CAN YOU MAKE EITHER OF THESE CALL TIMES?
Wednesday 17.00 GMT
Friday 10am GMT
Friday 17.00 GMT
Friday July 15th
VOXLI ADDRESS: https://voxli.com/d464
Things I'd love to talk about if someone else were here:
- balancing personal v commercial writing goals within the group
Rollcall (please add your name)
Rollcall (please add your name)
Just the two of us, so we had a little supportive chat over text. I feel these meetings should happen because it is hard to recover the momemtum once lost. Without that real-time human element, there are fewer social reasons to participate in the study group. The meetings can be a fulcrum around which other group activity turns.
It might be an idea to indicate on the pad if you are likely to make it to the next meeting or otherwise? Thank you.
Friday May 20th=======================================================
Voxli link: https://voxli.com/w3iw
Rollcall (Please add your name):
- Do they take up too much time?
- How much time do you want to spend per day/week/month?
- Where are you getting caught up?
- How often are you checking in?
Friday May 13th=======================================================
Voxli link: https://voxli.com/edkc
- How to collaborate
- Identifying shared concerns
- Ideas for tasks
- The Joy of (hyper)Text
- It's what makes the web different - that you can link to others and even reference yourself. Traditional news organisations have a policy of never linking to others - they aren't writing for the Web. They're retired. We're young.
- Great blogs take you somewhere else. Good writing always brings your audience back
- Linking to rich, worthwhile sources makes you useful and noteworthy. Like.
- Sweating the Nerdy Details
- The broad strokes are mostly covered already. What's your take and why? It can make your writing compelling.
- Being opinionated
- The best blogs convey a sense of the author's personality.
- shared feed
- AND separate links
- [Pippa to create task about sharing blog links and sharing feeds]
- Post the link to your BLOG!+1+1
- Mutual Support by commenting on each other's blogs (read someone elses blog, there should be enough of us that we each find something interesting?) +1 +1+1+1
- Subscribe to each other's blogs+1
- create an aggregated feed for the group
- read 3 blogs regularly that you think might have a similar audience to your target audience and work out similarities and differences +1+1
- Descriptive writing - who do you think your audience is?+1
- Write a comment / audience guidelines document that describes the behaviour you expect from your commenters.
- work out a program of writing to develop a rhythm+1+1
- write 15 minutes every(day or week?) and keep a journal, summarize your writing and post to group.+1+1
- Writing Voice
- Write a post that pushes your boundaries of honesty (ie write something personal) and share with the group: Being honest. Writing from your centre.+1+1+1+1
- Write in different voices, different personas, muck about +1
- Carry a pad and pen at all times and collect ideas when the inspiration strikes+1+1
- Identify a great blog - and tell us why it's worth reading+1+1
- read a book about writing and post review to group: how it could help with blog/web writing+1
- Identify a blogging & W4tW(writing for the web) related article and write your next post using these guidelines+1
- Find something topical that interests you and respond to it
- Technical & Tools
- Install Open Attribute! (Find and Attribute creative commons images)+1
- wordpress plugin (drupal etc)
- Write a review of the blogging platform that you use and the plugins you find most useful.+1+1
- Blogging Goals
- Mind-map your blogging goals for each of your blogs +1
- Professional v Personal
- Using your real name or an alias
- Layout and Grammar
- Identify a grammar / spelling challenge you have and research help on it. Write a blog post about it and share it with the group.
- eg. Stationary / Stationery What's the difference?
- What is Creative Commons and how can it help me with finding images for blogging?
- Basic resources on taking photos for your blog - Illustrate your next blog post with a photo that you took. or a drawing/painting that you've made+1
- Ethics and Legal
- Licensing your work - do you want to copyright or openly license your content.
- Debate within the group+1
- Finding people who will read what your writing. The internet is so vast - how can you possibly be found?
- finding people who like your blog+1
- Finding and maintaining an audience+1
- identifying 'audiences' for my blog and
- want to write about friends /friendship - how do i not offend people?
- being opinionated without future reprecussions
- workblog - making sure i don't misrepresent my org+1
- dealing with crazy people and internet stalkers+1
- Building up a regular rhythm for writing+1
- REGULAR RHYTHM!!!
- regular rhtyhm for writing
- Finding/ keeping the same "voice" throughout
- working out which writing voice is best for which audience
- avoiding the "nothing's going on in my life, what will i blog about blues"+1
- coming up with topics that can be written about quickly (writing more quickly, succinctly and still maintaining the quality)
- coming up with topics that can be written about quickly
- writing about a variety of topics without losing audience (ie, how do you write about mental health and work related stuff in the same blog without annoying your audience)
- Writing quality work that is worth reading
- Figuring out what topics people actually read
- Comments: ON or OFF?
- video blogging and fitting that in with writing
- Which platform? Tumblr, Posterous or WordPress?
- hosting for blogs
- managing feeds
- Integrating your blog with Twitter, Flickr et al
- identifying my blogging goals
- Making it sustainable
- writing for other people's blogs and perhaps getting paid
- Finding my "niche"
Professional v Personal
- Personal and professional conflicts
- Being too open or not open enough
- ethics / legal issues of blogging
Layout & Grammar!?
- best practice formatting for LONG blogs
- am i using correct grammar and terminology
Ethics & Legal
- workblog - choosing appropriate images for web dev topics
- legal issues of blogging
- Copyright and using other people's materials
- "Fair use"
blackstar - manchester
Pippa - linz, austria
Laura - Dresden, Germany
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