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Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect

Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect

Blogging Concepts for HBCU Students to Reflect
William Jackson, M.Ed.
HBCU Alumni – South Carolina State University
HBCU Instructor – Edward Waters College
Social Media Visionary for #MyQuestToTeach
Share your voice, share your story, let the world
hear you.

  1. Why Do You Blog – bloggers must have a reason to
    do what they do. There should be passion and commitment
    when putting fingers to keyboard. Why you blog is a very
    important statement and should have a definite answer and
    purpose.
    During the blogging process “why” may change just as
    content changes, every blogger should have an answer
    as to Why Do You Blog.

    2. Who Is Your Demographic – an important element
    to go along with Why is; Who is your demographic?
    Is there an age group, gender, nationality, lifestyle,
    culture or specific group you want to connect with?
    People enjoy having a connection with bloggers. Any
    successful blogger knows who their audience is and
    tries to give them what they need and to provide
    relevant content.

    3. What Type of Content Do You Share – sharing is
    very important.
    You want your audience to understand that you are sharing
    a part of yourself with them. You’re not thrusting things
    down their throat, but providing something that they need
    or as you grow in your writing giving your readers something
    they think they need. Create the atmosphere of sharing
    which helps in receiving feedback from the
    reader/viewer.

    4. How Do You Support Your Brand
    Do you have a domain name, are you using a free site, is
    there a lot of advertising, is there adult content, video,
    audio, and multimedia?
    Supporting your content on a platform requires some
    research on your part to validate you and build your
    Brand. In the educational, political, and business
    environments you have to backup what you have stated
    with dynamic information links, quotes, and data.
    In your blogging you’re competing with traditional media
    so go that extra step to help readers understand where
    you’re coming from, how it can help them and where else
    they can go for additional resources.

    5. Do You Use Photos, Video, Graphics – The power of
    a picture, video or multimedia element can never be under
    estimated. If there is a video that can be used or you create
    your own do it. This provides an extra element to attract
    and keep readers to your content.
    Search Engine Optimization(SEO) does need help with text
    (words), but additional elements that provide audio
    (podcasting), video (YouTube) and multimedia to create an
    interactive platform. Never be scared to branch off into
    new areas to help engage and excite your readers.

    6. Do You Offer A Service – What can you provide your
    audience? What type of service or services do you have?
    The popular blogs of relationship building, natural hair, nails
    (hands and feet) provide a service that can be seen and is
    engaging.
    There is a service that results can be seen. Think hard on
    what service you can provide if this is your choice. Be sure
    that you can keep your customers happy.

    7. Do You Evolve – One of the important things about
    blogging is keeping and expanding your audience, that
    means evolving.
    No blog stays the same just as people change, there is an
    evolutionary process that writers go through. Just as age
    and maturity happens so should a bloggers content evolve
    because their readers evolve and change. What you wrote
    3 years ago will not be of the same interest for your readers
    now. Their lives have evolved (changed) so as a blogger
    your content must evolve also.

    8. Do You Have a Brand – Can you Brand yourself to
    the public?
    What are you known for, what does the title of your Blog
    bring thoughts and feelings of? Branding is important
    because of the interest it generates in readership. Creating
    a Brand allows for Marketability and potential profits.
    Branding shows you, who you are so the public will make
    that connection.

    9. Can You Be Marketable – to make money is only one
    important aspects of blogging. Eventually a blogger considers
    how can they make money so must be wise in how they Market
    their content.
    This may take a team to get the word out about you and
    promote what you are doing. Social Media tools are diverse
    this must be strategic in application.
    These elements are worth considering and using as a
    guide to anyone blogging. Your blogging content, goals,
    designs and objectives will change the more you blog so be
    ready to make adjustments and evolve to keep pace and
    stay important enough to be followed, read, quoted, inspiring,
    engaged and influential.

The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind

The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind

 

The Importance of Women To
Build Up Your Mind

by William Jackson: Father,
Educator, Blogger
#MyQuestToTeach

Pictures of books located on Photobucket.
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/Books%20About%20and%20By%20Black%20Women/story
Placed in a story line

The value of reading and joy of literacy can change
lives. It has happened with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Malcolm X and others that proclaim education is the key
to generational prosperity.
Books focusing on women and their achievements are not
rare, but available, girls and women are not reading
great books about themselves. These books are sitting
on bookshelves gathering dust and pages are fading away
like the memories of the great writers, storytellers
and the information that can motivate, excite and
change minds.

Chinua Achebe the great Nigerian author of many books
that are still popular today has stated that the author
has a different agenda than the Emperor. Colonization
seeks to keep the people un or under educated so they
cannot see that they can do better.

As I sift through the fantastic books in my local library
here in Jacksonville, Florida, I’m at awe and sorrowed
that it seems I’m the only one that previewed the
historic content of information dedicated to African
Americans. The excitement I feel is overwhelming
because I want to share these treasures of stories about
wonderful women of color, but it seems no one else is
interested. I do not know if it is by design or on
accident, either way the stories of lives that have inspired,
influenced and empowered are fading away from memory
and gather dust on bookshelves not just in Jacksonville
Florida, but nationally and globally.

Lets me be honest there are few if any left African
American book stores in African American neighborhoods
because African Americans are not reading as they once did.
There is the mental retardation that reading is not
valuable so not only economically do we as a people
fail, but educationally and culturally as our own
history is watered down to inefficiency and insignificance.

Suggestions for daughters/women struggling with
personality and self purpose. Be yourself and be authentic.
Don’t be pressured into sex or other situations that do not
benefit you intellectually and educationally.
As a father I look forward to my daughter getting
married and having children of her own. The upsetting
issue is what kind of man will she fall in love with
and bear their children.
The dating scene for college students is perplexing,
dangerous, and challenging for the hopes of getting
a good man and even men getting a good wife.

 

Fathers inwardly
stress about this
and there are T-shirts
referencing guns, murder,
jail time and even
castration if a fathers’
daughter is abused,
assaulted, “knocked up,”
or hurt. Men are crazy like
that about their daughters.
Movies such as “Blood Father”
2016 represents that fathers
are not perfect, but mess with
their daughters and there is

hell to pay.

I’m smart enough to know it takes two to make a
baby, as a father of a son and daughter, it is
hoped and prayed that both parties are responsible
in their choices for life time mates and companions.
Sex does not last forever, but the value of
companionship, conversation and compatibility is vital.
I can’t tell my children not to have sex because as
Nikki Giovanni once said, “that’s what young people do,
have sex.” Edward Waters College 2012
Interviewing Nikki Giovanni at Edward Waters College 2012
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SobIOFAZMkc
Parents have to teach their children the consequences
of sexual intercouse not just the potential for STD’s
or pregnancy, but the emotional and psychological
consequences also.

Nikki and William
https://myquesttoteach.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/nikki-giovanni-and-william-jackson.jpg

Looking at the patterns of teens and college students
and even from my observations from my college experiences
babies happen from sex. I cannot count how many girls
went home during my college years pregnant and no man,
no husband and an uncertain future to struggle it alone
with a child that the father was happy to help create
even if unintentional, but did not want anything to
do with it after finding out his seed fertilized an egg.

As a divorced parent, I stayed in my children’s life,
not because of court orders, because I love my children
and even though divorced from their mother I did not
divorce my kids. I stayed in their lives, supporting
beyond child support and ignoring my so called peers
to show my ex-wife who is boss and leave the kids also.
I’m not perfect, no parent is, as a parent my fears
sometimes as many fathers leave me awake late at night,
in prayer about the future of my son and daughter.
My son for different reasons being African
American male and a college student.
A blog for another time.

 

 

This past Women
History’s Month there
were programs,
ceremonies, workshops,
entertainment and special
events. My contribution
as a father is daughters,
girls and young women
don’t be swayed by smooth
talking brothers of any color into making a decision
based on physical pleasure that is temporary, but
could result in life long consequences from pregnancy,
a STD, abortion, or other events that may lead to
emotional, physical or psychological distress.
The older you become the more your past may begin to
haunt you and your reliance on salvation turns back
to the church and saving your soul, also a blog for
another time.

Visiting the local library in Jacksonville, Florida
a thought came to mind..
The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind
to emphasis that before a man gets into bed, women need
to get into their heads to understand the relationships
and commitment levels. Since the maturity level is
sometimes light years separate both need to make sure they
are consensual and mature enough to be in agreement.

NO means NO and a maybe still means NO unless willingly
changed to a YES without alcohol, drugs or smooth talking…
even then protection needs to be agreed on because as I
have taught my son and especially my daughter you don’t
know how many others that person has claimed or lied
that they slept with, but once you do all of you are
connected in a physical, emotional and psychological
connection that lasts a life time. Sex is a bonding
physical action of trading bodily fluids that are
absorbed into the body and the meshing of souls in a
emotional, physical and psychological embrace. Like the
old folks saying, if you lay with dogs long enough
you get fleas and ticks. Now you can get more than
that, because death maybe laying there waiting on you.

There is nothing wrong with being smart, intelligent,
creative, innovative and adventurous for girls and women.
There is nothing wrong with wanting the best in life
and working for it as a women.
Don’t ever sell yourself, sell yourself short and use
your body for profit, personal or professional gain.
People have lost their morality, ethics and personal
value because of decisions based on momentary decisions
they are struggling with into adulthood.

The Importance of Women To Build Up Your Mind
is a way for a dialogue of talking about life and the
journey all of us must take. Fathers value their daughters,
but in that value must also come the understanding that
daughters must find their way in life as well. There will
be happiness, heartache, loves, un-loves, peace, strife
and the continuation of living in a world that can
chew you up and spit you out or try to turn you away from
the morality of humanity.

Fathers be in prayer, stay in prayer and share those prayers
with your daughters and sons. We have to take advantage of
the youthfulness of our children to teach them when
they are young and before we are old. It is easier to
shape a young sapling when it can bend with the wind than
when it becomes a tree and the roots are dug in and the
trunk un-movable.

Fathers teach your daughters their mind and their bodies
are the most valuable assets they have and to never allow
anyone to take advantage of them and use them for someone
else pleasure and purpose. The books below are a
journey in lives, a wealth of hidden information
and resources.

Take the time to visit your local library and even get
a library card to check out books for your reading
and literacy pleasure. Put something between your legs
that will bring value to your life.

Knowledge from Nikki Giovanni and her outlook on life and living.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SobIOFAZMkc

Pictures of books located on Photobucket.
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/williamdjackson/Books%20About%20and%20By%20Black%20Women/story
Placed in a story line

Resources:

Lunch and Learn with
Nikki Giovanni
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/

Nikki Giovanni at
Edward Waters College
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/nikki-giovanni-at-edward-waters-college/

EdCamp – An Adventure for HBCUs

EdCamp – An Adventure for HBCUs

EdCamp – An Adventure for HBCUs
by Professor William Jackson
Edward Waters College

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EdCamp St. Augustine

The exposure to the collaboration with educators
with years of experience is important for new
educators and pre-service educators that attend HBCUs
choosing a career in education. Becoming a teacher is not
an easy decision, knowing you have the support of seasoned
and respected educators is a plus and motivating.
Diversity builds education, it is a foundation of teaching to
build on what the real world is so students can adapt and
contribute. It requires diverse people to educate a diverse
growing student population in schools and strengthens
the communities schools are in. Schools are a microcosm
of their communities as I have stated in my classes, that is
why schools are important.
The stronger and connected the school and the valuing of
education helps a community grow and strengthen their
connection. The teachers are the base of acceptance,
stability and tolerance.

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The more teachers are respected and connected they
can influence the life of a community. That is why in
the past teachers that lived in the areas they taught in
were effective not just with students, but with parents
and influencing the community.
EdCamp provides a foundation for those in education
from teachers, administrators, support staff and even
students to come together and share in open discussions
about how to improve the educational culture and
atmosphere of schools. These connections are valuable
for new teachers to see and experience.
HBCUs need to be involved in EdCamps because they
can network with the schools their graduates may teach
in, talk to experienced teacher and experience successes
with pride and learn realistic strategies to help prepare
HBCU students for their careers.
Why wait until being on the “field” your senior year and
be thrusted in the environment based off of sometimes
outdated policies and procedures when HBCU students
can connect earlier and learn from experts. HBCU students
can understand the culture and the climate of schools
before they get there and be able to handle students
because they understand them earlier.
EdCamp what better platform for pre-service educators
still in under-graduate programs to learn than on a weekend
with free breakfast, free lunch, high energy, diverse
experiences and seasoned professionals that have wisdom,
knowledge and PLCs and PLNs that work.

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EdCamp Magic – Orlando, Florida

EdCamp provides a foundation for resources that reinforce
why to be an educator, why America still needs passionate
and diverse educational mentors, role models and
professionals. Writing this blog reminds me of my experiences
as a teacher and wish that I had the opportunities of EdCamp
as I traveled my journey 27 years ago and continue on for
several more year. I have had the great opportunity to be a
keynote speaker at two (2) EdCamps and attended
several in Florida taking students from Edward Waters College.
Their attendance has been life changing in ways that cannot
be measured. The direct exchange of ideas is important,
conversation is a strong tool that can enhance the confidence
of the teacher in the classroom.
Because of the successes for teachers EdCamp has grown
to international environments. This allows for global sharing,
collaboration and the integration of ideas, strategies and
best practice not just technology.
If teachers do not prepare students to sit at the tables of
business, commerce, finance and education then students
will be left behind and out of the decision making process
of building communities and prosperity for its citizens.

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Educational Technology class at Edward Waters College

HBCU students have a responsibility to continue the
storytelling and educating of children that provides
additional exposure and positive contributions to
the communities that HBCUs are a part of. Even if
a student is not an education major HBCU students
can gain experience in networking, professional
exposure and career preparation as a life-long
learner and leader.

Professor William Jackson
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM
http://ewceducationaltechnology.wordpress.com/

 

                                                                      EdCamp NABSE – Tampa, Florida

Who Writes Your Life Story HBCU Students?

Who Writes Your Life Story HBCU Students?

Who Writes Your Life Story HBCU Students?
by Professor William Jackson
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

Using the TEDx presentation to
encourage all HBCU students to live up
to their expectations and not to listen
to the stereotypes of others based on
color, gender and social-economic background.
Who writes your life story? | Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly
https://youtu.be/OscDpHfrtog

Each HBCU student has a story to tell, an adventure
or a situation that allows each of us to share our
travels in a world of continuous change and adaptation.
The human spirit is sometimes defined by the actions and
in actions we take as we make the journey into and through
the challenges, chaos, confusion, storms and welcoming
calmness that we experience during the time we are on this
plane of life.
Students in my Educational Technology class are required
to manage a traditional blog, writing for several weeks
about their talents, passions, goals, likes and challenges.
Just as other classes for the past 4 years that have taken
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM at Edward
Waters College. Those that are in the Department of
Education and Urban Studies are required to take this class,
but more and more students in other disciplines are seeing
the value of writing for their life.
Encouraging students to write can be challenging because
you have to show the reasons why they should do this and
how it can benefit them.
There needs to be tangible and connecting situations and
circumstances to show that writing can increase networking,
create a positive digital footprint and show the potential to
increase visibility in the job market and potential financial
benefits.

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Attending an HBCU there are benefits and some potential things
that can hold a person back. The term HBCU is not always
beneficial in the white corporate world because it may be
perceived as unskilled, ill-prepared, lower educational
achievement, minority, ghetto, inner-city and slow. These may
be some of the perceptions carried by labels and assumptions.
Labels can deny access to equitable educational access and even
the mental stereotypes that can affect performance in the classroom.
I share with my students to never let someone else’s expectations
define their life and their successes.
As a father of two college age young adults I have seen how low
expectations of teachers, friends and even the community affect
the self perceptions of children. When my children were in
elementary and middle I constantly encouraged them to read, to
think for themselves and not like the crowd, I took my kids to
conferences, workshops and other events that offered
exposure and learning. Why more Black families do not do this
there are many excuses.
Understanding diversity was important because my children had
to understand that this world, this nation is diverse and they
had to be able to cope with the integration and collaboration
of races. To many times people said I was raising my children like
they were white, but in actuality I was raising them to live in a
white world where mental toughness was necessary, having dreams,
goals and a mission in life made living valuable and being Black was
an asset not collateral damage.
Parents must always build up their children even if there are
challenges to their mental abilities, children can overcome and
compensate for many challenges if the parents do not have lower
expectations for success. Speak and breath life and a love for
learning. This is where to many African American families fall
short, living under the expectations of others that see them
as second class citizens, as potential criminals, welfare
recipients and even kids being in ESE and EBD classes not
Gifted and Talented classes.
The parent is the first educator and creates a foundation for
growth and development for a life-time. Parents create the
mental foundation for how their child will stand and deliver
energies that motivate and expand success or accept the mode of
below average living and relying on governmental
assistance.

HBCUs have a history of overcoming challenges and even
atrocities that are thrown at them because of the strong will
for success and rising like the Phoenix. If the parent assumes
their child cannot read past a certain level and mental comprehension
they deny their child the gifts of literature, reading, exposure
and even interactions that can open mental doors to expand the
horizons to be better then they currently are.
In my class I use TEDx Talks to show the similarities of cultural
and generational experiences to help students to understand
they do not have to live by others expectations and stereotypes.
They have options to experience and manage their life to be what
they want it to be by embracing learning and exposure to
new things in life.
Using a platform of blogging to step out away from the limitations
of people placed because they only only see color, zip codes or
area codes, student writing can take them globally any where in the
world because they can adapt their writing to embrace not just
the diversity of people, but the diversity of thought,
rationalization and the emotional connections that bring about
unity and respect.
Who writes your life story? | Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly
https://youtu.be/OscDpHfrtog
Is a way for students at HBCUs to share in a story of
mental and emotional neglect and abuse. Even through
the hell of low expectations HBCU students can rise
to new heights and accomplish unbelieveable success.
HBCU students start to write your own story, never
allow anyone else to write your story, to cast you
into a category and try to keep you there.
It is a choice, a decision that you make.
Choose wisely what direction you will go, by your
decisions or by the decisions of others that only see
you based on ignorance, racism, prejudice and hate.
Listening to “Who writes your life story?” |
Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly is a way to break free
of the pain and limitations of others.

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Resources:
Who Writes Your Life Story?
Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OscDpHfrtog&t=424s

Real Talk Real Change by E3 Business Group
RTRC VIII: “We Are Women, Hear Us More!!”
https://eventium.io/events/1036938196421735/real-talk-real-change-viii

HBCU Bloggers What Does It Take in 2017

HBCU Bloggers What Does It Take in 2017

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Attending WordPress WordCamp in
Philadelphia #WordCampUS

HBCU Bloggers What Does It Take in 2017
Updated 2017
by Prof. William Jackson
Edward Waters College
Educational Technology and Social Media

Ideas from a Blogger, Influencer, Speaker,
Thought Leader, Presenter and Educator

What does it take to be a blogger and social media
influencer? The ability to create content and share
on Social Media platforms is a process to influence
thinking, decisions and actions of readers. To
develop a personal Brand that exemplifies the
spirit of HBCUs. Students need the exposure and the
opportunity to network with those in the industries
they are interested in. To become serious in their
quest for success and growth.
Exposure is important and networking is vital
to being seen digitally and socially.

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Provided by Prof. Jackson
1. Write as if the world is going to view your content
and provide feedback. When people read your blogs
they should understand your passion and the direction
you are going.
2. When blogging take the time to read, review, rewrite,
and revise what you have written. Grammar and spelling
count a great deal.
3. Reflection is important, it is vital to think on your
writings and consider your desired end result, what is
your mission and vision for your content?
4. Embrace the diversity of the world, it expands your
ability to connect and engage with the diversity of your
audience. Your blogs should be able to reach out to
diverse audiences and make a connection.
5. Attend conferences that allow for sharing of ideas
and concepts. No blogger is an island to themselves.
6. When writing remember your building relationships
with others. This is important to establish connectivity
and validity.
7. Read writers that you respect and admire, this
inspires your creativity and literary growth.
8. Storytelling paints a picture, so use words that
encourage the imagination and inspire consistent
content development. Be careful of using cultural
or street language, think about the audience and their
interests.
9. When writing understand that writing is a process,
the more you write the better you get.
10. Don’t be afraid to submit your blogs to newspapers
to be published. You never know who will publish your
works. Even if you are rejected 100 times 101 might be
the one that gets you an awesome gig.
11. Keep your passion and excitement about your writing,
it is an extension of who you are.
12. Write for enjoyment and a purpose.
13. Your writing is an important part of who you are,
what you are growing into and how to expand your voice.
14. HBCU students continue to grow in your field, you may
start off in a tradition blog, be willing to
incorporate Microblogging, Podcasting, Vblogging and
other technologies that reach diverse audiences.
15. Never doubt your ability to grow beyond where you are.
16. Don’t blog when you are emotional, your judgement will
be blurred.
17. Never use your blog to spread racism, profanity,
prejudice, hate, sexism or involve in Sexting. This will
damage your Brand and your reputation.
18. Be careful of who you associate with, this may influence
future internships and scholarships.
19. Never let random people take your picture, they can be
used later against you.
20. Freedom of speech is a constitutional right until you
slander, accuse, threaten and demean others.
21. Be careful and protect your intellectual property, don’t
use company or school based hardware/software to store
blogs, videos or photos.

A blogger is a life-long journey and should be a life
long adventure.