Aug 272010

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6:30–9 
So you have a blog — what next? Maybe you’ve selected your theme, posted a few stories or reviews, and uploaded video or photos. Or maybe you have done none of these and need to know how. Whatever the case, you’ve realized it’s time to take your blog to the next, more professional-looking, level.

This class will help you do that. Instructors Hollis Gillespie (legendary world-famous writer of legendary proportions) and Rick Howington (of TechAdvocates) will teach you the fundamentals on how to navigate your blog’s back-end system, impart tips for your blog’s theme and design, help demystify the quagmire of plug-ins, video uploading and video embedding and other tricks to make your blog go from blasé to boffo.

Some of what you’ll learn in this 2.5-hr.  class:

Learn the difference between (and other public blog hosts) and hosting your own site.

How to choose and/or change your blog’s theme and appearance.

A tour of plug-ins and and tips on navigating the bank of over 10,000 plug-ins available.

Wigets; what they are, and why you need to know this.

Social networking, effective tagging and other SEO tips.

How to read analytics reports.

What to write about, how often to write, and how to get in the search engines.

How to integrate social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) into your blog

How to place ads on your blog

Instructor Bios:
Hollis Gillespie – syndicated humor columnist and author of the popular Atlanta magazine Backpage Column. Gillespie has published three top-selling books  (titled Bleachy-Haired Bitch; Tales from a Bad Neighborhood, Confessions of a Recovering Slut and Other Love Stories, and Trailer Trashed; My Dubious Attempts Toward Upward Mobility) based on her blog, the rights of which were bought by Paramount. Gillespie is also a radio commentator for NPR and Georgia Public Broadcasting, the personal-essay judge for the Writers Digest annual creative-writing competition, a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, television writer and accomplished trapeze artist (not really).

Special Guest Speaker — Rick Howington is the owner of  TechAdvocate Solutions, a super techie who, nonetheless, can explain to you in your own non-techie language how to make your blog go from blasé to boffo. Since 2002, his company has provided full-service technology, website development, SEO, network engineering, and tech support.  He is also owner of LanternTec, a company providing B2B web hosting and servers for websites and application development.  Rick authors the Biology-of-Technology blog, a fun look at technology and people and how they interact.  He serves on the Board of the Little 5 Points Community Center, and is  a certified Spin teacher, and has been trying to talk Hollis into taking one or all of his 3-4 classes a week since they met.

Enroll Now! to attend the class on Wednesday, Sept.15   (Hurry! This class fills up quickly) 

Cost: $69

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(to pay by. check, scroll to the end of this post)

The Shocking Real Life Center for Continuing Education location:

cbp buttonWe are now located in the historic Castleberry Artist district in Atlanta! Click HERE for directions from your location to our new space at 327 Nelson Ave. #313, Atlanta, GA 30313!

Because we don’t do boring.

To pay by check:

  1. Write a check for the cost of the class payable to “Hollis Gillespie” and mail to Hollis Gillespie, c/o of Shocking Real Life, P.O. Box 89083, Atlanta, GA 30312-0083.
  2. Send Hollis a note at Include your name, email, which seminar you are signing up for, and the date the check was mailed.
  3. When Hollis receives your email, she will email you a preliminary confirmation. After Hollis receives your check, you will get a confirmation email notifying you that you are registered in the Atlanta blog course.. . . . .

We’re located just west of Downtown Atlanta. Our Atlanta blogging seminar students come from Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County. They come from midtown, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, near the perimeter, outside the perimeter, on Peachtree or north of metro Atlanta. That includes Suwanee, Lithonia, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Emory, Douglasville, Decatur, Chamblee, Conyers, Buford, Alpharetta, Saturn, Pluto, and the ocassional escapee from the nearest black hole.