best_blogging_884_350.jpg Horizontal TabsDescription Take your blog to the next level through hands-on writing exercises, group discussion, and feedback. Explore essential topics and best practices in blogging like managing your "idea flow," defining your audience, developing a conversational writing style and promoting your blog posts. Saturday, July 14, 2018 Registration Fee: $95 *K-12 Educators: Earn 6 State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending this workshop. This course is now closed. Join artist and professional blogger, Philip Hartigan, and learn how to take your blog to the next level! Through hands-on writing exercises, group discussion, and feedback, you will explore essential topics and best practices in blogging like managing your "idea flow," defining your audience, writing long posts and short posts, developing a conversational writing style, finding the right titles, and how to promote your blog posts. This workshop is suitable for people who already have an existing blog and feel confident in their computer skills. However, students who have taken the Introduction to Blogging for Artists and Writers class the preceding day are also welcome to sign-up for this more advanced class to build their skill set. Faculty Philip Hartigan Instructor of Visual Arts and Creative Writing, College of Creative Arts Schedule Supplies Participants should feel confident with their computer skills and may choose to work from their own laptop computer or work from a Mac laptop computer supplied for them during the workshop. Please note that if you are bringing your own laptop, for optimum operation, participants must have Windows 7 or Mac OSX 10.8 or higher for their operating system and must have the latest version of Google Chrome, which will be used for our web browser. Participants will be given instructions on how to register for their Blogger account in advance of the class. An IT Mac specialist will be on hand at the start of the course to provide basic support. Students should also create a gmail account prior to the start of the workshop. Instructions can be found below: Also, each student should bring a list of at least three blogs which they enjoy reading. A few examples are: Matt Gallagher, writer and Iraq War veteran: http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/remembering-mark/#more-35201 Katey Schultz, writer and artistic director of the Interlochen Writers Retreat: http://www.kateyschultz.com/ Fleda Brown, poet residing in Traverse City: http://fledabrown.com/2015/05/my-wobbly-bicycle-98/ How to create a Gmail address Go to www.gmail.com. Click the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button. The Create Your Google Account page is displayed. Enter your first and last name. Enter a username. This can be the same as your real name, or an invented name. It’s possible that the name you type has already been taken. If this happens, keep typing different variations until you find one that isn’t already taken (I know that at least 6 people have variations of “Philip Hartigan” already!) Create a password. Your Password is very important and you should use something only you could know. Here are some suggestions on how to create a Gmail account with a strong password: Choose something with a large number of characters, not only numbers and letters but symbols too. Do not use your name, your spouse’s name, or your birthday because these are the first things a hacker will try. In the Confirm your password box, retype your password. At this point, write it down so that you have a record if you forget it later. Enter your Gender. You don’t have to enter your mobile phone number, but if you don’t, you will have to complete the Prove you’re not a robot box by entering the text you see displayed there. If you can’t read the text Google wants you to type, click the Reload symbol (the circular arrow) to display a different code. The Location box should automatically say United States. If it doesn’t, select your location from the list. Check the box next to the Privacy and Terms of Service text to indicate that you agree. Click the Next button. The Welcome User message is displayed, indicating that you have created your Gmail address, and suggesting what you can do with your new account, like signing in to YouTube and subscribing to different channels. Click Continue to Gmail. You will be redirected to your new email address account, where a Tutorial is available to help you get accustomed to the Gmail design and functions.