Dear President of whatever company,
You may not know me yet because I just joined the company. I am a recent graduate, and I want to help expand the customer base of our company. I know that this company will succeed with flying colors if we add a little something extra.
Now, I’ve been doing some research about the company, and I noticed that we do not have a blog. After taking a multimedia class, I have learned that blogs really help increase customers and readers. Blogging will help us connect to not only our returning customers but also with new customers. With a blog, we can: introduce new products; create interesting stories relating to our products; increase customers; upload photos of our products; make customers feel like they are a part of the company; have polls for new ideas; have contests; ask customers for reviews; write news about the company and/or about our community.
You can hire a social media techie, or I can possibly help out with creating our blog. I already have a design layout that will really catch the eyes of many. I looked up keyword searches that people search for frequently. I have a few posts already in mind that include these keywords, which would really help this company grow. I already have contest ideas. All I need is approval from you to begin this journey. I’ll take pictures, upload constantly, and make sure to reach a quota and possibly surpass it. We need a blog ASAP.
My blog is about mini college tips.
It will become a vlog with mini situations… so like a mini TV show in a Vlog form? I will ask friends to act out mini roles and create situations that a college student can relate to. I want to make it a humorous, yet sometimes a serious, vlog that engages many viewers. Some days I will incorporate photos instead of situations. I think a video log is more interesting than reading posts sometimes. When I’m tired and just want to relax, reading is great, but often, I enjoy watching vlogs more. I would rather spend 10 minutes watching a vlog than reading a blog. Maybe I’ll get enough subscribers and ‘episodes’ to turn it into a DVD set. hahaha
It will then evolve into a book deal. I think my book will be more interesting than photos and text messages. Tips are fun and short but meaningful. College students can relate and learn; high school students can learn beforehand. Graduate students may recollect and reminisce. It will connect to a wide population.
It’s all about commitment and self-motivation. After reading and learning about all the reasons and ways to avoid abandonment of blogs, I feel like it all depends on the blogger. If a blogger does not enjoy their topic anymore, they may forget about it, or take a really long time to update and write a post. The blogger can also just lose interest. If the blogger doesn’t feel committed or happy with their blogs, readers probably would feel just the same. The blogger needs to have fun and be committed. Bloggers might also set the bar too high when first starting their blogs. They might think that their blog will get a million followers in a few days, or they might believe that a lot of people will repost, comment, and talk about all their posts. Others might want monetary feedback. It takes a few weeks to a few months, maybe years, to build of readerships and followers. By setting the expectations too high and then not achieving it quickly, the blogger might lose complete interest.
Bloggers can set little goals that seem more realistic and approachable. With followers, maybe they can say 10 followers in two weeks and slowly grow it from there. They can create posting schedules and calendars to make sure they strictly follow a pattern, so that it will integrate normally into their lives if they want to blog for a long period. They should allow friends and family to provide feedback and comments; it’s always good to hear a little bit of criticism. It’s better to hear positive feedback that can motivate a blogger to keep on blogging.
I need to schedule my posts accordingly. I never know what certain days will bring. With a schedule, I’d be much more committed. I need to set a tiny goal every few weeks to keep going. I also should jot down more notes about ideas because I get great ones but forget all the time. One thing other bloggers (and I?) can do is follow blogs and forums that have similar topics. That way, there would be more motivation. I think more ideas can stem from others’ stories, and there will be more responses and opinions elicited- every reader loves drama and responses!!
I would definitely tell my friend to start posting again. I would even offer to give her ideas! I might help her edit, too. If her blog posts were that awesome, I would definitely bribe her with cookies or something amazing to keep her going strong. I would make her feel guilty about her readers crying that they haven’t read her posts in a while. I’d show her the lists that we read and try persuading her in any way possible!!
It’s sad to see how such a great thing as blogging has emerged and everyone interprets it in different ways. Bloggers discuss a wide range of topics such as: recipes, DIYs, reviews, criticisms, vents- internet diaries, etc. It’s sad that this question even popped up! What’s more sad is that people can’t confront the actual person and have to vent and write horrible things on their blogs.
I personally disagree with this statement. Why? Because everyone is different, and everyone is free to act as they please- as long as it’s not offensive or cruel. If someone has an awkward presence and dress in Christmas Sweaters all the time, it is not a reason to blog nasty things about them. Some people are rude, I agree, because they state all their opinions without any boundaries. But those people are themselves, and they probably should expect that someone will say something about them. We can’t all be on our toes all the time, scared that someone will blog mean things about them.
I believe in the Golden rule: “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” People should be nice if they want others to be nice to them. People should act accordingly and like sincere citizens if they want others to treat them with respect and kindness. So many people utilize their blogs as diaries…. they sometimes don’t even look for followers. I personally thing they should write in a physical diary with an actual pen, but everyone is different. Some like using computers more than getting hand cramps furiously writing. I rather furiously write and underline instead of breaking my keyboard. People are able to write about anything they want online, but they should try playing nice. If I end up in someone’s blog in a negative way, I’d say, “Great. That’s one thing I can change about myself!” Of course, after cursing them off, and then realizing that I’m special to be featured in someone’s blog. They took time out of their lives to dedicate a post to me. How. Sweet. But chances are I probably won’t know if an individual blogged about me. Most bloggers change the names when blogging about others. If they are blatant and open, I probably will not mind. My friends and family know how I act on a normal basis and would understand.
People tweet or update Facebook statuses about others and their good/bad experiences. It’s a normal thing. People have been updating their diaries with good/bad things. Crushes. Rude people. Santa Claus. Forever we have been writing about people ‘secretly’. No one should have to worry about whether someone will write about them or not. Bloggers should be able to, however, be more respectful to privacy. They shouldn’t upload pictures or videos or whatever about a person without their permission… At least keep the post on the DL, change up names, or keep it as a private post!
BlogHer is essentially a blog with all female bloggers. They have a multitude of female bloggers who post about all different topics ranging from horrible, demeaning Halloween costumes to how to bake apple pie. They all have a specific voice, but yet, they still their topics relate to the blog. They grew their readership to a crazy 92 million.
Blogher uses Facebook and Twitter. On the top of all their posts, they have two buttons for sharing individual posts. It makes more sense that they would use these two social media sites because Blogher is all about the content. They e-mail newsletters to whoever signs up. They don’t really make use of social media to the extreme because they are so well known. So many other blog sites have more links such as an RSS feed button or an Instagram button. Blogher is simple.
As an individual blogger, it is hard to get your content to reach a massive audience at first. You don’t have much funds or connections to easily and quickly connect to a million readers at once. You can work your way up. I believe bloggers can utilize social media to get their work out. They should always provide links on their social media websites (once in a while!) to remind people that they are blogging. This will gain readership from family, friends, and others much faster than waiting and hoping someone comes across your blog. Help from social media never fails. I know of a company who uses many social media platforms to connect with everyone, and they have gained readership on their blog and more followers, as well as customers.
Being that my blog is about college tips with subtopics like fashion, food, and study tips, my blog would fit a blogosphere of tips. Lifehacktips would have the “type” of network my blog and I would fit in. I would write about tips and then can specially dedicate a college section for me…imagine? I believe we would give support by sharing each other’s content, commenting, and giving a lot of feedback. It is great to have your work shared by a fellow peer. I wonder how Blogher keeps their writers motivated because they have so many writers. Do they e-mail them encouraging words? Do they feature post them? I know their homepage has recently updated posts- chronologically ordered. I guess that’s a great way to gain readership.
When seeing the word linearity, I automatically thought of single, one way- like linear lines (hmm, are my math skills up to date?). When reading her article, it states different features of writing that show meaning and show that one actually cared while writing a post. She explains some concepts like spacing, grammar usages, linearity, etc. I think Lupton’s meaning of linearity is a blogger who posts directly about his opinions without a comment section, or a news site on TV, in which people cannot respond directly back to the anchors. She states a CNN ticker displaying news constantly. This is a great form of linearity because people cannot input feedback, whereas, say, for a blog post, people can comment all they want and respond to different ideas. Hence, a blog is not a linear form, as long as the blogger has the comments section open. My idea of linearity is just a direct message, like a radio station. They repeat the same songs over and over, and us listeners have no great control of it and cannot directly tell the DJ/radio host about our feelings. A blog is definitely not linear because readers can refute or agree on a post and the blogger’s ideas. They can comment and directly interact with the bloggers. The tools mentioned are a great form of helping a reader divert from linearity because people do not have to sit there with the blog post. They can navigate around and not be influenced by a single post. They can look at other posts and comment on other ideas. They are not enforced to stay on one page, with one post, and just one opinion. This was a confusing article, and it takes a while to interpret. But overall, a general post should NOT be linear. It should also have great punctuation, quickness, and a good idea that people can comment on.
Bargh, John A., and Katelyn Y.A. McKenna. “The Internet and Social Life.” National Institute of Mental Health and by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Stanford University, 2003. Web. 11 Oct. 2013. <http://www.yale.edu/acmelab/articles/Internet_and_Social_Life.pdf>.
This long article, conducted and written by John Bargh and Katelyn McKenna represent the quick paced society and the evolution of the internet. I want to prove that the quick paced world wants quick information via the internet. The two describe the history of how the internet has evolved. They state that people today depend on the internet to connect with each other quickly. They want quick information via e-mails, articles online, or chatting. People want to know what is going on with others and in the world quickly, compared to a few hundred years ago, when they relied on slow morse codes and one way radio stations. With the Internet, people are quickly connected, and because the world is advancing, there are better and faster ways to connect with everyone. They conducted a research on college students and how they prefer e-mail usages. A majority of their clients stated that e-mails are great because they connect others so well and is best for doing projects. 4% said otherwise. In the workplace as well, businesses want to be the best. They want to adapt to the quickly changing consumers’ preferences. People want quicker information, so businesses provide their data online so that they can gain more people. Everyone wants quick information to stay connected with each other. Work places interact via e-mails and they also discovered the fact that there was less negativity through e-mails and quick, online information.