Begin at the Beginning and [Blog] On


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  • So you spent the morning getting set up with your WordPress sites and accounts. This is exciting! You’ve decided to blog…… what’s next? Where do you start? That’s where I hope to come in this afternoon.I currently work full time as a blogger, but I started blogging in 2008, when I set up my first blog as a requirement for participation in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), but it really started to take off in 2009 when I needed a creative outlet and a way to represent myself as an independent professional in the field of instructional design and higher education. That blog, now called "Design Doc," is still running today, and helped me get my current job. Blogging for me was a perfect combination of technology and education. Who knows where it will lead next? Your adventure is just beginning! The resources and advice I am about to cover are from my perspective, lessoslearnes, and part of my onging crusade to convince everyone to consider giving blogging a try. My guess is that you have something to say, to share, to …. I currently encourage use of blogging and social media in higher education where blogs a re groing in popularlity as part of course assignments and also to demonstrate career portfolios…. Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop. Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Said by the King to the White RabbitEnglish author & recreational mathematician (1832 - 1898)
  • What it does…
  • How it looks
  • No real rules Whatever you want it to be…. Which can be a daunting number of infinite possibilities…. Let’s try to narrow it down a bit:GoalsVoice Organizing your writingCommunity Chart course and direction…..
  • Profile writing exercise?
  • “But I don’t know what to write about?
  • Example Categories and Ideas
  • Example Editorial CalendarWP Editorial Calendar plug-in Templates out there - simple or as complex as you want it to be – use something you are already using – excel, calendar system, planner…Two very important decisions taken care of at the beginning of each month:What?When?Of course changeable, this is your blpg, but gives you a starting point.
  • Flowchart on left
  • According to Technocrati’s State of the Blogosphere Report for 2011 – there are …….### blogs out there. Young, OldNear, FarLike you, to nothing like youWatch what they do… take notes about what you like and don’t like. You can “try this at home” but give it your spin, with your voice and with your goals and audience in mind.
  • Once you’ve found “your people” – and you will know they’re your people when they resppnd to you, they get what you are saying, and welcome you to the party. In my experience this can’t be forced. When it happens, though…. Things take off. When you find a blog that speaks to you – look a little deeper – who is commenting on the blog? Do they have blogs as well? Are they using G+, Twitter, etc…listen in over there, too. Join blogging groups on LinkedIn…
  • Speaking of crowd – I reached out to my network via Twitter and G+ earlier this week and asked those who blog to provide their best piece of advice for someone starting his or her first blog this week… and here’s some of that feedback…@elearningguy, toronto, instructional designerExample of finding a suppoertive crowd and building your blog network.
  • Instructional designer and a grad student at the University of Hawaii
  • Steve Bragaw – political science professor and blogger
  • You are part of the WP Community now --- the questions (hopefully) will never end. There will always be more to write about, and new things to try with your site. Keep learningMore sessions coming up today and tomorrow – SEO, Copyright, Plug ins, etc. So much more to learn about – adding images, crafting titles, …. The process continues.
  • You’re at the dance, all that’s left to do is dance…..
  • Take aways from this session
  • Blog address and screenshotAs part of my pitch for this session, I promised “access to a collection of resources” so….. I created a blog. (any excuse, really.) and I want to learn more about Wordpress as a content Management System, so… why not start here?Upcoming presentations – this spring./summer….
  • KEEP UP with YOUR goals --revisit frequentlyupdate as neededQuestions??
  • Begin at the Beginning and [Blog] On

    1. 1. Begin at theBeginningand [Blog] On:Practical Advice for theNew Blogger @Melissa_Venable WordCamp Miami 2012 #wcmia
    2. 2. Set your GoalsFind your VoiceOrganize your WritingJoin the Community
    3. 3. Set Your Goals: Think aboutFind a creative outlet purpose.Journal your thoughts Year / Month /Learn something new Week / DayAddress a burning issueShare your knowledge Put your goals inBuild authority writing!Join a communityStart a business Draft your About Page
    4. 4. Find Your Voice: “The personality, point of view, and style you use when you write.” - @JessJurickWordCam pMiami 2010
    5. 5. Find Your Voice: Be authentic. “Brainstorm 10-20 Who is your personality audience? attributes – narrow Where is your to 3-5.” -Problogger expertise? What are you “Love your reader.” interested in? – Don Miller What do you have to say?
    6. 6. Get Organized: Be realistic.Frequency – How often can you Use Categories: write? Identify 3-5Topic – What will you write about? Try an Editorial Calendar. Topic Categories Create idea Post ideas “pitches.”
    7. 7. Travel Photography Lighting & Equipment Exposure Air TravelNew tripod Lessons Low key High key review Learned Techniques Techniques
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    9. 9. Category Topic DescriptionCurrent Is it time to Is "eLearning" passé? Maybe it’s all just "learning." Especially as moreTrends drop the campus-based programs and courses integrate online components in "e"? addition to face-to-face meetings. And its not just higher ed, as K-12 and corporate training environments use all available resources to both improve learning and streamline the administration side. Ill provide some examples and highlight a few of the leaders also calling for us to drop the "e."Resources for Its not just Tips and techniques online students can use to leverage this GoogleOnline Google, its tool to find the resources they need for course assignments. IllStudents Google compare a Google Scholar search to a regular Google search, and Scholar include a list of the types of materials they should be looking for, such as dissertations and theses, academic journal articles. Not all of these items will be available in full-text through Google, but the full- citations are, and you can use those to find full-text through your schools library, which is all part of the research process.Resources for Online A look at some of the practical strategies and techniques onlineOnline Teaching is instructors can use to foster community in their courses. How it isInstructors Community similar to/different from other types of online community building Building currently talking place with social media. Also providing examples of communities of online instructors that readers may be interested in joining.
    10. 10. Write Posts: Use Writing prompts.OpinionsReviews Keep yourInstructional/How-to antenna up!Resource Collections (ideas areSeries everywhere…)ListsProblem-Solution Write *all* of yourInterviews ideas down.…
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    12. 12. Find Your Crowd: Search blog directories.New bloggers Set up a newEstablished bloggers reader (e.g.,All-star bloggers Feedly) Read as much asLook for similar: you write.• Topics• Audiences Leave thoughtful comments.
    13. 13. @elearningguy |• Write in your ownvoice• Write your thoughts(even if they’re contrary)• Write your feelings• Write often• Share/curate
    14. 14. @billymeinke |• Read a couple of blogs by people with similar interests to yours before making your first post.• Paying attention [to what others are doing] can help improve your style and the readability of your first blog!
    15. 15. @stevebragaw • link, link, link • write with your audience in mind, even if it’s just one person • if your audience is everybody, you’re talking to nobody • don’t be that guy on the corner@hjarche • realize the benefits – think & reflect, collaborate, expand your view, ask & engage
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    17. 17. You’re at thedance… …all that’s left to do is dance.
    18. 18. Dance! (Write!)• Set goals for blog purpose, frequency, topic(s)• Write your About Page• Write an introductory post• Create 3-5 writing topic categories• Develop 3-5 post ideas for each category• Schedule 10 new posts• Start writing…• Have fun with it.Join a blogging groupOrganize your blog reading approachCreate a place to collect blogging tips and resources
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