Beginning to blog
Bryony Taylor - @vahva
Introduction to blogging

#cnmac13
9 November 2013
http://bryonytaylor.com
What’s a blog?
Contraction
of web-log
– it’s like an
online
journal

My
definition:
a place
online
where you
can put
stuff...
Why blog?

You could have all sorts of reasons to blog: for CPD,
to have a resource to return to, to share what you’re
lea...
Blogging platforms

Tumblr - http://tumblr.com

Blogger - http://www.blogger.com
Wordpress- http://wordpress.com
http://br...
Types of blog

Personal

Series

Thematic Website

Mixed

http://bryonytaylor.com
Personal

A personal online journal
http://bryonytaylor.com/

http://bryonytaylor.com
Series
Blog posts as a series
working through a theme

/

http://pamsperambulation.
wordpress.com/category/le
ctionary/

h...
Thematic

Single theme

/

http://songsevokingscri
pture.tumblr.com/

http://bryonytaylor.com
Website

Blog inside a
website
http://insidecranmer.org.uk/

http://bryonytaylor.com
Mixed

All of the above!
Multiple authors
http://bigbible.org.uk/

http://bryonytaylor.com
Getting traffic to your blog

http://bryonytaylor.com
Tags and Categories

Categories and tags help
you find things again and
help others when they’re
searching for content

• ...
Connectivity

Connecting to Social
Media is essential

Set your blog to
automatically publish to
your Facebook and
Twitter...
Other things that help
• Always include an
image in your post
(ensure it is royalty
free - http://sxc.hu/ &
http://commons...
My 3 golden rules:

Don’t be afraid!
Go for it, don’t be timid, you just
have to give it a try.

Don’t be stupid!
Don’t wr...
For a step by step guide to creating a blog
on wordpress.com visit:
http://www.slideshare.net/BryonyTaylor/
create-your-ow...
Thanks. Keep in touch! http://bryonytaylor.com
I’m @vahva on Twitter
bryony.taylor@gmail.com
http://bigbible.org.uk & http...
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Beginning to Blog - session by Bryony Taylor at #cnmac13

  1. 1. Beginning to blog Bryony Taylor - @vahva
  2. 2. Introduction to blogging #cnmac13 9 November 2013 http://bryonytaylor.com
  3. 3. What’s a blog? Contraction of web-log – it’s like an online journal My definition: a place online where you can put stuff! http://bryonytaylor.com
  4. 4. Why blog? You could have all sorts of reasons to blog: for CPD, to have a resource to return to, to share what you’re learning with others, for fun, to share expertise, to keep in touch with friends & family, for business… http://bryonytaylor.com
  5. 5. Blogging platforms Tumblr - http://tumblr.com Blogger - http://www.blogger.com Wordpress- http://wordpress.com http://bryonytaylor.com
  6. 6. Types of blog Personal Series Thematic Website Mixed http://bryonytaylor.com
  7. 7. Personal A personal online journal http://bryonytaylor.com/ http://bryonytaylor.com
  8. 8. Series Blog posts as a series working through a theme / http://pamsperambulation. wordpress.com/category/le ctionary/ http://bryonytaylor.com
  9. 9. Thematic Single theme / http://songsevokingscri pture.tumblr.com/ http://bryonytaylor.com
  10. 10. Website Blog inside a website http://insidecranmer.org.uk/ http://bryonytaylor.com
  11. 11. Mixed All of the above! Multiple authors http://bigbible.org.uk/ http://bryonytaylor.com
  12. 12. Getting traffic to your blog http://bryonytaylor.com
  13. 13. Tags and Categories Categories and tags help you find things again and help others when they’re searching for content • Categories – like chapter headings • Tags – like the index Always put your blog posts in a category and give them a few tags (keywords) http://bryonytaylor.com
  14. 14. Connectivity Connecting to Social Media is essential Set your blog to automatically publish to your Facebook and Twitter Add ‘sharing’ buttons at the bottom of your blog posts so that it is easy for others to share your content http://bryonytaylor.com
  15. 15. Other things that help • Always include an image in your post (ensure it is royalty free - http://sxc.hu/ & http://commons.wiki media.org for free images) • Always reply to comments (unless obviously spam) • Split long posts up into separate posts – max length 500 words • A blog post could just be an image or video – it needn’t be long! • Read other blogs for inspiration and respond • Post regularly • Be topical • Have fun! http://bryonytaylor.com
  16. 16. My 3 golden rules: Don’t be afraid! Go for it, don’t be timid, you just have to give it a try. Don’t be stupid! Don’t write anything you’d be embarrassed for a loved one or your boss to read! Be yourself! Be authentic, people can spot a fake. http://bryonytaylor.com
  17. 17. For a step by step guide to creating a blog on wordpress.com visit: http://www.slideshare.net/BryonyTaylor/ create-your-own-blog-or-website-withwordpresscom http://bryonytaylor.com
  18. 18. Thanks. Keep in touch! http://bryonytaylor.com I’m @vahva on Twitter bryony.taylor@gmail.com http://bigbible.org.uk & http://seedresources.com for extra help and resources http://bryonytaylor.com

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