Blogging 101, Day Four: Define Your Audience (and Embed Something of Interest)

The Audience

The purpose of the Day Four assignment is to learn how to embellish your blog with outside resources that are attractive to your ideal audience.  My ideal audience is other people who are trying to learn to write, and enjoy the ups and downs I experience as I continue to hone my skills. Since this blog site is dedicated to learning how to write–and write a good blog or other written work–I checked YouTube for some animated videos that might discuss the writing process in simple to understand terms.  I decided that there probably would be a lot less “learning to write” information on sites like Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and other sites that would “show” how to write.  The great thing about YouTube is that it actually gives you code to embed in your blog to include this video.

Before I set you loose on the video, it may be that you need to have a Youtube account to view the clip, since it is a secure site.  But how could I think that anyone might still not have one?  Just in case you don’t, go to this link and sign up.  According to McAffee internet security, this is a safe video on a safe site. What more could you ask for?

How I found this video

Since I am always looking for seminars (preferably free) that are both entertaining and educational, I hunted around a bit on YouTube, making several search attempts based on the theme “learning to write right,” until I finally changed the hunt to “writing process” and hit on this video from several years ago that discusses–in just 13 minutes–what you need to do to write–especially to write well.  Although the majors purpose of this video is to teach a bit about writing blogs, it clearly states that it is also a great technique for writing other things, like essays, stories, and almost any writing purpose.  In essence, it is a perfect little gem of a lesson that helps its watchers get started in writing.

For me, having taught students of all ages how to write, I only wish something like this had been available for most of the years when I was actively teaching in one capacity or another.  But a lot of that was back in the Stone Age when the computer was used for purposes other than canned video lessons and online schools.  Even after I began to teach online, videos like this either did not exist, or I would have had to learn to program all over again to either provide a personal video on the topic or ask someone else to video a process for me.  The whole idea of using animation the way Jonathan does it not only would never have occurred to me, but I didn’t have the skills to do what he does.  In fact, I still don’t have skills, but this clip gives me reason to teach myself how to do it and do it as effectively as he does, with or without ongoing illustrations to take us on a wonderful little journey of good blogging and writing techniques.

Let me know what you think. If I would include more videos like this, would you want to come back to my blog to see what new teaching/learning tool I’ve found?  Or is thirteen minutes too long to spend to learn a bit about a technique that could revolutionize your own writing? This may not be the perfect solution for everyone, but you have to admit that Jonathan provides both great information and a lot of entertainment as he takes us through the process of writing with great visuals to help it stick in our minds..

Enjoy! And, in the comments, please let me know what you think!


About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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7 Responses to Blogging 101, Day Four: Define Your Audience (and Embed Something of Interest)

  1. I had no idea about the code to embed videos. That tip is a game changer for me. Thanks!!

    • DrEMiller says:

      You are welcome. I hadn’t realized YouTube provides code for embedded links until I went looking for something to add a bit of “spice”–or at least something different–to my site. It was a pleasant surprise to find out they provide the code.

  2. CurlyMom says:

    I,personally, prefer reading to watching a video any day…somehow I get quickly impatient with videos because I am a very fast reader and can scan the information to see if it is going to be ultimately helpful.

    • DrEMiller says:

      On a personal level, any video longer than 1 minute makes me anxious and I rarely get to the end. It some have good teaching value as well as entertainment ability, and this happened to be one that held my attention. Overall, I prefer reading to watching, but, as a former teacher, I know that different people learn in different ways, so providing some variety is always a good idea if one wants to reach a greater audience. I have even learned that on FB I get a lot more hits from my friends if I include a photo in my post, even if I have to take or find a photo that fits my topic. And most of my FB friends are voracious readers!
      Thanks for shari g your thoughts. Feedback is always important and taken seriously. 😀

  3. estnjiro says:

    I really would like to write this clearly and I will follow this video directions

  4. Elle says:

    What a wonderful find. That video is just perfect for someone like me. I have had a look and have it bookmarked for a closer look later, after the kids go to bed. It is an approach that will work well for me. Thank you so much for sharing.

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