So you wanna be a TEFL blogger?

On Saturday I spoke about tefl blogging at the Gwangju KOTESOL conference. I wanted to make a post for anyone who wanted to start blogging, or anyone who has stumbled across this post and wants to start blogging. Here are a list of steps that someone might take to get more involved with TEFL blogging and or Tweeting. There’s no one way to blog so feel free to ignore some of this or change the order.

1) Make a twitter account.Β 

2) Look for local EFL hashtags. If you’re in Korea, you’re looking for #KELTchat. If you’re not sure try #ELTchat. Once you’ve found one or more, look at the people tweeting. Do some of them seem intelligent and interesting? Follow them on twitter.

3) Post about interesting things that happen to you in the classroom (and in the rest of your life if you want). It’s always a good time to reply to other people’s tweets, but if you can’t think of anything interesting that’s happened, then it’s an extra good time.

4) Time to set up a blog. I’d suggest not even considering anything that isn’t wordpress.

5) You can start blogging straight away if you want but you might be nervous. You can use your WordPress account to follow other bloggers. Try looking to see if people from part 2 have blogs. You might also wants to follow Scott Thornbury, Mike Griffin, Nicola Prentis, Geoff JordanΒ and The Secret DOS:Β some of my favourite blogs that were helpful when I was starting out.

6) When you’re reading these blogs start trying to comment as much as possible. even if it’s just to say thanks.

7) Time for you to share some of your thoughts. Blog about anything that you find interesting and that you think others might be interested in reading. Don’t worry about if it’s any good or not, just concentrate on getting your ideas out there. Your blogging will naturally get better as time goes on anyway.

8) If you’ve got time, reply to comments.

9) Eventually you’re going to want to mess around with themes and make your blog pretty (click on dashboard). You might also want to spend some money and have your website hosted so you can have a pretty web address. As your blog is growing try not to worry too much about how many views you’re getting. Just try to keep posting good content.

10) Leverage the critical skills and network you’ve gained to achieve any/all of:

  • Personal enjoyment.
  • Being a better teacher.
  • New friends and professional relationships.
  • Untold TEFL fame and riches.