Monday, September 9, 2013

2013 WRITE: BLOG: Blogging for beginners, the virtual world advantage. And a demo of blogging for instruction.

Blogging for beginners, the virtual world advantage.
And a demo of blogging for instruction
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Why Blog?
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How to start blogging
  • Blog hosts
  • Content, how to get it
  • Resources. 
  • Promotion.  Get your audience to find you
  • Staying. 

Tools
  • Collaboration. If it is a group project, get others to help.
  • Pictures and graphics. Use these to tell part of the story
  • Events.  Use Google calendars for evergreen  content
  • Evergreen content remains timely for months or years
  • Curating  Help people find what they want 
  • Writing  Write for the reader
  • Promoting  Get people to see what you are writing

Advantages of blogs for instruction
  • No publication costs
  • No one between you and your readers
  • No time between writing and publication
  • Update whenever you need to.
  • Display inworld for class or poster.
  • Answer questions on the article.  

Use for instruction in a meeting
  • Links to one or more articles
  • Bops for shared visuals in SL
  • Links for individual consideration
  • Invite questions and comments on the article
The virtual world advantage
  • A community of writers
  • A community of potential readers
  • A community of bloggers
  • A community of videographers
  • Collaborators
  • Sources of ideas, information and content
  • Potential audience
Helpful web features
  • Google search this blog; column on the right, scroll down.
  • Google translation of this blog; column on the right, scroll down.
  • You can put these in your blog if you use Blogger
  • Search a web page with Google Chrome
  • Ctrl+f. Use search bar, upper right 
Curation by pages
  • Top menu here
  • Blogger feature
  • The items at the top link to ordinary blog pages.
  • Pages set up and maintained as summary of contents
Curation by keywords
Themes on this blog are marked by keywords that you can use as search terms.   Search terms  are in bold (keep the caps and colon)
  • Art: Three-D builds and digital paintings   ART: 
  • Art videos and videos of art  ART:  VIDEO:
  • Business  BIZ:
  • Comedy and comedy videos  COMEDY:  VIDEO:
  • Education   EDU:
  • Events: Continuing events in virtual worlds
  • Helpful articles for beginners and others:  HELP: 
  • Hobbies  HOBBIES:
  • How to use your head:  TKR:
  • Music  MUSIC:
  • Music videos  MUSIC:  VIDEO:
  • Performing arts STAGE:
  • Promote your project in virtual worlds  PROMO:
  • Sights in virtual worlds.  SEE:
  • Social media/remote collaboration.  STECH:
  • Videos in general  VIDEO:
  • Writing in virtual worlds  WRITE:

Tips
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  • What do we do in Virtual Worlds? 
  • Search on page with Google Chrome: Ctrl+f, search bar upper right 
  • Google search this blog, column on right
  • or put site:virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com at the end of the search terms
  • Annotated screen shots made with Jing
  • Creative Commons License, attribution only.
  • Second LifeLindenSLurl, and SL are trademarks of Linden Research Inc.
  • This blog is not affiliated with Second Life or anything else.  
  • Ads are  from Google
  

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