Love Your Blog Workshop #1: Motivation and Ideas

Our Love Your Blog Summer Workshops start today. Whether you’re attending or not, join in live with your comments, post us a question, and be part of our blogging solutions…

Experienced blogger in need of inspiration? Wannabe blogger who doesn’t know where to start? It’s time to Love Your Blog!

Creating and maintaining an engaging blog can be tough in a crowded market. By the end of 2012 stats show there were 70 million live WordPress blogs. That’s 70 million.

What makes a blog readable? How do you stay focused? How do you kick a neglected blog back into action? Who is your audience and how can you find out more about them? Our Love Your Blog Summer Workshops are designed to focus on the various challenges we face through blogging, to develop and discuss solutions, and to take our blogs to the next level.

Hosted by yours-truly, the editors and co-founders of The Double Negative online arts magazine, Mike Pinnington and Laura Robertson, and led by passionate experts in online writing, journalism, editing, and social and new media, today is all about starting points, focus, defining your ideas and managing your blog.

Our first keynote speaker, journalist and former Regional Arts Editor at the Metro Christopher Brown, will be tackling “catching the reader’s eye: finding a theme, generating ideas that will get you more hits, and keeping focused”. Formerly a reporter for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, he now works for UBM, creating online content for a range of companies, and runs two websites in his spare time: The Twilight Zone Network and Video Nasties Podcast (see our Certificate XX interview with him here).

Following Chris is writer, blogger and multi-disciplinary artist, Amy Roberts, on “consistency, discovery and imagination: pushing yourself out of a blogging lull and developing a strong identity”.  From Liverpool, Amy has had critical and creative writing published in a variety of international zines, magazines and websites. Her blog I Never Knew You Were Such A Monster was shortlisted in two categories at the 2012 Blog North Awards. She’s also the current co-editor of the up and coming trash tv blog Clarissa Explains F— All (see Amy’s Art of Pop feature, I Want My MTV).

There’s no doubt today will be challenging. In between posing questions about ‘dead’ blogs, creative block and the creative ‘voice’, we will be presenting a series of writing tasks (eeeek). The best bit is we get to remain victorious in the face of defeat; bring on the discussion, uncover the solutions, and may the blogging begin!

Limited tickets are still available; for more info and to book click here 

Join in as we live comment (Facebook-powered, below) from 13:30-16:30 today!

Or join the conversation over on Twitter @LOVEYOURBLOG and with hashtag #LOVEYOURBLOG

Posted on 24/05/2013 by thedoublenegative