Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Places to Write

This morning one of my yearbook students declared that she wanted to start a blog. It was a happy moment. Of course, sustaining the drive to write can be tough, especially with a limited audience. So since connecting with readers is important, below are listed three good sites to start writing on.

Reposted from Mr. Byrne


Three Ways Independent Student Writers Can Reach a Bigger Audience


The obvious way that students can reach a bigger audience is to maintain their own personal blogs that they share with their family and friends. Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Edublogs, are easy to use blogging tools that students can set up in minutes. Which platform students choose to use for their personal blogs isn't terribly important. What is important is that if they're serious about writing they keep writing and they may slowly grow an audience. To encourage the student in the story above, I shared the story of Chris Guillebeau's 279 Days to Overnight Success 

Teen Ink provides a forum for students to post their writings, get feedback from peers on their reading, and read the writing of other teens. Submissions on Teen Ink that are really outstanding are considered for inclusion in Teen Ink's print publications. 

Ink Pop is a site similar to Teen Ink that provides a place for teens to share their writings with each other. Teens can create profiles on Ink Pop and interact with each other. Ink Pop also offers writing contests for its members.