Blogging has become very popular over the years and has benefited many new uprising companies. Having a presence on the Internet will allow current customers an easier access to our information. Not only will creating a blog satisfy the old customer but it will also attract new customers from different parts of the country and the world. I have created blogs and posted them on the Internet so I have experience in this field. I can help the company create a blog page that attract new customers and satisfy the old ones. What must be done first in order to create a successful blog is to choose a layout. Choosing a unique and eye catching layout is the first step in attaining new customers. Vibrant colors, large letters, and different fonts are all ways the company can decorate the website. The blog should be updated at least twice a week. Updating the blog will keep returning customers satisfied and coming back to the website. Several tags should accompany each post. The purpose of this is so that when people search that topic online, the companies website is what pops up. These are only a few ways the company can attract customers with a blog. A blog is not necessary but can be very beneficial to the company. With this blog the companies revenue and customers will grow.
There aren’t too many options for me for my blog to evolve off the page. Since my blog is basically off of current events, I don’t think a book would work, or a magazine, and definitely not a movie (who wants to see a movie about the New Jersey Devils, anyway?!). Since I’m not sure if I plan on keeping my blog around after this class is over, I highly doubt I would do anything anyway. But if my blog ever adapted to being off the page, I think a vlog would be the most likely because it’s an easy, seamless transition from a blog. A good deal of sports blogs I visit have vlogs (whether it’s about the specific team it covers or the league/sport in general). Even ESPN has vlogs! The downside, though, is that I don’t really know how to edit videos, I don’t really have that much time to do vlogs, and I don’t know how exciting my vlogs would actually be. Oh, well.
This would probably be the most natural transition for me. Podcasts give you the opportunity to talk about a certain subject in depth while also allowing you to play other things, such as music (which is what my blog is about). I thought about this one for a while, and I couldn’t really see my personal blog becoming a vlog or a book. This is probably the closest thing to a live recording that I could do. If I did end up with a vlog, it would be me staring at a camera while the music played. Currently, I have my blog set up the way it is because I want people to be able to listen to the music and read the content at the same time. I personally find it the most natural way to traverse the blog, and it has really molded how I do things. Putting that style into a book or vlog would be impractical. Podcasts, on the other hand, are closer to recorded radio shows that are purely audio. Topics could cover a large range of subjects, and it wouldn’t just be me talking all the time too. I could probably get guests to chip in their ideas as well, which is much harder to do when blogging traditionally. There are a lot of new possibilities that are opened up with a new creative outlet. I know that there are more things that I could probably do with my own podcast, but the ones listed above are the only things that really come to mind.
Respond in a post on the course blog: If your blog could evolve to something off the page (doesn’t necessarily have to be a book or a magazine), what could you see it becoming?
I think my DIY blog would be best suited to a vlog- not necessarily my face and me talking about the crafts, but just filming as I do them step by step. This would probably be the best actually, more than a written blog. it would probably be easier for users to follow along and see exactly what I am doing. However, if you try to follow along you either have to keep pausing or try to remember what I am saying. So maybe a little list of the steps in the description of the video would work best. I love watching youtube videos of how to do crafts. Strangely I have never seen youtube cooking videos, so maybe the cooking half of my blog would get a lot of views. Now I will have to look up cooking youtube videos after class… There are probably so many great videos and ideas out there of food! I try to be a little funny sometimes in my blog to stay interesting but in real life no one ever laughs at me so I don’t think my vlog would be popular 😦
I talked about this in the assignment we had to turn in for homework, but I think that the main reason why people stop blogging is because they lose their drive. It’s not easy staying dedicated to one thing, and to blog for years and years on a SINGLE subject can be difficult. I know that I would have a lot of trouble if I were to continue my blog for more than a year. I don’t have enough music to really sustain it properly, and writing up posts is very time consuming. Some people need a time sink to distract themselves from the boredom that might find its way into their lives. Blogging is great for that, but it is important to remember that it goes both ways. A blog can both entertain and bore a blogger under the correct circumstances. If the writer is not looking for anything long term out of the blog, like say a book deal, then that person has zero commitment to it. They can literally cold turkey quit it at any time. That is the reason why I think people abandon blogs so often; there are no strings attached, and starting/quitting a blog is easy.
The main reason that a blogger would abandon their blog is that life simply just gets in the way. I know this from my own blog. I work, take 19 credits here at Rutgers, am in the marching band, and hold a position within my Fraternity. I barely have time for anything. And if for some chance I do have time I’m either too tired to function or I desperately need to just relax. It’s difficult because normally I wouldn’t blog if I didn’t have a good amount of time to commit myself to the blog.
To prevent blogging burn out I think I would simply post less frequently. My blog being an anime blog I could first watch an entire anime series and then write about it as opposed to writing about anime I’ve already watch and simply remember. It would be more productive that way I think. I’ll be very interested in the anime and at the end of it I’m sure I would want to share how awesome it was. I wouldn’t feel the obligation to do so, I would just want to do it.
If my friend has a great blog and hasn’t updated it in a while I think I would nonchalantly comment about their blog every once in a while so as to send something sort of like a subliminal message. Because maybe after hearing about their blog so much they might be interested in going back to it. If that doesn’t work I think I would just be very direct and ask them about it. Ask why they stopped or how they are feeling about continuing blogging so that maybe I can help in someway to get their motivation back. I would not push the limit though.
“all citizens, no matter how obscure, will have to adjust their behavior to the possibility that someone may be writing about them”
To an extent I believe that this ideology should be followed. However this is something that has always been in play. You should adjust your behavior to the possibility of anything. It’s all about the impression you leave on someone. You do it all the time; You’re on your best behavior when you meet her parents or put on a face (not neccesarily a farce) when you go to be interviewed. The fact is you are always being judged and someone will inevitably gossip about you and your behaviors. It doesn’t matter whether it’s on a blog or written in a journal. You should always want to present yourself to be a certain way in public. Why should that change at all with the addition of blogs? Sure it’s a different medium that more people have access to however if you follow this ideology you won’t have to worry about anything.
So yes you should adjust your behavior for how you want to be perceived but considering the work wide web, I feel that your identity should be kept private if you want it to be. You should have total and complete control over your identity on the internet and if someone else puts out any sort of personal information out there, you should have the right to make them take it down or at least simply take your identity away from whatever they wrote.
I believe that the internet is a place where anyone can come and share their thoughts. It’s a place to vent and a place to discover. That being said, I think that people won’t change their behavior because of blogging. It’s a little bit absurd to think that at every given moment, someone is writing something bad about someone else in a blog. Not everyone is a ridiculous blogger who HAS to share every encounter in their life with their audience. In actuality, I think people have already adjusted their behavior to the whole technology boom that’s currently going on. I see pictures from parties getting uploaded all the time with people crazy drunk. If this is the type of behavior that Rosen believes people will be adjusting to because of blogging, then it is clear that the behavioral shift has already occurred. So many different parts of people’s lives are shared on the internet that blogging is just another outlet for this expression. To say that people will behave differently solely because of blogging is an overstatement in my opinion; the internet has already drastically altered how we interact with one another.
Blogging probably wouldn’t even have the same effect that pictures or videos have on someone’s image. Writing about how an ex-boyfriend was involved in a drug cartel probably won’t have the same impact as a picture of him with 20 pounds of crack in his arms. That example is a little extreme, but my point is that people can write lies all the time when they blog. If someone is blogging about secrets for companies that could potentially hurt the business, then yes, something has to be done. However, I don’t think people are that gullible to believe everything they see on the internet. If it has to do with sex or whatever, then the blogger should reconsider what they are blogging about. The thing about blogging is that it’s going to be different for every person. If you put pictures up that show how this one girl you hate is being a total slut, then of course that is going too far (the girl should really reconsider her life choices as well). But if blogs get so personal that people will be personally affected at work, then the bloggers need to adjust their behavior, not ordinary citizens. Those are just my thoughts on the subject after reading the article.
Sure it seems like a cool thing to live blog and it’s something that I feel like I could definitely do but I think I would come to hate it. My current blog is about anime and what I see myself doing as a live blog post is reacting to an episode. Completely doable and might be kind of fun. One side affect though would be the potential release of spoilers for people who didn’t watch the episode yet. Though I might be able to avoid that if I just put a time and my reaction without any content of the episode.
I feel like if I had to do it all the time it would take my attention away from the episode itself so that I can type my reaction to what’s happening. I might miss something or if I didn’t it just plain wouldn’t be the same experience. I love watching anime and when I do watch it I never take my eyes off of the screen. It’s a hard skill to acquire but when watching I see both the subtitles and the animation; I can read and watch at the same time. That doesn’t sound too difficult but at first it bothers yours eyes. Adding writing a blog post to those two things I will definitely start to overload my multitasking abilities.
The only good things I see about live blog posting with regards to my own personal blog is that some of my reactions to anime might be funny. Actually I’m pretty sure they would be because anime is the only thing that makes me turn into a fan girl and I high pitch squeal at the exciting parts. It might bring a comedic aspect to my blog. Still I don’t see the positives being greater than the negatives.
My blog is about Japanese music (I think I’ve mentioned this over 9000 times already), and the one thing I will never be able to do is enjoy a full live performance by any of my favorite bands. The closest I’ve gotten is a downloaded DVD rip of a Sakanaction concert (which was btw phenomenal). I think live blogging concerts could be really amazing for someone like me who does not have the ability to see the band live. Whenever I see on facebook an update on when a Japanese band’s next concert is, I get really excited and then extremely depressed. So many things run through my mind, like what songs will they play? Will they do an encore? Will they play songs from past albums and maybe reinvent them on the spot? How will they transition from song to song? A live blog would tell me all of these things, and maybe even more. I would love to get live feed of a Sakanaction or World Order concert. People could post about the types of songs currently playing, how the band improvised certain parts, or even what the best live performance of the night was. Songs that don’t particularly sound good in the studio version could sound amazing live. If someone microblogged about a song like that, it would only increase my burning desire to visit Japan and see it with my own two eyes. On the flipside, if a band doesn’t sound good live, I don’t really want to hear from live blogs about how bad the concert is. Also, the information someone could forward through a live blog is kind of limited. A review of a concert might be more helpful for me. Still, live blogs offer a unique experience that might lack the depth of a normal blog, but more than makes up for it with the excitement of seeing things in real time.