Get Your Blog On!

Are you ready to stake your claim in the cyber-world, but don’t have a clue where to start? Look no further! For a limited time only, Andrew Haskins (Editor-in-Chief of Mnemosyne magazine) will be leading a series of seminars called:

Get Your Blog On!
Setting up and maintaining your own web site…
for the complete novice.

What you need to know before the seminar:
Nothing (really!)
What you need to bring to the seminar:
A laptop or tablet with internet connection or WiFi access

In this seminar, you will gain a basic understanding of networks in general, and the Internet in particular, and of the safety, privacy and intellectual property issues that concern all netizens.

You will set-up your own hosting account as your instructor provides detailed, step-by-step discussion of the many available options and features. (Hosting plans are not included in the price of the seminar; we will be using Host Gator, which currently has special rates beginning at $3.96/month.)

You will install WordPress, and learn how to create posts and pages and administer your site through the WordPress Dashboard. You will learn how to customize the appearance and functionality of your site with themes and plugins. You will learn how to maximize the speed of your pages (nobody likes to wait for a slow-loading page), and how to increase your search-engine visibility to attract new visitors (Search Engine Optimization).

Finally, you will learn how to add posts and administer your site on the run, with Android and iOS apps.

All participants also have full access to our private Get Your Blog On! discussion forums, where you can share questions and ideas with other participants, and where you can suggest and discuss topics for future intermediate and advanced seminars.

… and that’s all in the beginners’ seminar. At the end of the seminar, you will have a basic WordPress site (like this site), and you will possess the tools to–with a bit of ambition–build more exciting and complex site, like this one:

Click on image to visit Mnemosyne

The beginners seminars cost $60 for a four-hour session which will cover all of the material described above at a leisurely, accessible pace. Seminars are strictly limited to six participants, in order to ensure individual attention for all, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The seminars begin in early November (first sessions are scheduled for November 11th and 18th), and will be held in the quiet, comfortable and well-appointed classrooms and meeting rooms of the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco. Register at:

We expect the sessions for 2012 to fill up quickly, so register ASAP to reserve your spot!

About the instructor:
ALH at Palace of Fine ArtsAndrew Logan Haskins has been teaching for over a decade, instructing individuals and groups on a variety of topics from psychology to computer programming. He conceived, designed, and (with a great deal of collaboration with dozens of artists and writers) executed the online journal Mnemosyne—which he built with WordPress.


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