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.
Carmen, Rebecca, Valeriya, Brooke, Erin
- Have a blogging schedule
- Read articles and blogs on your topic to inspire you
- Follow blogs that have the same topic as you
- Have friends follow you and keep tabs on you to motivate you
- Setting a reminder to blog
- Don’t overload your schedule, be realistic
- Blogging ahead of time when you know you’re going to be busy
- Blog when you are inspire so that when you go through a dry spell you have an archive
- Blog about something that interests you, that you can easily find content for
- Ask your readers questions so that you can be encourage by their responses to keep going
- Advertise your blog on Twitter with popular hashtags
Our blog would be an anonymous blog by a girl who has a boyfriend who is very interested in many sports, yet she is not.
This would be a blogging community, like a forum, where if a person joins, anonymously, then they can write comments on the posts. People will also be able to submit anonymous posts for review, and then the owner of the blog will choose to post it or not.
The readers would be other women who have the same problems, most likely during sports seasons. There could be a special Sunday post and playoff post where during the main game days women could post their frustrations to the blog as comments.
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.
Bilton, Nick. “Meet Facebook’s Mr. Nice.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 22 Oct. 2014. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.
Although my past few annotated bibs have been depressing (as they highlight examples of the terrible effects of cyberbullying), there is still hope. Arturo Bejar works at Facebook and has the responsibility of creating new ways for people to report a post that they feel uncomfortable with or harassed by. Bejar’s goal is to get users to express their emotions about a post that they want removed from Facebook. In this way, he attempts to eliminate those posts and get users to speak out in situations where they feel bullied or harassed. This is important because often times, people who are bullied feel alone and that they have no one to reach out to and they feel hopeless. Bejar helps limit these feelings of loneliness and hopelessness by continually tweaking Facebook.
O’Reilly, Alison. “‘Sorry to Hear You Tried to Kill Urself… next Time Finish It’: One Young Woman’s Harrowing Account of How Cyber-bullies Pushed Her to Breaking Point.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 29 Sept. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.
The internet continues to expand everyday, with new sites that all attempt to garner as many users as possible to profit off the site. These new sites includes Bebo, a social networking site that gives the user a variety of things to do – blog, post pictures/videos, chat with friends and more. Unfortunately, the freedom that comes with this site enables users to abuse their privileges. Throughout her teen years, Ciara Pugsley was harassed to the point where she attempted suicide multiple times. Fortunately she lived through those attempts but unfortunately, she committed suicide in the end. What is scary about Ciara’s situation is that after the people who were bullying her found out that she had attempted suicide and failed, they continued to harass her even more saying “sorry to hear you tried to kill urself… next time finish it ;)”. Most of the time we think that if teens see the consequences of their actions, they rethink their actions. However, the girls harassing Ciara didn’t learn from the possible consequences and kept up their malevolent behavior.
I think that joining a blogging network would be really beneficial for my blog. I think there are so many music blogs out there that are similar yet different from my own blog. They may be similar in blog style or in taste of music but these same blogs could also be more focused on different types of music within the same ‘taste’ of music. There is a lot to discover and becoming part of a music blog network would enable readers to experience all these different types of blogs in one place – allowing them to discover many different artists. I think that if I were to join a music blog network, it would increase my readership because through just one network, they are able to discover so many varieties of blogs and a very general music type that they enjoy. Within the network, bloggers would be able to promote each other either by mentioning the other blogs or linking to the blog directly. This could be very beneficial because readers are able to access all the different blogs through the network and the bloggers themselves would be able to learn more about other types of music or blog styles and what elements garner the most views or largest audience.
Erin, Rebecca, Brooke, Carmen, Valeriya
For our blog, we would like to give more exposure to Livingston campus. It would include crime alerts for the surrounding Piscataway area to make students more aware, traffic alerts, updates on specials at their businesses, resources for commuters parking on the campus, information and directions to nearby off-campus businesses in Piscataway (Target, Party City, Five Below, etc), places to study, information about events going on there, dining hall menus and specials, sports section focused on anything played on their campus or offered in the rec center, and a directory of important offices located there.
This post was done by Rebecca and Carmen.
Posting wise we didn’t like the format for posting. An easier to use/writer friendly interface would encourage more and easier posting.
A second thing pertaining to format that we didn’t like is how a post looks when you first click on it. Before the page loads completely the post can be very hard to read because of the color of the font on the background. Looking at the post while it is loading may deter people from actually staying on the post and reading it.
We believe that there should be preview of posts or a synopsis. The only thing you have to go off of when looking at the posts on the main page is the title, person who wrote it, and the date of publication. These things may not always be able to tell a reader if they may or may not want to read the post. A preview of the post or a brief synopsis would allow the reader to gauge if they actually want to read the rest of the post or not.
Categories should be displayed on a side bar so that readers can easily find posts that pertain to the subject that they are looking for. Categories would help organize the whole site and make it look cleaner.
We found that tag cloud needs to be cleaned up. There are so many tags and many of them are not helpful. Over all the tag cloud is simply overwhelming in its current state.
When we went to subscribe to the blog we found the “subscribe button” was broken. The point of a blog is to get returning readers and if a reader can’t subscribe they’re not going to return. The button needs to be fixed.
The archives were a bit of a mess. The archive categories need to be bigger, it was difficult to distinguish the categories from the posts within each category. We also thought that the categories should be more specific, one category was family, grades, and winter break. Each of those things in that category could have been its own category and that would have made a much more organized and easy to navigate site.
From the article, “30 Blogging Tactics To Stay Motivated” I noticed that to stay motivated, the blogger as well as the audience is responsible. It is the responsibility of the blogger to come up with new content that keeps the audience interested and engaged.
This means that as a writer, I should make sure I blog often so I’m going to try and start blogging at the same time everyday while drinking a cup of green tea. Hopefully this gets me into a sort of routine so I feel weird if I don’t do it. In addition, I want to try and use less words and more multimedia content. For example, I am thinking about posting an interesting music video once a week of a song I like but without me analyzing the song or video. This is important if I want to engage the audience. In general, I want to start creating more varied posts because I’ve noticed that my posts can be very repetitive (especially on Sundays when I introduce a new artist that I am listening to as I study). I’m hoping to incorporate music news and music videos into my blog to vary the posts.
If I want to stay motivated, I have to feel like I’m writing for a purpose – for people who are actually going to read my posts. So, I want to start responding to comments, asking my audience what they want to listen to also join a blogging group. By feeling like I have a purpose and sense of community, I will feel more motivated to keep up with my blog and maintain it.