Thursday, July 24, 2014

Check It Out! My First Post On My Very First Blog!

It all started with a phone call.  

A phone call to my librarian Mrs. Miller.  

It was 7:30 PM on a Saturday night.  I told her I wanted to make a blog so I could post my school newspaper and share it with the world.  

(To read the whole story, go to Mrs. Miller's blog here too.) 

You see, I have been creating a newspaper since 3rd grade....I am now in 5th.  I make it on my computer at home and use Microsoft Word and then I print it off and share it with my classmates.

For my newspaper, I ask my classmates to write stories and give them to me.  Then I take them home and type them into my computer.  When it's done my Mom will edit it.  I also add pictures to go with the stories they write about. 

I love to write my newspaper and it's one of my most favorite things to do.  I hope I can continue it on my blog.

So, we decided to get together and make a blog.  It got delayed a few times but today I finally got to make my first post on my first blog.   
To start, I named my blog "News from the Heartland", because I will be posting news from all over the state and from my own school.

On my blog, I hope to share my news with the world.  I want to make a blog that will give information out and be a place I can share my friends stories too.

I hope you check it out too!


  1. Shae,
    It's so exciting that you have a goal in mind (as well as the fact that you have already been writing a newspaper for two years)! I look forward to continuing to read your posts in the future!

    Your first blog post is so much better than my first post was! Awesome beginning with texts and pictures!

  2. I love your title to your blog, I hope to read more News from the Heartland. Congrats on your new adventure!

  3. Hi Shae

    Congratulations on starting your blog! I would love to share it with my 5th graders when we go back to school in September. We've been talking about starting a newspaper at our school. I can't wait to read yours! Keep writing! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    Christy Brennan
    Librarian, Coopertown Elementary School (PA)

  4. Awesome job starting your blog Shae. It is amazing to know your thoughts are being enjoyed by many different people. Keep up the great work!

  5. Good luck with your blog, Shae. Looks like it will be a grand success!

  6. Way to go, Shae! I can't wait to read about the Heartland from here in Eugene, Oregon.

  7. Thank you, Diana. Mrs. Miller said you would like it. :) I hope your kids read it too. Shae

  8. Very nice, Shae. Love your design and your title.Keep it up!!! :)

  9. Congrats on your new Blog Shae! Way to go! Maybe I can get you in touch with Waukee alumnus and famous AP photojournalist David Guttenfelder. I bet he would be able to give you a few pointers about Blogging too! Again Best wishes and Congratulations on your accomplishment! Blessings

  10. I'm an Iowa girl too. I'm looking forward to learning some new things about our state and your school!

  11. Hi Shae. I met Ms. Miller last week in Boston. (You're so lucky to know her and have her as a blogging mentor.) I'm a teacher in Seattle. I'll be teaching 4th grade next year. I'm excited to show my students your blog! I'm really impressed with your initiative and your desire to let the world hear your voice and your perspective. I look forward to following along. All the best to you.

  12. Shae, congratulations on starting your blog. I love how you already have a focus for the school year. I do have some questions:

    1) Will you write a new blog post for every story? If you do and if you write a lot of stories each will be quickly pushed off your front page. I know from past experience that most people will only read the top two or three posts.

    2) How are you going to share your new blog with your classmates?

    3) Are you willing to share your posts with people outside of your community? If you are, I suggest you have your mom create a twitter account for your blog and use the hash tag #comments4kids to get a bigger audience. You can read about it at

    4) Have you thought about how you are going to get permission to publish your classmates stories? You should talk to Mrs. Miller about how to properly site your classmates. You should also to talk to her about how to copyright your site. If you go to you can see different ways to do that.

    Finally, I have a bit of constructive criticism. Although I really love how your blog looks, it is very difficult to read the posts. The transparency of the background makes it very hard. You may want to make it a little more opaque so that it is easier for us to read.

    Mr. C

  13. Hi Shae. Congratulations on your new blog! My name is Tammy Massman. I'm a third grade teacher in north central Iowa. I love that you called your librarian on a Saturday in the middle of summer. It shows me that writing is your passion. Kids, like you, with passion are changing the world! Thanks for giving us a first class seat on your adventure. I'm buckled up and ready to enjoy the ride.

  14. Hi Shae, I hope you are well. I am impressed by your passion for writing and publishing! My son recently started a blog and I am looking for other kid bloggers, that's how I found you. I noticed you haven't blogged in a while, I hope you're still blogging, maybe elsewhere? This is an invite for you to take one of the weekly blog challenges I've set up for my son and other kids to take: