Blogging 101: My Class
Last night I started teaching a new class for me: Â Blogging 101. Â I'm an avid blogger, and hoped that I could add some value to the blogging experience for those who are new to the idea. Â Now, many of you may be asking why someone would *need* to learn how to blog. Â It's a valid question for those who are familiar with the concept and ideas behind blogging in particular and Web 2.0 in general. Â But for those who are not familiar with these concepts, it can be a bit harrowing and intimidating. Â After all, what do you talk about? Â The class started well, with 7 registered students. Â Everyone looked to blogging as a way to broadcast information to a large group, share experiences, share stories, practice writing, and one student was looking for a corporate application. Â It was a great mix of people with different interests. Â We covered the following topics:Â Why Blog? Â I wanted people to think about why they were blogging, and what blogging meant to them. Â So we talked about the definition of Blogging, who blogs, and the various uses blogging has seen since it's inception. Â I focused on the Experts (those who are sharing their knowledge for the benefit of others), the Corporate Blogger (those using their blog to hype products or to build a community around their products), and the Web Journal (those sharing their experiences in a public, very visible way). Â Setting Up Your BlogNext we set up a blog. Â I pointed out the different blogging servers out there that offer free blogs, and got everyone started on a Blogger blog. Â Why Blogger? Â Because it's free and it's simple to set up and maintain. Â Everyone was aware of my bias to WordPress, as I frequently mentioned it, but I thought it was a good idea to have them start simple and work their way up.Â Personalize Your BlogWe then covered the dashboard, their user profile, and then the settings. Â I wanted to be sure they knew where to set up moderated comments, and why. Â I also showed them how to add additional plugins to the blog for features that they could implement in the near future. Â Tonight we will cover a lot of those features in more detail. Â We then got started with blogging. Â I had everyone post at least once, so that they could get the feel of blogging. Â It was a great success, at least I think it was. Â We will see how comfortable everyone gets tonight for the last class. Â ^_^ Â I'm sure it will be fine. Â Tonight we will cover RSS feeds, search sites, tracking visits, micro-blogging, and if we have time, some additional plugins that are available for Twitter, Pownce, Last.FM, and GoodReads.