Today's challenge is to locate and share an effective blog post. That's easy. I'm going to direct my readers to Richard Byrne's post So You Want To Be a Writer? In fact, I could just direct you to Richard's entire blog because I think all of his posts qualify as good examples of effective posts.
For one thing, the title tells me what I'm gonna read. It might be catchy or it might not...but it is very clear. I know what I'm gonna get. And when time is short and I'm trying to read a bunch of items, I like being able to choose what to read from titles that are clear and to the point.
Richard is also to the point. He doesn't waste time with extraneous writing. He gives a nice intro to the topic, provides links to resources, and sometimes includes a short video with instructions. The end. I've gained a new resource and/or learned a new skill.
When I'm reading personal blogs on my own time, I enjoy a funny story, a cute photo, a tale that is well told. But when I'm learning and gathering resources during my professional time, I like a blog that offers consistent, quality information...good links...and clear explanations...without a lot of extra stuff. Richard's blog, Free Technology for Teachers, does just that.