This one time, I wrote a book about blog events. I wrote the book because hosting blog events is a [not-so] secret tool for expanding your online presence and I don’t believe I should keep that knowledge to myself. I’m a giver.
And while my book will tell you how to set up, run, and succeed at hosting your own event, it doesn’t talk about why blog events hit such a good spot for hosts and participants alike. Blog events satisfy.
Much of my philosophy regarding blogging stems from my time as a teacher, and blog events are no different. Being a blogger and being a teacher are similar, especially if your posts have an educational bend to them.
You give your community a voice
When you establish your community, you define its culture. The world “culture” gets thrown out a lot, but it refers to the environment, rules, and expectations of community members. As a teacher, that meant I set the tone for how classes would go and how much interaction I wanted from students.
Some teachers choose to lecture—little interaction from the students, who are expected to sit quietly and listen. We’ve all had those teachers.
Which is essentially what we do every time we post. (Like this post.)
If you want your students to develop into critical thinkers who truly understand classroom material, lecturing isn’t the way. We learn by doing. By getting our hands dirty and diving into the material.
Blog events encourage doing and empower bloggers to take charge of their own growth.
As one of my professors said, “Make your students do the work for you.”
It’s not an excuse to be lazy.
Each member invests in the community
To demonstrate her point, my professor had us create our own test—something I replicated in one of my vocabulary classes. Having students create their own test gives them power. They become an active member in the community. They aren’t a person sitting behind a desk. They are important.
It levels the playing field.
It’s not a teacher lecturing students; it’s students banding together to discuss and present their material to other students.
A blog event isn’t about imparting your wisdom to the masses. You certainly can, but it’s about bringing your masses together to share their wisdom. Blog events provide your followers an opportunity to invest not just in you, but in themselves and each other.
Blog events support growth and development
The truth about school is that you often learn more from your classmates than you do from your teacher. You make lasting relationships with your classmates, less so with your teachers.
Because lectures are fleeting. You learn by connecting with peers and discussing the material. You learn by explaining a concept, not by reading about it.
How did I learn about grammar? I taught grammar classes. And while my advanced English syntax courses helped, nothing taught me grammar better than having to develop lesson plans and answer my students’ questions.
Blog events help your community network and learn, often beyond what you’re able to provide. Bout of Books participants connect with each other not just during the event, but long after the read-a-thon is over. Bloggiesta helps bloggers grow their blog and blogging knowledge.
How can you use blog events to engage and support your community?