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Blogging Workshop at BBC Manchester

  • Robin Hamman
  • 30 Nov 06, 02:46 PM

The first BBC Manchester Blogging Workshop will take place at BBC Manchester at 6pm on Thursday the 18th of January, 2007. This free two hour workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about blogging and/or creating and publishing content online.

The idea behind the BBC Manchester Blog has always been to use this as an experiment to see how we might be able to help people create and share content online. That is, we're hoping to use this project to help us find the good Manchester based content that's already online, initiate a conversation with the people creating it and see what we can do to help highlight that content by linking to it or getting that content on air.

So far we've had Kate, Geoff, Craig and Julia on BBC Radio Manchester. Geoff and Kate also appeared, along with A Free Man in Preston, in the piece about the Manchester Blog Awards that I did for BBC Radio 5 Live's Pods and Blogs

Having demonstrated to the bosses that there is compelling content (not that the were in any doubt in the first place - thankfully for us they really do get this!), it's time for us to move to phase two of the project: a workshop for Manchester based bloggers and would be bloggers.

Topics covered will include:

  • finding the right publishing platform - from blogger to typepad, flickr to youtube, myspaceto NowPublic there's a place that's right for you to publish your content online (and often it's free)
  • tips on getting started - naming your site or page, getting noticed, getting listed by directories and search sites
  • syndicating and sharing your content more widely - making it easier to find new audiences and for them to keep track of you using RSS, email updates, email lists, iTunes (for podcasts), and social bookmarking services like del.icio.us
  • techniques for finding and joining in "the conversation" - using RSS, technorati, co.mments and other tools to find and track the buzz you generate
  • keeping it going - how to make you efforts financially sustainable with google adsense, amazon associates and other revenue sharing programmes
  • We'll also introduce the BBC's editorial guidelines, and provide a quick legal briefing covering libel and other issues, because we want to help you keep out of trouble and to understand what we can, and can't, link to from the BBC Manchester Blog

You don't have to have a blog to attend and we think that both those completely new to creating and publishing content online, as well as those who find it old hat, could benefit from at least some of the advice and discussions we're planning.

The workshop will be run by BBC Radio Manchester's Richard Fair who, in addition to covering blogs in his new radio show and posting here, has had a number of blogs for years and by Robin Hamman (me!) who heads up the BBC's Blog Network, runs workshops for people authoring or producing BBC blogs, reports for 5 Live's Pods and Blogs, and whose personal blog has recently been listed as one of the top .02% of blogs globally by blog tracking service technorati. We're also hoping to have a number of guest contributors - TBC.

Space is limited so if you'd like to come along you have to do two things: leave us a comment below and send us an email at manchester.blog(at)bbc.co.uk

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Hi,

The workshops sound like a really good idea.

Could you put my name down to attend as well.

Thanks

Wodge

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Hi Robin,
Sounds like a good event - count me in if that's ok.

Danny.

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Hi Julia, Wodge and Danny. Your names are on the list - thanks for your interest.

Julia, am looking forward to listening to your blogspot on Richard's show when I get off the train I'm posting this from. It sounds like it went well.

So who else wants to come along in January? :-)

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  • 4.
  • At 01:11 PM on 01 Dec 2006,
  • sarah wrote:

im interested in the event - looks good

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Hi Sarah,
You're more than welcome to come. Drop us an email with your email address and we'll put you on the list.
Cheers,
Robin

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Hi,
How come you do not mention WordPress.org, find out more tips about how to get the right audience for your blog and keep them on coming back Google Marketing Blog

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Hi Elias,
This post was never meant to be an exhaustive listing of blogging platforms or associated services. We probably will mention WordPress at the workshop but we'll probably spend more time showing people the various free hosted solutions that are available.
Thanks,
Robin.

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Hmm, this does sound very interesting Robin!

I'm a culture vulture for what's on in Manchester and regularly review gigs, cinema and theatre I catch in town on my MySpace blog. Would like to be able to attend if poss.

Regards,
Ben

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  • At 01:58 PM on 04 Dec 2006,
  • Irene Cooke wrote:

I would like to attend your blog workshop if possible.

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Hi Robin-
I would like to attend this as I am interested in learning how you go about teaching others about blogging. I work at BBC Innovation in FM&T
thanks
Regards
Priya

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I've a blog for 4.5 years, but do you think it would be useful for those who would like to go out and "spread the word" to others?

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Robin,

Great idea. I certainly look forward to reading, listening as the conversations develop.

François

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  • At 11:36 AM on 05 Dec 2006,
  • Anne wrote:

I don't blog (yet) but I'd like to know more.

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  • At 01:32 PM on 05 Dec 2006,
  • Kate Nelson wrote:

I would love to come to this- hoping to become an online journalist and this looks very relevant.

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  • At 12:06 PM on 06 Dec 2006,
  • dominic birtwistle wrote:

hi - sounds really interesting and would like to come - any chance of adding to the agenda something about how to back up your own blog content? seems to me really important but in practice is quite difficult
thanks
dominic

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Count me in. Having a more cohesive group of Manchester based bloggers is a great idea.

I rely more and more on blogs now when I want to get the news on the ground. This was especially true of the recent Tornado that hit London.

Jonathan

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  • At 09:51 AM on 11 Dec 2006,
  • Nigel wrote:

Great idea. There are too few blogs out there that are truely interesting and worth reading. I'd really like to attend the workshop.

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Hi everyone. Please make sure you email us your email address so that we can send you a reminder. It's not a huge problem if, unlike me, you tend to put stuff in you diary straight away, but if you are likely to forget, email us and we'll remind you a day or two before.

Thanks - looking forward to seeing you all there.

We've got room for a few more...

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Yes, please.

I've sent you an email.

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What a good idea. Please can I come to the event?
Many thanks
James

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  • At 12:32 AM on 02 Jan 2007,
  • Polina wrote:

Hi,
Excellent idea.
Can I please come along to learn more?

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  • At 06:50 PM on 04 Jan 2007,
  • Clare Lewis wrote:

Hello

Blog workshop sounds brilliant, and just what I need. Can I attend, please?

Clare

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  • At 02:51 PM on 08 Jan 2007,
  • Emma wrote:

Hi,

I would like to know more about blogging as I still don't really understand what it's all about. Can I come please?

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  • At 11:19 AM on 15 Jan 2007,
  • Andy wrote:

Hi,

This sounds like a great idea, please could I attend too?

Thanks,
Andy.

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  • At 05:42 PM on 15 Jan 2007,
  • James wrote:

I would like to attend too please.

Thanks

James

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  • 26.
  • At 12:54 PM on 16 Jan 2007,
  • Kate wrote:

I'd like to come too. Cheers. Kate

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  • At 01:22 PM on 16 Jan 2007,
  • Andrew wrote:

Can you put my name down, please?

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Please sign me up too.
Thanks
Colin

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Great. Thank you for sharing.

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