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Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
Blogging for Beginners: Get writing
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Blogging for Beginners: Get writing

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This presentation gives tips to help beginners get into the style of writing for blogs, with examples of lots of different kinds of posts to help break writer's block.

This presentation gives tips to help beginners get into the style of writing for blogs, with examples of lots of different kinds of posts to help break writer's block.

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  • I’m sure you are all familiar with writing for students – I am going to show you how people write on blogs.
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    • 1. Get writing!
    • 2. Make it scannable <ul><li>Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting – bold , italics </li></ul><ul><li>Headings and sub-headings </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Blockquotes </li></ul><ul><li>Short paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/20/scannable-content/ </li></ul>
    • 3. Imagine you are copywriting <ul><li>Sell the post to your reader </li></ul><ul><li>Save the time of your users </li></ul>
    • 4. Increase your vocabulary <ul><li>Lists of useful links </li></ul><ul><li>Opinion piece </li></ul><ul><li>Expert advice </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Build towards an event </li></ul><ul><li>Report on an event </li></ul><ul><li>5 top ways to... </li></ul><ul><li>Promote a new resource </li></ul><ul><li>Tell a story/case study </li></ul><ul><li>“ Reply” to another persons blog post </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A/agony aunt </li></ul>
    • 5. Task: <ul><li>15 minutes to write a blog post </li></ul><ul><li>Take your topic and style cards </li></ul><ul><li>If you are stuck, use the “20 Blog Topics To Get You Unstuck” sheet! </li></ul><ul><li>Preview your post </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t publish – schedule for 16.00 </li></ul>
    • 6. Pictures <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.librarything.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://search.creativecommons.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Or use your own... </li></ul><ul><li>Please check copyright and licensing! </li></ul><ul><li>See also: Creative Commons licences </li></ul>
    • 7. Embedding <ul><li>Slides - http://www.slideshare.net/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy and paste code into HTML tab </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video – use embed button </li></ul>
    • 8. Write fast <ul><li>How to write fast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know what you want to say </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick a format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write it all in one go </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review, correct and publish. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/12/30/how-to-write-fast/ </li></ul></ul>
    • 9. Write fast <ul><li>Cheat – Ask others in your team to contribute posts or quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Write or die... http://lab.drwicked.com/writeordie.html </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul>
    • 10. Keep learning... <ul><li>Get tips from other blogs... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problogger </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to other careers blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Join Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with other bloggers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post comments </li></ul></ul>
    • 11. RSS readers <ul><li>Google Reader http://www.google.com/reader/ </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines http://www.bloglines.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes http://www.netvibes.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes http://www.pageflakes.com/ </li></ul>

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