12 Types of Blog Posts - Kickstart Your Next Teacher Blog Posts

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Teachers make great bloggers! However, sometimes we all get stuck on what type of blog post to write. Use this handy guide and choose one of the 12 blog post formats to kickstart your next blog post. Share with other teacher bloggers!

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  • 1. THE 12 TYPES OF BLOG POSTS USE THESE IDEAS TO KICKSTART YOUR NEXT BLOG POST Teachflip content creation series

2. about teachflip TeachFlip.com began as an idea to provide teachers with training on how to use the technology necessary to implement the flipped classroom model. That idea has now grown to provide online professional development for teachers, giving them the access to world-class training and information whenever they need it. TeachFlip Pro members enjoy access to all of our video training, archives, and live training that, I believe, is vital to becoming a highly effective 21st century teacher. Visit teachflip.com for more information on becoming a Pro member 3. 12 templates for quick and easy content creation 4. Once you've come up with ideas for your content, the next obstacle is writing that content in a form that people will want to read and then share with others. While this sounds like a simple task, more bloggers struggle with writing their content than any other task. However, by using one of the following 12 proven templates, you'll have a jumpstart on creating content that is easily read and shared around the web. 5. For short posts, one of the types will suffice. For longer posts, mix and match types to suit the content and keep it interesting. Most importantly, don't be afraid to experiment. Variety adds to the overall impact of your content. Don't limit yourself to using one or two types. Play. Experiment. Enjoy the creative process. Let's take a look at each type of post now. 6. 1 Instructional posts 7. Instructional posts tell people how to do something. These posts are great for showing a process or giving examples of work that you have done. Also, these types of posts can very easily be accompanied by a screencast video of the work you did. Of course, if you create a video, be sure to upload it to your YouTube account and link back to the blog post associate with that same video so viewers can get more information. 8. 2 informational posts 9. These are posts that contain information on a specific topic. Think of Wikipedia entries as examples of informational posts. You are providing information to the reader on a topic that they are researching. You're the expert and these posts provide you a way to "show off" what you know. These posts are generally what I would consider core content posts and can be long. You want to provide as much info as possible to your reader with these posts. 10. 3 Review posts 11. It may sound like a simple example, but review posts can be some of your most viewed and shared posts. Review a product, a book, a piece of software, whatever. Remember, you are the expert and your readers will value your opinion on a product that is designed for your market. Be true to who you are and serve your market through these posts. Also, review posts can be great for monetization. 12. 4 compare & Contrast 13. Think of this post as a "review post on steroids" since you'll be comparing and contrasting two items for your audience. Which is better? Why is it better? What are the benefits of both? Which do you recommend? Provide real-world examples of how each item has been used, plus any successes or failures for each. 14. 5 interview 15. You're the expert for your audience, but I'm sure there are other experts in related fields, or even in your own that you could interview. Email them a couple of well-constructed questions and publish their responses. Don't flood them with questions, one or two should do. Perhaps you could even record the interview and publish a podcast episode? 16. 6 List post 17. The list post is truly the workhorse of the Internet. These posts are the ones that are shared, liked, commented, and spread virally more than any other type. We love lists and they're great for creating quick content. Start with a list and then later, come back and develop each list item in more detail for more posts. 18. 7 link post 19. Another workhorse of blogging is the link post. Basically, you are finding other great content on the web that will serve your audience and crafting a post that simply provides links to the other content. Give a brief overview of the content, put your own spin on the topic. Then link to the other content for your readers. A great way to create content. 20. 8 What-if posts 21. Here's where you get to break out your crystal ball and 'predict the future' for your audience. You can be really creative with this type of post as the content is relying totally on your own thoughts. Don't be afraid to make crazy predictions or conclusions. You are providing a look into your thought processes and knowledge for your audience. Flex your creative muscles. 22. 9 inspirational posts 23. Tell a story of success or paint a picture of what could be. People like to hear good news stories as it motivates them to persist with what they are doing. Find examples of success in your own experience or that of others and spread the word. 24. 10 rants 25. Get passionate, stir yourself up, say whats on your mind and tell it like it is. Rants are great for starting discussion and causing a little controversy they can also be quite fun if you do it in the right spirit. Just be aware that they can also be the beginnings of a flaming comment thread and often its in the heat of the moment when we say things that we later regret and that can impact our reputation the most. 26. 11 case study 27. Another popular type of post is the case study. Perhaps you've tried a new process or procedure and you want to share it with the world. Describe in detail what you did. What were the results? What could you have done differently that might have changed the outcome? Are you pleased with the outcomes? 28. 12 media post 29. Now, this post is a bit different than the rest. It may share the same type of content as a review or tutorial post, but you are using media to convey your message. Infographics, video, audio, images, whatever you find that conveys your point. These are perfectly legitimate ways to add content to your blog without writing very much at all. 30. ConclusionThese 12 types of blog posts are really useful if you're stuck coming up with ideas for new content. Reference this document any time you like as you begin you're blogging journey, or just any time you are out of ideas. And don't think you have to limit yourself to only these ideas. There are many other types of posts you can write and that will provide great information for your audience. As time goes on, your blogging will improve and come more naturally. Don't give up, don't quit. You've begun a fantastic journey. I wish you all the best - Mike Paul