The Benefits of Starting a Tutoring Blog
Why not use that time to do something that will improve your tutoring business? Starting a professional tutoring blog can provide you with a slew of benefits to not only improve your tutoring practice, but your bottom-line as well! Start a habit today that will reap rewards for seasons to come.
Reflection Can Make You a Better Tutor
One of the most important skills that any educator must develop is the ability to self-reflect. Educating students is as complex as it is important. The best tutors and teachers take time to evaluate their practice and use that reflection as a springboard for improvement.
Starting a blog is a highly effective way to build regular, structured reflection into your practice as an educator. Find the time each week to think back to what has been working and what could use a rework in your tutoring practice. Set a schedule for writing about your insights and stick to it.
Whether you choose to publish these machinations or not is up to you, but the act of putting your thoughts together in writing can be mutually cathartic and professionally rewarding in both the short and long term.
Remember, this is your blog; the only rules or constraints are the ones you put on yourself!
It’s Easy to Start
One of the nice things about creating a blog is that the only things you need to get started are an internet-enabled device and some time to write. Whether you are using a computer, a laptop, a tablet, or even a smartphone, there are plenty of free applications and tools available to help you get your thoughts on the page and out to the web.
Once you have some great content to share, it’s time to get it online! There are a wide variety of sites that provide free blog hosting so the experience doesn’t end up costing you a thing. Some of the best free blog hosting sites include:
- WordPress – A great, free blogging platform that can be easily migrated to a new host or domain should you choose to upgrade to a paid site.
- Blogger – A fairly bare-bones blogging-focused platform that is great for novices but has limited customization options
- EduBlogs – A WordPress-based hosting site dedicated to educational content
- Google Sites – Google’s free website creation tools are limited but very user friendly
Whatever platform or format you opt for, the value of your blog will be determined by the effort you put into it. Be sure to consider the following questions as you are establishing your reflective presence online:
- Are you proofreading your posts before they go live? If you want to be taken seriously (especially as an educator), a typo-strewn mess filled with run-on sentences will drive readers away quickly.
- Are you posting on a regular basis? Building a readership is reliant upon the fact that your readers will have new content to read. Set a schedule for posts and stick to it! Make your blog a site people want to return to regularly.
- Is your blog easy to read across multiple devices? Test your blog on various platforms including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and different browsers. If the blog looks wonky on one or multiple platforms, the readers who use them will likely steer clear of your work – no matter how great it is!
- Are you being professional? Blogs are great places for personal reflection. That being said, keep the tone positive and avoid the temptation to unleash the occasional rant or takedown. A professional blog should focus on growth and success, not complaints and aggression. People should want to come to your work seeking insights and an opportunity to share knowledge, not to participate in whining or online attacks.
Blogs are a great way to build your brand and establish yourself in the tutoring marketplace. Here on Knowledge Roundtable, quality content can be your ticket to increasing your visibility when potential clients search for tutors in your area.
Furthermore, producing regular, quality content on your own blog can enable you to build up your online visibility on social media and on search engines. As people like and share your work, your reach for potential clients (both face to face and online) can see dramatic increases.
As your blogging picks up it may be worth considering purchasing your own domain name and opting for more involved hosting options, but there is no reason why you should have to spend anything more than time to create a great tutoring blog!
Build Your Professional Network
Regular, insightful blogging can help you form professional connections and expand your support network. By sharing your thoughts and reflections, you can begin to form a digital team of fellow educators, tutors, and professionals to engage with. Growing this network can help you develop new ideas, work through professional struggles, and share your blog posts with new audiences.
One important thing to remember is that collaboration goes both ways. As you receive support from others, be active in returning the favors with shares, comments, and feedback. Reciprocity and courtesy can go a long way in creating meaningful relationships online!
Do you have a tutoring blog? How has it helped you grow your business and as an educator? Share your tips with our readers in the comments below and on social media!