The process in which I would monetize for my blog would definitely start off with donations. To start off I would ask for donations for an idea that people align with. I don’t think starting with ad’s would be smart because ad’s are only useful if you already have a large viewership. No on would click it if no one knows about your blog. I would change my blog style to maybe more original music, so that I could actually sell the music. However, like mentioned before I wouldn’t really try and monetize my blog until I got a more consistent readership. The reason is I wouldn’t want my readers to be bogged down with ad’s when I barely have a readership to begin with. When I have enough leverage (and that is the key word here: leverage) I would start advertising for myself and give a product that is worth buying. However, if i were to do ad’s I would definitely have to focus around music because that’s my audience (itunes, etc.)
When a blogger remains anonymous, how, if at all, might the anonymity affect your reading of the blog? If it wouldn’t affect your reading, why?
It depends to what scale your blog upholds, and what specifically you’re blogging about. I feel stereotypically we think all anonymous bloggers would be talking about sensitive topics about one’s personal life. In that case we would see a more sincere reaction majority of the time from the readers. This is because we can’t put a face to what the blog is about. Therefore, there wouldn’t be a predisposition or bias to what the blog is about because we don’t know who is writing it.
That being said it doesn’t always have to be about sex etc. It can be belligerent and obnoxious because on the bloggers side there are no repercussions. There is no tracing back allowing the blogger to post whatever he or she chooses.
I think that joining a blogging network could possibly be something that I will end up doing. I think that these networks are becoming extremely legitimate and a career worth pursuing. I love writing articles and having personal posts, and to be paid to do so would be amazing.
I would love to work for two different types of networks: either a music network or a sports network. Music is my favorite thing in the world, so to write about it wouldn’t even a problem or work. Since it is such a broad topic and widely used source for a lot of different networks, I don’t think finding a specific network to fit my style would be that difficult.
I would see it more of a personal type posting. Listening and building off other music lovers and musicians. Garnering knowledge, and sharing different perspectives and new types of sounds. In a friendly environment, and an environment that shares the same perspective with music, I think that the network would thrive because of the vast possibilities you could do with music
Wisaksono, Rio. Personal Interview. 27 October, 2014
Rio is a friend of mine that is actually trying to start up a clothing attire company with me. We both agree that it is essential that blogging be a part of promoting this brand. A lot of other mediums like advertising, etc. requires more money which is difficult to acquire as a start-up company. Therefore, it is key to really gain and maintain a public viewership that will publicize the brand. In a sense it is like crowdsourcing with the specific brand gaining people to support the clothing styles etc.
As a group, we think that aesthetically it looks messy and can disrupt the viewer. Starting from the the top it literally is a mess of “college-type” things which is what is supposed to draw in the viewer. Also the use of red can feel overbearing and “hurts the eyes”. Especially in the archive, all of the font is red which just makes it beam out at you. We understand that it’s supposed to represent Rutgers, but that doesn’t mean that we have to follow the schools color scheme in every format and flood the viewer with red.
Also, maybe more advertisement for the blog would be good. Looking at the posts there doesn’t seem to be many comments or ratings. More traffic would give more reason and purpose for the blogging and might even raise the posts numbers and efforts because the writer now knows that there is a huge viewership for his or her work.
Everything just feels kind of cut and dry. When looking in the post thread, it all seems like basic formatting. Starting from the underlined title, to the five star rating, and lastly the share links on the bottom. Then when you actually go on the post, there is no backing for the post just the red layout. Dark red and black never go well together because honestly it’s just hard on the eyes. To add on top of that the font seems to be a size 8, which makes it even harder to read. It’s very bold and just seems like hard work.
When you take a look at tumblr, or even the aesthetic changes of applications and even big companies like Apple, you see that they go for a smoother simplistic look. They have very moderate and cooled down colors with simple straight to the point links. The commissions blog just seems very all over the place, and honestly makes it very hard to know where to start.
I also think there should be more of an incentive for the bloggers. For some of the bloggers it seems like it was just a class assignment. There are a lack of pictures and often seemed like one big paragraph. One example mentioned before of advertising more can maybe give that incentive to writers knowing that there is a big viewership.
This leads into the last point. I think that theres needs to be a new creative idea. I understand that this is just for Rutgers, but if we were to take it to a new level then something new should be done. Something that will draw in readers, and something that will draw in more bloggers. There is a new tumblr called Humans of Rutgers which has garnered a following. There are also a lot of Rutgers (College) themed twitters that garner a huge following. If the commissions blog could do something like that, that makes it special or different this can definitely interest new students and even current students.
As the school year is going on, and as I try and maintain this blog I’m realizing how difficult it is to follow the theme that I am trying to maintain on this blog. I don’t want things to become repetitive, so I think I should consider thinking of new and different topics that I could try and test out. Also I think connecting with other bloggers, through replying to comments, etc. could be really help maintain a following because I am invested in them as they are invested in me. I also think taking a note when I do think of an idea will help me. There are so many times where I’ve felt that I wouldn’t have enough time to actually start the blog therefore leaving it for the last minute and forgetting what I planned earlier during the week.
Puri, Rutikia. “12 Startup Blogs That Are Killing the Game.” Contently. Brand
Publishing, 22 Apr. 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2014.
This is an article about
twelve different blogs that started up promoting its personal brand. It
even took further steps to allow other startups to take advice and push
itself to promote it’s products and how to do that successfully. These are
further examples which I can take from to really build and give evidences
about successful blogs that promoted its own brands.
The three blogs I took a look at was:
When looking at these three different blog posts I saw some interesting similarities and contrasts. The Washington Post and the NY Times are more well known websites and sources, so their blog post seemed more enticing and more well put together. The Washington post broke it down in section with categories to describe and inform about the Ebola outbreak. The New York Times blog post wasn’t really a general post about Ebola, but more specifically on why more attention is needed towards this current epidemic. The H5N1 blog was more of a archive and comment section. It looked less appealing with an unorganized appearance and links on the sides. Also it was just long posts broken into paragraphs which really made it seem boring and just information. The font was also not appealing and the website as a whole seemed boring and that made it seem less credible when in fact the information given was actually viable.
Reach. Reach Communications Consulting, n.d. Web. 6 Oct. 2014.
this website provides
information on how to maintain and grow a personal brand. It gives tips and
further information to grow more knowledgeable about how blog’s work and
what blogging specifically is. Maintenance and content are key in this
whole process. I thought that this was a good base to start off in
establishing a personal brand. By laying this foundation we can build up to
how to build a successful and better personal brand, we can get into
details later on and I believe it will all stem from these things.