Building a Blog in 3 Hours: Social Media Week Special

  • September 24, 2013 · 6:00 PM

We are trying something very different at this London Bloggers Meetup. 

We would like to co-create with you a brand new, multi-author blog all about blogging. 

We are allowing ourselves three hours in which to setup a WordPress blog live at

Everything will be done openly and with your input on the night. We want to build this site with and for you and give you the chance to contribute to and learn about blogging, whether you're interested in:


• setting up and customising WordPress

• installing a theme

• choosing and installing the right plugins to cover everything from SEO to security


• defining an editorial direction 

• creating a content calendar / plan


• writing blog posts

• formatting posts to attract search engines

• defining a search engine optimisation strategy and creating a set of target keywords

• creating video or image based blog posts

Social Media Marketing

• setting up social profiles

• sharing the blog posts to get traffic

And a whole lot more

If you are an experienced blogger we welcome your input. How do we make this a blog you want to come back to and read regularly. 

If you are a novice, this is a great opportunity to see what others bloggers do to get readers, but also to see how WordPress works under the hood. Which plugins to use, how to write compelling blog posts and so much more. 

Bring your laptop and you can work directly on the site as we build it. 

It's an experiment. We don't know if this will work, but we are going to try and build this site in three hours with your help. 


6.00pm - Start  

6.15pm - Intro and break up into groups based on your interest (technology, editorial, content, social media)

6.30pm - Brainstorm and get started working on the site

9.00pm - Stop and review

We are being hosted by digital marketing agency Forward3D who are also providing the beers. 

It's going to be interesting! 

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  • Minna R.

    I'm starting a blog on my photography website and am looking to collaborate with guest bloggers, who write quality content on food, contemporary design and new products, beauty, jewellery and accessories or anything wedding related -these are all things I photograph. I was thinking of having highlights with a link to your site/blog as well as having a link to my site at your end. I'd like this to be a really useful working relationship for both of us (in terms of a bit of Google love) so I'm really open to hear what you'd like to write about.

    If you'd like to chat about this further, please e-mail me on [masked] or connect on Facebook via

    All the best,

    Minna x

    October 5, 2013

  • Andy B.

    A good experiment and yes we did build a blog in three hours. OK so it's not exactly polished, but well done everyone for pitching in. Thanks Forward3D for the beers and buffet!

    September 26, 2013

  • Ana

    Very useful session for me as well. Thank you!

    September 26, 2013

  • Amanda A.

    A great evening, very informative.

    September 25, 2013

  • Bernie J M.

    Really enjoyed working on this "micro project" with the Bloggers Meet Up

    September 25, 2013

  • John T.

    Just wanted to say thanks to Andy, Yiannis, Bernie and everyone involved. Very much enjoyed the evening and got a lot out of the technical presentation in particular.

    September 25, 2013

  • Matt

    Well organised - and ambitious! I learnt a lot - many thanks to the hosts.

    September 25, 2013

  • Ravi G.

    It was good and informative. But, I felt that I should have attended the technology workshop as I have many technical issues to sort out with my blog!

    September 25, 2013

  • Karin

    I learned so much in a short space of time and it was great fun! Fantastic Meet Up. Looking forward to the next one.

    September 25, 2013

  • daithaic

    In great and stimulating company at London Bloggers MeetUp @ Centro3 in Camden Town tonight. Thanks to Andy / Bernie for organising and to Forward3D for hosting and for the beers!

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Richard

    Good to get together to work at something which will be worthwhile. I think I joined the wrong group and should have gone techie for stretch rather than content which was comfort zone.

    September 24, 2013

  • Colin N.

    We made a blog. Ok, it's a bit ragged about the edges but it's there! Good fun, great venue, very hospitable (food and drink - you spoil us!) and lovely people , as ever.

    September 24, 2013

  • Alice P.

    Thanks guys for your energy and enthusiasm. Maybe the blog wasn't quite finished but for my part a lot was learned some beer was drunk and I met some great fellow bloggers.

    September 24, 2013

  • David R.

    Really sorry!

    September 24, 2013

  • David R.

    And I'm another one. Can't now make it. Please contribute to though. David

    September 24, 2013

  • Robert F.

    Sorry, have to pull out due to other commitments unfortunately. Really bummed as was properly looking forward to this one.

    September 24, 2013

  • Zulfiqar D.


    September 24, 2013

  • Juliana R.

    I'm so sorry, I won't be able to make it today!

    September 24, 2013

  • Natasha G.

    sorry,won't be able to make it

    September 24, 2013

  • Heather

    Can't make it now.

    September 24, 2013

  • Lisa G.

    So sorry but can't make it tonight after all. Look forward to meeting you all next time!

    September 24, 2013

  • Stefania L.

    Must work on my projects, see you next time! :D

    September 23, 2013

  • Serena M

    Sorry I cannot be that far from home that night anymore! Can't wait to check it out and see how it turns out! Good luck!!

    September 22, 2013

  • Alice P.

    May have to have a lie down in the afternoon to keep my brain cells fresh for this one.

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Julius S.

    That is quite an awesome idea and the venue is amazing

    2 · September 18, 2013

    • Andy B.

      Julius is Italy's version of James Bond...

      September 20, 2013

    • Julius S.

      I am making an effort, I may be able to join you a bit later though

      September 20, 2013

  • Ravi G.

    I'm excited for this!

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Juliana R.

    I love this idea! Looking forward to this meetup, which is also going to be the first one for me in this group! See you all next week! :)

    1 · September 19, 2013

    • Andy B.

      Look forward to meeting you next week Juliana.

      1 · September 20, 2013

  • David R.

    Hope to make this event. If any of you would like to write 5 things for my blog then just let me know. David

    September 17, 2013

  • Matt K.

    Hey all

    I am looking for people to interview for my new business and marketing membership site.

    If you are a business owner or a marketer, I am very interested in hearing from you.

    I am looking for people who know a lot about Facebook marketing, networking, creating digital products, writing your own book, blogging, making sales videos, customer service and copy writing.

    Please pm me or contact me at [masked]

    I really want to come to more of these events, but we always clash dates with things that I am involved in.

    Thank you in advance and I hope to hear from some of you

    Matt Kendall

    2 · September 15, 2013

  • Ravi G.

    I'm planning o form a well focused group. Please read ...

    September 5, 2013

  • Stefania L.

    Hope I can get in! :D

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Leyla P.

    That's the same day as my wedding anniversary, but I'll check and see whether my husband will let me off ;-)

    My new magazine is called if you want to check it out. May I suggest The Glasshouse Stores, Brewer Street in Oxford Street?

    2 · September 4, 2013

  • Ravi G.

    My 1st time! my blog: .... have a look pls... see you all soon!

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • The Legendary F.

    Can't do Tuesdays as that is my Bridge night!

    1 · September 3, 2013

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