Lesson Plan for Tomorrow Night’s Byte-Sized Workshops

We’ll be holding Byte-Sized WordPress Workshops tomorrow night, Monday the 24th, in the conference rooms of the Big Pink. Things will kick off at 6:30 pm and run until 8:30 or 9.

After news and announcements, we’ll split into two tracks. The first will have three segments of thirty minutes a piece:

  • How to Breed Blog Post Topics (Kallen Dewey Kentner) - “One idea can lead to 20 ideas. In this workshop, I’d like to teach a journalistic skill that makes it easy to write from different angles on a single topic. For example, a topic on iPhone can be narrowed to have a political angle, an environmental angle, a social or welfare angle and more.”
  • Your WordPress Workflow (Judy Unrein) - “My biggest hurdle to blogging as much as I want to is all of the little nits that take time and add friction. A few months ago, I started actively looking for ways to streamline my workflow, using plugins, bookmarklets, and services that help me get stuff into WordPress with the click of a button and get it published with as few additional clicks as possible. I’ll share my tips and would love for others to bring theirs… we’ll generate a resource collection to share with everyone.”
  • Drink The Typographic Wine… (Taylor Dewey) – “Sure, you could pop over to the grocery store and pick up a bottle of wine with a fun looking label that costs a “reasonable” amount. And if you know nothing about wine, you’re probably okay with that, but in the back of your head you know that there’s more to it. To pair the perfect wine you need to know linage, location, varietal, age, and a host of other factors beyond if the label looks pretty and which shelf it’s on. Of course, typography is not wine. Which is a good thing, because I know very little about wine and that metaphor can’t be stretched much further. My point is, typography has the same depth of knowledge that wine has. This workshop will give the typographic newbie some vocabulary and insight into what makes a typeface, how to deal with typeface on the web, and how to select and pair fonts.”

The second track will be the much-requested new user workshop. Andrew Spittle and I will be introducing themes, plugins, and the different ways you can publish with WordPress. We’ll spend an hour with prepared material and finish up by answering any questions you might have. If you’d like to participate in this workshop, you’ll want to come with a WordPress site. WordPress.com is a good place to start if you need one.

Hope to see you there! Please RSVP if you haven’t already.