Led by Dave Munger
Description: Do you already have a blog or some HTML/web design experience? This session will skip the basic stuff and move on to the more challenging issues involved in setting up a blog, interacting with your readers, and building a wider readership.
Update 1/15/10: This post is going to serve as the outline for the workshop. Let’s try to keep real-time discussion about the workshop centered here.
Update 1/11/10: I’ve written a blog post with some ideas for the session. Since blog posts offer an easier way to comment and respond than wikis, you might want to add your suggestions there. Also, if you haven’t already added your twitter name to your name on the registration, please do so so that we can all follow each other! —Dave (@davemunger)
Update 11/9/09: Taking a look at the early registrants, many of them are more qualified to discuss the technical aspects of blogging than I am. That makes me think it might be better for me to focus on my strengths: How to improve your blog’s content. How does that sound? —Dave
Alternately, we can take a more “unconference” approach and solicit suggestions from the group about technical issues we’d like to discuss, then work through them together.
Thanks for heading up this session. I’d like to discuss blog stats- where folks get them, how folks use them to figure out what their readers want, etc.
On a less technical level, I’d also like to discuss the pro’s and con’s of topic-focused blogs (ornithology, organic chemistry, etc) vs. personality-driven blogs that might cover a variety of ideas in science.
Hi Dave – I’d like to discuss a few technical aspects of blogging, i.e. how to work w/purchased wordpress designs (as opposed to using the free wordpress templates), the difference between the different types of syndication tools (Atom, RSS, Feedburner), the best tools to syndicate out your blog to places like Facebook. And I second Carmen’s desire to talk about stats. Thx!
improving content is always a good thing! I also would like to discuss ways to build a wider readership (of which content, of course, is an important one…)