Official blog of Clark's Blogging for Journalists class, Mass Communication department
It sounds interesting, but not necessarily for me. I'm a promedia major and not a a graphics design major.
From reading this job posting, I learned that proficiency in writing is something that any given company probably puts a lot of emphasis on. Also, the ability to design and create visual things is big.
All of the five points listed seem like they would be obvious but so many people make these mistakes, including me. I think I talk to much about my experiences on my blog. I also never share my blog posts but I'm not trying to make money so I don't go out of my way to get my posts out there.
REAL RESPONSE: I agree the most strongly with the first point. A lot of people use blogs as a journal when that's not what it's primary function is suppose to be. I don't think writing about yourself is bad necessarily, but it helps if you write about an experience that somehow relates to the reader as well. I think it's important to know your audience as well. Although I believe what's really important is that a blogger writes something they themselves would read. If you wouldn't want to read what someone's dog ate for breakfast, then don't write what yours ate. Think about what interests you about other people. Write about that.
I learned a lot about "guest blogging" which is really interesting. I love the idea of making a post on someone else's blog in order to gain attention/readers. I think it's something I'll try in the future.
I learned I can't be selfish and only talk about me. I should take my audience into consideration. I have no way to turn visitors into customers. I'm all right with all of this stuff because I mostly just blog for me and know one else.
I learned that if you want to get views and/or monetize your blog, you need to put yourself out there and make a concerted effort to be visible. I also learned that it's best to reach out to other blogs and work together toward mutual benefits.
I can see how it would be beneficial for me to focus more on my audience than what I think about the books I am reviewing/recommending but then again my blog isn't suppose to make money, I'm writing more of a diary-type blog, where my readers are consuming the thoughts I have about literature. I think thats okay, however if I ever did want to start earning revenue, I think I would know the correct things to do to get me there.
I thought this post was interesting. I realize now that blogging can be a business, and for some people it is. My favorite art of this post was the section talking about guest blogging. I think it would be interesting to write for someone else's blog because you'd have to focus on their audience, not your own. I also think it would be neat to have someone write a guest post on my own blog.
I learned that a better way to know and understand your audience is by sending them a welcome email. I have signed up for several different blogs and have yet to receive an email from the blogger trying to get to know me. It's a smart idea but I don't think I would want to do this, I only blog for this course.
I can see how this would be beneficial, but only for people with the intention of making money off of their blog. I understand why most audiences wouldn't want to hear about the blogger's personal life, but some do. And that's okay. Some blogger's develop a sense of confidence writing about their experiences, and a lot of readers enjoy to read that. I don't think all blogs should be created with the intent to make money, but if that is what your blog is created for, then these steps would be effective.
I see how it is beneficial to pay attention to your audience and care about what they want to read in order to make money that way. However some people blog just to express there feelings, keep in touch with family, or just to write like it is a personal journal. I realize that blogging can be a business and for some people that is what it is but for others it is just an outlet for their emotions, experiences, and other stuff. I have learned by paying attention to my views and likes that the recipes that I post are more popular than my journal type entries.
This could be beneficial for those looking to blog full time and make an income. Blogging is about being creative and open. Not every blogger is out to make income some are out to share their experiences.
I thought it would benefit people who want to make money off their blog. It was a good read but everybody isn't trying to make money their blog.
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