Blogging for Beginners: Get writing

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This presentation gives tips to help beginners get into the style of writing for blogs, with examples of lots of different kinds of posts to help break writer's block.

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  • I’m sure you are all familiar with writing for students – I am going to show you how people write on blogs.
  • Blogging for Beginners: Get writing

    1. 1. Get writing!
    2. 2. Make it scannable <ul><li>Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Formatting – bold , italics </li></ul><ul><li>Headings and sub-headings </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Blockquotes </li></ul><ul><li>Short paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/20/scannable-content/ </li></ul>
    3. 3. Imagine you are copywriting <ul><li>Sell the post to your reader </li></ul><ul><li>Save the time of your users </li></ul>
    4. 4. Increase your vocabulary <ul><li>Lists of useful links </li></ul><ul><li>Opinion piece </li></ul><ul><li>Expert advice </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Build towards an event </li></ul><ul><li>Report on an event </li></ul><ul><li>5 top ways to... </li></ul><ul><li>Promote a new resource </li></ul><ul><li>Tell a story/case study </li></ul><ul><li>“ Reply” to another persons blog post </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A/agony aunt </li></ul>
    5. 5. Task: <ul><li>15 minutes to write a blog post </li></ul><ul><li>Take your topic and style cards </li></ul><ul><li>If you are stuck, use the “20 Blog Topics To Get You Unstuck” sheet! </li></ul><ul><li>Preview your post </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t publish – schedule for 16.00 </li></ul>
    6. 6. Pictures <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.librarything.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://search.creativecommons.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Or use your own... </li></ul><ul><li>Please check copyright and licensing! </li></ul><ul><li>See also: Creative Commons licences </li></ul>
    7. 7. Embedding <ul><li>Slides - http://www.slideshare.net/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy and paste code into HTML tab </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video – use embed button </li></ul>
    8. 8. Write fast <ul><li>How to write fast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know what you want to say </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick a format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write it all in one go </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review, correct and publish. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/12/30/how-to-write-fast/ </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Write fast <ul><li>Cheat – Ask others in your team to contribute posts or quotes </li></ul><ul><li>Write or die... http://lab.drwicked.com/writeordie.html </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul>
    10. 10. Keep learning... <ul><li>Get tips from other blogs... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Problogger </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to other careers blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Join Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with other bloggers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post comments </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. RSS readers <ul><li>Google Reader http://www.google.com/reader/ </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines http://www.bloglines.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes http://www.netvibes.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Pageflakes http://www.pageflakes.com/ </li></ul>

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