Raising Children featured in @KidsBlogClub #DigitalParenting


Kids’ Blog club is a great site designed to encourage kids (and their parents) to get online safely, having fun, and blogging about the things they are passionate about so great to be invited to write a piece for them, about my new book Raising Children in a Digital Age.

[WORKSHOP] Blogging for Beginners


Would you like to blog? This practical workshop gives a practical overview several of the free blogging platforms on offer, the chance to think about what the purpose of your blog should be, and an opportunity to define a strategy for your blog to make sure it meets your aims.

In this session delegates will gain a practical overview of WordPress software, one of the most popular blogging platforms. WordPress is fully functional and very simple to use at a basic level, but offers a huge range of advanced features to those who wish to use them.

Who is the course for?

  • Anyone who wants to start to blog, or to improve their blog.

What you will learn:

  • How to define the purpose and strategies for your blog.
  • How to set up a WordPress account, and customise its settings.
  • Create a blog post, including headings, text and images.
  • The use of keywords, categories and tags.
  • What WordPress’s more advanced features can offer you.
  • Some strategies for blogging best practise, including timing, defining blog headings and encouraging others to engage.

What preparation do I need to do?

  • If you don’t already have a WordPress.com account, please ensure that you have an email account that you can access away from your own computer.
  • Please think before the session what you could blog about: a personal hobby is usually the easiest place to start, but church or community interests can also offer a strong pull, or blog about a specific event.

Contact me about coming to your Diocese or organisation. I can also adapt the material to work within a  longer timeframe. See what others have said about my work.

Blogging with @Tearfund for #TFBloggers

Last year I went to Uganda with #TFBloggers, as we sought to share stories of the work that Tearfund does, to encourage others to support it. For 2014, there’s an opportunity for 3 more bloggers to visit Cambodia and share the work that is done there:


Entries will be open from December 9th to January 5th – see the Tearfund site for how to enter.

Digital Measurement from @thatdrmaz

75eb832a1df755c3c4e4d3018020173aI like this letter and don’t want to lose it, so in total:

I can only thank Times Higher Education for consistently transmitting from the academic blogosphere via its THE Scholarly Web. I have been writing loosely academic perspectives on my own blog since 2005. All that perspiration, all that inspiration is paying off, despite all those hand- wringing meetings with line managers who “recommended” that this “output comes to a close”.

I’m not alone. Look: there’s University of Sydney scholar Deborah Lupton with This Sociological Life; Dave Beer, senior lecturer at the University of York and author of the Thinking Culture blog; and the lovely (if annoyingly spelled) danah boyd, the US social media scholar. All demand good and regular online readership. But what is the possible evidence of impact?

In a conversation over coffee last week with my favourite English literature professor, he concluded: “I get more readers (more than 1,000 from the States alone) to one of my reviews on TripAdvisor, and that took 10 minutes to compose, than my latest output in a 4* journal.”

And he’s not alone.

The thing is, just as every institution needs a serious measure of its mark of progress and ranking, the same should be true of digital outputs. However, they are often overlooked, ignored or remain poised for “impact”, which makes the whole process feel like it is waiting for the right Instagram filter.

Nevertheless, I have to tell you that I will continue to compose my little blog, regardless of whether it is high impact or not. Surely 50-plus daily readers is enough?

Mariann Hardey (@thatdrmaz)
Lecturer in marketing
Durham University

(B)logging off?

Puzzle pieces make up 'Blog'

Blogging for Beginners (Image purchased from iStockphoto)

Quite an amusing piece:

First, I have developed website-phobia (perhaps “retophobia” will become a recognised psycho-malady of our times, like post-traumatic stress disorder and Gulf War syndrome). Gremlins have devoured some of my students’ grades and a letter of recommendation for a job applicant. I have suffered financial hardship because of the security system my bank uses to protect my account from me. The risibly named “Executive Club” website of British Airways has condemned me to even worse afflictions than those the airport-bound usually suffer. On other sites I have wasted hours – in total, it seems more like months – trying to elude error messages that tell me my log-in details are unrecognisable or that my application has timed out owing to the site’s intractability. I have stuffed my head with pointless passwords for unnavigable sites. Why should one need a password to book a seat at the ballet or a table at a cafe? The multiplication of footling security imperils its own purpose by forcing one to write down all the supposedly secret glyphs that might guide intruders into the deepest recesses of one’s life. I have no more time for time-saving technology. I have refilled my inkwell.

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