A Guide for Starting Your Own Blog

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A Guide for Starting Your Own Blog

  1. 1. Communicating, Sharing, and Learning Online : A Guide for Starting Your Own Blog<br />Melissa A. Venable, PhD<br />Kaplan Higher Education<br />TCC 2010 <br />
  2. 2. What is a ‘Blog’<br />“Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.”<br />http://www.blogger.com/tour_start.g<br />
  3. 3. Why Blog?<br />Professional vs. Personal Motives<br /><ul><li>Stay current: topics and technology
  4. 4. Self-publish
  5. 5. Join a community, add to the conversation
  6. 6. Establish expertise, portfolio
  7. 7. Explore as a creative outlet
  8. 8. Extend your network</li></ul>!<br />
  9. 9. Choosing a Blogging Tool<br />
  10. 10. Features & Functions<br />Choosing a theme<br />Tags vs. Categories<br />Widgets<br />Plug-ins<br />
  11. 11. Similarities<br />http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2007/07/blogger-wordpress-chart.html<br />(Updated FEB 2010)<br />
  12. 12. Differences<br />
  13. 13. Setting Goals<br />Expectations:<br />set your own, it’s your blog!<br />Writing<br />Frequency<br />Topic(s)<br />Style<br />Commenting<br />
  14. 14. Finding Your Voice<br />“The personality, point of view, and style you use when you write.” @JessJurick<br />Who is your audience?<br />Where is your expertise? interest?<br />
  15. 15. Writing Ideas<br />How-to ? Opinion ? Resources ?<br />Keep a blog notebook handy<br />Prompts abound!<br />Share!<br />100 Blog Topics I Hope YOU Write – Chris Brogan<br />20 Ideas for Writing a Blog Post – About.com<br />10 Tips for Writing a Blog Post - Problogger<br />
  16. 16. Some of the ‘Cool Kids’<br />
  17. 17. Performance X Design ---- Tom Gram<br />
  18. 18. ProBlogger---- Darren Rowse<br />
  19. 19. Virtual Canuck ---- Terry Anderson<br />
  20. 20. Chris Brogan<br />
  21. 21. A Few Things to Think About…<br />…As you get started<br />Take some risks, experiment, ask for feedback<br />Consider your copyright options<br />…After getting set up<br />SEO: search engine optimization<br />Consider a disclaimer<br />Remember your goals. <br />Revisit frequently!<br />
  22. 22. Your Experiences<br />
  23. 23. THANK YOU! <br />Melissa A. Venable, PhD<br />www.design-doc.com<br />@Melissa_Venable<br />

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