If you're thinking of starting a blog or just beginning one, this course is for you. Perhaps you'd like to try out podcasting too. You can and it's easy. In this course, you'll learn how to create, manage, and promote your own blog and audio and video podcast using tools that you already have on your computer—no paid software or equipment is needed.
You'll begin by developing a plan for the content, setup, and long-term maintenance of a blog, and then you'll use free blogging software like Blogger and WordPress to put that plan into action. After that, you'll learn how to record a professional-sounding audio podcast with a very simple recording tool you already have. You'll edit the file with another free software program, add music to it, and then post it online for others to enjoy. Your instructor will guide you through all these steps. Finally, you'll find out how to record a video podcast. You'll use pre-recorded video to learn the editing process, and then you'll apply what you've learned to your own video file. You'll edit it, add special effects, drop in a podcasting-safe music file, and then publish it online.
Through hands-on exercises, you'll discover the benefits of using free web tools like Blogger, WordPress, Audacity, and YouTube. Guided by an expert instructor, you'll find that creating a blog and podcast is much easier than you ever imagined. And by the end of this course, you'll be amazed how much you've accomplished.
Course Revised February 2013
About The Instructor
John Agress has been active in the computer world since the 1980s and has been developing and designing websites for more than a decade. He was among the first designers to recognize that WordPress, which was originally created as blogging software, can also produce content management websites that can be updated as easily as sending an email. He loves helping his Web design clients take control of their WordPress blogs and websites. John graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communication Studies and spent many years as a radio and television news anchor, writer, and producer.