Blogging courses

 
 

‘I'm going to blog about it...’ – like us you've probably heard that phrase used ever increasingly over the last few years. Blogs, well what we commonly know now as the term ‘blog’, came to be in the late 90's and their popularity has grown steadily in the millennium. Blogs are defined as an informal writing space on the internet and can be about anything, really anything. Popular blog topics range from fashion and celebrities through to science and religion. Some combine themes and topics, and some are just lists of things or a series of images. A course in blogging will help you find out all about the blogosphere, help you to get set up, allow you to define your style and ensure you get that all important audience.

 

Why blog?

There are many reasons why people start blogging; perhaps you're interested in building a career in journalism? A blog can be a great way to hone your writing skills whilst developing an audience. You might be keen to get noticed in a particular career sector and have some thoughts and ideas that you want to explore with your peers. You might (and this has been done numerous times but to no less laughs) want to develop a following for your cat – their recent outfit choices and hair mishaps simply need to be shared with the world. A question a lot of people ask is do blogs make money? Some blogging courses will explore how to monetise your blog, but the answer vaguely is that they can if they capture the imagination of a wide spread audience. Blogs put you in editorial control and many journalists choose to have blogs alongside their writing, as they are free to write as they wish and run the stories that interest them without a looming editor. A blogging course will teach you how to be the best editor on your own work you can be.

 

Hot blog topics

You'll need to define your own style to stand out in the great blog-off. The wide variety of courses available will help you think creatively about what you're interested in posting. Being passionate about what you want to write about is our top tip (though remember blogging isn't limited to words, there are some amazing photo blogs out there!). Here's our low down on some hot blog topics for inspiration:

 

1. Fashion – Are you a dedicated follower of fashion? Starting a blog on beauty, womenswear, menswear or street style could be the thing for you. Susie Lau started Style Bubble as her very own fashion diary. Over 10,000 people now read it every day!

 

2. Celebrity gossip – Have you been caught lurking at the stage door? If you are up to date on where celebrities hang out, who they're dating, or what we all should or shouldn't be watching, then a celeb or pop culture blog could have you being name checked very soon. A couple of well established gossip blogs that have made their name on to many a guest list are TMZ and PEREZHILTON, they have this corner pretty much covered but there is always room for one more.

 

3. Politics – There is always plenty happening in the world to comment on, so if you have your ear to the ground on the political scene then this could be the avenue for you.  American blog, Crooks and Liars has had an astonishing number of views – The Observer published that it had over 200 million unique visitors back in 2008 and it can only have grown since then. 

 

4. Food – So food is your thing? That's exactly what Clothilde confessed when she first started her blog Chocolate and Zucchini, and what began as a hobby is now her full time career as a journalist. You can even find her books in the recipe section of any reputable bookstore!

 

5. Trends – Be that social media or technology, if you are always up to date on where these businesses are heading, then what you have to say people will want to read. Mashable gives readers the low down on what's happening in that all important tech sector.

 

How to blog...

There are a few options here, a course in blogging will help you explore most of them and find out what's best for you. First off you could consider a completely stand-alone website with your very own domain name, or you could join one of the umbrella blogging platforms like Tumblr, Blogspot or WordPress. The latter have content management systems set up and ready to go so that you are able to make posts easily, they also have handy mobile applications so that you can blog whilst on the move. Did someone say transport blog?

 

By Sarah Butcher

‘I'm going to blog about it...’ – like us you've probably heard that phrase used ever increasingly over the last few years. Blogs, well what we commonly know now as the term ‘blog’, came to be in the late 90's and their popularity has grown steadily in the millennium. Blogs are defined as an informal writing space on the internet and can be about anything, really anything. Popular blog topics range from fashion and celebrities through to science and religion. Some combine themes and topics, and some are just lists of things or a series of images. A course in blogging will help you find out all about the blogosphere, help you to get set up, allow you to define your style and ensure you get that all important audience.

 

Why blog?

There are many reasons why people start blogging; perhaps you're interested in building a career in journalism? A blog can be a great way to hone your writing skills whilst developing an audience. You might be keen to get noticed in a particular career sector and have some thoughts and ideas that you want to explore with your peers. You might (and this has been done numerous times but to no less laughs) want to develop a following for your cat – their recent outfit choices and hair mishaps simply need to be shared with the world. A question a lot of people ask is do blogs make money? Some blogging courses will explore how to monetise your blog, but the answer vaguely is that they can if they capture the imagination of a wide spread audience. Blogs put you in editorial control and many journalists choose to have blogs alongside their writing, as they are free to write as they wish and run the stories that interest them without a looming editor. A blogging course will teach you how to be the best editor on your own work you can be.

 

Hot blog topics

You'll need to define your own style to stand out in the great blog-off. The wide variety of courses available will help you think creatively about what you're interested in posting. Being passionate about what you want to write about is our top tip (though remember blogging isn't limited to words, there are some amazing photo blogs out there!). Here's our low down on some hot blog topics for inspiration:

 

1. Fashion – Are you a dedicated follower of fashion? Starting a blog on beauty, womenswear, menswear or street style could be the thing for you. Susie Lau started Style Bubble as her very own fashion diary. Over 10,000 people now read it every day!

 

2. Celebrity gossip – Have you been caught lurking at the stage door? If you are up to date on where celebrities hang out, who they're dating, or what we all should or shouldn't be watching, then a celeb or pop culture blog could have you being name checked very soon. A couple of well established gossip blogs that have made their name on to many a guest list are TMZ and PEREZHILTON, they have this corner pretty much covered but there is always room for one more.

 

3. Politics – There is always plenty happening in the world to comment on, so if you have your ear to the ground on the political scene then this could be the avenue for you.  American blog, Crooks and Liars has had an astonishing number of views – The Observer published that it had over 200 million unique visitors back in 2008 and it can only have grown since then. 

 

4. Food – So food is your thing? That's exactly what Clothilde confessed when she first started her blog Chocolate and Zucchini, and what began as a hobby is now her full time career as a journalist. You can even find her books in the recipe section of any reputable bookstore!

 

5. Trends – Be that social media or technology, if you are always up to date on where these businesses are heading, then what you have to say people will want to read. Mashable gives readers the low down on what's happening in that all important tech sector.

 

How to blog...

There are a few options here, a course in blogging will help you explore most of them and find out what's best for you. First off you could consider a completely stand-alone website with your very own domain name, or you could join one of the umbrella blogging platforms like Tumblr, Blogspot or WordPress. The latter have content management systems set up and ready to go so that you are able to make posts easily, they also have handy mobile applications so that you can blog whilst on the move. Did someone say transport blog?

 

By Sarah Butcher

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