How to decide your blog’s focus?

2 Feb

I have not been posting much on this blog.  There are two reasons: one to keep up with one blog is quite busy already, especially the self-hosted one.  For me, to keep iGameMom.com running, I have to keep looking for good apps, play the apps, and decide on the one I want to write a review on.  Then write and post the review is a lot work too – it is not just typing what you want to say, there are the pictures that I want to be the right size, the links to the App Store.  There are so many apps with similar name, without a picture and a link connected directly to the store, people could easily downloading a different app and not even knowing it is not the one I recommended.  Then there is email correspondence with readers, app developers, … So iGameMom.com has been keeping me very busy.

The second reason: I have not completely figure out what should be covered in this blog.  One thing I know I want to go beyond apps.  Because there are still many kids don’t have access to an iPAD or iPod, I hope I can help them too.  Plus I have come across many good online resources and would love to share with everyone.  However, it’s hard to decide what – do I focus on online games?  shall I include board games?

What would you like to see in this blog?  Online learning resources?  Free resources?  Any educational resources available on iPAD?

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78 Responses to “How to decide your blog’s focus?”

  1. gmkevin February 3, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I image selecting games that don’t have violence involved…ones that you’re overcoming a life obstacle, where you show determination to resolve a problem rather than blast it into non-existence. Nice task if you can find them!

  2. doyourjob February 3, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Any digital educational resources would still hold true to your brand. I say bring it on and as long as it feels right, then add it!!! Good luck

  3. meyerlanewrites February 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    I would like to see categories geared toward each grade level. Knowing the actual educational impact on a child’s learning experience (grades and social ability) would also be helpful. I think you are on to something great here, you just have to make it not only the cool thing, but make it the standard.

  4. Liz February 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    I’d be interested in learning more about how to use gaming, etc to get kids excited about learning as well as the technology being a educational reference source. Always appreciate you stopping by foodforfun. Love seeing others put their passion–especially when the passion is a gift I don’t have–out there.

    • iGameMom February 10, 2013 at 2:02 am #

      I like that. so it is more of the application of the game.

      • Liz February 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

        yes!

  5. Anastasia February 4, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Reviewing digital resources would be useful for many parents. Many thanks for all your effort – it really takes time and commitment to write posts on a regular basis

  6. lifeonwry.com laughingatalzheimers.com February 4, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    I think your site name is broad enough to cover any type of learning, not just electronic.

  7. bmazing26 February 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    I am currently researching how to create apps as ii am using my experience inn education to develop products off similar nature, do you make the apps yourself or just develop the ideas

  8. Bizangelgirl55 February 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    I agree no violence. There is way too much of that. As a grandmother I am concerned. Board games with “no violence” would be nice. by the way thank you for liking my blog. I will follow you. Keep up the good work!

  9. socialtrail February 6, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    Thanks for liking my post on ‘Once upon a time to Lego Land’. Will surely be checking out some apps on your site.
    Cheers!

  10. deucewildcard February 6, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Definitely keep it going. We have a tablet and so far it has games, but nothing terribly educational! Help us!

    • iGameMom February 10, 2013 at 1:53 am #

      check iGameMom.com. there are a lot good educational apps there.

  11. honeydidyouseethat? February 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Not sure what to say. I did send my son to your site. (The one who teaches Ipads in Kuwait.) He and my husband are constantly checking for downloads. Sorry.

  12. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum February 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    This may be too elementary, but grandmas like me need help figuring out what ipods and ipads are all about and how they work. I’m embarrassing to admit this, but it’s true.

    • Sheryl Wright Stinchcum February 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      oops! Embarased, not embarassing. Although it is embarassing.

    • iGameMom February 10, 2013 at 1:56 am #

      While, we all have to learn together. I have to say many times kids don’t get the necessary supervision they need, simply because the parents are not knowledgable enough. — not that they don’t want to, they are just too busy on other stuff. I have some iPAD tips on igamemom.com. But I will add more fundamental tips.

  13. bikegirl37 February 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Boy I am I happy you ‘liked’ my blog. I mean, look what I found! Yours is a great blog, nice writing, relevant, and I’m learning up a storm. Thank you.

  14. bobcomeans February 8, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Board games would be nice. My wife and I are always looking for a good excuse to get the kids to the kitchen table, play a game, and spend some time together. Thanks!

    • iGameMom February 10, 2013 at 1:58 am #

      I do like board game – so the family can play together and have enough space to carry some conversations.

      • bobcomeans February 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

        conversations are important in a busy day when everyone is going their separate ways. I am following you now and looking forward to your thoughts.

  15. thedreamingbooks February 9, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    I really like the comment on posting for grade level, I love that idea! I’m often searching the web for things to do with the classrooms I volunteer in and focusing on educational games per grade level would be awesome! Thanks for your blog, I look forward to keeping up with your reviews, whatever you decide.

  16. LookingfortheSweetSpot February 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    The ipad info would really interest me!

  17. Laughing Mom February 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    I am not sure if this is helpful, but I so appreciate the app reviews! I don’t get free time online often, but the toddler knows when I have been to you site as he gets new apps to occupy him when I need to attend to his brother.

  18. Mike Sirota February 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Thanks as always, “Mom,” for stopping by. 🙂

  19. NW Frame of Mind February 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    Online and board games would be a great addition. We are always looking for new science and history apps here that are appropriate for boys 10 and up. Thanks for taking a look at my blog!

  20. Ali Isaac February 12, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    Hi! I have a little girl with global development delay and poor hand function, but she loves and is fascinated by mobile phones, ipads, etc. If you could include a section on very simple games or educational apps for special needs, I would be very grateful!!!

  21. unpackedwriter February 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Online learning resources would be a great thing for my family’s needs: jr-sr high. Tx, Renee

  22. snosler February 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Well, since I’m a writer by trade, my blog is my writing – sometimes its about writing, sometimes it is creative/fiction writing and sometimes, it’s just plain nonsense 🙂

  23. Kevin February 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi,

    I wouldn’t mind seeing some board game reviews if you had the time. It is amazing how kids don’t play board games at all (in my opinion) compared to apps and online games. I think “Monopoly” and “Clue” are still awesome board games in which to challenge my ten year old and her friends to play. Sometimes I win…sometimes I don’t.

    Thanks for a good blog posting!

  24. cmichaelmiller February 13, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    just a thought, but I know I got left behind by technology as an adolescent because people were encouraging me to use it- but never to create it. Are there any apps/games teaching kids the skills they’ll need to be the next designer at Google, Apple, FB, or Twitter?

  25. JustinHSB February 14, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    I agree with Liz… what is the purpose of the game? That could be a blog in itself. And good point, Cmichaelmiller. How do we guide the next generation with creativity as their basis for success.

    I’d like to see you focus more on board games and emphasizing the learning process with educational resources. Directs the conversation to interaction and continued learning.

  26. Carey February 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

    Glad to see the work you’re doing is growing. It’s always good to think about where to go next.

  27. cookingwnana February 15, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Good insight. Thanks for visiting my blog too. Come back any time!

  28. Marie Anne February 15, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    You could even do reviews of video games (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) and give your personal opinion on whether you agree with the rating and content, would you let your own children play it, etc.

  29. veraoleks February 15, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by, I’d keep an eye to see what you are up to – just post anything that you have good feel for – should work.

  30. brandyramirez February 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    I think what you’re doing is great, and I imagine a lot of parents are grateful for what you’re doing.

  31. Allison Carmen February 16, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    I would love to see a mix of online resources, free resources and apps. I really appreciate all of your recommendations.

  32. mmkng February 16, 2013 at 3:19 am #

    IGameMom,
    Board games are a good idea. There are also plenty of “old school” activities that could be mentioned. I for instance try not to let my toddler daughter play too much on the ipad or ps, since I consider that at this age it would be better for her to get a more “touchy” approach, despite my having more cleanup to do after some painting activity or using glue and paper, not to mention that I always supervise and help her.
    mmkng

  33. conniecockrell February 19, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Great concept for a blog. Good luck with it. Thanks for visiting my blog (conniesrandomthoughts.wordpress.com) I hope you had a chance to read a story or two as well as the book review.

  34. lladymomma February 19, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Hi. It looks like you’ve found a great topic! You mentioned that when you started out you had a post taken down because it had a backlink to your other page in it. Mine had a link to another site of mine, so I took it down. Is that what you meant?

  35. lexborgia February 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Thanx4stopping by.

    -” I have to keep looking for good apps, play the apps, and decide on the one I want to write a review on”- you don’t have to do any of those things; do what you want when you want, then share it on the blog, if you feel like it. If it’s a bird in a tree! Fine. A phat review, an idea, a totally unrelated experience or just being stalked by a parking lot attendant who wants perfection in every space! Doesn’t matter. The heart of what your blog should be, what you mainly want to say and share, will eventually surface and implant its footprint. I started in October like this: ‘Leftovers, Leftovers-take a right under the bridge, under the bridge, nerd under the bridge, nerd on the bridge(of a spaceship). Don’t limit yourself, become yourself.

    Start with the logo, break up with it. These comment boxes are not good(3 fields, with email requirement); break up with it. Let people just write a comment and press ‘post,’ without the hassle, you can approve it later, or not. I know I’m brash, but I’m not a liar. This is the 1st and last time I will use a comment box like this(no choice on my email).

    It was a pleasure doing business with you; don’t get up, please, relax. I’ll see myself out. Cheers.

  36. Demosthenes February 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    If you want to go beyond apps then learning resources would be a great thing. Not just boring list or information but something interactive which could even be a simple yet interesting word game or logical game for which you do not require any boards or cards – just a set of rules. Video presentations can be very engaging and effective too, but from what I have experienced there is more than enough the old-school fairy-tale teletubbie junk. Kids need to establish a connection to the real world, understand how it works, interacts and affects them. So for example, if you are following, instead of making a game in which you have a bunch of fairies living in a forest, make one where kids plant trees, water them, take care of the forests (animal!) inhabitant and see how it all grows in peace. 🙂

    Great concept and promising ideas!

  37. manzees February 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Learning resources for kids with dyslexia/ ADHD!

  38. Chris Hall February 20, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    “The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy” was not my first blog. I have another one that is still active I just don’t post in it much anymore. It’s called “Digital Desktop” and it was a blog where I posted anything and everything. I stopped mostly because I was not focused like I am with my Jaydon and Daddy blog. Also I only have so much time to spend blogging so I had to pick one.

    Chris Hall
    The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy
    http://JaydonAndDaddy.com

    Digital Desktop
    http://mddt.wordpress.com/

    • iGameMom February 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      Yes, maintaining two blogs are hard. I am trying to find a way to do it, but turns out not easy. Hope I can have some guest bloggers for iGameMom, and then I can have some time for game4learning.

      • Chris Hall February 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

        The worse part is I actually have 4 or 5 posts with photos I want to write about. It’s just taking care of my son and dealing with everyday life that keeps me from writing any of it down. I’m hoping to get to some of it soon.

  39. tishmoon February 21, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    we are a board game family, so would love to see info in that area. This is a neat idea for a blog… thanks for checking mine out as well. =)

  40. ioniamartin February 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    You are so right about that. Trying to decide on an exact focus is really difficult. Often I find something interesting I would love to post, but then I think, what in the world does that have to do with the price of peanuts! I really enjoy your posts:)

  41. julespaige February 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Good luck with both your blog and your iGames. I am not into ‘apps’ myself, but with the world going to electronics – it is something to keep up with. Information wise.

    I’ll check back time to time as I have young grandchildren and you might have something I can forward to my family members.

    Interesting too about reading ‘contracts’ – I wish I understood both legal and computer language. Cheers.

  42. rabahya February 23, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    I think what you are doing is absolutely great. Although I’m a veteran when it comes to Internet technologies and social media, I am still new to blogging. I never thought I’d have the motivation to start a blog, but you know what, it is really pulling me in! I think the resource you are creating is an absolute necessity for parents trying to figure out how they can make use of the new technologies and keep it as useful as possible for their children and at the same time to avoid the risks the new technologies are introducing. I would focus on iGameMom and adding new features and content to it. I think using video to demo the apps would be a plus.

  43. v February 23, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    I love free, so free resources

  44. rebeccaannemarshall February 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    While we are not an ipad family we do own ourselves (very recently) a tablet. I would love to know of more child friendly or learning games for that, also (and I cant be certain that you even can because I have NO clue) I would love to know the ones that you can get on both. I always hear of wonderful apps for ipads and try and go searching for a similar one for our android but I can never be sure I am getting what I want. I think just great online websites for children would be a wonderful thing to know as well 🙂

    P.S love the site… wish I had an ipad!

  45. Rivka And Her Wit February 24, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    I have often marveled at your ability, as a mom, to offer such current and in depth information on apps while doing the other thousand plus things that come with being a woman, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, employee, housekeeper, secretary, scheduler, etc.

    You really are amazing. And if the aspects of being, all the things mentioned above, prevent you from posting frequently, then we will wait patiently for the window of opportunity to once again open up.

    I have directed many a mother to this site. Thank you for your hard work.

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  47. thelegacyoffaith February 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Hi there! My vote is for online learning resources that range from preschool to elementary. I so appreciate the time and effort you’ve already put in. As you’ve probably noticed I’ve cut back on the frequency and length of my posts, just out of necessity 🙂

  48. Angela Grant March 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    You know I believe you are at the forefront. Games offer a platform to teach academics, social emotional skills and offer different learning styles. I have so many ideas on social games but no tech knowledge. This sound like it will be a good blog. You are writing about a field that is still in its infancy.

  49. thangto35 March 5, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Reblogged this on game of y88.org.

  50. David M. Russell March 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    What do we want? Just you being you, Mom!!! That keeps us happy! David.

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