…but were afraid to ask!’ Following on from the success of the workshop held at the WEA East Midlands conference, and by popular demand, we were asked to devise a course about organisational blogging. As a Christmas present to the East Midlands’ staff we have now done this and the first course begins on Friday 14th January 2011 at 9:30am at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.
This two and a half day course covers:
- The ‘what’, ‘who’ and ‘why’ of blogging
- How to plan a successful blog
- Setting up a WordPress blog
- What makes a good blog post
- WordPress Widgets – what they are and what they do
The dates for your diary are:
Friday 14th January 2011 – 9:30am to 3:30pm
Friday 21st January 2011 – 9:30am to 3:30pm
Friday 11th February 2011 – 9:30 to 12pm
So, if you’re a WEA member of staff in the East Midlands and you’d like to attend this course, please contact Caroline by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your email please include a short paragraph stating why you want to take this course.
There are only 10 places available, so you need book now to avoid disappointment.
Posted by Lindsey Tasker on December 17, 2010
The WEA East Midlands Regional Conference took place last Friday, 12 November, and the theme was ‘Exploring opportunities for the future’. As part of the event Alan and I ran a workshop called ‘Why Blog?’ during which we took delegates on a journey of discovery to find out just this (check out the photos on flickr).
By comparing this blog, and the Nottingham Area 6 blog (http://nottinghamwea.com/) we talked about why we had chosen WordPress as our platform, why we had set the blogs up, what didn’t work and what was working, and what we wanted to do next.
We simultaneously projected the two blogs onto the wall and invited the assembled group to see the results of all our blogging efforts. Our aim was to show how blogging could be used as a marketing tool and the potential it has to become an incredibly powerful way of communicating and sharing information.
The workshop went down so well that we are now planning to run a short course for WEA staff and volunteers to help them start their own journey into the blogosphere!
Posted by Lindsey Tasker on November 18, 2010
Since starting this blog I have been working hard to convince as many people as I can about the benefits that blogging can bring. So, it’s great to see that at least one person has not only been listening, but is a fully blown convert to the cause.
Maxine, from ACLS, has come up with 10 good reasons to blog:
- It’s free
- Easy to use
- It’s like having your own website
- Great way to document the progress of a project
- Great way to keep others posted about the progress of a project
- It’s intereactive – other people can post their comments
- Great for funders to see evidence of how well a project is going
- Great for promoting future events and sharing good news stories
- Good way to evaluate a project
- Can be used as part of a reflective process
Thanks for putting it so eloquently Maxine! If you want to find out more about how a blog can work for you and if there is any blog training going on in your area, post me a comment here. Alternatively, contact me on 07760 337 893 or via email at email@example.com
Posted by Lindsey Tasker on June 11, 2010