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Getting traffic

Before our final agenda, here are two places to get good summary tips on blogging. If you work in the online content environment, you would need to know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and writing good content. These slides cover both. Another resource is Copyblogger, with this set of 11 tips that are shown in [...]

January 27

 

Agenda for today. Be sure you are good with the following:

You sent me the (correct) URL.
Be able to optimize a photo in Photoshop
Be able to post photos to your blog (Add Media button above the ribbon)
In Settings, look at Reading to be sure your Blog is the home page and that there is enough of [...]

February 13

As outlined in an email today, if we are canceled you will still

check the course blog; read article on Patch.com

Patch, formerly of AOL

be sure you have finished and FTPed the HTML/CSS and PHP files and linked to them on your Other page (see revised instructions Jan. 30 Part II post)
finish your farm bill/SNAP 200-word [...]

Top 11 blogging tips

From copyblogger.com, a good place to know. You can read more about it in their post.

Like this infographic? Get content marketing advice that works from Copyblogger.

Jan. 30-1

Agenda for part one today. Be sure you are good with the following:

Be able to optimize a photo in Photoshop
Be able to post photos to your blog (Add Media button above the ribbon)
Continue review of your WordPress blog. Note that I am now on WordPress 3.5 (as are you). Note new options e.g. top left, [...]

Tom Wingert's talk

Here is the talk Tom gave last night. Note if you watch this directly on YouTube the quality is better–any thoughts?

 

January 16: Week 1

Each week there will be a post or two that will make up our schedule for the classes. Blogs, of course, add the most recent post to the top, so take a look at the date of posting to find the post to start with.

Today, we are going to:

talk a bit about blogs and online [...]

Huff and puff — no trolls here

OK—here’s one more to get us going. The Huffingtom Post last month decided to require all commenters to their site to be registered. Think about that:

what is gained by this move?
what or who is lost?
how will this affect their community?
are there alternatives?

Read this piece, also from Poynter and let’s see what we decide. What would [...]

March 25

Right now, there is no monitor to project in class. So some plans listed here will move to Wednesday, although this was intended as a day to conference on coverage of the Easter food drive.

I would like to:

return the A Place at the Table reviews with some resulting suggestions on effective writing and blogging
ask that [...]

February 6

Just a summary and pointing ahead a bit. First, while there are no tests in this class, I do expect everyone to participate in discussion, do the readings, stay awake when we have a guest speaker—the usual requirements. I noted those who were actively involved today and those who chose not to be, so thanks—you [...]

Examples from the field

Professor Collins thought you should see this example from

Egyptian student blogger

And here’s Anderson Cooper making use of a Flip camera in a tight spot.

Blog right in

Each week there will be a post or two that will make up our schedule for the class. Blogs, of course, add the most recent post to the top, so take a look at the date of posting to find the post to start with.

The first week, we are going to:

introduce the course and the [...]

8 secrets that can make your blog fly

This is from NPR’s Matt Thompson, who runs a blog called the Argo Project (Toronto Argos?) that appears to be a network of bloggers connected to NPR. While these lists of tips are common on the Web (see Secret #2, “Numbering is Narrative“), this should serve as a good list for class next spring. Also, [...]

Widgets and plugins, and cleanup

First, plugins technically only are allowed at a WordPress.org site like this one. But you might find the functionality built in to your theme, or there may be widgets to do the same thing. My site has these plugins

Viper’s Video
All in one SEO Pack
Akismet
Sociable
PollDaddy
GWeather
All in one AdSense
Google Analytics

You should know what these are and see [...]

Start your blogging

After we finish our quick look at HTML, CSS and PHP, we’ll talk about RSS feeds. You need to have one set up wherever you work most often.

Then it’s time to jump in. My blog is hosted at lasalle.edu (note the URL), which was done with a “manual installation.” You might want to do that [...]

WWW, RSS, PHP (XHTML, CSS, XML etc.)

First, we’ll discuss the reading from the Rettberg book, “What is a Blog?”  Take note of the following for later:

What are the three types of blogs she defines? What can you learn from each example?
What IS a blog—how do you know one when you see one?
What are HTML and CSS and what do they do?
What [...]

Penn State student bloggers

OK. Let me post the link to the story  (thanks to Elliott Parker of the Journet listserv) and then see if I can embed the video. It’s not in the list that the Viper’s Video widget adds to the posting toolbar, so I’ll have to try the code here, just inserting the URL [...]

Blogging and journalism: what's the connection?

I mentioned this in a post last week. We’ll use a thesis from Jill Walker Rettberg’s Blogging book to discuss how blogging and journalism can and might intersect. Briefly, (I’m conflating two lists) she says that blogs:

can supply first-hand reports about breaking events such as the war in Iraq or Hurricane Katrina (obviously a role for [...]

Top blogs of 2009

Clearly, this is not one of them. I realized late last month that I had not added a post in December, which made the calendar look bad. But I decided that that should stand as a lesson. I note that blog surveys done by Pew Research consider blogs dormant if there are no posts for [...]