My young daughter keeps a WordPress blog. She calls it ‘My Pet Shop – A space to care for little ideas’ and it uses the ‘strange little town’ theme because it’s pink with strange little houses along the bottom. She adds photos, comments, recordings using Soundcloud and video. Her main focus at the moment is capturing evidence that goes towards Brownie badges. We have been photographing her feeding the cat a lot;-)
Her blog has no comments (other than occasional ones from me), no hits or traffic (other than from the family), and no subscribers. Why? Because it’s private and that is her choice.
My question is: does it matter?
I have had many conversations with teachers about blog traffic/comments/hits – and while this is an important indicator of impact, it isn’t the only one. I would hate to see teachers give up because the blog gets no comments.
My daughter gets huge enjoyment from capturing, archiving, recording and reviewing ideas for her blog, and we have rich conversations about it. That’s a different kind of impact…I guess I am arguing for us to take a broad view of why/how we use the technology. I have been part of several forum discussions recently in the VLN Groups site that articulate very clearly the benefits of blogging – and we can’t always measure that in traffic hits.
If a blog is shared with families – and there are no comments – is that a problem?
How else might it be making an impact – and how might we find out?
Now, back to that Animal World badge…;-)