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14 Feb

Blog writing/reading doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon, rather it seems to be picking up more steam. How many times does someone talk about something they read on so-and-so’s blog?  Do friends recommend blogs to you? Do you visit favorite blogs on a regular basis? Peter Merholz coined the term “blog” in 1999 after shortening Jorn Barger’s (1997) term “weblog”.

Anyone can set up a blog. There are lots of free blog hosting sites such as Word Press, Typepad, Google, Blogger… Have you ever considered starting your own? If not, why? If lack of knowing what to do is part of the problem, then today is your lucky day. You can register for a free blog writing course.

Blogging is a fantastic way to encourage kids to write. What does your child love? Horses, Nascar, sports, literature, cooking, sewing, astronomy, singing/music, art… They can begin a blog devoted to their love. What a fun way to merge essential academic and future work skills into their life! Technology use is a must for kids today if they hope to be successful in the workforce of tomorrow. Blogging uses many techie skills. Writing a blog involves using basic writing skills, editing skills, computer skills… They also learn to interact with others via comments readers leave. Having a blog allows kids to have their voice heard. Perhaps you are worried your child doesn’t have the best writing skills. Not a problem. There are great online writing courses that focus on basic sentence writing to SAT essay writing. Who knows, your child may become a blogging aficionado in no time at all!

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