2nd floor, 87 East Pender Street at Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

What: two courses: 1) Blogging for Beginners; 2) Family Blogging (all ages welcome)

Beginners: 9:30am-12:30 pm, Saturday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 29th, 2007
Family 1:30pm-4:30pm, Saturday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Where: Tradeworks Training Society, Downtown Vancouver

Why: Get your blog up and running in one day, optimized, publicized and connected in two! Each course is strictly limited to no more than 8 students, and course covers blog basics like:

· what a blog can and can’t do for you
· doing business on blogs/advertising and Adsense
· podcasting, video, audio, and text posts
· basic copyright law and accepted practices
· blog promotion
· community and joining the blogosphere at large
· solving basic technical problems, where to find help
· what to say when you have nothing to say/what to say when you have far too much to say.

Family Blogging covers these blog basics, with additional emphasis on defining boundaries, appropriate netiquette, family resources, privacy concerns, and using a blog to keep in touch with distant relatives.

Who: raincoaster media ltd, in partnership with Tradeworks Training Society.
Contact [email protected]. If inquiring about online classes, please let us know your time zone.

How(much)? $100 tuition prepaid only. To pre-register: email [email protected] and reserve your space via the secure Paypal link on http://runningthroughrain.wordpress.com/.

Blogging is the most powerful self-publishing tool ever invented; not only is it free and accessible, but it’s easy. Let Vancouver blogger and entrepreneur Lorraine Murphy teach you the skills to start up, maintain and promote your own blog. Whether you’re interested in blogs for self-expression, showcasing your professional expertise, personal journaling, keeping in touch with family, making new friends, sharing poems, or even publishing a book, this intensive course will get you up and running.

With class size limited to 8, this will be a program of personalized, hands-on learning. During the class you will create your own blog, tweak the design, publish your first post, add a YouTube video, and even some music. Then you’ll learn how to let Google and Technorati and other search engines know you exist, and begin to take part in the blogging community as a whole, including where to turn when you need help. We’ll wrap up with a lesson on effective and values-driven blog promotion practices and netiquette. You will leave with a functional, optimized blog and all the skills you need to take it as high in the blogosphere as you want to go. See you on Technorati!

Upcoming Courses: Corporate and Nonprofit Blogging, Blogging for Entrepreneurs, and Photoblogging (online and in Montreal, courtesy Neath of Walking Turcot Yards). Please email to be put on the notification list.

Bio: Lorraine Murphy has been blogging for many years, and her flagship blog, raincoaster, is ranked in the top 15,000 blogs in the world. She maintains The Shebeen Club Blog for the literary group of the same name, running through rain for students of her course Blogging to Personal Growth, and Blogger’s Blurt, a resource for beginning Wordpress bloggers. She Mommyblogs at TeenyManolo and celebrityblogs at Ayyyy! Ms Murphy is the author of Terminal City: Vancouver’s Missing Women and a former Small Business Columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and Occupational Pursuit magazine. As one of the cornerstone volunteers in the Wordpress.com technical help forums, she has long experience helping beginning bloggers develop fluency and achievement online.

Official Website: http://runningthroughrain.wordpress.com/blogging-for-beginners-from-zero-to-technorati-in-7-hours/

Added by raincoaster on September 13, 2007