Creating a blog … ten tips Vanessa Lacey, University Library, Tower Project
Choose your blog name carefully! <ul><li>Don’t choose a common name – there are hundreds of Tower Projects! </li></ul><ul>...
Decide what you want your blog to achieve <ul><li>Tower Project blog aims to: </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate collections </li...
Give your blog a personality   <ul><li>Decide on style – not easy with a group blog </li></ul><ul><li>We deliberately chos...
Use feedback – blog statistics <ul><li>How many views? </li></ul><ul><li>How do users find your blog – Twitter – UL home p...
Use feedback - comments <ul><li>What a delight! </li></ul><ul><li>Looks like an awesome book </li></ul><ul><li>Those crazy...
Promote your blog! <ul><li>Add a Twitter button </li></ul><ul><li>Add an RSS feed button </li></ul><ul><li>Look at blog st...
Start a conversation <ul><li>Ask friends/colleagues to comment </li></ul><ul><li>Email blog details to relevant teaching/r...
Don’t over-manage <ul><li>No fixed rules </li></ul><ul><li>Few blogging errors are fatal </li></ul><ul><li>Learn as you go...
Reluctant bloggers <ul><li>Some people say they can’t: </li></ul><ul><li>spell/punctuate </li></ul><ul><li>take photos </l...
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Hints and tips for creating a cataloguing project blog, based on experiences with http://vl203.wordpress.com/ .

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Creating a blog / Vanessa Lacey

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

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