On 11th June I received an email from Mr. Hammad Siddiqui mentioning that I have been registered to attend seminar he will be conducting to teach blogging techniques. The workshop was organized under the umbrella of Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Pakistan (which is a non profit affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce) .As I am passionate about blogging and already actively involved in it, I decided to attend it thinking that this is an opportunity to horn my skills further and to be honest my perception proved so right as during the day long workshop, I learn a lot and will surely apply this learning while blogging in future.
Coming back to the workshop, this workshop was conducted at a local hotel in Karachi. Approximately 20 participants attend the workshop. Two of the passionate participants travelled all the way from Hyderabad to attend this event.
This workshop consisted of two sessions. In the first session which was conducted by Hammad Siddiqui, participants were told how to develop a blog.
To analyze the story searching skills of participants, all participants were given a task to roam around the premises of hotel and come back with a story. The purpose of this activity was to emphasize the point that stories are always around you and it is the skill of the writer to observe his surroundings and develop an interesting story for his/her readers. It was also clarified that as a writer does not write stories for yourself instead write them for your readers.
In this changing world, online is the media of future.
Aspiring bloggers should consider following aspects before venturing in this field
1 Why you want to blog
2 How to find your niche?
3 Which platform to choose from (bloggers Vs. word press)
4 Watch trends
5 How to get quick & crisp information
Blogging will provide an opportunity to express your views, to enhance your creativity and get recognition. Like all other activities, blogging also demands consistency as reader is always on the look out for fresh contents and if fresh contents are not uploaded regularly on a blog, probability of loosing readers rises.
Second session was conducted by another maestro Ashraf Chaudhry a sales trainer, International author & Social Media strategist.
For any aspiring blogger, getting traffic on his/her blog is extremely crucial and Mr. Chaudhry in a very interesting and detailed manner shared the modes which if applied will help in getting readership for the blog.
Participants were enjoying the hands on training and each one was actively participating and efficiently following the instructions of the trainers.
On the lighter side, participants were so engrossed in their work that they have to be reminded of the tea break.
I as a participant thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity I got and grateful to both the trainers who generously shared their experiences & learning with the participants.
This workshop was all in all a very good opportunity to learn the art of blogging and I am hoping to get a similar opportunity in future also.