Blogging Workshop for Craigmillar Library Digital Commonwealth Community Media Cafe, 17th December 2013

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An introduction to blogging for the Digital Commonwealth Community Media Cafe in Craigmillar Library on the 17th of December, more information about the Digital Commonwealth project is here: http://www.digitalcommonwealth.co.uk

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Blogging Workshop for Craigmillar Library Digital Commonwealth Community Media Cafe, 17th December 2013

  1. 1. Jennifer M. Jones, University of the West of Scotland DIGITAL COMMON WEALTH
  2. 2. WHERE ARE WE AT?
  3. 3. HISTORY
  4. 4. KEY QUALITIES •  Self-publishing platforms: write, edit and post (read/write web) •  A place to ‘host’ content that did not require a dedicated server •  Lower threshold for access, less technical skill •  Basic HTML skills required, emergence of multimedia (image, video, audio) •  Community building, meet & interact with people based on shared interest •  Organise content based on common themes (tags, categories) not just by time or location.
  5. 5. Take 5 minutes to think about why you might blog?
  6. 6. TYPES OF BLOGS PERSONAL EXPRESS OPINION TO MAKE MONEY EDUCATION ARCHIVE “HYPERLOCAL” EXPERT RIGHT TO REPLY CAMPAIGN PORTFOLIO NEWS AND JOURNALISM TRAVEL CREATIVE COMMUNITY FOCUSED PROMOTIONAL REFLECTIVE FICTION NETWORKING PROFESSIONAL
  7. 7. BLOGGING AND SELF PUBLISHING? BLANK CANVAS!
  8. 8. FINDING YOUR VOICE Is blogging right for you? •  Do you like to write? •  Do you spend time researching topics on the Internet? •  Are you passionate about the topic? Will you commit to that topic? •  Are you willing to learn more about the technology? •  Will you be comfortable expressing your thoughts online in a public space? •  Can you take risks?
  9. 9. BLOGGING FOR DIGITAL STORYTELLING Can you think of a story worth telling? •  From your local community where you live •  About Edinburgh as we approach Christmas •  About Edinburgh as we approach 2014
  10. 10. WHAT PLATFORMS?
  11. 11. GETTING STARTED: WORDPRESS.COM
  12. 12. DASHBOARD
  13. 13. WRITE A POST
  14. 14. WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT?
  15. 15. EXERCISE You have been asked to set a Wordpress.com website for a local community group: List 3 posts that you could make before Christmas List 3 pages that you would need to include to ensure that the page represented the group List 3 places that you could share those posts to ensure somebody reads them
  16. 16. WHO ARE YOUR AUDIENCE?
  17. 17. THINK BEFORE YOU POST
  18. 18. EMBED
  19. 19. TAGGING You can use the concept of ‘tagging’ two ways: To organise your content on your own blog by describing it as a series of keywords to help others uncover it when they search/to include it alongside related post elsewhere To connect your post to a wider discussion on other social networks, such as Twitter – so the use of hashtags can come into play
  20. 20. COMMUNITY e.g. #DIGCW2014
  21. 21. STATISTICS
  22. 22. KEEP GOING
  23. 23. FURTHER LINKS Digital Commonwealth Project: http://www.digitalcommonwealth.co.uk Wordpress.com tutorials: http://learn.wordpress.com 50 Wordpress tutorials to get you started: http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/wordpress-tutorials-designers-1012990 @digCW2014, jennifer@digitalcommonwealth.co.uk #digCW2014

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