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Launch Your First Blog

  • Students will be introduced to the blog as a versatile platform and portfolio opportunity.
  • Students will use the design thinking process to take their ideas from concept to execution.
  • Students will gain an understanding of how to curate their own brand, narrative, and voice with the blog as their platform.
  • By the end, students will have a fully functional, live blog on a subject of their choice with which to showcase their unique perspective and passions!
Schedule
Flexible based on student's needs
Tuition
$85 per hour
Lesson length
60 minutes (recommended)
Students enrolled with the following partners may be able to register for free by applying for a scholarship.
You’ll be able to request a scholarship application during registration.
Scholarships available for community partners
Location
Virtual, join from anywhere!
Class size
Private 1:1
Want to showcase your passion to the masses, but not too sure how?
Start a blog! This course serves as a step-by-step guide for creating and maintaining your own blog, all with the guidance of an experienced mentor! Whether you want to interview giants in any field, craft riveting investigative journalism, or showcase your creative writing, a blog presents a great opportunity to take a deep dive into a passion of your choosing, then share your learning with others! Work alongside a mentor to go from conception to product: from identifying your niche and crafting a mission statement to creating a landing page and posting your first article. By the end of this course, you’ll have a living site that will be both a platform to showcase your creativity and a useful portfolio for years to come!

Explore the curriculum

The Who, What, Where, and Why of Blog Creation
Students will explore the blog as a medium: what its purpose is, how it can serve as a useful platform for expression, and why past blogs have been successful. Students will later take cues from these blogs as they craft their own. By the end of this lesson, students will begin the process of blog creation, refining their own site idea and crafting their “why” that will serve as a north star for the project.
Crafting Your “About Me”
Students will workshop their “About Me” page, ensuring they have a strong mission statement and clearly-identified purpose for the project. They will brainstorm names, niches, and the tone they’d like to curate. To those ends, students will create their own mood boards and decide where to host their blog.
Organization is Key! Creating a Content Calendar
Students decide which type of content best suits their purpose, whether they decide to write interviews, informational essays, public journaling, or any creative writing medium of their choosing. Students will also create a content calendar that sets a detailed timeline, ensuring they set aside adequate time for each necessary input to their finished product (a full article). This is where students explore how to achieve their mission statement.
Design and Conquer!
Students learn how to personalize their sites and curate their desired tone. This lesson will get into the nitty gritty of blog creation, from how to create a navigation bar, name a page, choose a theme, and ensure they’re including all necessary information to make the user experience as enjoyable as possible. Students have done the hard conceptual work, now it’s time to have fun with the design!
Workshop your First Blog Piece
Now that students have planned their articles and set the scene on their site, it’s time to turn to writing! Students will enter this lesson with their first full blog piece–as developed over the course of the past few weeks–and receive detailed feedback on structure and style from a qualified mentor. By the end of this lesson, they’ll have an article that is focused and poignant!
3…2…1…Launch!
This is the final stage of the launch process, as students make any last changes to their landing page and, at long last, publish their first article to the site! This lesson will also focus on blog maintenance: where do we go from here, and how can we keep this blog alive and relevant, serving its purpose for years to come?

Frequently asked questions

What age range is this offering best suited for?

Mentors will adjust the course material to meet different age levels. We have different levels for this course for ages 9-11, 12-15, and 16-18.

Does my child need to have experience with this topic?

No! The course is designed and curated by mentors to be accessible to all levels of experience–including no experience at all.

Can I customize this course further?

Of course! Mentors will work with students to customize the course to their exact interests and ideas.

How adaptable is the course? Can my child take something similar to this that is not this exact syllabus?

Absolutely! Our mentors always adapt courses to best suit the goals and interests of their students. The syllabus is simply a jumping-off point!

Can students take this course together in a group or is it 1:1?

This is intended to be a private 1:1 guided exploration. However, if you have a friend or group of friends that you would like to take this with, please reach out to us and we will make it work!

How much of a role will the mentor play in the course?

The mentor will be a thought partner and guide for the student. The mentor will create slides to teach the student background knowledge and share videos, articles, podcasts, and other resources to introduce the student to new concepts. Like all student-driven Curious Cardinals courses, mentors will curate the course content to a student’s specific passions. The course will be honed to address each student’s unique interests and ideas.

Do I get to choose which mentor leads the course or is it set?

After giving us your preferences, students will be presented with a mentor we recommend as the best fit based on shared interests. If you do not like the mentor we recommend, students can “fire” their mentor and be introduced to a new one!

Can this course be extended? 

Yes! After the initial four lessons, mentors will guide students to dive deeper into a more niche topic area that they discovered through the current course.