I loved studying with Caren. But do you want to know how I met her? It was my 3rd week on Twitter and her 2nd day! There I was tweeting a published writer and she tweeting me back. Out circle of friends grew, and as we tweeted, we shared links to our blogs and the blogs we liked. I learnt so much about teaching, writing and social media.
As I am a primary school teacher who uses lesson plans on a daily basis, nothing pleased me more than Caren’s lessons, which were laid out in a comprehensive and detailed manner. Her feedback was honest, succinct and got to the heart of any problems. My writing and articulation of ideas has improved beyond imagining and I was amazed by this. Since the day I first started getting feedback from Caren, my blog has almost quadrupled its readership following. My only gripe was that I didn’t get on Twitter earlier.
Through the use of social media, my blog has now been read twenty-seven thousand times (calculated on the 30.11.11). Great for me, great for future book deals for me (!) and it has even been great for teaching. I have actually gotten teaching jobs from my blog and as I have 9 nominations for an Education Blog Award I can update my teaching CV with my new badge of honour.
Caren had a website and now, she’s a blogger. Why? Have you any idea of how satisfying it is to hit that publish button? You get feedback via twitter and comments. You share your blog list (blogs you follow and admire) with the public and the best part….using social media you can go anywhere! But coolest of all, your tweet-friends will always give you a great response!