Have you found the best way to set up a blog for you?

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There are plenty of tutorials and videos on the web that all claim to show you how to set up a blog, but are they the right ones for you?

And the reason why they are so different, is due to the way the 'teacher' thinks about blogging and how it should be taught.

This will depend on how easy they found blogging in the first place. If you're a bright young technical bod, an activity like blogging is second nature.

It's a bit like my daughter with a new phone. As soon as she gets it out of the packaging, she has set it up for absolutely everything within a twinkling of an eye, whereas it takes me a bit longer to work out what all those icons mean and what they can do.

Successful teachers think like their pupils

However, if you're going to teach blogging to someone who is middle aged or more, or is frightened of today's technology and how fast it is developing (because believe me, it is developing fast nowadays), you will need a different approach than that young web-developer.

Someone who has been through all that angst themselves. Someone who appreciates that teaching needs to be slowed down. Showing you how to set up a blog with more repetition, clearer and slower presentation, examples that can be related to, and using ordinary, everyday words with jargon fully explained.

The last thing your tutorial viewers are going to appreciate is a fast moving show, with the mouse whizzing all over the place, never resting long enough in once place to be properly registered before it moves to a new position.

Also neither can they cope with rapidly delivered examples with the options flicking by at break-neck speed, explanations peppered with jargon and suffering from assumed knowledge gaps. Not everybody is totally 'au fait' with the latest operating system and where the latest gadgets are situated.

I've experienced some terrible tutorials

(All in the name of research, of course!)

Only recently I attended a 'training session' for a new website set up at one of the schools I work for. The presenter was about 24 and thoroughly geeky. The recipients of his training were ladies from the admin office who were way over 40.

I knew from the beginning this was going to be a bad match. Immediately he assumed they knew all about website CMS and how it worked. OK they did a bit, but none of them understood WordPress, especially the 'adulterated' version he had adapted for them. (It was a very clever adulteration, suitable for a school website, but that didn't help the situation.)

Off he went like a rocket engine. Front and backend pages flew by, the mouse seemed as if it was possessed, and there were menus whizzing up and down, in and out, and much more. What totally threw everybody was when he suddenly went into the code area (without warning) to fix a glitch there and then! The poor ladies were reeling, and even I had a headache afterwards.

Of course I mentioned the inappropriateness of this style of teaching in the feedback afterwards, but I don't think the severity registered properly.

Don't worry, we're not like that!

And neither are the majority of tutorials and training videos! (Thank goodness.)

However, you will benefit the most from teachers who are tuned into the same wave-length as you, and totally understands your needs.

We have been collectively blogging for years! We've had to learn how ourselves, and having been through that demoralising process, we don't want you to suffer from the same fate.

So when we put together our e-courses and tutorials, we consider who will be benefiting from them. Our delivery style is slowed down to make it more understandable, and visually easier to follow.

We appreciate that things will need to be repeated, either by us or by yourselves, and as many times as you need. Not everything is instantly understood or realised the first time around.

Our 'lessons' or tutorials are delivered to you, you don't need to do anything difficult to reach them. And you can access them in the comfort of your own home or office, and in your own time.

Especially when it comes to showing you how to set up a blog

Taking your first step into the blogosphere is quite an occasion. You will be venturing into a technological world that may be unfamiliar. So it is important to book an e-course that ticks all the right boxes and helps you all the way.

That's what we're going to do. Our 'Start your blog in 2016" e-course (for one week beginning Monday 18 January 2016) isn't just a short series of tutorials that tells you how to set up a blog, each of them a highly visual journey that takes you through the process of creating your first blog, it gives you so much more.

We will guide you through the complexities of understanding why and where you should blog, help you create your first post and give you the confidence to publish it. Our reassurance will set up your writing, clear the fog of uncertainty and help boost your productivity.

We will collectively draw on our past experience of writing, teaching, coaching and technical skills, and adapt them for an audience that would benefit from a bit of extra help. We can explain the complexities of the web in an up-to-date and relevant way.

How many other 'How to set up a blog" tutorials do that? Not many, I suspect.

Interested? Inspired? Intrigued? Then click on the button below and let's see you on the other side!

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Alice Elliott

Every beginner blogger needs a Fairy Blog Mother when they're just starting out, who can “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. Alice Elliott provides technical advice for Attract Readers, drawing on her expertise from over a decade of helping bloggers understand blogging better.

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