HOW TO USE QUOTES IN YOUR BLOG POSTS

If you’re active on social media or enjoy reading blogs, you will no doubt be aware of the popularity of quotes.

There’s something about quotes that many people find inspiring, motivating, and shareworthy.

Perhaps they’re a good pick-me-up when times get tough, or maybe they remind us of the deeper meaning behind our everyday routine.

Sometimes quotes might offer a burst of insightful learning for the time poor.

Whatever the case, quotes can be powerful.

Six Reasons To Weave Quotes Into Blog Posts

  1. You can back up your thoughts and make your writing more credible.
  2. Student voice can be incorporated into a blog post written by a teacher.
  3. You can provide alternative viewpoints or encourage readers to reflect.
  4. Quotes can help you begin or end your blog post with impact.
  5. The research involved in finding quality quotes is a solid learning experience.
  6. Quotes can make your posts easier to read as they break up the text.

How Do You Put A Quote In Your Post?

You can just type your quote into a post and put it in quotation marks, but to really make it stand out and break up your text, try blockquotes.

Using blockquotes is easy. When you’re in your visual editor:

  • type the quote
  • highlight the words in your quote
  • click on the quotation mark icon

It will then display like this…

Learning is not done to you. Learning is something you choose to do.
― Seth Godin, Stop Stealing Dreams

Note: The way the blockquotes display depends on your theme.

Where Can You Find Quotes?

You might already have some favorite quotes stored away that have never left you.

You might do a Google search for articles on your topic and find quotes from others.

The Legalities And Etiquette Of Using Quotes

We know we can’t just take images that we find online, and we certainly can’t copy others’ writing and publish it as our own. So, many people might wonder about using quotes.

It’s fine to use quotes from others but there are a few things to be aware of:

  • Make it obvious which words are your own, and which words belong to someone else (by using quotation marks or block quotes).
  • Make your quotes brief. There are no universal rules here. Some larger organizations have guidelines around how much your can quote (eg. Hubspot’s rules are 75 words). If you’re unsure or think you might be using too much of someone’s article, contact them to ask permission. Never copy the whole post.
  • Always include the person’s name, and link to their site, article, or book if you can. Obviously if you’re quoting someone like Aristotle or Mother Teresa, hyperlinking is not as straightforward!
  • If you’re using blockquotes, the attribution could be before the quote, inside it, or below it.
  • If you shorten a quote, use an ellipsis (…) in place of the missing words.
  • If you’re adding any words or corrections to the quote, use brackets.

Make Your Quotes More Visual

There are many online tools where you can turn your quote into writing on an image. These can make your blog posts look more visually appealing, and are great to share on social media too.

Here are just a few free online tools that might be useful for students or teachers:

Canva

This is a really popular tool to make all sorts of graphic designs and documents. There is an adequate free version and it can be used by students under 13 with supervision.

Here is an example of a quote I made with Canva.

When children create for the world they make it good. When children create only for their teacher they make it good enough.

Adobe Spark

Similar to Canva, this online drag and drop tool allows you to make social posts and graphics. The free version is functional but has a watermark. According to a recent Adobe announcement, the premium features will soon be free for teachers and students. Handy!

Here is an example of a quote I made with Adobe Spark.

Pablo

This is a user-friendly tool from Buffer (a social media scheduling tool). While Buffer is no longer updating Pablo, it seems to work well, and is fast and free.

You simply add your text to a Creative Commons Zero image and save your work.“Stop saying hand it in, start saying publish it.”

Quozio

This is a really simple tool which doesn’t require any sign up, so it’s ideal for young students to use. You simply add your text and choose your background before saving your image.

 Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of a great teacher can be transformational

Note On Accessibility

Vision impaired visitors to your blog may be using assistive technology like screen readers to read the page out loud.

If you put words on an image, write the actual words from the quote in the alt text section.

screenshot showing how to add alt text

 Five Ideas For Using Quotes In The Classroom

  1. Quoting young students: If you teach very young students, you could put the students’ quotes about their learning in a different color on your blog. This makes it easier for them to go home and proudly share their blue/red/green writing with their parents.
  2. Exploring a quote in a post: If you have student bloggers, why not have them choose a quote from a fellow student’s blog post as a topic for a post of their own? They can explore the quote in detail and add their own thoughts and opinions.
  3. Posts full of quotes: You or your students could create blog posts that are a compilation of quotes. For example:
    • If you were studying World War Two, you could put together a collection of important quotes from this time in history.
    • If your class visited the museum, you could add quotes from all the students about the day.
    • If you were studying a divisive topic, like animal testing or closing a local library, you could interview members of the community and include their quotes in the post.
  4. Quote library: You or your students could start your own library of interesting quotes as you come across them. You could add them to a Google Doc and then refer to them when writing blog posts in the future, or house them on a page on your blog. Tip: BrainyQuotes allows you to set up a quote library with a free account (over 13s only).
  5. Quote of the day blog: Some people have a photo of the day blog. What about a blog where a quote is published each day? This could be a mix of quotes from members of the school community, or well known identities or historical figures.

Bringing in the voices of experts or giving your students a voice through the use of quotations could have a big impact. Why not consider ways that you and your students could integrate quotes into your blog posts?

We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

― Walt Disney Company

Do you use quotes in your blog posts? Share a favorite quote in a comment.

Or perhaps you can share a website to find quotes or tell us how you display quotes as images. We’d love to hear from you.

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