Yes, my students created their own blogs last week, on blogger. They're on their way! The expectation is a slice by Friday and a brief book review of the previous week's book by Wednesday.
The Best Thing: the writing! While I've emphasized that the slices really can/should be brief, the students have written about a myriad of topics, and done it well. Although some of the editing can be better, this is a start, and I'm taking notes of what needs attention in the coming weeks.
I thought you'd like to know about the process, which I "thought" was well-organized. I created a page of instructions to help create the blogs, and it helped, until Google messed us up!
First problem: While I'd planned to work with about half the class at a time in our tech lab, when they began to create the blogs, the first few were successful, and the rest kept receiving an "invalid" message. We soon found out that Google puts a limit on the number of blogs that can be created during a small period of time from the same IP address. So, while I could talk and explain, they had to wait until getting home in order to create the blog.
Other problems: Just a few, like at the beginning of the Slice of Life March challenge, some didn't understand how to link in the comments, and I soon found that while they could post an address, it didn't come up until we had a proper code.
You copy and paste the unique URL into the url place, and whatever you want to say as an intro goes into the place named "text". Some, only a few, are still struggling with this. And now it's the weekend, but I have been in touch with those few via e-mail.
Next challenge: to learn to find free pictures that will enhance the posts, include book covers sometimes. I use Photopin and Morguefile. Also, I want students to learn about and use other apps that will share the slices in new ways. I know about Canva and e-maze, also Fotor. If you have others you'd love to recommend, please tell me in the comments!
Happy writing, and writing on your blogs!