Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ten things I've learned from blogging

These are ten of the many things I've learned from blogging since I started:

As the school year starts, I thought I would share the ten most important things I have learned about blogging since I started 2 years ago:
    1. Use correct grammar so people understand you. Don't shorten words like you do when you text. For example, write “why” instead of “y”.
    2. Blogging teaches you how to type. It helps me remember to keep my fingers on the home keys. Now, I can type very fast without looking.
    3. When people are nice enough to comment on your blog, comment back so they will return to your blog. This creates an ongoing conversation and give both people a chance to learn more on the topic of the post.
    4. Write appropriate blog posts so kids are allowed on your blog. Don't post an inappropriate youtube video or parents won't let their kids return to your blog. 
    5. Don't write anything mean so you don't hurt feelings. If you write a blog review, only say things you like about it. Don't write, "This is the worst blog ever!".  If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.
    6. Don't say your last name, or where you live, or what school you go to for internet safety. If you do that someone may be able to locate you.
    7. If you see someone do something wrong tell them so they can fix it to help their blog. Sometimes there are spelling mistakes.  Let them know so they can correct the post.  If your friend writes an inappropriate post, tell them to take it down, so kids are allowed on their blog.
    8. Don't post pictures of yourself. This is for safety reasons. You want to try to limit the amount of personal information about yourself. By not posting a picture of your face, people are not able to try to look for you. They do not need any information other than what you choose to share on your blog. It also makes the blog a little more interesting in that it creates some mystery.
    9. When you create posts and comments, ask questions to keep the conversation going. If you don't, it could stop the conversation. Asking and answering questions makes the blog more popular and informative.
    10. Add gadgets to make your blog the best it can be. If you add gadgets it makes your blog more interesting.

What have you learned from blogging?


Gregg said...


This is such a great post! Hopefully, new bloggers will be influenced by your great tips. Most of what I know about blogging comes from the tips you have taught me. I think the safety tips are the most important. I also think that using proper grammar is very important because otherwise posts are hard to read.


SJ said...

I sent this to my teacher friends to share with their students who blog. Some of them have a hard time following the Jaden Rules.

Mr Romard said...

Dear Jaden,

You are a very good blogger. Thank you for sharing your insights into how to have a good blog. I am the teacher of seventeen grade 5 students who go to school in Shanghai, China. I found four excellent blogs run by 9-10 year olds and yours was one of the top blogs that I shared with my students.

I posted it here: http://teachers.saschina.org/mromard/2012/08/24/ready-to-be-a-great-young-blogger-are-you/

One should always be cautious of new links, but check this one out with your father or teacher. If you can, leave us a comment. My students would love to see how good connections can develop on the Internet. We do not use our last names, so if you leave a comment, just use your first name.

Anyway, in our blog post, you can read what we wrote about you (ie Ranger Apprentice book review)

Best regards and keep up the great work. Mr Romard

Jaden said...

@ Dad,

Thank you for the compliment. That was the point of the post. I agree that the safety tips are the most important. I have had comments that I couldn't read. Have you ever seen one of those?

@ SJ,

Thank you for commenting. Also, thank you for telling other people about my post. I hope this post helps people learn how to blog. Which rule do you think was the most important?

@ Mr. Romard,

Thank you for the splendid comment. I was glad to share my insights on how to have a good blog. I am in a 4/5 split class in California, USA with 23 5th graders and 10 4th graders. Thank you for sharing my blog.

I always check links before I publish a comment. You have a great blog. I don't use my last name either. That is one of my rules! How long have you been blogging?


Victoria said...

Hi Jaden,
My name is Victoria. I’m live in Mississippi, but I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am studying to become an educator, and I must say that I really like your blog! This post is wonderful to share with others. I feel that it is especially important to share with children so that they understand the rules of blogging as well as safety measures that should be taken into consideration while blogging. You seem like a very smart young man to understand the importance of all of these things. I look forward to reading more wonderful blog posts from you in the future!
Take care, Victoria

Anonymous said...

Dear Jaden,

Thank you for sharing about blogging. I think that many new bloggers will learn from this. I really enjoy your blog. My seventh grade class is going to be starting a blog soon. Thank you for your suggestions.

Sincerely, Mandy

BigCityProblems said...

I read your blog entry right now and I am deeply fascinated by the style you organize your blog post! Which methods do you use to share the news that you have published a brand new article to your site?

mrstg said...

Hi Jaden,
I love this post, and I'm going to share it with my 5th graders this week. I've used blogs with my 5th graders for four years now and I've learned that the COMMENTS are the most important part of a blog. That interaction with your reader is critical. So this year, my challenge for my students is to leave a comment on every blog they read (as often as possible). Commenting is the new ettiquette.

Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! My kids will be inspired by your post.

-Mrs. T.G.

Joy Kirr said...

I love the fact that months after you posted this, people are still reading it. It seems to be a teacher favorite, as you can help teachers (like me) spread the word to their students about blogging. Which blog post of yours is YOUR favorite, I wonder...?

Thanks for writing what you've learned! You know I'll be one of those teachers showing it to her students! I love how it's only a click away. :-D

Mrs. Kirr (IL)

Mr.Raisdana said...

Hi Jaden,

I teach in Singapore and do a lot of blogging with my students. I will share your tips with them soon.

You can check out their work here:


See the side bar. Thanks. Keep up the great work.

Mindy Keller-Kyriakides said...

Hey, Jaden! I'm so glad you're letting other students know what you've learned! I think I'm going to ask my high school students to do it, too. I'm going to let them know about your blog, too!

Mrs. Kyriakides

QueenBee said...

well said! I'll share this with my students!

lsteynberg said...

Hi Jaden
Thank you for your blog entry. I think it's wonderful that you are sharing your experiences with others. I will certainly share your blog with our Grade 5 learners and teachers!

Thanks Lee-ann Steynberg

Mr. C said...

This is such a great post. If you don't mind, I would like to use it after Christmas with my students who are going to be starting their own blogs. I think hearing this from someone their age will make it more meaningful. Thanks for sharing your insights and your learning with us.

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you for winning Most Influential Post. It is so nice to see so many teachers comment about what a great post this is and how they plan to share it with their students. Keep on blogging... you are doing such a great job.

Frugalteacher said...


I can see why your post was voted #1! There are many posts like this by educators, but this information has so much more meaning coming from a student. I will be sharing your post with my 2nd graders who are also bloggers. They will think it is neat that you won an award for writing a blog post. You are an excellent role model for them! Keep on blogging!

Mrs. Morgan

Mrs. Yollis said...

Dear Jaden,

Congratulations on your two big wins! I am so pleased that you have continued to blog! Blogging improves writing, connects us to the world, and is a great way to continue to learn. I wish more students from our class had continued. Perhaps your win and your excellent tips will encourage others to start up again. I think Ryan P. is thinking about it!

Keep up the fabulous work and happy blogging!

Your proud former teacher,
Mrs. Y♥llis

Anonymous said...

I am a high school teacher, and I think what you shared is great for high school students, too. Also, I have a daughter in 5th grade, and I am going to share what you wrote with her. You are one smart kid!
Ms. Wells

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the ten things you've learned from blogging. I'm a teacher and would like to have my kids start blogging and your post helped get me thinking about how to do it! Besides YOUR blog, what blogs could I show them to get them interested in blogging? What are some of your favorite blogs? Thanks!!!

lilian said...

Hello Jaden,
i am commenting on the polls i think you are awesome. you are most likely to win and that's a true fact.

I am also commenting on your blog rules...They are very good especially the safety ones. since i am starting my own blog,i will be sure to remember these rules,so i dont make any mistakes.

some great stuff Jaden

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