Blogging 101

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The presentation for the blogging workshops that I conducted at the National Trust Main Streets Conference in Chicago on March 2 & 3.

The presentation for the blogging workshops that I conducted at the National Trust Main Streets Conference in Chicago on March 2 & 3.

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  • 1. Blogging 101 André Natta, CMSM Urban Conversations Chicago, IL March 2009
  • 2. Overview What is a blog? • How do you engage readers? • How will people find it?  • Am I the right person to be blogging? • Tips & resources • Blogging 101
  • 3. What is a blog? Blogging 101
  • 4. Why Blog? • Provides outlet for you to share news/info  that YOU control • Allows for instant feedback/conversations • Engages your community • Ability to find new volunteers/new supporters Blogging 101
  • 5. Blogging 101
  • 6. Blog = Website Website ≠ Blog Blogging 101
  • 7. Blogging 101
  • 8. Blogging 101
  • 9. Blogging platforms • Blogger * • WordPress * • Typepad * = Free services Blogging 101
  • 10. Rule #1 It’s about the conversation! Blogging 101
  • 11. Rule #2: Quality, not  quantity Blogging 101
  • 12. Engaging your readers • Ask questions (use comment feature) – Create comment policy • Add multimedia content – Video – Audio – Photo • Provide new content often (2‐3 days/week) • Short, concise posts Blogging 101
  • 13. Gathering content • Automated searches – Google Alerts – Yahoo Alerts • Creative Commons Blogging 101
  • 14. How will people find it? • Email signatures • Social media networks – Facebook – MySpace – LinkedIn • Twitter • Bookmarklets – Share This – Add This • Link to other blogs/websites • Traditional marketing methods Blogging 101
  • 15. Tips Link to other sites – OFTEN! • Be ready for (and open to) criticism • Be yourself • Engage your community (volunteers) • Showcase your businesses/volunteers • Invite people to write guest posts • Blogging 101
  • 16. Should I be blogging? Know your audience (Will they read?) • Do you have time? A volunteer? • Do you have something to say? • Remember what Demetrio said; you want to: • – Persuade – Inform – Educate – Entertain Blogging 101
  • 17. Other Examples Downtown Hollister, CA • Main Street Waverly (Baltimore) • Michigan Main Street Center • Main Street Morgantown (WV) • Blogging 101
  • 18. Questions?
  • 19. Thanks! André Natta, CMSM http://urbanconversations.com andre@urbanconversations.com 205.276.6585 Twitter: acnatta or urbanconvos Skype: andre.natta