A lot of you know that I’m going to be teaching a Blogging 101 class at our homeschooling co-op this year. It’s a relatively small class—only eight 8th-11th graders. The class runs for 24 weeks in total (two semesters of 12 weeks), and we have one hour-long class per week. Not all of the kids will be blogging about books, but most topics can be generalized to any type of blogging.
Since the class starts next Thursday, I’ve been planning out my curriculum, trying to figure out all of the different things I should cover. And it suddenly occurred to me: I have a fantastic resource for this right here! I’d love it if you could give me some feedback.
Here are topics that I’m planning on covering:
- Introduction, Safety on the Internet, Sample blogs
- Choosing a blog topic, name, theme and platform
- Getting the blog set up: Things like Header, Sidebars, Pages, Settings, About Me, Favicon
- Initial introductory post (logistics of writing a post)
- Writing a review
- Content discussion – How often should I post? What types of things should I post? Scheduling, Memes
- Writing a discussion post
- Gaining followers
- Writing a meme post
- Commenting and replying to comments
- Social Media, Events
- Creating cool graphics for your blog
- Understanding stats, SEOs
- Procuring review copies
- Backing up your blog
- Hosting a giveaway
- Branching out: Things like YouTube, Instagram, etc.
What do you think? Anything you think doesn’t make sense? Anything I’m missing? (I don’t think I have quite 24 classes worth of topics here yet, even with a couple of classes of intro and wrap-up.)
What do you wish you’d known when you first started blogging? If you were in a Blogging 101 class, what would you want covered?
Even if your idea sounds like it might fall under one of the categories I have listed above, I’d love to hear it. Maybe I didn’t think about it from quite the perspective that you’re thinking of.