Today I attended a workshop on blogs. I perhaps didn't read the information well enough, as I slightly surprised when only two of us in the room already had a blog. I figured it would be too late to get up and walk out, but I guessed it wouldn't be the workshop for me when a lady raised her hand to ask what a blog was.
We then watched this video, from Common Craft:
I actually used to use Common Craft videos with students when I was a teacher, so I know they're good. However, I started giggling to myself that I was watched a video explaining what a blog was, considering the amount of time I spend on mine!
After telling me I should be putting 'information' on my blog (thanks for that nugget!) she did share an interesting statistic (although who knows how true it is); apparently 80% of web users are observers. They don't interact, comment, or network on the internet, they read, watch and listen. I'm not sure how up to date that statistic is, as I can't imagine that with facebook that still stands true.
I won't name the lady who ran it, as she was lovely, and seemed good at presenting information. She had people's attention, and most people seemed to write down every word she had on her powerpoint. It wasn't her fault I had arrived at the most inappropriate workshop for my needs! I did disagree with a few of her points though, and on some of them I simply couldn't hold back from giving my opposing view! I am a terrible student.
She talked a lot about timing the release of your blog posts - working out what day, and what hour your readers would want a new post. Correct me if I'm wrong (please feel free to!) but I just don't think most people read blogs like that anymore. RSS feeds changed how a lot of people read and use blogs, which would negate the need to focus too much on the exact day and time you publish a blog post. Saying that, I do think its necessary to consider the timings of your blog promotion, but not necessarily the posting. She also said it was really important to post blogs on the same day each week. Again, I disagree. I think regularity matters, but not precise days. Again, disagree if you want! Personally I don't even use RSS feeds.
We then had the discussion about platforms. It was said that Wordpress was good for short term use, but you'd have a Wordpress domain, it was very structured and you couldn't be as flexible with it. She said you could use paid for hosting to have your own domain name, and have more control over it. At this point I couldn't stop myself raising my hand to explain that it was perfectly possible to have a Wordpress or Blogger with your own domain name. I also disagree that Wordpress is a short term thing....I know many websites that choose Wordpress out of choice, not just necessity.
I felt like a patronising so-and-so for having a little laugh when I saw everyone write down as gospel her recommendation of word length for blog posts. I'm a horrible person.
At one point I was answering questions she couldn't answer....whoops!
So, I was at the wrong course, but it did make me realise how much I know already, and when I had three people come up to me at the end to get my business card, when they asked what I did, I had the confidence to respond with 'I'm a blogger'(the first time I have ever done so!).
My name's ReeRee and I'm a blogger.