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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Blogging Workshop Part 2....

Continuing on from my last post, now just a little more about the enjoyable 2 hours I spent at New Farm Library yesterday.
The purpose of the workshop was an introduction to blogging and Jean used her laptop connected to the library's data projector to demonstrate various features and to assist in explanations. The fact that Jean is 'self taught' to a certain extent, made her presentation very effective...'she has been there and done that' just as most of the participants hoped to do. Jean showed for example, how to start the blog, how to set up the components, how to do a layout, add links and photos and discussed tags.





Now I've been a blogger for a few years now, but I use 'Blogger' so I was really interested in learning about Wordpress which Jean uses. We had a very interesting group of people there, and the interaction was marvellous. And even though I consider myself to have experience with blogging, I realised I had learned a number of new things yesterday as well as meeting Jean and the others there. So...

  • I learned all about the features of Wordpress and the systems capabilities. Naturally I found similarities, but also differences.
  • I met a Brisbane author Ryll Paul, who came along to learn more about blogging. Ryll has published a book of memoirs of growing up in Brisbane 1950-1970s 'Pebbles in the Road', as well as a recently published children's book, 'Friends of the Flood'.

Rhyll Paul; a lovely lady...
  • I found out that Jean has another blog which focuses on retirement.
  • Met a lovely librarian who works at New Farm library, who introduced Jean at the beginning of the workshop and who loves reading blogs.
  • Another participant, Wayne Paul,  draws the most wonderfully funny cartoons and now he has become inspired by yesterday's workshop, to start a blog where he can showcase his work. The link will take you to his website which features his recently published book of cartoons. 


Rhyll's husband who came along to 'support his wife' is explaining to the room 'his lightbulb moment' ...he had never thought of it before but he decided to start his own blog!!

  • I met another participant who runs book clubs and I think drinking and eating are involved as well as books in these clubs :-)
  • I discovered that our council libraries don't just run storytelling sessions for children or author talks, I picked up a booklet which has the most amazing list of events and sessions throughout the year. I'm now planning to go to a session later this month at my local library to learn about uploading eBooks from the library. And that is just a start...:-)

So now some views of Brisbane as we made our way home via Toowong (we had mail for one of the girls)...we went via the city so we could use the riverside expressway.

This sculpture was on the footpath on Wharf St where it meets Ann St...

Looking across Ann St, from Wharf St

On Ann St coming up to the Edward St intersection. The old Peoples Palace is now a backpackers.... On the right out of sight is Central Station...

Moving through that intersection now...

Still Ann St...King George Square is coming up on the left...the iconic City Hall is dwarfed by the other buildings (when I was very young, it was the tallest building in the city)

Crossing George St soon...ready to get on the On ramp...

The old Grovener Hotel on the right...for a time it was a McDonalds...


We're on Milton rd now. The walkway links Lang Park...oh all right! ...provides a link between  Suncorp Stadium and Milton Station. In the distance there are 4 Xs...that's the Brewery 
One view of the football stadium...


10 comments:

Dorothy said...
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Dorothy said...

How lucky that you were able to go to the blog workshop. Sounds like it was interesting. Hey, I remember staying at the People's Palace in Brissy way back when I was in my late teens. Won't say what year it was LOL .... Nice pictures as usual. You have a knack of making everything look really interesting. xoxox

shez said...

what a great way to learn Maria and how unusual is that statue,its quiet frighting,lol.xx

Maria said...

That would be a great workshop to go to....

Nanette said...

Thanks as always for the Brisbane tour Maria. I stayed at People's Palace as a very small child when we first moved to Qland. It all looks so different now, I can't believe how small City hall Tower is now....aah, progress.

allotmentadventureswithjean said...

Thank you for your post on the workshop Maria, It was great to get the feedback.
What I have particularly enjoyed in your last two posts is your travel guide. Now I now why I find your journeys so interesting. It's your powers of observation. Today I have followed your trip home from New Farm Library and although I use these roads all the time, you have opened my eyes to what is around me. Another great post.

Justjen said...

Great post Maria, I've been interested in wordpress for some time now. If I ever come back to blogging I might make the swap I think.
I always enjoy reading your blog - Jen.

Paul Forster said...

Learning to blog has been great. Lea introduced me to it 18 months ago and I'm hooked. Keep up the great posts, Maria!

BurntwoodFolk said...

Greetings from Jean's ("Allotment Adventures with Jean") Brother and Sister in Law in the UK.

We really appreciate your pictures taken as you drive through the streets of Brisbane. These vital shots of true Brisbane life is so often not accessible to us tourists. We feel as if we were in the car with you!

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to do this.

We are looking forward to visiting Brisbane once again and are now busy planning our days. Thanks again.

about said...

Really enjoyable Maria and thanks for your words about Wayne and myself and a bit of news I take great pleasure sharing http://www.facebook.com/events/341373305971572/?ref=22

I hope that I have posted this properly - it is wonderful news about Wayne's 'Crutches - What to do with used Crutches'... I can hardly contain myself till 17/3/13 U Magazine :)