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Vl blogging

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Vl blogging

  1. 1. Getting started with a blog … <ul><li>Vanessa Lacey </li></ul><ul><li>The Tower Project </li></ul><ul><li>at </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge </li></ul><ul><li>University </li></ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul><ul><li>Email: vl203@cam.ac.uk </li></ul>
  2. 2. Tower Project – what do we do? <ul><li>We catalogue books published in Britain 1800-1920 </li></ul><ul><li>Ten cataloguers and 265,000 books - children’s books, ephemera, novels </li></ul><ul><li>We blog about the books we catalogue – interesting, moving, funny or just weird </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tower Project blog
  4. 4. We start with a conversation …
  5. 5. Now draw a pig – we develop ideas by talking to other people
  6. 6. What’s topical – a wedding?
  7. 7. We write about what we know – our collections/institution/interests
  8. 8. From first idea to published post <ul><li>Divide into steps: </li></ul><ul><li>Identify topic </li></ul><ul><li>Find pictures </li></ul><ul><li>List points to make </li></ul><ul><li>Fact-checking </li></ul><ul><li>Headline, tags </li></ul><ul><li>Publish </li></ul><ul><li>Reply to comments </li></ul>
  9. 9. How we’ve found time (and energy?) <ul><li>Schedule topics in diary </li></ul><ul><li>Blog every Friday </li></ul><ul><li>2 hours max per post </li></ul><ul><li>Write when we have time and save as draft for future </li></ul><ul><li>Create folder on PC to put pictures/ideas when you see potential topic </li></ul>
  10. 10. Time savers <ul><li>Postcard type posts - focus on strong picture </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fret about perfect formatting </li></ul><ul><li>Use images from Flickr etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Or scan images if you’re not good with a camera </li></ul>

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