titles tend to follow a formula and they follow this formula because it works. While I’m not advocating for click-bait and sexy titles that lead to throw-away content, a good title can help you reach the audience you want, spread your ideas and connect with others. Consider using the most sensational of these sparingly. Here are 20 examples of blog title clichés… Read More
The following “10 questions” are modified from a presentation I did last year with a number of higher education bloggers. If you’re thinking of getting started blogging, or if you’re early on in your journey, see if you can answer all of the following questions. Thinking about what you are doing and why you are doing it will set you up for success!
Blogging takes courage. It requires confidence. It requires you to put your thoughts and ideas out there for everyone to read. It requires that you be open to feedback, open to change, and open to exposing the sometimes messy process of your learning to the world. I’ve been blogging in earnest for the past three years and I’m constantly learning in the process. I frequently hear from new bloggers (as well as from some experienced ones) that they struggle with being confident. This struggle is often due to a few reasons: Bloggers may… Read More
I am pleased to be presenting on blogging in higher education and student affairs with some amazing colleagues at the ACPA Convention this week and at the NASPA convention later in the month. To go along with our session, we’ve created a resource page. I’ve included it here, but you can point your browsers to SAwrites.com at any time to go to the most up-to-date permanent landing page. Perhaps this can become a resource page for bloggers in the future? This website was developed as a companion to two educational sessions originally presented at… Read More
This marks my 100th post since I began blogging approximately 2 years ago and I thought it marked an excellent time to look back, share some stats and highlight some of my most popular posts. The total number of hits my blog has recorded to date: 78,891 The highest number of hits in a single day: 7014 Top searched for term leading to my site: Residential Curriculum Top 5 countries sending traffic to my site: Country Views United States 71,955 Canada 1,362 United Kingdom 418 Australia 355 Brazil 174 Top 20 Blog Posts and… Read More