Increasing Your Child’s Blogging Audience

Blogging Outside Your Home

…So your child has begun to write blogs.  This is great!  But then they want to be ‘heard’ outside the walls of your home.  How can you manage this?

Kidblog gives options for connecting with other people and other classes…  even classes in a different country!  How do you tap into this?

1.  Adding a Guest

Guests jon the Kidblog class with the ability to see any posts which the student publishes to “Connections”.  If the teacher gives permission, guests may also post comments–and teachers can require that they must approve guest comments before these can be published.

  1. Navigate to your class Users page (Settings->Users)
  2. Click the “Join Codes” button
  3. Enable the Guest join code
  4. Send guests the join code and your class URL  (E.g. grandparents, aunts or uncles, friends, etc.)
  5. Guests will sign up for an account and be added to your class

When your students write their blog, they choose their audience:  teacher/parent, classmates in the same class, connections (people invited to view class posts–parents, relatives, other classrooms, etc.) or public (anyone with your class URL).

2.  Inviting Others to View Class Posts

To share your Kidblog class with family, friends, or worldwide, you may click the megaphone icon on your main class page.

This opens up a list of choices you can make, which will allow others to view your class or student’s posts.

3.  Connections

Another way to expand your students’ blogging audience is by inviting connections with another class.  For suggestions of classes, you can go to “Connections” in the menu along the top of the page:

This page will show a list of active classes with posts published for the audience “Public”.  You can browse these classes for ideas, and connect so your students continue to build an authentic audience. There are two ways to grow your list of suggested connections in Kidblog:

  1. Actively publishing for the Public audience
  2. Connecting with other Kidblog classes.

Once your students begin publishing in your class, Kidblog will locate classes that are publishing on similar topics and ideas. These classes will also appear on your suggested connections list.

Making a Connection

  •  Log into Kidblog.  Under the “Connections” heading, find a class that interests you and visit their URL.  Click the “Follow” button to request access for your class (all users) to view their posts published for the audience Connections.  As part of the request, add a quick note to the teacher explaining who you and your students are, and your blogging goals.

  • Once your follow request has been accepted, you and your students will be followers of the class.  if the teacher requests to follow you in return, your classes will be connected to one another.

  • Connected classes that you are following will appear in the right sidebar of your class page.  Your students can click on classes to which you are connected, then read and comment on posts published to Connections or Public.

  • NOTE:  Your connected classrooms can only view students’ posts when the student assigns them to be published to either Connections or Public.  To allow your students to publish work for these audiences, you will need to set the Post Privacy to include these audiences.

I hope these ideas help you to get excited about some of the potential for increasing your student’s audience in Kidblog!

More information about Kidblog
Go to the Kidblog Site
By |2019-01-15T11:51:45-07:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

About the Author:

After homeschooling my 3 children for a total of 11 years, I am excited to have the opportunity to support HCOS families in their homeschooling endeavours. My work centres around subscriptions these days and and I am happy to answer questions, many questions, from our HCOS families and staff.

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