Whether or not I consider joining a blog network is currently an ambiguous question considering there are no medical blog networks. I do not think joining a purely technologically based network would benefit the blog because I discuss topics beyond pure technology, including from mental health, research awareness, and problems that premedical students encounter. If I could picture a network of blog that did fit with mine, a network of medically oriented students who wish to comment on the field we’re going into, I imagine it would be hard to work in this environment. There is a specific type of hyper-competitive personality that wants to become a doctor, and this personality tends to not work well in groups. Networks require groups to trust and rely on each other; and in a group of people competing for spots in medical school, sabotage would be inevitable. That is not to say that collaborative efforts are impossible, just that the level of trust needed to have a network is not doing. Blogs similar to mine would collaborate better through methods such as guest blogging, or a blog with no more than three editors with a businesslike relationship.
There were 2 really big tips here that stuck out to me as a blogger. Changing the environment around myself can definitely really help me out a lot. I sometimes feel really bored and dull when i type some posts. If i maybe changed the setting and maybe brought my laptop to like the tennis courts themselves maybe i’ll get a better feeling for tennis and I might even have an idea sparked for a post by watching other people play. I think changing the settings in where you type can definitely create a significant difference in how we approach the post because we will feel more lively and may come up with new ways to format the post and stuff.
The 2nd tip I noticed that would be great is to interact with the readers more and maybe even make a whole post in response to a comment. Sometimes instead of typing out long comments in response to another you can just make a blog post that goes into depth that way everybody who may miss your comment in response to the other person’s, will be able to see your ideas regarding that subject in a whole post. It’s also a great way to gain inspiration for future posts in case you are starting to run low on potential content. Just spending a little time reviewing my comments and checking for new potential ideas is definitely worth it so I think i’ll do that.
For the duration of this semester, I have decided to pursue my interest of creating a blog about internships and my experience with them thus far. When searching for other internship blogs, I found sites that offered more than just internship advice. They were platforms that aside from the tips also provided information about open positions, interviews, resumes, cover letters, style, workout ideas, nutrition, extra curricular activities, etc.
One blog/platform that has always stood out to me is Intern Queen, for all that it provides to students seeking internship opportunities. Although I look up to Lauren Berger and all that she’s created with this blog, my personal platform will differ greatly in what is being offered. Because Lauren did 15 internships over the course of her college career and I’ve only done 6, our level of experience and expertise is different. One thing that I really would like to make unique to my blog is the idea that it follows my own personal experience interning. Through my eyes, I will be able to give readers an inside look into what I consider appropriate/inappropriate behavior, clothing options that work for your industry, ways to approach asking for informational interviews and other tips that will continuously help interns push to be the best that they can be in their position.
Another blog that I came across didn’t have all the bells as whistles that Intern Queen did, but still presented pretty useful content. A branch of Internships.com, Eye Of The Intern: The Career Development Blog breaks up their posts by certain categories of advice and insight. For example, one series that they write is called “Launch Your Career”, where they highlight a specific company and give tips on how to get your foot in the door. Additionally, they allow interns to guest blog for their site, titling the posts “Intern Diaries” to give other students a greater look into the company that they’re currently working for. My own blog is pretty specific to the media internships that I’ve completed and am currently completing. I don’t intend on having guest bloggers or making the focus any less narrowed.
The final blog that I am comparing is the InternMatch blog. Another source for interns to find opportunities and read up on advice, this platform like the others has a lot to offer beyond the blogging component. Out of the three, this blog seems the simplest, whereas the others functioned as almost separate entities. The focus of this blog is mostly on positive thinking and ways to further enrich the internship experience. Even though I plan to incorporate ways to continue thriving in an internship, I also plan to discuss sometimes-awkward situations that all interns run into at one point or another. These situations might include tips for when your supervisor gives you an assignment you have no idea how to do, how to make coffee for the CEO, what to do when you misunderstand the rules of a project and do it wrong and generally finding ways to fix little mistakes you make along the way.
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