+ How I became a blogger Atage 30 I decided to take charge of my life. To choose a life of dreams, rather than of painful sleep. I wanted to find the dollyness of Dolly. Creativity:Between 2001 and 2008, I had written 5 books, began to appear on media, made my first films, performed over 50 times, and help set up a few mental health arts charities and projects, including Bonkersfest.
+ Let there be light! Me screwing a light bulb into the sky. The world needs more light!
+ 2008 – DAO asked me to be a blogger Didn’t really understand blogging But liked the creative outlet I did it, so there would be a record of me. "I should like someone to remember that there once lived a person named David Berger." David in his last letter, Vilna 1941 My DAO blog http://disabilityartsonline.org.uk/dolly_sen_blog
+ Blogging for DAO Slowly I noticed something happening: People started contacting me about my blog Opportunities began popping up because of it And that I was gaining a readership, people began to know who I was in the arts world.
+ Blogging for others http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2010/mar/01/ment al-health-illness-murder-documentary http://www.mind.org.uk/blog/3151_therapy_turned_my_life_aro und http://www.outsidein.org.uk/Dolly-Sen-stepup-3 http://www.syncleadership.co.uk/Dolly_Sen_artist_subversive http://www.slideshare.net/cuspinchic/subversivepowerpoint- 11201952#
+ Five years down the line… What I get from blogging is: A creative outlet A way to connect with my fellow humans Promotion of work Opportunities It is an ever-changing, fluid businesscard.
+ How is it a businesscard?It shows people:Your portfolioYour style and the way you workYour communication skillsYour passionYour experience A little different to this one!Your commitment to your workWhat is unique about you
+ Questions to ask yourself Why are you blogging? Who is your audience? What is interesting to them? What do they need? What have they not seen or heard before? What are your competitors doing? And how can you be different? What is unique about your blog?
+ Practicalities Good titles catch people’s eyes Make it scannable, not too text heavy, people scan to find what they want. Separate with headers, subheaders and pics. Try to get rid of jargon, keep your language simple and accessible. Keep it short. A little bit about SEO
+ Blogging is a journey, ask yourself: how do I make the ride unforgettable for myself and others?