Topic One: Blogging Basics

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Topic One: Blogging Basics

  1. 1. URBANMINISTRY.ORG BLOGGER TRAINING Topic One: Blogging Basics
  2. 2. NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A REGISTERED BLOGGER ACCOUNT WITH URBANMINISTRY.ORG BEFORE CONTINUING. If you do not, please visit http://www.urbanministry.org/blogger
  3. 3. Topics Covered <ul><li>What is blogging? </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose of blogging on UrbanMinistry.org </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of blogging on UrbanMinistry.org </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for blogging </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHAT IS BLOGGING?
  5. 5. A definition from blogger.com <ul><li>“ A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. PURPOSE OF BLOGGING ON URBANMINISTRY.ORG
  7. 7. How are blogs used on UrbanMinistry.org? <ul><li>UrbanMinistry.org is a social network and shared resource bank for people interested in faith-based social services. </li></ul><ul><li>Our bloggers provide insightful articles, links, video and other media on our twenty-five Christian justice issues located at http://www.urbanministry.org/allchannels </li></ul><ul><li>The goal of a blogger is to promote awareness of our justice issues within the Christian community to bring social change. </li></ul>
  8. 8. BLOGGING ON URBANMINISTRY.ORG: THE OVERVIEW
  9. 9. Overview <ul><li>Blog articles are featured on one of our twenty-five issue areas based on the the “Issue Area” tag that you give it. </li></ul>
  10. 10. List of Issue Areas with Associated Tags <ul><li>Addition Recovery (Addiction/Recovery) </li></ul><ul><li>Africa  (Africa) </li></ul><ul><li>AIDS Ministry (AIDS) </li></ul><ul><li>Arts and Social Justice(Arts and Media) </li></ul><ul><li>Asian/Asian American Christians (Audience Tag: Asian Christians) </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Families (Family) </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Hip Hop (Christian Hip Hop) </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Students for Social Justice(Audience Tag: College Students) </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Women (Audience Tag: Women) </li></ul><ul><li>Christians in Technology (Computers/Technology ) </li></ul>
  11. 11. List of Issue Areas with Associated Tags (cont.) <ul><li>Disabilities Ministry (Disabilities Ministry)  </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic Violence (Domestic Violence/Abuse) </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Justice (Environmental Justice) </li></ul><ul><li>Ex-Offender Ministry (Ex-Offender Re-entry)  </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Trade (Fair Trade) </li></ul><ul><li>Foster Care (Foster Care)   </li></ul><ul><li>Global Poverty (Developing Countries) </li></ul><ul><li>Human Trafficking (Slavery and Human Trafficking) </li></ul><ul><li>Latin America/Spanish (Audience: Latino Christians) </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry Management (Nonprofit Management) </li></ul>
  12. 12. List of Issue Areas with Associated Tags (cont.) <ul><li>Poverty and Homelessness (Poverty, Homelessness) </li></ul><ul><li>Racial Reconciliation (Race, Reconciliation) </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Addiction (Pornography Addiction) </li></ul><ul><li>Short Term Missions (Short-Term Missions) </li></ul><ul><li>Theology and Social Justice (Theology/Biblical) </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Evangelism & Discipleship (Urban Evangelism/Discipleship) </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Planning and Housing (Urban Planning) </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Youth Ministry (Youth Ministry) </li></ul>
  13. 13. TIPS FOR BLOGGING
  14. 14. Tips for Bloggers <ul><li>Stay on topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay informative. </li></ul><ul><li>Adhere to a schedule. </li></ul><ul><li>Clarity and simplicity. </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword-rich. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Tips for Bloggers (cont.) <ul><li>Quantity matters. </li></ul><ul><li>Spell checking and proof-reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Be real. Avoid lofty terminology. </li></ul><ul><li>Link to your sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of your post lengths. </li></ul><ul><li>( from RSS Specifications: 10 Tips for Bloggers , Rebecca Blood: Ten Tips for a Better Weblog and Blogging for Dummies – Practical Blogging Tips) </li></ul>
  16. 16. For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Rakiesha Chase. Email: rakiesha[at]techmission[dot]org Phone: 617.282.9798 ext. 107

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