Starting a blog: a short course with SeniorNet Wellington

wilting delphinium flowers and words: joy of blogging

Today I’m giving a talk to the volunteers of SeniorNet (Wellington): Starting a blog. It’s to forewarn them about a short course I’m doing with SeniorNet on this topic soon. Starting a personal blog can bring creative and social rewards—both powerful benefits for older people in isolation.

If you’re in Wellington and belong to SeniorNet, here are the details — just three morning sessions at this stage. Let your friends know, if they’re interested.

  • Bring your own device, preferably a laptop.
  • There’ll be a demonstration, then you’ll work on your own blog, then we’ll have more discussion.
  • Expect homework 🙂

Wed. 26 August What’s blogging and why do people do it?

A guide to personal blogging as an easy tool for self-expression, learning, teaching, helping, and a virtual social life. Bring your laptop, start planning and create a WordPress account. Homework: reading other WP blogs.

Wed. 2 September Start your WordPress blog 

It’s free and fun and safe, and every mistake can be fixed. Homework: posting on your blog.

Thurs. 17 September Make friends through your blog

How to gather readers and engage with them: you’ll leave comments on compatible blogs. (Half of older bloggers value the online companionship of blogging above all.)

Grape hyacinth flowers (Public Domain)

6 thoughts on “Starting a blog: a short course with SeniorNet Wellington

  1. Sadje says:

    This is a great step Rachel. All the best. Blogging at any age is good but mostly so when people have more time on their hands.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That’s for sure, time is required! Not sure if anyone will come because it’s soooo cold and wet and windy this morning.

      1. Sadje says:

        I hope they do because you’re a good teacher.

  2. Awesome initiative! Hope people will brave the weather!

  3. Judith Davey says:

    any chance this would make it possible for me to comment on your blog?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      You just did. Yay.

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