Mr. President of The Company I Work For,
My name is Donna and I’ve just started working here at The Company That I Work For. I’m really enjoying the environment and the work that we do. However it has come to my attention that we do not have a presence on social media. I know we have our website but I feel like we are really missing out on a great opportunity. Social media has many advantages that will help get our name out there.
There are 3 kinds of social media that I’d would like you to consider; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
As you must know Facebook is a very popular platform for networking. If we created a Facebook group for our company we could share it across a much bigger audience than we could by our methods now. We can gain likes and followers so that we can keep our customers updated on the latest coming out of our company’s doors. This is also a great way to receive feedback on our customers through comments so that we can continue to improve ourselves for better sales.
Next Twitter. It’s the next biggest things after Facebook, and in some ways even bigger than Facebook because of it’s microblogging format. Tweeting facts about our company or quotes from customer feedback would be a phenomenal way to get our name out there. Not only would people see our Tweets but they have the possibility of retweeting them. It’s a great tool to get our products out to those people we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to reach. You wouldn’t have to worry about finding people to see the Tweet initially at first either. You just have to tag a Tweet to categorize it and then people will find it based on that.
Instagram is something like Twitter except instead of 140 characters to write something you get a small square to take a picture with some kind of caption. You can utilize tagging in the same way we would on Twitter and when people find our Instagram posts they would be able to see a great visual representation of our company as opposed to words. Some people out there respond more with a visual aid and I believe it would be important to incorporate this into our company.
The benefits of these platforms are astronomical and I truly believe that should we invest in them it will do wonders for the way we market ourselves.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this proposal. I look forward to hearing from you about it.
An Employee of The Company I Work For
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.
If my blog were to come off of the page and become something else it would be…
- A list of rated anime maybe presented in vlog format.
- A series of videos with my acting out the animes within a few minutes. (one per video)
- A vlog of my hilarious facial expressions while watching anime. (live vlogging?)
- A book with brief descriptions of anime.
I can’t really think of anything else that it could become. Being that it is a very specific blog I can’t really have it be that flexible. These ideas in themselves are also ideas that I would never actually go through with. I’m not really a vlog kind of person.
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!!
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.
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.
Live Blogging will help me become extra passionate and extra emotional… If, for example, I were to be live blogging about a music performance, I would make unnecessary comments like, “You messed up at this part,” or, “You look gorgeous I might cry!” Live blogging is pretty exciting, and I feel like a majority of the world partakes in this phenomenon due to Twitter and Facebook. People can post short statuses and updates about anything they are doing, and it is, in fact, a form of live blogging. Live blogging does bring out the best and worst in us. Live blogging is basically our thoughts being uploaded on a social media site to make it official.
The positives of live blogging are quite grand. People get updates and feel like they are a part of the story. People can contribute. It is exciting to learn about different topics. Some people might be missing the VMAs or a TV show, and if they don’t mind spoilers, they might catch up quickly on the happenings in a matter of minutes. Live blogging keeps everyone engaged and updated.
The negatives of live blogging are the spoilers. If people want to physically sit down and watch a show, then they should stay away from live blogging. There might be too much. Everyone constantly updates all the time, and there might be too much information of different opinions. Which shows that not all live blogging includes true information. Some information could be made up, just to get more readers.
All in all, I feel as if live blogging is a great thing. It seems fun to constantly update my feelings about a specific topic. I show so many emotions watching award shows and my TV shows, so why not share it with the world? It’s great to be updated every few minutes, especially if the certain news that is getting live blogged is crucial.
“Live blogs provide commentary and analysis alongside breaking news rather than summarizing the event after it is over” is the description of live blogging as defined by Roy Greenslade. Live blogging has become a huge trend especially to this new generation where the majority is always on the go and multi tasking. In other words, Live blogging is a quick and easy way to get current information about what is happening in less time rather than wait a few hours to read a large text and this is exactly why is has be shown the high demand and the popularity of live blogging.
Roy brings a great point up describing that Live blogging provides the reader with quick and accessible news at any place more specifically at work where reader are supposed to be working instead of reading the news. I personally see this happening to many friends when they are in class and there is a very important soccer game on. Many of them access live blogging websites where they provide live news in of scores and key moves that is happening during the event. This type of website allows one to do two or more things at the same time such as writing an essay using half the screen and the other half of the screen reading quick phrases of scores and special actions taken during a certain game.
A second point that Roy brings that is extremely important that makes live blogging so popular is the idea of “involvement”. What does he mean by this? He states that readers don’t just simply watch or look at live blogs they also tend to get involved a lot of times by their comments. Most live blogs that I have visited have a chat room on the side of the news where users are constantly chatting with one another and bringing up different comments and different ideas that have been just presented on the live blog. This brings massive interaction and involvement between users and in addition it makes people more connected in a way.
Of course there are many advantages to live blogging, but we cannot forget the downsides of this new type of delivery information. Roy emphasizes that the downside of this type of blogging is that the information a lot of times are not fully complete. Since the main goal is to provide quick and accessible news features, one might not get the full scope of the information like they would if they were live at the location or reading a full text on the topic.
I believe this type of blogging should not be the only source of information one should be reading. Instead readers should use live blogging as a foundation for the most recent information and latter read more about the news to fully understand what is happening and get the full insights about the information that they are reading. If you haven’t tried yet live blogging, you should definitely experience this new way of getting quick and short information throughout the duration of an event or a news story that supports such platform. You can even create your own live blog when doing a presentation and incorporate this type of tool. WordPress has its on plugin and below are a few websites that incorporates live blogging.
Curators are people who research and maintain content. They decide when a certain piece of work will be displayed to the public. They always make sure the public sees new works. Bloggers, for the most part, are, in essence, curators. They decide which content to publish. Bloggers can use editorial calendars to post different topics that will fit well with a certain month or week. Bloggers, themselves, maintain what content to publish and show to the public- readers. Cooking bloggers who test different recipes, tweak it to make it the best, and post their results and instructions are curators. Tech bloggers who always test new devices and post feedback are curators. Even those who love to write about their days are basically curators. As long as some type of research occurs, bloggers are curators. Curators don’t have to deal with expensive or historic pieces of work. Curators deal with any form of new information!