Blogging course – Newcastle upon Tyne

I’ve recently been invited by the Centre for Lifelong Learning in Newcastle upon Tyne to teach a 10 week blogging course. Over the 10 weeks I’ll be taking the group through the fundamentals of blogging with WordPress, including

  • choosing a topic
  • registering a domain
  • setting up a self-hosted WordPress installation
  • generating content
  • building web traffic
  • monetization

and more.

When is it?

It’s every Wednesday between 6pm and 8pm, starting 14th January 2009, and is aimed at beginners, so whether you’ve just started blogging, or have been wondering what all the fuss is about, this is for you. It’s going to be very hands-on, and numbers are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment!

There are a few different ways to sign up:

  • by telephone – 0191 515 2800 (office hours)
  • in person or by post (I know, I know) at:

    Centre for Lifelong Learning
    2nd Floor, Bedson Building
    Kings Road
    Newcastle University Campus
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

  • or you can pre-register online

How much is it?

The full course fee is £72.00; fees are discounted to £57.00 if you’re retired, and £33.00 if you’re a student or on Income Support. There’s also an extra £5 charge for domain registration.

Where is it?

Here’s the location:

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I hope to see you there!

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33 Responses to “Blogging course – Newcastle upon Tyne”

  1. Gravatar of Dennis Edell 1 Dennis Edell

    So this is an “in person” course, like they will be sitting in a classroom?

  2. Gravatar of Agolf Cartson 2 Agolf Cartson

    I hope you’re not planning to spend 2 hours on showing how to register a domain? *LOL*

    Jokes aside I think it is a great idea and I truly hope that there will be a lot of newbies attending. I think that people are generally scared of making their own websites and that is a shame when it is as easy as blogging is these days.

  3. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 3 Rodney Smith

    Dennis: that’s correct, although more of a lab – it’s going to be very hands-on.

    Agolf: I hope not! But it’ll depend on the students – we’ll try to go at a pace that suits everyone. Two hours actually isn’t very long though – it flies past!

  4. Gravatar of Matt Helphrey 4 Matt Helphrey

    Very cool. There is plenty of need for a class of this sort. Id attend but its a tad bit too far for me. Maybe Ill take a rain check.

  5. Gravatar of Credit Card Guru 5 Credit Card Guru

    Sounds awesome, I will have to see if I can make it! Thanks,

  6. Gravatar of LED 6 LED

    Do you know any such courses in USA ? or do you have any online versions ?Thanks in anticipation.

  7. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 7 Rodney Smith

    LED: Sorry, I don’t know of any specific classes in the US – try searching your local press, or location-specific forums.

    In the class I’ll be covering a lot of the same sort of stuff I write about, and will probably write about anything new that arises during the course, so stay tuned!

  8. Gravatar of Oli 8 Oli

    Sounds interesting! If it had been last year I’d have loved to attend…

  9. Gravatar of Dover 9 Dover

    That really is an excellent idea and a really cool way to get people into the blogging mind state. Some of the tasks that are being taught can seem really overwhelming if you have never done it before. It seems like a pretty cool introduction.

  10. Gravatar of Atniz 10 Atniz

    This is awesome. Why are you charging them to get this knowledge? Maybe, you can sell your affiliate programs of hosting, domain, etc to them and make the money. Just a suggestion.

  11. Gravatar of Agolf Cartson 11 Agolf Cartson

    Are you planning on recording the session and posting it as a videocast?

  12. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 12 Rodney Smith

    Atniz: First of all, the course is hosted via the CLL – they handle the logistics of the venue and course admin, including setting the pricing, not me. I’d also rather be up-front with people about how much it’s going to cost though, rather than facing a potential conflict of interest during the course – being more concerned with getting students to sign up for stuff than give them the unbiased information they need. Also, strangely enough, people often value stuff more if they’ve had to pay for it…

    Agolf: no, I hadn’t thought of that – not a bad idea though. But it’s very much an interactive workshop format rather than a “lecture”, so I’m not sure how well it would work.

  13. Gravatar of James @ women fashion dresses 13 James @ women fashion dresses

    It is a good idea to have a course on Blogging. I haven’t heard about it yet. I guess one of the challenges is generating good content. Good luck.

  14. Gravatar of Seth 14 Seth

    Can you give me some idea of how the course time will be split between the first three bullets (choosing a topic, registering a domain
    and setting up a self-hosted WordPress installation), and the last three?

  15. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 15 Rodney Smith

    Seth: the focus of the course will be very much on generating content and building traffic, networking, commenting, and that sort of thing. We’ll touch on some monetisation options, but won’t have time to go too deep into it, I think. We’ll probably spend a bit of time up front on the factors that affect the choice of a topic, but won’t get too hung up on the technicalities of setting things up – it is an introductory course, after all.

    I intend to be quite flexible though and let the students direct what we spend time on. I hope to see you there, but you’d better hurry up and register!

  16. Gravatar of Fiona 16 Fiona

    I don’t think Rod will mind me saying that he’s invited me to do a guest session on non-fiction writing style


  17. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 17 Rodney Smith

    No I don’t mind Fiona, because I have! Thanks for the plug, by the way :-)

  18. Gravatar of Underarm Sweating 18 Underarm Sweating

    What a lucky beginners, they have tutorials..

    In my times, we were forced to figure it out, by yourself or your buddy.

    And good luck beginners..

  19. Gravatar of Fiona 19 Fiona

    Some people have the confidence to go it alone, others feel more comfortable with a bit of guidance. Both approaches are valid. If you have a skill, there’s nothing wrong with passing it on. I teach non-fiction writing. No one taught me that, I learnt from experience. Now I pass on that experience to others. I simply teach them what I’ve worked out for myself. If I can give them confidence to go it alone, then I’ve done a good job. That’s what Rod’s doing with this course.

  20. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 20 Rodney Smith

    Thanks Fiona, it’s true you can figure out most things by yourself. The difference is the amount of time it takes to become productive, and the mistakes you’ll make along the way – why not benefit from others’ experiences?

  21. Gravatar of Seth 21 Seth

    Underarm Sweating:

    I’m one of Rod students and I’m finding the course very useful. A lot of the recent modules have been about SEO and link building, and the results have been very impressive for my blog and website as a whole ( I’ve been working in web design for years now, and there’s no way I could have learnt all that I have without being on this course.

    Yes you can fumble around in the dark picking up WP and then self teaching yourself ways of broadcasting over the blogosphere, but the two hours I’ve spent at the CLL with Rod have taken a lot of the uncertainty out of the learning curve.

  22. Gravatar of Simon 22 Simon

    “Agolf Cartson
    Dec 17th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I hope you’re not planning to spend 2 hours on showing how to register a domain? *LOL*”

    Spooky! ;-)

  23. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 23 Rodney Smith

    Seth: thanks for the endorsement! I’m glad you’ve been finding it useful.

  24. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 24 Rodney Smith

    Simon: was it really that bad?

  25. Gravatar of Simon 25 Simon

    I’m only winding you up mate. I’ve learned loads from the course, didn’t know anything about WordPress before and now I’m building websites with it!

  26. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 26 Rodney Smith

    That’s OK Simon. Hats off to you for putting together your own custom theme in week 4 (or whenever it was)! I wish I could claim credit for that!

  27. Gravatar of Simon 27 Simon

    Well you can claim credit for teaching me the fundementals of WordPress and such bizarre blog specific terms such as trackbacks, pingbacks, blogroll, blog carnival. Put all that in combination with my existing css skillz and I’m invincible!

  28. Gravatar of Bizzywig 28 Bizzywig

    I believe you have another course coming up…? Highly recommended!

    Kindest Regards,

  29. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 29 Rodney Smith

    I sure do, Bizzywig – starting on 29th April.

    Glad you enjoyed the course, and thanks for the vote of confidence!

  30. Gravatar of Fleet Driver Training 30 Fleet Driver Training

    Can you give us more info about the next course – is it the same or a follow on from the original?

  31. Gravatar of Rodney Smith 31 Rodney Smith

    It’ll most likely be a repeat, but as yet I can’t tell you when it starts.

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