Who Is This Blog For?
This blog is directed towards individuals that would like to become leaders or improve their leadership skills. This blog provides information on the advantages and best practices for blog use and examples of other helpful blog that can provide more information on Veteran Education and a visual of what a professional blog looks like.
What Is a Blog?
Blog is a shorten term for a weblog. A blog is a website that full of journal/post entries that are added to regularly. Blogs provide information on ideas, experiences, interests, learning, teaching, and general information. These entries allow for comments and discussion. Most blogs usually have the option to share the information through other social media outlets too. There are approximately 40,000 new blogs created daily (Nussbaum-Beach and Hall, 2012)
Advantages and Disadvantages of Blogs
- Free/Inexpensive – several sites are free and the advanced add-on features are inexpensive
- Easy to Use – blogs are easy to create, update, and share and provide a tool for editing and uploading links, pictures, and videos. Blogs can be created now and uploaded later
- Teaching/Learning – blogs allow for users to share information, ideas, and examples through the internet. Blogs allow for collaboration and networking through the comment and feedback features
- Communication skills – blogs help improve communication and writing skills
- Upkeep – blogs require a lot of time for maintenance and upkeep
- Limited Privacy – information is on a public website and can be viewed and shared by several people.
- Validity – information is not always cited properly or at all, and entries can be based on opinions over factual information
- Communication – information is mainly presented via texts and not all languages translate the same especially with informal writings
Blogs as a Training Tool
As digital literacy skills are increasing, blogs are an effective training tool to use in preparation for the digital world. Blogs help users improve their writing skills. Blogs help users include multimedia in assignments. Blogs can provide more resources to information provided during class and promote discussion through feedback. Blogs can also be used through team projects (Hall, 2013).
- Be selective with key words
- Write for a specific audience
- Regular posts on relevant content
- Optimize for mobile use
- Be available on social media platforms
- Internal and external links
- Use visuals
Suggested Blogs for Leadership and Leadership Development
This blog post provides information on leading with positive expectations. Positive expectations help improve relationships and interactions. The post provides information on four different ways to leverage positive expectations. This blog provides information on leadership and personal development to build the skills to become a successful leader.
- Credibility: Michael Hyatt is the founder of Platform University and has started his own leadership development company. He has written books on leadership development. There are over 7000,000 subscribers to this blog.
- Updated: Weekly
This blog post provides insight on warnings for those who strive to be a leader. It provides information on how individual actions and beliefs are what lead to culture. The post provides information on seven different things that affect leadership styles. The leadership entries provide insight and guidance on becoming a better leader by teaching how to handle conflict, reduce stress, and the important characteristics of a successful leader.
- Credibility: Rob Edmondson the leader (pastor) of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He has been the leader of two churches and ministers through leadership. He specializes in organizational leadership and has consulted with other churches and church leaders. He has over 35 years experience in the leadership role and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. He has previously served as a Vice Mayor and Finance Chair of a mid-sized city.
- Updated: Weekly
This blog post provides information on hacking your brain to provide balance to the chaos of leadership. The post describes designing constraints, delegating urgencies, and physical activity to help restore balance to your brain and life. This blog provides information on leadership skills, coaching, mentoring, inspiring, and professional development to help maintain and develop successful leaders.
- Credibility: Steve Farber is a subject matter expert in business leadership and has been named as one of INC’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts. Steve is the founder of the Extreme Leadership Institute and has written three books on leadership.
- Updated: Vary from Weekly to Biweekly
This blog was posted in a list on a blog post by ConantLeadership. The blog by ConantLeadership is a list of different entries about leadership and improving your organization. This specific entry focuses on engagement and development through focusing on culture, give and take relationships, connection, and being committed to diversity.
- Credibility: Erin McNulty is the director of research at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. ConantLeadership was founded by Douglas Conant. Douglas has over 40 year experience as a leader for Nabisco Foods, Campbell Soup Company, and Avon Products.
- Updated: Monthly
This blog provide guidance on being noticed, the skills needed and qualities not needed to be a successful leader, building your reputation and issues that limit leadership. This blog is an excellent source of information on all aspects of leadership and leadership development.
- Credibility: This blog is one of the most shared leadership blogs in social media. Dan has been named an INC Top 50 Leadership and Management Expert and Top 100 Great Leadership Speakers. He has past experience in two self-owned businesses and a workforce development consultant for Penn State University. There are over 700,000 subscribers and the blog is viewed worldwide.
- Updated: New entries are posted several times a week.
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