Blogger Bootcamp 16 August 2014: There’s Still Time to Register

Are you interested in starting a blog to share your family stories and genealogy research Then, consider signing up for Blogger Bootcamp on Saturday, 16 August 2014. I’m happy to be joining my colleague, Thomas MacEntee, once again to offer this next installment of our genealogy bootcamps.

Below is the description of the Bootcamp from the Hack Genealogy website:

Blogger Bootcamp

Come join well-known genealogy educators Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee as they team up to offer a unique education event: Blogger Bootcamp! On Saturday, 16 August 2014, you’ll be able to learn from two experts on how to get started with your own genealogy and family history blog using the Blogger platform by Google (also known as “blogspot.”)*
Thousands of genealogists and family historians have discovered how a blog can not only assist them with their research, but also connect them with other researchers and even long lost cousins! In addition, some genealogists have successfully monetized their blogs – meaning their blogs make money each month – so they have some “mad money” to support their genealogy habit!
  • Learn the basics of using Blogger including how to set up a blog, what design elements and layouts to consider, how to pick the best name for your blog and more.
  • Understand the best ways to include photos and images as well as videos; learn the importance of comments and discussion as a way to attract readers.
  • Ramping it up a notch by focusing on SEO (search engine optimization) and other marketing techniques. Adding advertisements and affiliate links to generate income without driving away your readers.
  • Taking your Blogger blog to the next level by understanding the blog life cycle and dealing with issues such as starting additional blogs, changing domain names, moving to WordPress or another platform, and other technical issues
You’ll receive over 3 hours of educational content, handouts and freebies for the low price of $12.95! You’ll also receive access to the recorded versions of each webinar for up to one year!
Register by Monday, 11 August 2014 and receive $3 off the registration price for a low $9.95! Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handouts, the freebies and access to the recordings!
* While some general blogging issues will be covered, this event is specifically focused on the Blogger platform. A Boot Camp event in the near future will specifically cover using the WordPress platform.

Win A Free Registration!

That’s right. You could attend this Blogger Boot Camp for free if you are selected as our Registration Rebate winner! Simply register and pay for the upcoming Boot Camp by the early-bird deadline of 11 August 2014. We’ll select one person from the list of registrants and refund their entire registration fee!  No contest forms to fill out! We’ll announce the winner here at Hack Genealogy on Tuesday 12 August 2014.


Saturday 16 August 2014
Duration: 3.5 hours (with a 30 minute break)
  • 11:00 am EDT /10:00 am CDT
    Welcome / Meet & Greet
  • 11:15 am EDT / 10:15 am CDT
    Get Up and Running with Blogger
    Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
  • 12:30 pm EDT/11:30 am CDT
  • 1:00 pm EDT /12:00 pm CDT
    Taking Your Blog to the Next Level: Blogger
    Thomas MacEntee
  • 2:30 pm EDT / 1:30 pm CDT
    Closing and Thank You


Get Up and Running with Blogger
Presented by:  Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
Have you been thinking about starting a Blog but don’t know where to begin? Discover how to use Blogger, a free weblog publishing tool from Google, to connect with family and other researchers to share your genealogy research, photographs, and more.
A blog is a great place to share your genealogy research findings, connect with cousins, or promote your society or organization online. With Blogger, a free weblog publishing tool from Google, getting started is as easy as 1-2-3. In this session, you will learn the basics of Blogger including how to set up a blog, choose a relevant blog name, create and edit your postings, add photos and video, interact with readers, and much more! You’ll also get tips on how to generate ideas and create engaging content, general guidelines about copyright and privacy settings, as well as hints and tricks, and key resources to help get your blog up and running in no time*
*    Attendees will also receive a free Blogger Cheat Sheet.
Taking Your Blog to the Next Level: Blogger
Presented by:  Thomas MacEntee
Having a blog is like maintaining a garden: you can’t just scatter seeds and expect it to thrive without some care and maintenance. New bloggers are often puzzled by the tools and techniques needed to take a blog to the next level of success. In this session you’ll learn about the “must have” gadgets for your Blogger blog; why blog content is the most important factor in blog success; how to market your blog and finally, how to manage the life cycle of your blog.*
*    Attendees will also receive access to a Blogger Ramp Up Kit with tools and tips as well as an Editorial Calendar Template.
Click here to register for the Bootcamp and to learn more about your presenters!  We hope you will be able to join us!
Blogger Bootcamp, Copyright, 2014 Thomas MacEntee and Lisa A. Alzo