Blogging 101

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The very basic basics about blogging for a non-media group of students.

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Blogging 101

  1. 1. Blogging 101NSWTTCH402A: Apply emerging technologies to communicate with others CUF07: Diploma of Screen and Media
  2. 2. What is a blog? A type of website Usually written by one person Updated regularly Usually arranged in chronological order The most recent “post” (blog entry) will be at the top of the page The older posts will be towards the bottom
  3. 3. Why should I blog? To help people To market or promote a business To connect with like-minded peopleBonuses: Blogging costs little or no money Blogging requires minimal ICT skills
  4. 4. Who’s going to read my blog? It depends on your reason for blogging. Your audience may be:  Members of a community with common interests  People interested in independent opinion  Clients seeking an informed (or entertaining) view of your business  (Anyone, really)
  5. 5. OK, you’ve sold me! So what are the rules of good blogging?• Use a clean and simple theme• Post regularly (but not if you have nothing worth posting about!)• Stick with your blog’s genre, or topic• Speak to your audience in a language they understand
  6. 6. How do I start?Free, popular blogging platforms: WordPress Blogger Tumblr Posterous
  7. 7. It’s easy-peasy! Let’s try with WordPress: Go to www.wordpress.com and register Choose your user name wisely – you cannot change it later! Write down your user name and password (everyone forgets) Start a new blog and give it a URL or domain, e.g., myblog.wordpress.com (This also can’t be changed later, so what you choose for “my blog” matters)
  8. 8. Now you try it Go to your dashboard (on the left of your screen) Explore a little Go to Appearance -> Themes Try applying a different theme (Easy, huh?) Go to Posts –> New Post Write a test headline Write a test post Publish
  9. 9. Created by Verity Chambers as an exercise within TAE40110, Certifcate IV in Training and Assessment

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