How To Maintain Momentum in Blogging

Experiencing eLearning

Someone asked me in last week’s eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp Q&A about how I maintain my blogging momentum. I’ve been blogging since late 2006, and I’m still publishing every week. That’s a lot of writing. Block time to write. Blogging

Our Blog Turns One Today

Upside Learning

It’s been a year since we started blogging (March 03, 2009) and we are raring to go another notch high. In the process of writing & sharing our thoughts, we now have a whole bunch of people (bloggers) at Upside who follow a large number of related blogs daily. And there are many others at Upside who are trying to follow blogs to stay connected. We are also bringing some structure to our learning by having discussions on our and others’ blog posts.


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Writing Scenarios + Free Tools: ID Links 4/12/22

Experiencing eLearning

I share these links periodically here on my blog. This post includes links on writing branching scenarios, free tools, content curation, xAPI, and getting started in Storyline. Writing branching scenarios. As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful.

How To Write A Great Guest Blog Summary

Dan Keckan

Here are some insider tips on how to promote it on social media and write a compelling guest blog summary! eLearning Articles Guest BloggingAre you publishing a guest post? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

12 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Authoring Tool

Google AI Blog (2014), ‘A picture is worth a thousand (coherent) words: building a natural description of images’ 4 Give Your Video. the chance to write their answer in a text box. 12 Ways to Get the Most.

Open writing/blogging challenge #OpenBlog19

Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

This morning I had an idea for a ‘ pay it forward ‘ blogging/writing challenge. The premise is simple … once nominated you will be presented with a title or theme with which you can write about. You can write this on whatever medium you like or prefer to use (blog, LinkedIn, Medium, etc.), Here's an idea for a new blog series. comes up with title/theme for a blog post and nominates someone to write it?

On blogging

Clark Quinn

Well, it comes down to some reflections on blogging. Some people I’ve lost touch with, most who aren’t blogging any more or even in our field! In updating it, however, I found that there are many fewer people who seemed to be blogging.

4 Tips to Writing eLearning Scripts That Sing

Association eLearning

Wouldn’t you like to write a script with that kind of impact? According to Bean, the first tip to writing a great eLearning script is to write like a human. When we’re sitting down to write a script, how many of us have caught ourselves actually writing words like: “Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to identify when sexual harassment occurs in the office setting.”

8 Years of Blogging

Experiencing eLearning

I missed my anniversary by a few days, but I’ve now been blogging for 8 years. Voice Over Scripts: Writing Style Tips. Image Credit: Graphic Stock Filed under: Blogging , Lifelong Learning My first post on 12/26/06 explained that I was creating a graduate course on social media for teachers and felt I should “practice what I preach.”

Why I blog

E-Learning Provocateur

I’ve been blogging for several years now, and a question that continually pops up is why do I do it? I blog primarily for myself. I use writing as a vehicle for my thinking. The tag line of my blog is provoking deeper thinking. Comments are the lifeblood of blogging. blogging blog blogger comments e-learning purpose why writing My answer has remained consistent over time.

7 Reasons Your E-Learning Website Needs a Blog


Blogging is one of the oldest marketing tools on the Internet—and still one of the best. Yes, I am talking about blogging. The blog has been a foundation of Internet culture practically since its inception. Blogging can help you grow an audience and establish your brand.

Where I Get Blog Post Ideas

Experiencing eLearning

When I talk to people about starting a blog, they often state they don’t have anything to write about. They ask how I come up with ideas, especially when I’ve been blogging so long. As I approach my ninth anniversary of starting this blog, I feel like I have more to write about than I did after one year. I get stuck on writing sometimes, just like everyone else, but I’ve figured out ways to work through those blocks.

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Blogging to Build Your Business

Experiencing eLearning

I recently gave a presentation to the Online Network of Independent Learning Professionals about blogging to build your business. This is specifically about what I have learned about blogging to build your reputation as a learning consultant over my 9+ years of blogging. I started blogging in December 2006 as a tool for my own professional development. Now I have my business in one place and my blog in another, which splits my online identity. Writing.

What Blog Topics Should I Write About? (Ideas & Steps)


There’s no worse feeling than sitting down to write a blog post and then staring at a blank screen, wondering… The post What Blog Topics Should I Write About?

Writing & Grammar: Writing Badly

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

The first step in writing badly is to get rid of the people as subjects and transform active verbs into abstract nouns. That is an excellent sign of bad writing. For truly bad writing, I think the verb form starting is a little too clear. Using the techniques described in this article, transform these sentences into "bad writing." Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby.

What I learned About Modern Learning Writing 50 Blogs in 50 Days

InSync Training

50 Modern Blended Learning BlogsIn early December, I had an idea. To me, it seemed to be a reasonable idea. InSync training was launching a new community of practice in March – the Blended Learning Hub -- and I wanted to emphasize how InSync Training is a credible expert in all things having to do with blended learning. So why not create 50 pieces of modern learning content and push them out to the learning universe? How hard could it be?

How to Write Good Assessment Questions

Association eLearning

Believe it or not, it can be hard to write effective questions. This is true whether you’re making an eLearning assessment or writing questions for a traditional in-classroom test. Write confusingly worded questions to “trip up” the learners. “Can someone explain this question to me? I don’t know what it’s asking.”. How am I supposed to know the answer to this? It wasn’t in the lesson.”.

What Copywriting Can Teach Us About Writing for an Audience

Association eLearning

How might that help you in writing your content? Write at an 8th Grade Level or Less. There are some publications that write below that, even as low as a 5th grade level. A good way to do this is to make up someone you write your content to. Be specific, and only write to that one person. Copywriting is the practice of using written content, both online and in print to market, advertise, raise brand awareness and communicate core brand values.

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Instructional Design and E-Learning Blogs

Experiencing eLearning

Back when I wrote my instructional design careers series in 2007, I was only aware of a few blogs by instructional designers. Since then, I’ve discovered a wealth of blogs by instructional designers, e-learning developers, and workplace learning specialists. Design for Learning is written by Natalie Laderas-Kilkenny, a former coworker of mine who blogs on education and technology. Tracy Hamilton writes Discovery through eLearning.

Blogging in a Walled Garden

Experiencing eLearning

One of the features of Sakai that our team was looking for in a new LMS is a blogging tool. However, it does give us the option of blogging within the system. We’re still using those tools for some courses, depending on the content and activities, but we’re starting to integrate this internal blog into our activities. During the pilot of our new facilitator training course, I lurked in the forums during a heated debate about the use of the blog tool.

Honoring our 2020 MVP blog authors

Experience API

At Rustici Software, I’m lucky to work with colleagues who enjoy sharing their expertise with others through blog writing. While Brian’s blog takes the trophy, we also want to recognize our runner-up. We hope our blogs help you navigate xAPI and the various eLearning standards.

Writing & Grammar: Word Crimes

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby.   This week I bring you more spelling and word usage aids. Aimee Bosse brings us three that are more about word usage than just spelling. These pairs of words are easily confused, so a memory aid is the best way to keep them straight, short of looking them up every time you use them. Torturous (pertaining to torture) versus tortuous (indirect, not straightforward)--think of the extra R in torturous for R eally painful.

Our Favorite Game Design Blogs

Upside Learning

The other is to look at other’s experiences, and there are many who’ve documented their game design experiences in various blogs. Philomath Games – A constantly updated blog that includes posts that discuss a variety of game design and development issues. Game Design Blog – Another frequently updated blog that contains a wealth of information about game design and development.

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Blogging Strategies

Clark Quinn

for Learning Professionals Free Online Course (you can jump in at any time) is all about Blogs for Learning. Interestingly, when I prepared the notes for this week, I was able to leverage what the course members had produced during the previous week on Social Bookmarks : [link] [link] [link] You can read in the link Blogs for Learning about my perspective on using Blogs for Learning and Networking. Before blogging, those thoughts were fleeting. The third week of Web 2.0

Blogging Again

eLearning Cyclops

If you have been visiting, I am sure you noticed I have been writing very, very little lately. It has been an very busy at work, which of course limits time to blog but has more directly affected the motivation to blog. Many a nights I have said to myself, "I spent the entire day on my PC designing and creating eLearning, I don''t think I want to spent tonight writing about it." Blogging

Top 10 E Learning Blogs

Ed App

From looking for the best e learning tool to discovering the most effective digital learning strategy, you can always count on elearning blogs to get a good stream of great ideas. Perhaps you’re on the prowl for the best blogs to stay on top of the latest trends in the world of elearning? Below, you’ll find the top e learning blogs you should check out right now. . Top E Learning Blog #1 – EdApp Microlearning Blog. Check out the Twist blog. .

Writing & Grammar: Parallelism

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    Use parallel grammatical structures for parallel concepts. That is the grammatical rule called parallelism.   If you are going to use two verbs with one subject, for example, the two verbs have to be parallel in structure. Not parallel : Ben had both  to attend  the ceremony and  was going  to the rehearsal.

Writing & Grammar: Business Jargon

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

  Check out Jennie's  eLearning writing classes  and ensure both your voiceover scripts and eLearning scripts are ready for prime time! Writing Writing & Grammarby Jennie Ruby  How much current business jargon do you know and use on a daily basis? And why? Long ago I survived what I called the "impact" wars of the late 80s and early 90s.

Writing & Grammar: Fake Words

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Certainly it does not belong in business writing. Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. Starting off our pet peeves this week are two about fake words. Julie Vails gives us.   Anyways.   That is not a word! Anyways is a dialect entry in Webster's.   Lisa Blaski calls out.   Made-up words--for example making the word "solicit" into "solicitating." " That is a great example of a "back formation."

How to Write a Blog Post in 2022 (10 Foolproof Tips)


Blogs may have started as online diaries in the 1990s, but they’ve undergone a massive transformation since then. Now, they’re… The post How to Write a Blog Post in 2022 (10 Foolproof Tips) appeared first on Thinkific.

Writing & Grammar: Stylistic Conventions

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Looking for help with your writing technique? Jennie teaches two writing classes:  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts. Already a writing wiz? Technical Communications Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby  Many words in the computer training industry have different stylistic conventions depending on your office preference or on the style guide you use.

Writing Effective eLearning Narration: Making It Easy to Read, Say, and Comprehend

Association eLearning

Here are a few suggestions, taken from my experience with writing, recording, and directing audio narration: Communicate each idea concisely and quickly, in bite-sized chunks. Many courses rely upon voiceover to help connect with their learners. This is a solid approach and, when used well, can make for great learning experiences. But what I have found is that the narrated portion of courses is often written like something you would find in a textbook.

Class Blog Versus Class LMS


What was once meant for blogging has evolved to a content management system, learning management system, forums, social networking, event booking, ecommerce, and so on. Given the ease-of-use of WordPress, there was a time when teachers all over the world would start a class blog. In some cases, they would even allow their students to create blogs by leveraging WordPress multisite installations. That said, you can still use the blogging component of WordPress in the classroom.

Leveraging Your Blog to Create a Course


You spent a lot of time creating your blog posts, why not leverage that hard work to create your course? One of the best ways to determine if your course idea is worthwhile is to start a blog around that particular subject first. As you write on the subject you will start to see whether or not people are interested in the topic by looking at your things like your site traffic stats and most popular blog posts. LearnDash started as a simple two-page blog.

Writing & Grammar: Prepositional Phrases

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. The prepositional phrase is one of the building blocks of our language. It adds a noun to your sentence while simultaneously indicating how it relates to the other information. Being able to identify prepositional phrases will go a long way toward helping you understand the structure of any sentence. And understanding the structure helps you make sure your have designed your sentence in the best way to convey your point.

Writing & Grammar: More Commas

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

TechComm Technical Communications Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby  Answers to  last week's challenge on commas  are brought to you by  Joanne Chantelau Hofmeister. Other respondents with all answers correct were  Roslyn G. Hager, Anne Goldenberger, Douglas Daniel Blackley , and  Vera Sytch. And, yes, number 4 was correct as written, meaning that technically the instructions should have mentioned that.

Writing & Grammar: Parentheses

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

The way I think of it is that if the previous sentence was over before you inserted the parenthetical part, and you have a complete sentence inside the parentheses, then the period goes on the inside: We offer classes on writing and grammar. (We     Looking for help with your writing technique? Jennie teaches two writing classes:  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts  and  eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts.

Writing & Grammar: Qualifying Possessives

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

But I think that in a professional writing context, or with longer appositives, this falls apart and becomes awkward and possibly even confusing: We saved the file in Tim, the manager for the project's shared folder. So we pretty much have to go for the re-write in order to both identify the person and make the person clearly possessive: We saved the file in the shared folder belonging to Tim, the manager for the project. TechComm Technical Communications Writing & Grammar

Writing & Grammar: Affect vs. Effect

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Technical Communications Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby. The affect versus effect confusion still reigns supreme as the most consistently asked question in my grammar classes. Here is my latest take on this confusing pair. This time, I'll ignore the rarer definitions of these two words: effect as a verb and affect as the noun for emotional state.

Writing & Grammar: Semicolon or Comma?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

eLearning Writing & Grammar by Jennie Ruby    No one understands semicolons, said one of my recent students. Because the rules for semicolons are among the most clear and limited rules for punctuation marks, I am surprised by that perception.   The semicolon is most frequently used to separate two sentences that have been joined into one compound sentence without the benefit of a conjunction. What is a conjunction?