So You Want to Suggest a Tag
Want to promote a tag?
Here are some suggestions if you want to make a tag “happen” for your special corner of Education:
Go to the list of Tumblr Teachers to find and follow other educators who teach your grade level, discipline, or specialization. This will help you develop a mini network of people to help grow the tag (hint: they want to meet other educators just as much as you do).
Pick a tag that is ideally short, easy, and memorable. Something that would translate well to Twitter if we ever did an #edchat there (hint, hint). One word is best (like edtech), but there are exceptions that work well (like student teaching).
Pick a tag you think a new-to-Tumblr educator would “guess.” I love short tags, but not many people may guess that stedu would mean Student Teaching. They’d just search for “Student Teaching”.
Search for that tag on Tumblr. Especially if your tag is an acronym or abbreviation. There may be something else that overlaps, and would dilute your content. For example, kindergarten teachers tagging posts “ked” will find their content buried in posts about Keds Shoes.
Start using that tag on relevant content you post. Self-explanatory.
Be an ambassador for your tag! Follow similar tags, and encourage other educators on Tumblr to use yours as well. For example, I was persuaded to follow and use the “edtech” tag, in addition to the ed tech and educational technology tags I was already using. Since then I’ve found a half dozen new Tumblr bloggers to follow who share my interest, and post some really great content (and they’re finding my posts too!).
Ask people to use your tag. When you find a post on Tumblr that’s missing the tag you think it should have, use that person’s Submit or Ask box to ask them to include the tag on that post, and future posts that match it.
And most importantly…
Tell us about your Tag! Include a description of what type of educator the tag is for, and what types of posts you’d like to see there. When we get a tag recommendation, we’ll post it on here for community feedback, and add it to our list of Teaching Tags.
The community feedback will help inform whether the tag will be amended or accepted. This will be done based on the informal response(s) to the original post, which will be tagged “Team Teacher Tags” if possible.