So, in the past few weeks, I have been inundated with requests from newbies and wannabes about how to blog. I have had to tutor some on how to set up a blog, beautify it, maintain it, brand it etc. Whew! I had thought blogging was as simple as eating rice and stew, but seeing the yearning from a lot of people to learn how to actually set up, manage and monetize a blog made me realise it is not so straight forward after all. Well, as a newbie, that is always the case. Everything is always complicated. I remember when I started blogging too about 300 years ago, I mean, 7-8 years ago…the thing be no funny me. Starting from the dash board (too many layouts to figure out), to the language used (trust me, when I started blogging I did not know what a widget was…or even what a theme meant…or more embarrassingly, what header, tag, menu, category, host, plugin, sidebars etc were). They all came across as technical mumbo jumbos; stuff only geeks and Albert-Einstein-esques fellas could figure out.
But 300 years, I mean, 8 years down the line, I get to teach people how to hack the American Government website, sorry I mean, how to blog. And so far I have had sheer satisfaction doing so. My students have gone on to mentor others! Whew!
So you really want to learn to blog?
The year is running out and you’ve probably not learnt any new skill in the last few months. Nigeria’s economy is in recession and you are wondering what to do. Perhaps, you already figured out what to do and that is to take advantage of the world wide web but you dont know how to blog? Not to worry, BlogCampNG is here to rescue you!
Given the tons of requests I have had to deal with off late, I and some of the best Bloggers in Nigeria decided to organise a one day PRACTICAL BLOGGING MASTERCLASS tagged “BlogCampNG: So you want to blog?”
Are you an artist, caterer, interior decorator, photographer, event planner, musician, author/writer, fashion designer, beautician, entrepreneur, sales person etc and you don’t have a blog, but would like to? Have you ever attended any previous Blogging Workshop but all you learnt were motivational quotes and phrases? Do you want to be able to set up a blog, design it, beautify it, brand it, generate traffic to it, monetize it etc?
If your answer to the above questions is yes, then you have to attend this year’s BlogCampNG. We all know that blogging can be so tasking to someone who is just starting out and we know that there are so many questions related to setting up, building, managing and monetising a blog. The BlogCampNG workshop is aimed at teaching BEGINNERS/AMATEURS all the inner workings of blogging and to educate you to build, manage and grow your blog whether it’s just a pastime or part of your small business. And we shall teach you like we were teaching a nursery school student. You get what we mean? It will be extremely practical from the scratch! At this BlogCampNG, beginner bloggers will be given the tools they need to run a better, more successful and creative blog. The course will cover tips for creatively improving the design of your site, using social media to market your blog, monetizing your blog by working with advertisers etc.
The PRACTICAL course will cover topics like:
How to create/set up a beautiful WordPress blog from scratch
How to tag and categorize posts
How to share and promote posts
How to generate traffic to your blog
How to brand your blog
How to integrate your social networks (Twitter, Facebook Profile, Facebook Page and Facebook Groups, Google +, LindkedIn account etc) with your blog
How to choose the perfect theme
How to design a header image as an amateur
How to publish posts using your phone
How to manage comments
How to customise widgets
How to use your blog sidebars for advertising
How to upload pdfs on your blog
How to create contents
How to engage your audience
How to get your custom domain (www.yourname.com)
PLEASE NOTE THAT this will be a very practical session, therefore, it is going to be a BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) workshop. So attendees are advised to come with their PCs. Internet facility will be made available for everyone. This is not going to be one of those Motivational events that you may have attended, it is a PRACTICAL WORKSHOP. It is also not going to be a GET RICH QUICK SCHEME/.WORKSHOP. It is a Practical Workshop on how to set up from scratch, build, manage, generate contents and traffic to a blog etc etc.
If this sounds like a workshop you will be interested in, please drop your email address in the comment section below. It does not matter if you do not have a web designing background. As long as you can open and close a laptop, this workshop is for you. Leave your email address in the comment section to signify interest. Thank you.