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Dear students, this one is more of a resource than a tool, but to keep things simple, I’ve included it in the series.

Moby has created a collection of music you can use in your project videos provided you keep things non-profit. The site is called Moby Gratis and is waiting for you here. Let me remind you that for your new media production adventures you can borrow a camera or other toys from Kai Mettler at the IRC.

Alternatively, you could go totally grass roots by using an Internet camera (the one you have for video chat). A simple way to do it would be to sign up for an account at Viddler, record your video by saving it directly on their site, then copy and embed the video on your site.

We already covered embedding media in class, but if you need some help, I’ll be happy to hear from you!

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Greetings folks,

Our next session will be dedicated to developing your new blogs! Let’s create some content that you can publish on your sites. Our first step will be choosing the focus of your blog. Variety is rumored to be the spice of life so any topic you pick is welcome as long as you don’t violate the terms of service the WordPress guys asked you to accept.

Please write a short paragraph that will be your personal statement on your “About” page. Expert advice on how to go about this is waiting for you on Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger site. Send me your introduction in the form of a comment to this post and you’re all set for next class.

A word of caution: make sure you don’t leave your email address spelled in standard format (for example, me@freedom.com) on your site. Countless spambots are roaming the Internet jungle looking for easy prey, i.e., your email address. To avoid spam, you can choose an alternative format: me {at} freedom {dot} com.

Here’s an example of how Paul and Derek from Inside Home Recording are using this technique.

Happy blogging!

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Hi everyone!

Next Thursday we’ll begin our exploration of the WordPress content management system and the miracles it can do for you as an independent content provider. We will focus on exploring the different features, widgets, and functions you can use to develop an exciting online experience for your audience.

This is also the right time to learn more about content creation and the art of blogging. We will be drawing inspiration from the best in the field: non-profit and profit alike!

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to Mr. Darren Rowse a.k.a. ProBlogger! This humble and soft-spoken Australian has a degree in theology and has managed to generate six-figure income as a professional blogger in three successive years. His site is a wonderful resource for those of you thinking about becoming professional online content producers.

Knowing how to write high-quality content for online publication will be crucial for the success of our course projects as well. Here’s one of Darren’s articles on the topic: “Writing Good Content.”

The rest of his blogging tips for beginners are waiting for you here.

Happy blogging!

PS The free resources I am recommending in this series have been selected solely based on the high quality and integrity of the content they provide.

PPS And here’s some advice on how to stand out from the crowd as a new media designer from Darren.

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