Friday, February 26, 2016

At the Library - By Sally Holt

According to Gary Dekmezian, professional blogger, the first blogs were really glorified online journals, and in all likelihood, becoming a professional blogger and making money online wasn't the goal. Since then, the blogosphere has evolved, and now people blog for many different reasons. 
Express yourself and share your passions
Make a difference
Share your knowledge
Refine your writing skills
Learn how to make money online
Build your professional network
Earn more exposure
Become an authority in your industry
Build an online portfolio
Market your business

For four weeks from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 3, 10, 17 and 24, Leah Stetson who is a professional writer, blogger, editor, poet and environmental journalist will be teaching, “The Art of Blogging” at the library. Leah holds a master’s degree from College of the Atlantic and has worked as a writer for 15 years.

Her publications include over a dozen technical articles on wetland science and policy, a humor/parody creative nonfiction piece in Geek Monthly, a top-rated nature blog with over 50,000 words of creative nonfiction published online. Her WordPress blog, “Strange Wetlands,” was mentioned on Maine Public Radio in 2013, and her blog, “Adventures of Fen Fatale” is a member of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

In this particular series of workshops, participants will learn the art of blogging in this workshop. Each participant will choose a theme or main topic. Genres encouraged: Creative nonfiction, including science and nature writing, first-person narrative/memoir, travel narrative, first-person narrative advice, for example, personal finance, health and well-being, homeownership, or a DIY projects themed blog. The blogs created in this workshop will contain written content in addition to images. Bring a writing utensil, notebook and laptop computer. Participants should possess intermediate computer skills.

Free. Space is very limited. Please call the library at 655-4283 to reserve your spot or email

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