6 Ways Blogging is Like Elementary School

All those years we spent in elementary school, one of the first questions we always asked was “when will I even use this?”  Well, now that we’re in the blogging community, the ghosts of teachers’ past are coming back to remind us why we studied our textbooks all those years ago.  Don’t believe me? Here are six ways that blogging is like elementary school.

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Math Class

Stats Nobody wants to admit it, but we all do study our follower numbers and page views religiously.  The dedication some of us have to comparing last month’s pageviews and bounce rate to this month’s, complete with percentage increase and average daily readers, is something many a grade-school math teacher would be proud of.

SEO Remember fifth grade when your teacher walked into class one day and asked you “if Train A is travelling from Philadelphia to New York, and Train B is travelling from New York to Philadelphia, how long would it take them to meet if Train A is travelling 55 MPH and leaves an hour before Train B, which is travelling at 70 MPH?”  SEO is a little like that, bringing statistics, English class, and analytical reasoning together to come up with the best three-word phrase to bring all the bloggers to your yard.

English Class

Grammar Back in the third grade, your English teacher told you how important the difference between there, they’re, and their was.  But you probably didn’t believe her until the first time you started blogging. Now I bet you’re realising you should have paid more attention.

Reading Your mother would probably be proud of how much reading you do now that you’re following 50 different blogs on Bloglovin‘, but in grade school? It might have been a bit more difficult to get you excited about library day back then, though.

Essay Writing I know how much time spent complaining about introductory paragraphs, but now that I blog? I realize how important it is to introduce your reader to a subject before you start going on about it.

Art Class

DIY Art class used to be that “special” subject you waited all week for and now that you’re in blogland, art-day is every day with DIY, Pinterest Inspiration Boards, and more how-to’s than you could ever help to hit the “like” button on.

Social Studies

Current Events I don’t know about you, but one of the homework assignments I used to dread more than anything else was coming up with a current event to write about each week.  I love keeping up with this stuff now, but when I was 14 and more interested in having my best friend teach me to apply eyeliner, you could usually find me furiously paging through a two-day-old newspaper in homeroom come Monday morning.  We might not all love writing about current events in Blogland, but when something big happens you can usually count on the community to keep you informed.

Business

Sponsorships You might not have had this class until high-school but when you did, you started to learn about supply and demand, trustworthiness, and product worth.  In the world of blog sponsorships there’s nothing more important.

Recess

Building Relationships No day at school was complete without double dutch and tag on the school’s playground, and there was not a single friendship that didn’t find its start in those 30 minute breaks from class.  In the blogging world, there may not be a playground, but bloggers flock to the comment section and Twitter to build relationships with one another, and no blog is quite complete without it.

Cliques Recess may have been the most important part of the day, but it was also the part where the cliques started to come out. In blogland, we may not be as mean to those outside of our group as the 12-year-olds on the playground were, but there’s no denying that the community is broken into sub-groups: Fashion, Food, Parenting, Beauty…

  • http://www.kati-rose.com/ Kati Rose

    This post made me laugh. Oh it is so true. Hopefully none of my old teachers stumble upon my blog to tell me “I told ya so.”

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      hah!! That would be awful!

  • http://www.therachaelway.com/ Rachael

    Girl, I love this! So on point! :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks so much Rachael!

  • http://www.californienne.com/ Marianne

    hahaha this is definitely a creative way of looking at blogging. I enjoyed it :)

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      haha thanks, Marianne!

  • http://nomad-notebook.blogspot.co.uk/ Lizzy

    on point!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Lizzy!

  • http://thethingsiamcrazyfor.wordpress.com/ Camila

    The title really intrigued me and I clicked because I wanted to know where you were going with this and this was not disappointing! Great comparisons! I never took business and perhaps that’s why I’m so terrible with the whole sponsorship thing ha!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it, Camila! I think sponsorships come to you the more you do them/work with other bloggers. It took me years before I was comfortable diving into it and I still have tons to learn!

  • http://www.chitsandgigglesblog.com/ Kristyn

    This pretty much sums up our lives.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      haha doesn’t it? I never imagined I’d be applying math to something in my real life!

  • Shybiker

    Nice comparison. The metaphor holds up.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks!

  • http://theladyerrant.com/ Elle

    Hah! I loved math, but I’ve always avoided taking stats. . .just like how I never get around to actually understanding that Google Analytics stuff!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Ughh I hated math so much! I honestly understand next to nothing about Google Analytics – I understand daily/monthly pageviews, and the fact that my bounce rate got pretty awful when I switched from Blogger to WP (although I have no idea why) but that’s about it.

  • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Brilliant. This goes to show that any blogger has got to be savvy in multiple different subject areas– a real challenge!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      hahah Yes!!! If anybody thinks that blogging is easy, they obviously haven’t done it yet!

  • Laina Turner

    Love it!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Laina!

  • http://thelilaclinnet.com/ Llinos @ The Lilac Linnet

    Haha, love the comparison!

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Llinos! I came up with it a couple months ago, but kept putting off writing the post. Once I started though, it was pretty fun!

  • http://currentlywearing.com/ Currently Wearing

    Really hilarious! And so true! Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading it!
    Have a great weekend!
    XO
    Miri
    http://currentlywearing.com

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thanks, Miri! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)