Meet the SLP Bloggers II
In an effort to expose readers to the wonderful SLP and educational bloggers out there, Teach Speech 365 came up with a creative idea for a “Chain Letter Link-Up.” You can read all about me at Lets Talk Speech and Language.
Now it’s my job to interview my second blogger. This interviewee is Jessica Chase of Consonantly Speaking,
Please take the time to check our Jessica’s site, she has some great information to share.
2. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in March of 2012 because I had a lot of great ideas of therapy activities that I wanted to share. I had previously written a movie review blog and wanted to try my hand at something in my profession. My main goals were to share information and collaborate with other speech-language pathologists.
3. What is your favorite population to work with?
I love working with the school-age population and in particular fluency disorders (cluttering especially).
4. How much time per week do you spend blogging and/or creating materials?
I think that the amount of time I spend blogging per week varies due to the fact that I try to have a social life in the evenings/on the weekends, plus I have a full time job/wedding to plan. If it is a slow week for me, then more posts are going to pop-up. If it is a busy week, you may not see me on the blog as much but moreso on Pinterest and Facebook. In addition, many of my blog posts are in-depth, lengthy, and involve lists that I take months to complete. I really like to take my time and make sure I have all of the information.
5. What’s your favorite topic to create materials for?
I have only created one material so far, other than my app/book lists. I think once I get into the material-world I will focus a lot on fluency, vocabulary, and auditory processing since that is where I have the most clients (other than articulation).
6. What’s the best thing about blogging?
I would have to say that the best thing about blogging is collaboration. I get to hear other SLPs thoughts on my posts and materials. I also get to learn a lot from them that I can take back and use with my students.
7. Do you have any blogging tips?
My biggest blogging tips involve content, audience, and self-promotion. Post a lot of content (not necessarily materials or reviews all the time) and it will keep people coming back for more. They will notice that you are an expert in your field of study and come to you with questions, collaborative ideas, and more. Also, think about your blogging audience. If you work with a 0-5 population and post about your experiences with early language development, you are going to get followers who are looking for information on that population or who have children in that population. If you deviate from your audience, they most likely will not return. Finally, do not focus so much on self-promotion. It will annoy your readers and they may not stay in the long-term.
8. How did you know that you wanted to be a speech-language pathologist?