Episode 64: Customise Your Microblog with Miraz Jordan, aka @Miraz
This week, Miraz Jordan returns to the podcast to talk about her new project, How To Customise Micro.blog. She first appeared on Micro Monday Episode 35.
Miraz tells us how she went from a teaching career to creating her own business as an internet instructor and co-authoring a book on Word Press. Then we take a look at the tutorials she’s created, starting with basic customizations that don’t require any special skills or experience. Miraz also recommends folks check out Mars Edit, the blogging software by Daniel Jalkut, which she used to author all the posts on How To Customise Micro.blog.
At 35 minutes, this episode is a bit longer than a typical Micro Monday, but for those interested in learning more about customizing their microblogs, there is a lot of great information to help you get started. (There is also a quail update.)
In this episode
- 00:51 - Who is Miraz Jordan ?
- 02:50 - What is Miraz Jordan's background?
- 08:54 - Why does Miraz Jordan enjoy helping beginners ?
- 12:08 - How did Miraz Jordan decide to create an entire site of tutorials ?
- 16:15 - For people new to Miraz Jordan's site, where should they start?
- 18:09 - How is the page organized?
- 22:37 - How should people start out with microblogging?
- 24:05 - Is the comments section useful?
- 29:57 - Where can questions or requests for Miraz be directed?
Smash Notes summary for this episode
Who is Miraz Jordan ?
She is located on the coast of New Zealand and spent many years working on tech related blogs. She is now working on microblogs and sharing tips and tutorials.
What is Miraz Jordan's background?
She started out as a journalism teacher. She then got involved in an adult literacy organization that had a Mac, which peaked her interest. Miraz dove in to understanding computers and the internet and helping beginners with using technology.
Why does Miraz Jordan enjoy helping beginners ?
She realized that she can make a big difference in teaching beginners things that others may assume they already know.
How did Miraz Jordan decide to create an entire site of tutorials ?
Miraz didn't like some of the formatting on her blog and started exploring with ways to make changes. From there, she started experimenting and learning. "Scratching her own itch" got her started.
For people new to Miraz Jordan's site, where should they start?
They should go to the "Archive" section and explore from there.
How is the page organized?
As one works through the tutorials, content from oldest to newest tends to get a bit harder.
How should people start out with microblogging?
Going with the basic micro.blog themes and writing nothing out of the parameters of what the site supports is a good place to begin. Worry about styling later. The important thing is to get the content out there initially.
Is the comments section useful?
Yes! They are not intended to be seen for people viewing your webpage. For example, one can make a note if using HTML from someone else's site to remember where the information was found if there are issues, etc.