Weblogging 101 for Civic Leaders

I'm giving my first weblog class for 8-10 local civic leader bloggers tonight. Click "continue reading" to see my promo-blurb, with a few details removed since it's a closed class. And watch for stray audioblog posts and moblogged photos.

02.03 update: Class attendees last night, with links to their weblogs:
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Back row L to R: Rob Schanilec, Northfield Historical Society; State Rep. Ray Cox; Bruce Morlan, Dundas/Bridgewater Planning Commission; Dan Bergeson, NDDC Board.
Front row L to R: Betsey Buckheit, Northfield Planning Commission; Diane Cirksena, Northfield Board of Education; Bardwell Smith, NDDC Board; Margit Johnson, League of MN Voters Northfield.
Not pictured: Jim Pokorney, Northfield City Council, whose blog is not quite ready for primetime.

Mark Etzell, Adult Enrichment & Facilities Coordinator for the Community Ed & Rec Dept., Northfield Public Schools, set up the online class registration and made the computer lab arrangements.

Are you a Northfield area civic leader with a weblog?

Are you interested in learning some technical aspects of blogging that'll make your weblog better, more interesting to your readers, and easier for you to maintain?

Are you interested in learning more about the types of weblog posts that makes for a good civic leadership weblog?

Then this class is for you. We'll meet in a computer lab where each blogger will have a computer. We'll provide individual coaching as well as whole-class instruction.

Bring your weblog username and password.

Here's the FAQ:

WHAT'S THIS ABOUT?
I'm hosting a blogging class for you and your fellow civic leaders.

WHO'S BEHIND THIS?
It's being offered as a joint effort between Northfield Citizens Online and Community Ed and Rec.

WHO CAN TAKE THE CLASS?
It's not open to the general public... invitation only, going out to about ten of you. You probably all know each other. Maybe even like each other.

WHEN IS IT?
Wednesdays, Feb X and Feb X. We may host more sessions in the spring.

WHERE IS IT?
NHS Media Center computer lab

WHAT TIME?
7-9 pm

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It's free.

WHY IS IT FREE?
Because you're worth it. And the blogosphere needs you.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Reply to this email and I'll let you know. It'll be an online form via the Community Ed and Rec web site but it's not quite ready yet.

WILL THERE BE HOMEWORK?
Nope.

WILL I BE GRADED?
Nope.

WILL I BE REWARDED?
Probably not in this life. But I am working on getting blogging t-shirts of some kind.

ARE THERE PREREQUISITES?
You have to have your own weblog (or a group weblog) and know your username and password to access it. You also have to be completely sober at the start of the class.

WHAT IF I CAN ONLY ATTEND ONE OF THE NIGHTS?
Sign up anyway. The class does not have a scope and sequence. It'll be informal coaching, mainly, with occasional "Hey everybody, let me explain something that many of you seem to be struggling with" asides.

WILL I BE PHOTOGRAHED FOR a NORTHFIELD.ORG PHOTO ALBUM?
Yes, with your permission. So get your hair done.

CAN I BRING MY DIGITAL CAMERA?
Yes. I might even help you learn to use it.

WILL I BE BLOGGED?
Incessantly, by me and your colleagues.

WILL THIS BE FUN?
No. I'm a teacher from hell. But we might have fun after class, retreating to a pub.

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Contact me.


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Griff-

Any chance in the future that these classes can be advertised and provided for more general public? How does one get on your "list" to be invited to this class? Great Job on the class though! A wonderful extension to what Northfield.org has to offer!

Scott, this class was limited to bloggers who are currently in office (elected or appointed), and those blogging for their gov't or non-profit jobs.

I do hope to offer one in the spring for a wider audience.

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