Blogging forBeginners April 25, 2012Madison Public Library Madison, NJ
What is a blog? blog/blôg/ Noun: A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis. Derived from the term ―weblog.‖ Verb: Add new material to or regularly update a blog.
How popular is blogging?In the late 90’s there were a few thousand blogs.
How many in 2012?Some sources say there are over 100 million blogs today, with over 10,000 new blogs created each day.
Top 10 Reasons People Blog1. To express thoughts and opinions throughwords, photos, videos, etc.2. To market or promote something3. To help people4. To establish oneself as an expert5. To connect with other like-minded people6. To make a difference7. To stay active/knowledgeable in a field/topic8. To stay connected with family and friends.9. To make money10. To have fun and be creative
How do I decide on a topic? Choose a topic you’re passionate about Explore other people’s blogs Make a list of the things you love Google ―blog topic ideas‖
Examples of blogsHere are some examples of just a few of theblogs that are out there: Travel: Eat.Live.Travel.Write Fashion: Clothes Karma Politics: Huffington Post Sports: Pinstripealley Hobbies: Gardening Blog and Wendy Knits Technology: TUAW
Examples of blogsHere are some examples of just a few of theblogs that are out there: Home Improvement: Apartment Therapy Fitness: Guys and Good Health Book Reviews: Café of Dreams Book Reviews Parenting: What Happens at Grandma’s Music: NPR music blog The Unexpected: Pickle Freak, cuteoverload, Linda’s Bees, IKEA Hackers
Different Blogging SitesBlogger (Blogspot)ORWordpressORTumblr
What makes a good blog? Traffic to the blog - stats Regular & Timely Content Hyperlinks Not too text heavy A focused and engaging message - write what you know and are interested in Importance of responding to your audience through comments and links A fresh and updated look to your blog – with relevant pictures and icons
Blog ComparisonExample 1Example 2Remember: There are no bad blogs, justblogs that have seen better days
Blogging FAQCOST You can start and run a blog that is good for most purposes for free. If you want to run a business and you have money to put into your blog, you can spend $1,000 or more.FREQUENCY How often should I blog? At least once/day or 3x/week -- there are ways to set up auto blogging
Blogging FAQPHOTOS & COPYRIGHT Attribute photos (and other content) to their sources whenever possibleHOW DO I INCREASE MY STATS? Link to other blogs Comment on other people’s blogs Add your blogs to virtual portfolio Be a guest blogger for another site
Blogging Security If you’re new to blogging, start slowly and carefully. Do research on blogging and the ―blogosphere.‖ Don’t post confidential information Don’t say anything that might cause you embarrassment later. Take advantage of the restrictions set up on your blog’s website. Set limits so you can avoid problems with comments, etc. Take extra care when allowing young people to blog and post content online.
Are you ready to blog?What next… how to‖ videos – ex. Blogs in Plain English Learn from the best-New York Times Best BlogsContact us!Carrie—email@example.com orAmie—firstname.lastname@example.org