We have been blogging a little over a year now. And we are not expecting to take over the world with our little blog, but we have reached farther than we ever imagined. One of my favorite things is looking at the stats that blogger provides. This is one of the reasons I love blogger.
The first page I see when I choose stats is an overview. You can choose to view the stats from all time, month, week, day, or now.
When we choose to look at stats and choose audience it will show the ten countries that viewed your blog most for the time period chosen. This is our year one audience stats. Who would have thought that I would be seeing countries from around the world? Not me, it is so unexpected, and it is my favorite part of our stats. That no matter where we are, we are all teaching kids and, therefore, have similar concerns and common goal.
I think it would be great for students to blog and get to see how easy it is to connect to the world outside of their home town. Think big!! I want to try a blogging session with my kids this year, but I am still trying to flesh out the idea and guidelines for those blogs. I would love to hear from you if you have already done this with your kids, and/or if you would be willing to work out a way for our students to find one another's blogs to see peer work and to begin to build a community of thinkers that is bigger than the four walls of our classroom.
I really appreciate the comments and emails that we get from those of you reading the blog. I hope that you find useful ideas or material here, I know we are planning on getting a few new posts up soon, so we can keep you coming back for more.