Friday, January 27, 2017

Student Guest Post! 8 Reasons Why Kids (and Adults) Should Blog.

In October I was introduced to the blog Glass Half Empty written by Miles, a 10 year old blogger from the San Francisco Bay Area. I have known Miles for a few years now and after reading a few posts I was immediately hooked. Not only is his blog laugh out loud funny but it also gives readers a VERY honest view of the world from his perspective. Check out his posts on Writer's Block, School and his awesome advice column called "Dear Danger" (Danger is quite literally his middle name). I asked him to write a guest post and here is his take on why he thinks kids (and adults) should blog.

Hi I am Miles. I am 10 years old and have a blog called Glass Half Empty. I am the only kid I know who blogs and I think it is a shame that no one else my age blogs because it is a great way to express yourself in lots of ways. Have you ever had a time where you feel like you are on the verge of going ballistic or like the whole world is against you? Well, I know that I have felt like that. I tried tons of ways to relieve my stress; I tried sports, I tried TV, I tried eating, I tried cooking, I tried lifting weights, I even tried eating junk food (but I got busted by mom) and nothing worked until I started blogging. Blogging is great for kids my age and adults!

Here are some reasons people of all ages and gender should blog.

1. It improves typing and vocabulary skills.

2. It is a great source of stress relief.

3. It makes a darn good hobby.

4. It is a great way to express your feelings.

5. There are no rules to blogging.

6. It is fun.

7. I can tell you firsthand there is no feeling like when you break your view record, get a subscriber or get a comment.*

8. Do you have any idea how accomplished I feel to have over 1000 views and to have gotten invited to guest blog?  Thank you Karly!

So get out there and  
*Bloggers love getting new subscribers and reading their comments. Miles is no different so be sure to subscribe to Miles' blog and don't miss any of his new posts!


  1. Hello Miles
    Thank you for sharing your perspective with us. I will share your post with my students, people who are studying to become classroom teachers, and encourage them to blog about their learning, so that in turn they can encourage their students to blog.
    Best wishes, Jenni

  2. This is awesome, Miles! I can't wait to show some of my kids what you're doing. I think it will inspire them. We have a problem with bullying at our school and I think blogging might be a piece of the solution puzzle.

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  4. Hi Miles,
    I am one of Jenni Parker's students, learning to become a teacher. I was always a little uncertain as to the safety of children and online blogging, but, after seeing your blog, and learning about how to maintain your personal details private online, I may well start a class blog with my class once I become a teacher. Thanks for being brave enough to be one of the first say "It's okay."

  5. Great job Miles! I too am one of Jenni Parker's students and can really see how wonderful blogging can be for students. I'm having a go at it myself in the hope that I can share my knowledge with my students one day soon. Keep up the great work.

  6. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing Miles.

  7. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing Miles.

  8. Hi Miles! I too am one of Jenni Parker's students and have just set up my own blog..... I am treading on unknown territory it seems but I will give it my best shot! At your age I think it is amazing that you have your own blog and its great to hear that it is going very well for you. Well done and good luck.

  9. Well done Miles. A very positive way to let people vent, share their feelings and experiences, suitable for all ages. I always thought I wasn't exciting enough to have a Blog of my own. Now I realize it doesn't always have to be some awesome tale, just the simple day to day things can be nice to write down and reflect on.
    I agree it is a nice hobby :-)

  10. Hey Miles :)
    Great reasoning to blog! I enjoyed having a look through yours.

  11. Hello Miles

    I am also one of Jenni Parker's students :-) Good on you for such a great and informative blog! I am not confident with the blogging process yet, but one day I hope to be as confident as you to be able to introduce it to my future students:-) thanks again

  12. Hi Miles,
    Another of Jenni Parker's students here!
    What a great idea and good on you! This has definitely given me ideas for when I am teaching in a classroom! I also have an 8 year old son who may love something like this!
    Thank you for sharing! :)

  13. Damn this is motivational. I am 24 and now i am learning how to blog. Keep up the work. Looking for more post from you.

  14. You should be very proud of yourself Miles!
    What you are doing is very inspiring. As a student teacher, I hope to one day inspire children your age to express themselves just as you have.

  15. Can't believe at 10 you wrote this post. Keep up the word and keep motivating people.

  16. So proud of what you been doing...

  17. Hi Miles,

    I am one of Jenni's students, too. I have never before imagined that a 10yo would have a blog, so I am even more impressed by yours and your incredible writing skills.
    I am glad you have found a creative outlet to vent your frustrations and express yourself through the written word, when you can't quite say the words out loud. I can relate to that ;-)
    Keep up the great work, Miles!

  18. I love blogging cause it gives me peace of mind to write what i feel. I encourage every one to try blogging...

  19. This is wonderful to read Miles! Thank you so much for sharing. Keep up the good work :-)

  20. Hi Miles, I was not a blogger until Jenni Parker set up our unit to ensure we all are! I have a 10year old son and have tried sports, music and all sorts with him, and I might just try blogging, you might have the key to childhood(and adult) expression! Thanks for enlightening blogging Jenni and Miles xx