Yes, I visited the actual challenge on the blog each week, but my teacher Mr Pepper also put the challenges on his blog weekly, telling us what activities he would like us to preform each week.
Which challenges were the most useful?
The challenges that were the most useful for me were the ones that were helping to develop my blog further. e.g. “putting certain widgets on my blog (translator, recent posts)
Which challenges were the most interesting?
The challenges that were most interesting were the ones that left links to interactive sites.
What would be some other topics you would like included in future challenges?
I think that everything is basically covered already.
Are more tutorial type challenges needed? eg how to make a link in your post.
I think something that needs to be covered is how to put pictures on your sidebar. I struggled with this last year.
Were the ‘Visit these’ posts useful?
These posts were useful because it was interesting to see what other people did with the task (how they used their creativity and made the post unique.)
Were the challenges where you had to embed ie polls, cartoons, wallwisher etc interesting or could you not embed due to being a free Edublogs blog or a blogging platform that didn’t allow embedding?
I didn’t like these challenges because I had a very hard time accessing some of these sites.
Were there enough chances to visit blogs from overseas and make links with other students/classes?
With the student blogging listing names of registered student I felt that there were plenty of oppertunities to visit other people’s blogs.
Did you make global connections?
I had the oppertunity to visit many blogs from all around the globe.
How many posts did you write?
I have written 24 posts this year starting in September when the new school year started.
How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
18 of those posts were set by the challenge, 3 were for school and 2 were for my pleasure. Since my blog theme is Harry Potter though I tried to make many of my challenge posts Harry Potter oriented, so some of the challenge posts felt like misscellaneuos posts.
How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
I received 33 comments since the beginning of the year. This included classmates, overseas and teachers. This is just for my posts though, I did not include the comments I received on my pages.
Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
The post that I received most comments on was my .:You know your a basketball player When:. I believe this is because it has an added interactive activity that shows slides of what is happening in the story. You are able to read the story and then see my interpretation in pictures.
Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
I enjoyed writing all of my Harry Potter oriented posts the most because it is something I am interested in and know a lot about. When you like something, it is easier to talk about.
Did you change blog themes at all and why?
I changed my blog theme once to get it to the Harry Potter theme. Before this theme I wrote about many different things but never settled on one subject. I decided to make my blog one theme, and that was what I was going to talk about through my posts.
How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
I have a total of 18 widgets. I feel like this is a good amount, and I also have a pretty good variety. One widget I would add though is maybe an “interesting Harry Potter facts” widget.
How many overseas students do you have on your blog roll?
I have 51 students on my blog roll but 25 of those students are part of my class, so I have approximitly 25 students from Canada and overseas.