Blogging Workshops in Montgomery County

New River: known as the “second oldest river in the world.” It runs south to north, cutting thru mountains that rose after the river formed.


I hope to have more details soon, but in the remote chance that some Fragments readers might be interested, get out your calendars.

I was offered the opportunity to speak about blogging. The subjective experience, the risks and benefits, the medium as a writing and photography platform, the daily process of finding, refining and posting information that might be remotely of interest: these kinds of subjective matters I have no hesitation sharing. For me, blogging and writing have been co-incident in time and space.

But what about the history of digital journalism and nature of the beast today? What are the technical considerations (for mostly non-technical users and presumably audience members?) How is a post created to include images, video, audio? I have some user experience with those things, but Floyd County’s Doug Thompson of Blue Ridge Muse (and countless other less visible web involvement) has a much better handle on the how-to part of blogging.

So we are teaming up. Twice. At the Christiansburg Library July 23 and at the Blacksburg Library July 31. Both events are open to the public and start at 7 pm.

There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation, and I fully expect to learn more than I “teach.” Hope to see you there.

As is not uncommon, the image has nothing at all to do with the blog post, but was in my clipboard after sending it along to become part of the National Alliance of Land Trusts. It comes from the Grayson County transaction of the Osbourne property to the NRV Land Trust, preventing a most wonderful and unique piece of riverfront from become the site of a penitentiary. You can read about it from a 2008 Fragments post.


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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I think this lovely photo was included in your calendar I ordered for a bunch of friends a couple years ago. Are you still producing calendars?
    That info on the New River is amazing. “Before the mountains rose”: now that’s OLD!!