It's with a heavy heart that I share this blog post with you today. I know many of you have family members who have battled cancer in some way and will be able to relate to Meghan's story. I woke up very early this morning and saw her blog post. I read it, tears slowly dripping down my face, since I personally know the people involved. The line I love the most is her last sentence. Since I know her mom, I know that what she said is absolutely true; it's true of anyone battling cancer. Take some time to read her post. After I took some time to pray for her and her family, I thought about you and your writing. Meghan's blog is a perfect example of someone who is using a blog for a real-life purpose beyond school and academic requirements. You can hear her voice as she writes. Can YOU hear Meghan's voice in her piece? How would you describe it? How can you write with your own voice on YOUR blog?
You might also want to read Meghan's post about Justin Bieber's latest lapse in judgement and there are others you'd be interested in, too. The neat thing is Meghan is a freshman at Syracuse University. She grew up in Michigan and her family now lives in Houston, Texas. She is still a correspondent for the newspaper in Galveston, Texas and wrote for them while she was a high school student! I know several of you can't believe you can get PAID to write and blog. It's true! Meghan is a perfect example. She is someone who has actively pursued a dream and is making it happen.
Feel free to comment on Meghan's blog and respond to the questions I gave you today.
Tomorrow is the day! We're heading to the public library for a tour! I can't wait to get you there and watch you learn about the resources available to you. Before we go, I'd like you to visit the CCPL website and browse! Specifically, I'd like you to search their online catalog for possible books you'd like to see or even check-out tomorrow. Use the small note card I gave you to take notes and bring it along.
In the comment section of this blog post, let me know what you learned by browsing the website and tell me what you hope to find or sew
I love the beginning of a new year. To me, it always feels like the slate is clean and the possibilities for the upcoming 365 are endless. In 2013, you had the opportunity to begin your (most likely) first blog! Your designs are intricate and some of your writing is amazing! This year, we will be in the computer lab once a week to update and work on your blog. Even though many of you are well on your way, there are still some of you who constantly ask, "What should I write about?"
A few years ago, I stumbled across a blog called Free Tech 4 Teachers which is a blog started by a former teacher in Maine. His purpose for the blog was to show teachers free online resources they could use in their classroom. What I liked about it was that all of his posts had information that was instantly usable to teachers, it was easy to read, and always kept me interested. Obviously, he wrote to his audience and kept us hooked!
Since then, he's started another blog called Worms in the Fridge. Isn't that a cool name?! This blog's purpose is to move bloggers from just blogging once in a while to actually becoming full-time bloggers. Can you believe he actually gets PAID to blog? It's true! There are TONS of people who've started blogs as a hobby and transitioned into using their blog to make a living. YOU could do that too!
Before you work on your next blog post, what I want you to do is visit Mr. Byrne's site, Worms in the Fridge, and read the blog posts he's written so far. When you're finished, leave a comment on MY blog post. In your comment, post a link to the specific post you read and then leave some commentary for us to read. What did you like about that particular post? What did you learn that you can apply to your own blogging?
Get ready for this year. It's going to be great and I cannot wait to see what you do with your blog!