I was asked teach my Blogging 101 class once again for the Michigan State University Alumni Association Evening College. Got all that? The class begins in late September, and runs for six weeks (Mondays, 7PM to 9PM). Teaching on campus is fun, even though I am not really a professor—but for two hours a week, I can pretend.
Like before, I will be teaching WordPress and WordPress.com. With two semesters behind me (four weeks and six weeks, respectively), this third outing should be even more fun. I will tweak my syllabus once again, and I might experiment with using drawings/comics to make understanding WordPress a bit easier (a concept I picked up at the most recent TEDx Lansing).
Let’s face facts: my droning on about the difference between categories and tags is not the most entertaining thing in the world (that title goes to Chris Elliot’s magnum opus, Cabin Boy). But, knowing what categories and tags do is important, so a comic explaining their use might be handy. Plus, it means I can hone my skills for my comic Clattertron (it couldn’t hurt!).
I might skip previous topics, such as using Feedburner, and focus more on the writing side. I tell my students, developing your own voice/style is the most important part of blogging. It doesn’t matter how fancy your site looks (and I promote simplicity), it is the content which matters.
And kitten photos. Lots of kitten photos.