It’s almost time! Each June, New Zealand celebrates Gifted Awareness Week, a time when we celebrate the creativity and talents of New Zealanders, and when we advocate for better educational provision for gifted children. We also have a blog tour to further raise awareness of giftedness. Here is how it works.
- Anyone can read the posts. The links to all of them will appear, a few at a time, on the blog tour guide page. But wait! There’s hardly anything there yet! Don’t worry, that is quite normal with a few days to go before the blog tour starts. Blogging seems to be contagious, and there will soon be plenty of posts.
- There are not many hard and fast rules about blog posts. They must be new, and they must go live between June 9 and June 22. They must promote awareness of giftedness. They must include the blog tour logo, unless the blogger is writing on behalf of a political party. (We need our parliamentarians to be part of the conversation. Whether they use the logo is up to them.)
- Anyone can write posts. We have had excellent posts from first time bloggers, including gifted children themselves. We also love blog posts from parents, teachers, researchers and other professionals. We’d love one from you.
- You choose the genre. Opinion pieces are the most common. Think newspaper editorial, perhaps. We have had memories shared of the precious moments through which parents came to realise that theirs was no ordinary child. We have had lists of “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots” for teachers. We have had open letters to Parliament. We welcome video blogs, images which send a message, and poetry. This Gifted Awareness Week, there are political panels on gifted education in Wellington and Auckland. We’d love you to attend one of these meetings, and to blog your rebuttal.
- Brief is Good. 500-1000 words are popular in the blogging world. If you want to write more you can, of course. It’s OK to write two or three separate posts if you suddenly feel you have a novel in you.
- Pictures are highly recommended. That way when people share your post on Facebook, your picture will make your link stand out. Pictures play nicely with Pinterest and other social media, too. Be canny about Copyright. CC Search is your friend.
- If people criticise what you write, it doesn’t matter. Feel free to ignore it. Here is a post I wrote which drew some harsh criticism. However, one reader sent it to her MP, and this resulted in a meeting with the MP to talk about gifted education. I’d call that a win!
- Have fun. Write what you want to write about giftedness. The more fun you have writing it, the more likely it is that someone will have enough fun reading it to share the link. That spreads awareness, and awareness is what we want.
Thanks in advance to everyone who reads the blogs, comments on them, shares them and writes them. We need all of you to make this blog tour amazing!