I think that having Spotify affiliate ads would work the best for my personal blog. Since I feature Spotify playlists and embed the Spotify player in each of my posts, it makes sense that I should earn profit every time someone clicks on a song in the Spotify player or opens up the application on their computer or Spotify web player. Essentially, my blog will help increase Spotify’s traffic by offering a more personalized feel of Spotify – helping users narrow down their search for new music. In addition, these users may be more likely to become Spotify premium users which increases Spotify’s profit and Spotify itself will profit from more viewers that listen to or click on the ads they display on the application itself. All in all, my personal blog could be very helpful in advertising Spotify so a partnership with Spotify would be beneficial for my blog and the company itself.
Sometimes when you are reading a blog, you come to realize that the writer of the blog is anonymous. There could be many reasons as to why somebody decides to remain anonymous on their blog, but does their decision affect their readers?
I feel that knowing who your writer is makes their work more realistic for the reader; depending on the content of course. The blogs that we went over in class today tended to be about sex and promiscuous activity. Natural curiosity would cause somebody to want to know who the writer is of a blog like this. But many times, the case is that you don’t know who the writer is.
If I were reading a blog about a book or product that I was interested in trying out, then the fact of whether or not the writer was anonymous would be important to me. If I am looking for opinions on a book, I would probably read blogs from girls my own age, assuming that we deal with similar day to day issues as a young female adult in this world, and would be able to have a similar understanding of certain subjects. If I read a blog that was written by a 50 year old man about a book that he loved, that does not necessarily mean I am going to have the same opinion giving that we are two completely different types of people.
This could go for subjects other than books as well. The personal issues I deal with as a 22 year old girl in this world could be very similar to many other 22 year old girls in this world. Giving that everybody lives different lives, and there are certainly girls my age who would not deal with similar issues as myself depending on their personality and home-life, I feel that it is safe to say there are more than a handful who do.
Anonymity can affect the reader negatively when they are looking for an opinion on a certain product etc., but anonymity can also be intriguing to people as well. As I said earlier, when reading a scandalous blog you are naturally driven to find out who the person is that wrote it. When you can’t find that out, you get a little upset, but it brings a sense of mysteriousness to the blog and would probably drive many people to go back and read more.
When a blogger writes anonymously, it affects the way I read the blog because to me, what they’re writing seems more honest. If someone were to blog about something but not put their identity on it, it seems to me as if they want to share every raw detail of their experiences or thoughts without having to face any repercussions or judgments from friends and family. So with that being said, I am more likely to read the posts and take into consideration what they are saying. Personally, I have a private blog that is password protected where I write about things that I’ve experienced and any thoughts or feelings I have and I think that blogging anonymously is almost equivalent. In essence, having an anonymous identity is kind of like password protecting the blog. Either way, the blogger is trying to protect himself or herself but with blogging anonymously, there is an added benefit of hearing others share their thoughts and opinions or their own experiences. All in all, I would probably be more attentive when reading an anonymous blog than an ordinary blog because with an anonymous blog, it seems like there’s something so important being said that the person can’t reveal their identity.
With my cooking blog The Dinner Dabbler, I do feel that it could fit into a blog network. There are cooking blogs everywhere, and everyday people are looking up new recipes, causing a lot of traffic online within cooking and recipe blogs. I would consider joining a network, but not just yet. I feel that my blog would need a little bit more content first and some editing within the context and visual aspect before considering joining a network. I feel my blog would go well with blogher or any other sort of life blog that has a cooking and baking segment. This blogging network is not based only off of cooking, so there are other things that somebody could look at while on the blog. For example, there is a style section and a news section, which both raise interest in me. This blog has a variety of different blog posts that people can refer to when looking to read about something a little bit different form their own blog for a bit.
Group: Seyvona, Jeremy, Erin, Hector, Justin
The admissions blog isn’t really well known or advertised. Our group didn’t know about the blog until this class, and many of us feel it would have been nice to see it before or during the admission process. Maybe having a link to the blog at the top of the application and as part the the acceptance packet.
The mobile layout is frankly terrible. Looking at the page on an tablet or smart phone deters the reader from continuing. Most younger people use mobile devices, and the lack of a visually appealing mobile page is a huge problem.
Tag cloud is pretty large and ambiguous. It’s not helpful to the reader at all, and it’s size is visually unappealing. For an admission blog, some of the tags are inappropriate, such as “fr3sh”, and several repetitive tags such as “precalc” and “precalculus”.
Since the blog is written by various students, it’s hard for the writers to maintain a coherent tag cloud, so it would be better if the admissions blog administrators were to occasionally filter through the tags.
The last thing we noticed is that on the home page, the reader cannot see any part of the post. While a whole post would be too much, it would be nice to see the first 3-5 lines of the post to let the reader start reading it and therefore be more inclined to click “more”. A title is not enough to get a reader interested in clicking into the whole article.
As we have discovered so far, maintaining a blog is hard work. While it seems that working with someone else to maintain a blog would be easier, after reading “7 Essential Ingredients for a Successful Collaborative Blog“, I can see that there are many different ways collaboration could go. Similar to any business venture or move in a new direction, starting a blog with a friend would sound like fun, but could be tragic if not properly thought out. Like the writers in the post mentioned, if both of you are not equally committed to the blog, it would go to ruin. Being friends would make this more difficult, as neither of you would want to insult your friend be call them out on the lack of commitment. No one would want to be the “bossy” member of the partnership, and eventually either the blog or the friendship would fall apart. Equal commitment is important, and necessary to establish when beginning something. This is easier to do if you work with someone with whom your relationship is professional. In many ways, a blog is a professional endeavor, and a successful collaborative blog must work like any project at a work place environment. Meetings and brainstorming are easier to accomplish if a personal component is not present in the relationship.
Many of the points mentioned in the article remind me of similar advice given to me when moving into college. “Don’t room with your best friend unless you’ve both talked everything out – literally everything” I have known many friends who have been roommates who end up hating each other due to diverging habits. One was a morning person and the other a night owl, one was chatting and the other liked solitude when studying, or the even more common problem pretty unequal neatness. But, some friends can make the best of roommates, just like some friends can make great business partners. It just depends on equal understanding of what the situation you’re embarging on together entails.
All of these points boil down to the ultimate skill of communication. Effective communication is vital. If there is anything that I’ve learned at Rutgers that I know will help me out in life beyond graduation, it’s how to effectively communicate with people via various media outlets. Many of the methods of good email communication are touched upon the the post “Guest Blogging: A Beginner’s Guide“, and they can be applied to all email inquiries outside of blogging. Inquiring about a job position, a position in a lab, a meeting to pitch and idea to a boss higher up – all of these scenarios occur in the real-world of jobs regardless of which field that job is a part of.
After reading the article about the 30 blogging tactics to stay motivated, it drew my attention to follow some of those tips. They definitely apply. I especially liked the tip to write in public. Writing in public will get me into the habit of writing in general. Blogging is a free expression of whatever topic interests me. However, if I write in public; I will be writing more of what I see in front of me. I will write what I see interests my peers in college. That will potentially bring more readers to my blog if I target not only my interests, but also the interests of my peers. Another resourceful tip was surveying my readers. That seemed like such a useful tip. Surveying readers will again create a bigger reader base because I am incorporating my ideas with what they want to read. The last tip I found on that list to be most useful was using social media to gather what is going on in media and with real life people. I found all these tips to specifically be useful because my blog is media related. I blog about all the hot spots, celebrity gossip, fashion tips, and lifestyle tips. All these tips target my blog to gather even more readers.
It’s easy to fall into a pattern of tossing your blog aside once you’ve missed a week of posting. But today’s class brought up new ideas and suggestions for keeping the motivation alive throughout the entire semester. A few thoughts in particular stuck out to me when analyzing how I intend to continue blogging on a regular schedule.
I was most drawn to the ideas that suggested collaboration and input from other bloggers. I was intrigued by the thought of commenting on or sharing other bloggers’ content in an effort to spark new conversations. I think that a lot of great ideas are formed as a result of collaborative, group discussions, so this really seemed like an easy way to improve my own blog’s content.
I am also very interested in trying out several ideas that were suggested under “get social”. I spend a lot of time on social media, especially as an aspiring journalist, so I think that this is something I would definitely excel in. I am always scanning LinkedIn, in particular, for internship opportunities. I never thought to post on discussion forums for new content inspiration, so this is something I will try in the future.
Twitter is also proving to be hugely important in both the blogosphere and in journalists’ toolkits. Hashtags help funnel important conversations that I think with some research, could contribute greatly to my content.
Most of my suggestions for keeping the motivation alive on this Monday stem from ideas in the “get social” category of Cohen’s post. I definitely think that using this article as a reference will certainly aid in the future success of my personal blog.
I would like to keep my blog up after the course ends, since one of my goals in taking the class was to create a writing habit and kick start my blog.
That said, many of the techniques we walked about in class today would be interesting for my blog topic, medical technology
Participating in a twitter chat and writing a blog about it would be an interesting post. Twitter is full of chats hosted by medical schools, hospitals, and prominent tech-promoting physicians. I’ve read several in the past, but it would be interesting to participate and promote my blog while creating content.
Interviewing another blogger who blogs about a similar topic would be a fun post to do as well. Not only would I be able to learn from their ideas and opinions, but we would also be able to mutually promote each other’s blogs. I could use this technique for a post on a topic I have no expertise in, such as what life in medical school is like, or how a doctor feels about adopting a new technology.
Another activity I could do is live blog a technology event such as the windows or Apple technology reveal events. I would probably need to live blog it via twitter because I do not have the programming skills to create a live post page. I would need to advertise it beforehand on several of my blog posts and on twitter to hope to generate an audience, and then I could do a follow up blog post of the live tweeting event.
Reading the list about how to stay motivated and focused when blogging, I definitely think there are points on this list that will help me with writing my own personal blog. For example, I think the idea about routine is very helpful with maintaining a blog and remaining dedicated to it. If I can put a certain time aside each week to blog, it may make the writing process go more smoothly. For the past few weeks, I have posted my two weekly posts immediately after each other. If I can follow the advice from this list and follow more of a routine pattern, I can publish my two posts further apart from each other. In addition, I think that separating my posts will improve the writing quality on my blog because I will not be writing as much content all at once. I also really liked the point made about writing ideas down as soon as you think about them and not assuming you’ll remember them in the future. I know that with my own blog, there have been times when I thought of great potential topics but then found myself frustrated when I forgot what those topics were later on. So for the future, I am going to do my best to make sure I record these ideas in some way the moment they pop into my head.