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Hints and tips for creating a cataloguing project blog, based on experiences with http://vl203.wordpress.com/ .

Hints and tips for creating a cataloguing project blog, based on experiences with http://vl203.wordpress.com/ .

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    • Creating a blog … ten tips Vanessa Lacey, University Library, Tower Project
    • Choose your blog name carefully!
      • Don’t choose a common name – there are hundreds of Tower Projects!
      • Choose a name that describes what you do
      • Choose name that includes useful keyword
    • Decide what you want your blog to achieve
      • Tower Project blog aims to:
      • Celebrate collections
      • Engage with collections
      • Share ideas about books in collections
    • Give your blog a personality
      • Decide on style – not easy with a group blog
      • We deliberately chose a light & bright design - we didn’t want an old-fashioned Victorian look
      • Images and style set the tone more than text
    • Use feedback – blog statistics
      • How many views?
      • How do users find your blog – Twitter – UL home page- Facebook?
      • What search terms do they use?
      • Which are most popular posts?
    • Use feedback - comments
      • What a delight!
      • Looks like an awesome book
      • Those crazy Victorians!
      • I love this – it’s so completely bonkers
      • Allow anonymous comments?
      • Screen comments before they’re published
      • Use spam filter for comments
    • Promote your blog!
      • Add a Twitter button
      • Add an RSS feed button
      • Look at blog stats on how people are finding your blog
    • Start a conversation
      • Ask friends/colleagues to comment
      • Email blog details to relevant teaching/research staff and ask them to comment
      • Ask experts to post
    • Don’t over-manage
      • No fixed rules
      • Few blogging errors are fatal
      • Learn as you go
      • No staff hierarchy – only group dynamic
      • But some sort of posting schedule helps
    • Reluctant bloggers
      • Some people say they can’t:
      • spell/punctuate
      • take photos
      • find appropriate tags
      • think of anything to write about
      • But there are ways around this:
      • get friend to check
      • use images from Flickr
      • practice helps
      • talk to colleagues to develop ideas