Chain Letter Link-Up

Thanks to the creative Teach Speech 365, a fun chain letter link-up is going around the #SLPbloggers world, and Mary Huston of Speech Adventures was kind enough to include me! (Go check out her post on the link-up if you want to see my responses.) So what is this chain letter link up? Think of it as a bit of SLP blog-tag; if someone “tags” you (asks to interview you about your blog), you answer their questions, tag two more people, yell TAG YOU’RE IT!, then blog their answers.

Anyhow, I decided to tag two very different but equally awesome #SLPeeps (from Twitter). Go show them some love! Follow their blogs, follow them on Twitter, like their posts…you get the idea. ūüôā

Blogger #1: Rachel Wynn (@slp_neurorehab)

1. Your name, email, blog address, link to TpT store if you have one.

2. When and why did you start blogging?
My first blog post was July 5, 2012. I started blogging to get more involved with the SLP community online. Blogging was also intended to be a good way to develop and share my experiences as I grow as an SLP.
3. What is your favorite population to work with?
Adults. As a newer clinician (graduated in 2011), I’m still defining my niche. My CEU dollars definitely point toward an interest in dysphagia, as I have completed VitalStim and MBSImP training within the last 6 months. Movement disorders is also an interest. You can bet that when LSVT Loud comes to a city near me, I’ll be there.
4. How much time per week do you spend blogging and/or creating materials?
I would guess an average of 2 hours per week. It’s hard to say. I’m a new blogger and an irregular blogger. My goal is to post every Tuesday, but life happens.
5. What’s your favorite topic to create materials for?
Patient and family education. I come from a counseling background (university admissions/enrollment counseling), so my strength as an SLP is education. The materials that I’ve found aren’t what I imagine, so I have created some of my own. Perhaps I’ll post some of those on my blog in the coming new year.
6. What’s the best thing about blogging?
I don’t get many comments, so it certainly isn’t that. The best thing is taking the time to gather and polish your thoughts. I believe that time is incredibly important for personal and professional growth.
7. Do you have any blogging tips?
Don’t expect comments. People are mostly just too busy to comment. Make the project for you to help you accomplish your goals.

8.¬†Add a question and answer of your choice (can be speech related or not)–What’s the most surprising thing about blogging?

The most surprising thing about blogging was actually getting comments!
Blogger #2: Erik X. Raj (@erikxraj)
1. Your name, email, blog address, link to TpT store if you have one.
Hello, my name is Erik X. Raj and my email address is¬†contact @ erikxraj . com. Feel free to visit my blog at¬†http://www.erikxraj.com/blog. I don’t have a TpT store, but you can check out my apps at¬†http://www.erikxraj.com/apps.
2. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2010 because the thought of sharing my speech therapy ideas with people all over the world made me smile wider than a school bus!
3. What is your favorite population to work with?
I love working with children in elementary school.¬†I feel like that is the age range that’s not afraid to get silly during a therapy session. I have always been a firm believer that humor helps to build trust and draws the client and clinician into a closer alliance.¬† Building that relationship is the foundation of learning.
4. How much time per week do you spend blogging and/or creating materials?
I spend about 1 hour a day, so anywhere between 7-9 hours per week sounds about right.
5. What’s your favorite topic to create materials for?
Articulation will always have a sweet spot in my heart. ¬†Back when I was a kiddo, I went to a speech-language pathologist for my /r/ sounds. ¬†I love to create articulation materials and then ask myself, “Would the 6 year old Erik X. Raj have liked this?”
6. What’s the best thing about blogging?
Being able to connect with other like-minded clinicians all over the world.  I am in the USA, but I have friends all over Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and beyond thanks to starting a blog. The power of the Internet seriously gives me the chills and I love taking advantage of its communication capabilities whenever possible to help me grow as a practicing clinician.
7. Do you have any blogging tips?
Remember that more and more people are consuming information from mobile devices, so those are some tiny screens. ¬†With that being said, I try to keep all of my blog posts under 400 words because from my informal research, I have found that people tend to not want to read lengthy blog posts while on a mobile device. ¬†I know that a shorter post isn’t always possible, but it is something that I always shoot for most of the time.
8. Add a question and answer of your choice (can be speech related or not)–What was your most rewarding moment as a speech-language pathologist?
One day before summer vacation, a second grade student gave me a card and in it he wrote, “Dear Mr. Raj, I think speech class is more fun than gym class.” ¬†That card was one of the most amazing gifts that I have ever received. ¬†Everyone knows that gym class was always the coolest, so I suppose I am doing something right if that child thinks speech therapy is more fun!
Thanks to Rachel & Erik for joining in the link-up! You both rock! 

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