Its a very popular thing for bloggers to evolve their brand and blog by making it a video blog. Its simple, to just make the post you created into a video clip and taking the time to edit it. I’ve even considered evolving my brand and blog by creating a video version of my blog that would allow me to further connection with my readers and give my post life and depth. I wouldn’t solely depend on blogging or video but I would make it a collaborative effort so that I gain the benefits from both.
Since my blog is about the culture of hip hop and my love for celebrity gossip I have so many video ideas that revolve around interviewing people and elaborating more on my post. I could interview readers or people who have something to say about my Hot in Hip Hop segment on my blog which simply is a post about what’s going on in hip hop whether its a album release, tour dates, or beef between artist. Also, I could further my blog by including more styles and fashion tips that would work collaboratively with my Hot Sugar category on my blog and my video could show different styles and body types wearing the same outfit just in different ways. And, I could further explain why I gave a particular celebrity the Ratchet Award of the Week because my post about this category seems to be a little dry due to the fact I cant ever find a way to get how I really feel out in the post and I think it would do the post justice if the reads could see my expressions.
Thus, I could see my blog becoming something huge and major if I added the vlogging aspect and allowed readers to contribute to my video ideas. I think that its great that bloggers have so many outlets to enhance their blog while still keeping truth to the message and topic they started with. I also feel that every blog could benefit from adding the video aspect to their blog not only to add depth but to also have the readers feel more connected being that they finally get a chance to put a face to the post they reader on a daily basis. So I guess my blog will be going through a make over and Urban Manner will be transformed from the girl the popular girl in middle school to the popular girl in high school.
So we all know that everyone loves free stuff but as a blogger when you receive free stuff should you disclose that information to your readers if your doing a review of that item or on the company who provided the goods?
I completely think a blogger should let the readers know because at times the fact that its free could slant one’s view when writing the review and it also lets the reads know that the product was free so what they should expect and sometimes its not the honest truth. Lets keep it 100% real folks because if most people received something for free they would give it a great review even if it was horrible just based on the fact they didn’t have to spend their money to get it. But with me I pledge to keep it real all the time as long as the free item isn’t backstage passes to a Chris Brown or Mack Wilds concert (LOL). Other than that my readers can expect to hear the truth on my blog.
And moving on to the second thought about fact checking. I feel as though fact checking is a life saver because it keeps the credibility of the source relevant and makes readers feel as though they can trust the sources information and it also keeps those bloggers and journalist who would lie to put out a juicy story from corrupting the minds of us wonderful people. But as far as the standard to which journalist are held to when it comes to fact checking should not be applied to bloggers because of the professionalism that newspapers and magazines have to live up to . Bloggers are based on ones opinion and thought whereas newspapers and magazines are suppose to be an unbiased source for information. Bloggers are allowed to express themselves freely and can do so by posting a story they heard was true or post a thought that they believe should be true or will come true in the future which opens the door. So basically fact checking when it comes to bloggers still should exist but not as strictly as the way it applies to journalist who contribute to newspapers or magazines
In “Fact Checking at The New Yorker”, it discusses the importance and roles of fact checkers who basically spend their time going over published works to make sure the information, sources, times, and other things are correct. This idea of checking your work could be applied to blogging because like any other written work eras are bound to happen whether its misspelling a word or having a typo that changes the story just a little. The idea that people like this even exist was amazing to me because I did not know this was actually a job. I just thought news sources and journalist checked their own work and corrected it themselves if need be. But anyway, this concept of having someone else check your work could be very viable especially to bloggers because it allows to minor mistakes to be corrected and keeps the credibility of bloggers information trustworthy by readers. Because no reader wants to visit a site that gives information that is misleading or wrong due to something as minor as a wrong date. Therefore, fact checking could be essential the credibility of a blog and also could make it easier on readers to trust the information from blogs rather than solely rely on newspapers.
Levon Lloyd, Prachi Kaulgud, Steven Skiena. “Newspapers Vs. Blogs: Who Gets The Scoop”. www.cs.sunysb.edu/~skiena/lydia/blogs. 2005. Department of Computer Science
State University of New York at Stony Brook
This article compiles evidence and analysis as to why newspapers are declining and by blogs are the go to outlet for news. This article doesn’t point why there is such a divide but it focuses on facts and studies of readers and the audiences that newspaper and blogs attract. It also sheds light on how blogging impacts and affects newspapers and vice versa. Because when newspapers run a story it becomes a bloggers job to ask the questions that the people want to know which causes newspapers to give more information on that story. Basically this article shows the ways in which blogs and newspapers actually help each other out even when the two outlets think they are against each other. Also this article makes reference as to why readership of blogs by people are into pop culture is higher and why readership of newspapers by people are in to politics and serious news is higher. But overall this article shows factual evidence based on a study as to why readership can be up or down when it comes to newspapers and blogs.
Bloggers offer a no holds bar view on a range of topics and accept the fact that they aren’t always right whereas journalist are hindered by the thought of being politically correct but is that the definition of a real writer?
In his article “Why I Blog” Andrew Sullivan compares being a blogger to acting as
a host at a dinner party and I agree with him. A blogger is someone who evokes
discussion about a particular topic and embraces feedback whether it’s
constructive or destructive and uses it to enhance their post. And a host of a
dinner party is someone who brings up open discussion about a topic and the
guest at the party add to the discussion by arguing against or for the point
mad by the host. Sullivan makes it clear that when someone brings up a
discussion it is only right that others have an ability to voice their opinion
whether good or bad when he states, “To blog is therefore to let go of your
writing in a way, to hold it at arm’s length, open it to scrutiny, allow it to
float in the ether for a while, and to let others, as Montaigne did, pivot you
toward relative truth.” But on the other hand these two settings differ when it
comes to the factor of miscommunications because in the online world of blogging
people are more likely to overlook things and take certain statements out of
context which can lead to miscommunications and arguments upon a particular
topic one may feel they have more expertise in then another. While at dinner
parties people are in real time, meaning they are face to face engaging in
physical communication where if something seems unclear or misunderstood the
person can respond immediately and surpass the whole waiting for a response.
But overall the idea of a blogger being in the same category as a dinner party
host is accurate because both are meant to create environments where people
feel they can discuss and communicate their views and opinions. And it’s supposed
to be a place where people can feel free to be passionate about something,
whether it’s seen as weird or normal because the people involved in the blog
share the same passion. Sullivan states, “He can provoke discussion or take a
position, even passionately, but he also must create an atmosphere in which
others want to participate.” In other words, a blogger and a dinner party host
are supposed to take a position in the discussion but not deter others from
being active participants because in a way the participation from others makes
the blog and party successful. Because the function of a blog is to be a discussion
and informative site and the purpose of a dinner party is to enjoy others
company and come together for great conversation it’s a no brainer that a
blogger and dinner party host share the same roles or at least a lot of their
roles overlap. So I guess now a dinner party host can be in a way considered a blogger
and a blogger can be considered a party host. Therefore, this goes to show that
the internet age has taken simple things such as hosting a dinner party and has
created the same atmosphere and scene just in a virtual way that includes the
same elements just revamped.
Wassup, Wassup, Wassup folks! I am your girl Skylar A. also known as Miss Bombshell from Urban Manner on 90.3 The Core . I am a chick with a love for fashion, music, gossip, and celebrity drama. I’ve been causing a riot on this planet called earth for twenty years and it all started in Newark New Jersey on October 28,1992. I decided to take my talents and big mouth to Rutgers University. As you probably guessed I am a journalism and media studies major who practically worships Wendy Williams because she’ s so real (well despite her boob job).
When it comes to my loves I’ll be happy to break it down to you. I am a lover of great music because it gives my heart a heart beat. I refer to my favorite genre of music (Hip Hop and R&B) as she because a lady gives life to those in need. As did Hip hop give life to those urban communities who needed a voice in the main stream media during the livest era (the 80s). My all time favorite song comes from the dopest rapper alive Commons I Used to Love her .
Just like Hip Hop fashion gives me life, It serves as my vision. Fashion allows me to see the world differently and reminds me to never accept the norm and dare to be different. I am a chick who loves glamour but is more than happy to throw on some sneaks with a skinny pair of sweats and rock out like LL cool J. Fashion is just one of those things that will always break barriers.
But the two things that runs blood through my body is celebrity drama and celebrity gossip. And I guess that’s the reason why I was born. I thrive off of giving people the scoop on others who live a sloppy life (such as Lamar Odom, and Amanda Bynes) . But to wrap this up I’ll leave you with this . Miss Bombshell is just another side of Skylar, she gives you the real scoop on what’s going on and never holds back. So when you want the absolute truth you know where to find me.