Blogging for absolute beginners
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Think you might want to start a blog, but baffled by the jargon and stuck on where to start? This masterclass is for you
Blogging is an exciting way to share your passions, but fear of the technical side prevents many beginners from getting involved. This introduction to blogging mechanics is designed to show digital novices how easy blogging can be. Over a weekend our friendly experts will teach you how to build your blog with Wordpress, define its look and feel and use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to spread your words with online communities. It's a fantastic way to master the basics, with plenty of opportunities to share ideas with other beginners in a vibrant, sociable environment. Perfect if you have something to say but don't know your RSS from your Ecto.
A blog is a website where you can easily publish text, images, video and audio. During this weekend course, you'll build a new blog from scratch – learning how to change the design and styling, upload your content, and maintain the site yourself rather than relying on somebody else.
The course will be taught using the free to use WordPress.com blogging platform. By the end of the course you'll have setup a fully working blog, which you can continue to edit from any computer or smartphone.
This course is designed for people who are completely new to blogging and have never created or edited a blog or web site. It's perfect for people who have an interest in blogging and basic internet skills, and want to know how to set up a starter Wordpress blog step-by-step. Areas such as how to write good content for blogs, how to use social media to promote your blog, and options for taking your blog further will be covered, but these are not the main focus of the course. If you are looking for more advanced courses on web design or social media, please browse our other digital courses.
Topics covered will include:
- Jargon and terminology
- Twitter, Facebook and social media basics
- Creating a new website with a custom domain name
- Publishing text, images and multimedia
- Changing the style and design of your site
Mark Jenkins is a Mobile UX (User Experience) designer and blogger. He currently works for Mobext a mobile design and development agency, which is part of Havas Media. Throughout his career, Mark has worked at and with some fantastic companies including Time Out London & International, The Guardian, Hilton International, The Virgin Group, Fallon London and HTSPE.
As a blogger, he runs UK Street Art and Friedmylittlebrain. The two blogs have a 'post positive' mentality and previously been named as the No.1 "UK Art Blog", No. 1 "UK Urban Lifestyle Blog" and No. 1 "Dance/DJ Blog" respectively.
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