Cheaper than therapy wcf


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Brenda Baskin presents "Cheaper Than Therapy: Better Living Through Blogging," a 2012 WordCamp Fayetteville presentation. This session covers the many benefits of blogging about your life, as well as advice for starting and maintaining a personal blog.

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Cheaper than therapy wcf

  1. 1. Cheaper Than TherapyBetter Living Through Blogging A 2012 WordCamp Presentation
  2. 2. Brenda BaskinFreelance Writer, Blogger, Professional Worrier e-mail: Twitter: @brenbaskin 2
  3. 3. • Underwired Magazine• The Current• Barnett’s Magazine• The Dayton City Paper• Kalen, Inc.• Oatmeal Studios• Ephemera, Incorporated• And of course, WordPress* 3
  4. 4. • First blog: Started by Justin Hall in 1994• Blog - derived from the term “weblog” Coined by Jorn Barger in 1997• “We Blog” – Peter Merholz, 1999• First entered into a dictionary in 2004 Miriam-Webster’s “Word of the Year” 4
  5. 5. Platforms (not the shoes) Open Diary – 1998 LiveJournal – 1999 Blogger – 1999 Moveable Type – 2001 WordPress - 2003 5
  6. 6. Political News SPORTSCorporate Hobbies Education ARTMicroblogging Fashion Religion PARENTING instructionalWeddings Cooking Photoblogging and of course… 6
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  8. 8. It sure changed mine. 8
  9. 9. THERAPISTS BLOGS• charge an average of $110 • Free! per hour• Make you wait at least a • Can vent any time you want week between visits• Sessions limited to an hour • Take all the time you need• Medications can be tricky • No pharmaceuticals needed 9
  10. 10. The Wonders of Blogging• It’s as though someone’s given you a new pony!• Endless supply of blank canvases• Incredible creative medium• Leads to good things• Sacred Dumping ground 10
  11. 11. • Choose Your Title.• Pick a template.• Search for a meaningful banner image.• Let your tagline be your mission statement.• About Page• Manifesto / Artist’s statement• Your blog is a personal extension of yourself.• You can always start another. 11
  12. 12. • Creative freedom• No visual image of you• Fearless writing• Instantaneous, non-biased feedback• Ticks people off• Can become tricky• Lawsuits 12
  13. 13. It’s a personal decision. 13
  14. 14. If You Build It, They Will Come• Visit and comment on other blogs. – Make sure your name is linked to your blog.• Visit websites that have written about the same subject. – Post intelligent comments- leave a link.• Answer comments on your blog thoughtfully.• Use social media.• Bee literrit. 14
  15. 15. …are invisible. 15
  16. 16. • Comment moderation• Don’t tolerate abuse.• You can’t save the world.• Invite others to weigh in. 16
  17. 17. Ethics• Tell the truth.• Be a master of disguise.• Use your Superpowers for good, not evil.• If you screw up, admit it. If necessary fix it. 17
  18. 18. • Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog.• Label your tolerance level for abusive comments.• Consider eliminating anonymous comments.• Ignore the trolls.• Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so.• If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so.• Dont say anything online that you wouldnt say in person. 18
  19. 19. • Keep your heart in the right place.• Help others shine.• Don’t worry- be happy.• Avoid apologizing.• Accept offers to guest post.• Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules.• Love what you’re doing.• Remember: A blog post is forever. 19
  20. 20. • You can’t run ads on WordPress, but you can add a PayPal donation button• Watch out for scammers.• Visuals: a gift to your readers• Best blog information comes from the fabulous people at WP, and from fellow bloggers. 20
  21. 21. • WP Beginner (• Lorelle on Wordpress (• WordPress Support & Forums ( 21