The One Thing About Ghost Blogging That Keeps Me Up at Night

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This post is about how to eliminate the fear of getting caught and avoid crippling consequences, financial and otherwise. 

The goal is to bring you up-to-speed on privacy laws — or to dispel any misconceptions you might have — 

and then provide a few strategies for blogging without worrying about potential legal blowback. 

I hope these tips will help you establish a sense of peace with your blog so that the fear of getting caught doesn’t keep you up at night.

So, what do I blog about?

I’m not going to divulge my secrets, but here’s what many bloggers say: “If it’s related to your career or education/academia 

in some way then it should be fine. And even then you need to be careful. When in doubt, do not blog.”

 I’ve been told that Google is watchful for any student who tries to cheat the system, and it’s a bit of a 

no-no to blog about a homework assignment you’re going to submit. But unless you’re actually 

going to submit your homework as part of the assignment, no one cares what you did or didn’t do.

Please note: This article is not meant to legitimatize cheating. In fact, if your school offers 

an opportunity to help with your homework online through their virtual learning center or 

you have access via WebCT or Moodle or BlackBoard then this might be an ideal time for ghost blogging.

 I realize that ghost blogging can be viewed as cheating. It’s not. It’s an opportunity to get real-life grade-boosting feedback,

 straight from the source. I’ve covered this topic many times before in my blog, but 

if you’re feeling skeptical, remember this: The rubric for ghost blogging is submitted work.

I’ll give you an example of what I do on my blog: I used to teach statistics at a community college and

 was always fascinated by the formulas and graphs in text books. So when I took a course in statistics, 

I started making graphics and Excel spreadsheets for my students. Then I started making videos for my students. 

Today, all of my lectures are online in one form or another, including the older lectures that are no longer part of our curriculum.

 I don’t necessarily recommend repeating all of your classroom lessons for an audience of strangers, 

but if you have any unique skills or insights to contribute to other students, you might be surprised by how much help you can give without getting caught.

So let’s assume you’re OK with ghost blogging about your homework assignments and passing credit off on someone else. 

What should you blog about then? Here are a few ideas:

Ask an expert . When you’re trying to figure something out, ask a teacher or colleague. 

I sometimes look on blogs and forums for the answers. And sometimes asking the experts is the only way to truly understand a concept or piece of information.

Share tips . If you have some unique insight about how to do something more efficiently, 

such as writing your thesis more effectively, sharing those ideas is a great idea. For example, 

you might want to write about how to find experts more efficiently or about professional services that can help you write your thesis.

Share stories . If you’ve got a personal experience, share it. For example, if you had to take 

a seminar that was really frustrating or difficult, or if your professor made an academic misstep 

that was both shocking and funny, sharing these stories will entertain and inform.

Follow-up . Try to find some way to link to your post in the future, in order to preserve your blog presence. 

Some of my most popular blog posts are ones I didn’t realize were important initially because no one knew they were coming.

 One of my most popular blog posts was not about ghost blogging or anything at all related to academics;

 it’s “This is How I Lost 30 Pounds During My Summer Vacation. ” That post is still my most popular for a reason.

 I guess it’s because it’s relatable and funny, but I truly enjoy reading it. ghost (blogging platform)

I’ll conclude this chapter by sharing with you some personal experience. Last week, 

I received an e-mail from a former student who was struggling to complete her final paper in time for submission in December. 

She wanted to know if I would be willing to review the paper in question in order to offer constructive criticism 

and suggestions about how to improve her writing.

 I’ve become more familiar with social media and the way it’s used, this post didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

 A few days later she sent me a link to my blog post under the title “Ghost Blogging” which sounded accurate to me.

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