Blog’s birthday!

This week it’s Blog’s birthday and to celebrate Blog has been featured in the local paper, Progress Leader. If you haven’t seen the real-life version:  Blogging a school’s life (page 13) you can check it out on-line here: HB1

I started Blog a year ago with the aim of engaging the broad school community in the school’s day-to day life. I wanted to showcase some of the great things that are happening, promote debate about current practices, share parents’ concerns and pass on their thoughts and advice to others.

I’ve been helped in this by a host of guest bloggers who have taken the time to write their personal stories, or discuss topics of importance to them and the school community generally.  Lots of staff have agreed to be interviewed and photographed and have let me take up their lunch break or preparation time.

So for this week I am going to reflect on some of the highlights of Blog’s first year.

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There have been 36 posts in all with many of those provided by our guest bloggers. Those posts have been viewed in 65 countries around the world. In total there have been 8, 614 views of the site so far.

We’ve had 50 comments in all which is very respectable. (Other bloggers will know how hard it is to get people to comment!)  I’ve had many, many more comments and lots of conversations in the playground and over coffee about some of the topics discussed which has been great.

We’ve covered student well-being and resilience, art and sport, communication, fees and funding, healthy eating and body image, chooks and the garden, the canteen, bike riding, iPads, book reviews, swimming, chess, volunteering, school council, holidaying around the country, pen-friends, Flower Power trivia night, Grade 6 Leadership, local fund-raisers,  World Teacher’s day, a host of teacher interviews and some farewells.HB6

If we were to have a medal ceremony for the top posts in Blog’s birthday year it would go something like this:

Bronze Medal to Nikki’s McConnon’s  blog about vision therapy. I think we really like to hear other parents’ stories and I’m always grateful when people are willing to share their personal experiences.

Silver Medal to Scout Nichols Tomlins for accidentally spending $1372.27 on in-app purchases in record breaking time and to Sarah Nichols for staying up all night to work out how to get it back.

The Gold Medal would definitely go to the fantastic story shared by Shelley Ware about her community and the extraordinary achievements of her father, Bob Ware (306 views on the day and many more afterwards).  It’s my favourite too.HB2

I’m looking forward to Blog’s next year and to more great stories and playground discussions. If you’d like to write for the Blog, or if you have an idea for a story, please let me know.

Many thanks to everyone who has helped along the way.

Jacqui Tomlins